The Puppy Plan

 

cute pup

 

Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club have jointly launched an initiative that aims to give every puppy the very best start in life – the Puppy Plan. 

If you have not owned a puppy before and feel you would like some information to help you understand your new puppy and find ideas for early socialistion then you may like to look at the website:

Christmas Tips

Christmas is a time of fun and happiness and no one wants an emergency visit to the vet  

so here are a few tips:

 

 

Make sure all decorations are well out of reach. Puppies, in particular, are very curious and may want to play with or chew them.

Pedigrees

Pedigrees

 

If you are interested in Irish Setter pedigrees then we recommend you visit the site below. It is the most comprehensive, up to date and accurate database of which we aware. Pedigrees are continually being added with more from Europe and other countries as well as UK ones.

www.hooley-irish-setters.co.uk/search.html 

Winter Nose

 

 

 Winter Nose

Car travel with your dog

It is important that your dog is kept secure and safe in your car so that he cannot distract you whilst driving.  Also, should you be unfortunate enough to have an accident you don’t want him being shot forward and hitting a passenger or driver.  You can use a dog guard, cage or even a harness and make sure there is sufficient bedding for him to be comfortable.  It is also important that he stays quiet and doesn’t move around continuously whilst travelling so it is important that he learns this from the beginning.

Snow

When you return home after being out in the snow check that your Irish doesn’t have snow balls attached to his fur.  If he has, then use warm water or a hairdryer to melt them otherwise they will make a mess and he will probably try to remove them himself and chew his fur as well. Pay careful attention to his feet to make sure there aren't any between his toes.

  snowballs

Fireworks

 

Fireworks

Many setters don’t worry at all about fireworks

 but if you are concerned the following may be useful to you:

Cold Tail

This condition is known by several names including Frozen Tail or Dead Tail.

The first indication is that your setter will stop wagging his tail and then you will notice that the last two thirds of his tail will be hanging down at right angles to the first third when he does try to wag his tail or even when standing still. This looks incredibly strange when you are used to a tail that is normally held level with the back. 

Teeth

Puppies are born without teeth and their baby teeth start growing about 4 weeks.

You may not see any of these puppy teeth fall out, which they start doing about 3- 4 months, and by then you will be very happy for your puppy to be losing them as these milk teeth are razor sharp and often inflict unintentional damage on you. 

The Good Citizen Dog Scheme

The Kennel Club runs The Good Citizen Dog Scheme which can be invaluable training for Irish Setters as well as being fun and promoting  responsible dog ownership.  They supply a list of Good Citizen Dog Scheme classes throughout the UK.

There is the Puppy Foundation Assessment which aims to help puppies socialise and begin education and training.  There are also 3 awards: bronze, silver and gold which require higher levels of training at each stage.