As soon as your puppy has had his inoculations and can be taken out, it's a good idea start to socialise him by introducing him to other people and other dogs. An excellent way to do this is to attend puppy socialisation classes where he will meet other puppies of a similar age in a safe environment. Your vet will probably know when and where these are held if they do not run them at the practice. You will also probably be given information about looking after your puppy including information about parasites such as worms and fleas.
Check with your vet to find out when he gives the first inoculations (usually 8 and 10 weeks, but this can vary from vet to vet). He will give your puppy a thorough examination when he goes for his first inoculation if you did not visit within the first 24 hours of buying him. It is not a good idea to let your puppy come into contact with any other animals in the surgery so keep him on your lap while waiting. Don't forget to carry him from home to the car and from the car to the surgery.
Begin house training your puppy right away. Have a regular feeding schedule and make frequent trips outside, repeatedly saying ‘be clever’, or whatever words you wish to use. When he obliges, praise him. If your puppy walks round the floor in circles, sits or whines at the door, or voluntarily gives you the ‘look’ – sustained eye contact with a slightly anxious expression – it is time to take him outside. When he has ‘done it’ praise him and bring him back inside. Last thing at night; go outside with your puppy, so that he can ‘be clever’ for the last time of t
If you do decide to go ahead and get a puppy or even an older setter one of the most important people in his life, apart from you and your family, will be your vet. It is really important that you have a vet you can trust and talk to if needs be. Apart from the routine visits for vaccinations, worming and the minor problems such as kennel cough, should you need a vet for a more serious problem, then you must be able to trust them and have a good working relationship with them. Your vet will be able to refer you to a specialist if needed.
"Genetics and the Social Behavior of Dogs" published in 1965 by Dr John Scott and Dr John Fuller is still regarded as one of, if not the most, important and comprehensive studies on the development and behaviour of the domestic dog. It is available to order on Amazon.
Below is a very brief outline of the stages they identify as being crucial in the development and socialisation of puppies and young dogs.
There are now many insurance schemes available for pets and it is your decision what to do and where to go. Compare the policies very carefully as there are different levels of cover and you need to decide what you want and how much you are prepared to pay. Ask around and find out about the experience of other owners when they have had to make a claim.
If you want to take your Setter on holiday abroad you can apply for a pet passport but be aware it is very important that you follow the requirements to the letter. It has been known that because an owner has not followed the correct procedure they have not been able to bring their pet back to UK or it has had to go into quarantine. Speak to your vet who should be able to give the relevant information. Have a look at the DEFRA site for full information and advice on what is needed to get a pet passport through the Pets Travel Sceheme (PETS) www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad<
A dog uses vocal communication far less than a human does, although there is a huge range of vocal sounds in a dog’s vocabulary, all meaning different things and each are an indication of mood and temperament. Below is a description of the range of vocabulary a dog exhibits and what they mean. Although many setters are not very vocal it is helpful to understand what they are communicating.
- IRISH SETTERS TODAY by Eve Gardner
- A SURVEY OF EARLY SETTERS by Gilbert Leighton-Boyce
- GUIDE TO OWNING AN IRISH SETTER by Jackie O’Neil
- THE IRISH SETTER by Catherine G. Sutton
- IRISH SETTER by Margaret Williams
- IRISH SETTERS by Gilbert Leighton-Boyce
- IRISH SETTERS by Susan M. Edwins
- THE IRISH SETTER by Janice Roberts
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