Vocal Communication

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.


Recommended Reading

  • IRISH SETTERS TODAY by Eve Gardner
  • A SURVEY OF EARLY SETTERS by Gilbert Leighton-Boyce
  • 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     

It is often possible to get these on Ebay if you want to buy a copy.


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Canine Communication


Canine communication involves a lot of subtle gestures and signals, when we observe and interact with our dogs, we could save many stressful situations by understanding the following signals that dogs exhibit.

Human Turning Head

This can be done when being approached, or when the dog is worried, it helps to avoid eye contact and can very often relieve tension in a situation.

Avoiding Eye Contact

Again this is used by dogs to show submission, to avoid a confrontation or diffuse a hostile situation.


Basic Training

Most training classes take puppies at 6 months of age and you can have a lot of fun ‘working’ with your puppy and learning together.

Remember the golden rules:

About the Breed

Many people fall in love with Irish Setters because of their wonderful rich chestnut coloured coat and their outgoing personality but there is much more to the breed than that.


Regular grooming is essential for your Irish Setter and should be a pleasure for both of you. However it is important to train your pup as soon as he is settled in his new home so it is not a chore as he needs to get used to being groomed when young.   Start with short grooming sessions with gentle brushing so you are establishing a routine.  If necessary get someone to help hold him still as he may be very wriggley to start with but remember to be gentle and not rough with him.