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Is it a setter thing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Case Sep 19, 2016. 8 Replies

Jamie has just recently got bored with his dog buddy and wants to run off. He is 20months old and has been walking with his dog buddy for the past eight months. He seems to want me to interact with…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by alison higgins Nov 13, 2015. 3 Replies

Hi everyone, does anyone know of any muzzle that is tolerated by setters. I have tried two so far and Jamie doesn't like them, he won't do any jobs whilst they're on. I need to muzzle him as he…Continue

other dogs behaving aggressively towards mine.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gay Bouterey Jul 4, 2015. 12 Replies

Hi there, I have a 14month old irish red setter and have socialised him constantly from day one. He is not nervous around other dogs, has learnt not to bounce up to them, he stands still and lets…Continue

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alison higgins replied to Mink Kapferer's discussion 9 Month Old Just Can't Calm Down
"I initially had huge problems with Jamie when he was young. He was jumping, mouthing, ripping clothes and had so much energy it was scary. You need to get him to calm down, and the turning point for us was when we walked into his space until he…"
Jan 20
alison higgins replied to Howard Glansfield's discussion Arthur
"I am so sorry to read this. Wishing you and Arthur all the best, try not to worry too much, keep positive. Ali xxx"
Jan 10
alison higgins replied to Patricia's discussion Help, Setter running, running, running!
"Whats a hot collar?"
Sep 28, 2016
alison higgins replied to Patricia's discussion Help, Setter running, running, running!
"Hi there, You could try to contact Fran Griffin, she gives great advice and I have turned to her on many occasions. You can get her details via the members page. I hope you regain your confidence and wish you well."
Sep 22, 2016
alison higgins and Gen. Robert B. Abrams are now friends
Sep 20, 2016
Sharon Case replied to alison higgins's discussion Is it a setter thing?
"This was my reason for joining the group. I realise it's an old post but I'm really struggling with recall. On his own with me, Seamus is 100% put another dog in the mix, dog or bitch, big or small and he appears to go stone deaf!!…"
Sep 19, 2016
alison higgins replied to Ellie's discussion Advice needed
"the best water pistol and I have had a few, not just for Jamie but for my hubby and son, are the nerf zippier super soaker absolutely brill! x"
Jul 9, 2016
alison higgins replied to Ellie's discussion Advice needed
"Don't know if anyone would agree with me but get a water pistol. Let her bark a few times and when you stay stop or enough or no and she carries on squirt her. Worked for Jamie."
Jul 8, 2016
alison higgins replied to shirley walsh's discussion Devastating news
"So sorry to hear the sad news. My thoughts and wishes to you.xx"
Jul 7, 2016
alison higgins replied to Mia Mullan's discussion Right dog! Right owner?
"Hi Mia, I would wholeheartedly agree with Finn, they need off leash running every day. Parks are no good, you need access to safe areas with lots of space. Saying that if I could sum up an Irish Setter in one sentence I would say you can train an…"
May 19, 2016
Julia Grace replied to alison higgins's discussion Is it a setter thing?
"Much the same experience as Finn I'm afraid. Harley is fantastic with recall except on occasions with other dogs. He's got better with age (he's now 6) but it took a couple of experiences with bossy terriers to put him in his…"
May 2, 2016
alison higgins replied to Alex's discussion Help with socially anxious dog!
"I wouldn't worry, Jamie went through a stage when he started becoming upset with umbrellas! Then it was bicycles and large dogs, I just ignored and carried on, in fact talked to people with bicycles and umbrellas and totally ignored…"
Feb 28, 2016
alison higgins replied to Ellie's discussion Puppy Advice
"Hi there, I had huge problems with Jamie, jumping tearing clothes, was given lots of different advice from putting my hands in his mouth and pushing back, (this just made him bite more), to turning my back on him,(just jumped from behind and tore…"
Feb 3, 2016
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Jan 12, 2016
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"Pleased to have you as a friend.Thank you."
Jan 11, 2016
Howard Glansfield and alison higgins are now friends
Jan 11, 2016

Profile Information

How many Irish Setters do you have?
How long have you owned Irish Setters?
1 year
About Me:
married, one son, love walking with my dog
Why are you applying for membership?
A. I am a human wanting to contribute to the community

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 7:28am on April 27, 2015, Karen Cubitt said…

  Hi Alison

Yes, he does "sometimes" respond to that - but my that is a split second! I also flap my arms around like a demented parrot!!

He unfortunately is getting worse atm due to a massive influx of hormones, I really do not want him to have the snip, but I am getting ever closer to making the decision.  I am hoping that it is a spring thing, and will pass in a couple of weeks?  Is Jamie suffering as well?


At 4:27am on November 14, 2015, James Doran said…

Very sorry to read that Jamie is unwell, Alison. I hope that he is improving and gets better soon. Best wishes to both of you.

At 11:47am on January 11, 2016, Howard Glansfield said…

Pleased to have you as a friend.Thank you.

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