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i have two beautiful girls now aged 9 months
I am a bit concerned about one of them - she comes back when called - the other acts like a real setter and ignores me until she feels like it.
Does anyone else have a setter that displays this unusual behaviour and should I be worried
Fred has me trained! Often other dog walkers who all know him will call him and he always goes to them ...why not me?I have tried the squirrel suit but all I got was howls of laughter from my dogs!
The trick of walking away from your dog and him following doesn't work either.Fred will watch me go and he will sit and sit and sit,I once walked the length of a field and round the other side and he never moved.He will then wait for me to go back, he stays sitting and then with kind words of'Good Boy' (and under my breath 'little b*****d!'),I can catch him.But I do think ,as he reaches eight years old, he is getting a little more responsive............I think!
Arthur has yet to refine his skills in not returning but if he sees something really interesting,like a blackbird or a paper bag,or another dog,then I might as well not be there!
And we love 'em.
Take heart Howard
Jasmine is now very nearly obediant...(except when she smells horse poo, and she reverts back to the true Irish Setter that she is)
She is now just over 10 years old....so there is hope for your wee b*****d, I think most Irish will come to that particular name....and you are so rite...we do love 'em....
I agree, this is a very funny thread... I sometimes worry I'd done things wrong when Charlie doesn't appear to be the perfect obedient dog... so reading that other setters confirm he's just a normal irish boy is very reassuring...
He might not be top dog when it comes to recall and training, but he's a most affectionate, funny and sweet boy... he's our first ever dog, neither myself nor DH had dogs before, even as kids, so it was a steep learning curve, and I'm very pleased we've gone for an Irish, they have a beautiful temperament...
Now... where do I find a squirrel suit???
Lovely thread Alan.
I have 4 normal setters and one very well fenced field.
Pitanga was a normal setter until she was about 2 years old. Then something happened and she decided that I was important even if she was not attached to me by a leash. Even worse, she just stopped pulling me on the leash!! I was very concerned and even started a discussion about it at the time =). Romã always had abnormal tendencies but fortunately playing with her mother gave her a few months of relative normality.
Today I fell I run a freak show. We may be in the park and they might be chasing invisible birds, but if I pull the leashes of my pocket I'll have too reds running to me and waiting by my side to get their leashes on - I don't even have to call them!!! They are also glad to follow me without a leash in the most interesting/crouded/scary/etc place. It gives me the chills every single time... I haven't shouted since Pitanga had her ear surgery and started listening properly again.
They would be very offended if I tried on the squirrel suit, because my normal boring me is enough for them, but I would looooove to see photos of those of you who are considering trying it on =)
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