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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
Not quite what I expected but it will do!
After reading (and having a giggle) at the replies to this discussion, I wonder if I am sometimes too strict with my 'girls'.
You all seem quite chilled and not overly concerned that your dogs don't always respond to your requests for them to return to you when called and are most surprised when they do!
I expect all my 'girls' to respond to me immediately (and they do), not only with recall but all basic commands.
I thought they were 'normal setters' but now I realize they are brain washed setters instead!
Even Freya is having training lessons and she's only just 10 weeks old.
Im beginning to think Im a control freak!!
My cats do too!!! :)
The high pitched voice is a problem for me,I do try but fail miserably.I have tried using a whistle and Arthur will turn his head and look and carry on.I leap up and down waving my arms like a demented Wurzel Gummidge to make myself interesting but to no avail.
Today Arthur was as high as a kite ,I had let him off in the park and he was crazy.I got a bit worried as I thought he might run off and managed to catch him by offering treats to Fred which got Arthur's attention.I walked him on lead after that and he calmed down a bit.Fred is much less like a 'normal' setter since Arthur reached 8 months old,even coming back.Ellie is,as usual,a paragon of virtue!
I will get a spray collar and try it.