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We usually feed Shea upon rising in the morn and then wait 2 hours before we take him for a run or walk, problem is for 2 hours he is climbing the walls and being as pesky as possible, we are considering running him shortly after waking up then feeding him an hour after getting back but the poor fella will be ravenous and probably supplementing with horse poo on the fields etc. Just wondering what others mornings are like?
That depends on a season. In winter no one (not me nor my Irish) wants to get up in the middle of the night and go out into those cold temp. (minus 7 celsius). But we have to. On the Weekends I can sleep a bit longer - 8am.
But in the summer it's a totally different story. As soon the sun rises she would go out and play. No problem getting up at 5. It's a bigger problem sleeping until 6, 'cause she gets restless. She will be 5 in March and I am also thinking about a new puppy.
This was a great topic Neil. Interesting how so many setters are not morning souls and enjoying returning to bed even if their owners are up and about. Mine is in that list. I laugh all the time when people ask "aren't they hyper active". Explaining to them that I need a cattle prod to get my up and moving most days. I will say that often Cash is fed and it is an hour later that he is out for his walking/running/romping. I can't wait 2 hours and still have daylight left to do that in the winter months.
And same as many, if mine doesn't eat before he goes out to play, he will eat others dog poop if hungry enough. I usually have some treats in the car for the ride home to hold him off till dinner time. Neil have you considered just bringing along a few treats to hold your dog over till you get back?