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I am a newbie, both with Irish Setters and with showing, so I apologize if this sounds like a silly question...
Once a week I take my spaniels for some off-leash walking at a park near our house. It has a stream running through it and three lakes and my dogs LOVE swimming in it. I don’t mind because it is good exercise for them and when I get home I just rinse them down with clean water and let them dry naturally. My spaniels are not show dogs, though.
My little Irish Setter, Karla, will be old enough to join us on our walks soon. I would like to try my hand at showing her and keeping her coat in top condition will therefore be very important to me. An Irish Setter owner and exhibiter that I recently met told me that regular swimming will dry out the coat and that I should try and keep her out of the water.
I was wondering what your thoughts are on this?
Any tips in general on coat care will also be welcome
My dogs are shown and they swim nearly every day if they can. They swim in our pool which is salt water chlorinated. Their coats are just lovely and soft, so definitely no damage from the pool water at all.
If your bitch loves swimming , and the exercise is doing her good and keeping her fit, I find it very sad if you are even thinking about stopping her from going in the water just because it might affect her "show coat"
Are show results more important than a fit and happy dog?
Totally support Margaret's answer, first the health and happiness of the dog, second our wishes. Anyway Estelle, I cannot imagine you could deprive your young bitch of having water fun games with your spaniels for too long... :-)