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  • Marietta, OH
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Ear Problems

Started this discussion. Last reply by elizabeth cross Sep 7, 2011. 7 Replies

I woke up last night to the sound of Bella's ears flapping !!! She has been shaking her head ever since. I checking them out , their not red , waxy, or inflamed . I read up about ear infections, but…Continue

baby on the way

Started this discussion. Last reply by Howard Glansfield Jun 4, 2011. 12 Replies

Im due in 3 weeks and really stressing about having Bella and the baby home. She will not stop barking , she barks because she wants to play or when we are eatting . Sometimes I think just to hear…Continue

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How many Irish Setters do you have?
1
How long have you owned Irish Setters?
5 months
About Me:
My family and I just got our selves a beuitful , engergetic, diva like 14 week Irish Setter. Her name is Bella, and she is very smart and seems to be picking up on her training and house rules fast . We have a 9 year old daughter and a baby on the way . I want to make sure Bella gets all the training she can and learn her spot in the pack as soon as she can . Looking for all the help I can get on what to do , not to do .....

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At 4:59am on February 9, 2011, Chantal McIlveen-Wright said…

Welcome on the ES site Elizabeth!

Do not worry, many of us have babies - 2 and 4 legs ones, and it is a perfect harmony.

At 10:32pm on June 2, 2011, Sherry Miller said…

Elizabeth...I hope there were no problems caused by Bella jumping on you today...Bella looks like a typical IS and she is also young so she has lots of energy to use up .  Right now if you are resting I would suggest it be her rest time also...but in her kennel so you do not have to worry about where she is or what she is doing.  Bella is going to test you to see how far she can push...much like our children do.. so the best thing you can do is be consistant in you rules...if it is a NO to do something everytime (and not just when you are upset with her) she will soon find something else to do.  I found with my male IS pups that when they were doing something they should not do that I removed either them or the object from them...just like with little ones we sometimes have to redirect their attention to allowed things...a nice chew toy or a game of catch often worked for me.  Enlist the help of your daughter right now as you have your hands full and I can imagine are not wanting to do a lot of active things.  Wish I had the perfect answer to help you thru this patch of worries but just know we all have been there and survived as did our children!

At 3:27am on June 3, 2011, Chantal McIlveen-Wright said…

Bella sounds like the perfect Irish before the age of 2 !!!! Were you not aware of this particularity? The good point Elizabeth is that Bella will calm down and become the perfect angel, believe me it will happen.... but I am afraid you will have to be patient for a year and a half!!!  :-(
As for the baby, she will be so happy to help you with!!! involvement is the key word with them, if they perceive or feel any sign of being pushed away/rejected they tend to react and cling to you, do plenty for you to notice her and love her, etc. ... and of course her idea of doing the right thing is not always our idea of it ... Irish setters are very found of playing games, and hopefully your daughter can help focussing Bella's energy and attention.

Having a pup is involving some time and energy and a lot of patience, but the reward is so great, just thing of this when Bella is testing your patience...  :-) 

I have no doubt that you will do very well Elizabeth, and have a lot of fun with your daughter, your baby and your cheeky Bella  :-)  :-)

At 5:49am on June 3, 2011, Chantal McIlveen-Wright said…
Thanks for the invite and very happy to become your new ES friend!! cuddles to Bella
At 2:12pm on June 23, 2011, Sherry Miller said…
Elizabeth I hope by now your new baby is here and life is settling down somewhat for you with Bella.  I was gone for a couple of weeks visiting my grandsons.......and yes their Mom was raised with Irish every step of the way  and as a teenager I can honestly say my Irish were better behaved !:)  I know with my girls it was one day at a time...and so often the Irish Setter was easier to deal with when  one of your children is a "live wire".....after all you could crate an IS and go take a walk alone but no option like that with a back talking smarty pants!  :) Funny to watch that same daughter now dealing with three little boys....so enjoy these special moments as you all grow together into a family....time flies all too fast. Take lots of pictures but also keep up the training with Bella until she knows her normal daily routine with the baby.......mine always were at the next step here before I could get to it.......if nap time was over the IS was at the bedroom door waiting to greet the baby......only thing I could not get them to help with was changing diapers! Reward the good behaviors and for me distractions helped immensely when my girls were little...and never forget that Bella craves and needs regular playing and cuddling from you all everyday. I do believe that is part of the secret to having a happy Irish Setter. Will be looking to see how things are going for you all.
At 11:27am on June 27, 2011, Sherry Miller said…
Congratulations on Matthew's arrival....he was a nice size so hopefully he is a pretty content baby and is allowing you to get some much needed sleep.  Ahh those stroller walks......they do get used to them and love them but be aware that for mine it got to where that stroller goes I go also!!  Ours always were close by the girls when they were babies...and first at the door when nap time was over.  Fascination with the baby swing was another funny thing to watch....our Irish's head going back and forth as he kept watch over his baby when we first used it.So good to hear you sounding so relaxed and able to just take each day and enjoy your new baby along with Bella.

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