Training Irish Setters
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016
Are Irish Setters easy to train?
It varies. The biggest training challenges with Irish Setters tend to be their distractability, excitability, sensitivity, stubborn resistance, and jumping on people.
I worked with a 6-month-old Irish Setter named Molly who was smart as a whip and eager to please, but she did have the typical Irish Setter exuberance and distractability. Molly would squirm and wriggle and solicit attention, then suddenly see something more interesting in the distance and focus intently on it....for a few seconds....then suddenly turn back to me and offer kisses. Distractability is a common trait of sporting breeds like pointers and setters.
Irish Setters tend to be sensitive, often a bit on the highstrung side, yet also can be stubbornly resistant, which is a combination of traits that can require some skill to handle. A light hand on the leash, a calm but persistent voice, and patient repetition work best with most Irish Setters.
So when you ask, "How easy is it: training Irish Setters?" my answer is, "It's usually a bit of a challenge, but it really depends on the temperament and personality of the individual dog, plus your own dog training skills."
That's where I come in. Keep reading my dog training articles (and hopefully buy my book, "Teach Your Dog 100 English Words") and I will help you train your Irish Setter to be well-mannered and well-behaved. I've been working with dogs for 35+ years, as a dog trainer, canine psychologist, breed advisor, and author of 15 books about dogs.
Dog Training – What Works, and What Doesn't
Some dog training methods are based on what makes the OWNER feel good, rather than what on actually makes sense to the dog. For example, "positive-only" dog training is a big fad right now. Now, treats can be great motivators for training Irish Setters, but if your dog will only obey for a treat, then HE is in charge of his obedience, not you. [read more]
Teach Your Irish Setter To Respect You
"Respect Training" is the dog training method I use and recommend for training Irish Setters. I often get phone calls from distressed owners who are having trouble with their dog. Let's listen in on a phone conversation between myself and a typical dog owner (we'll call her Kathy Armstrong). Kathy: "Michele, my dog Jake is being difficult. I can't make him do anything. He only listens to me when he's in the mood." Me: "I see. Would you say Jake is behaving rudely?" Kathy (surprised): "What do you mean? How can a dog be rude?" [read more]
Teach The Right Words In The Right Ways To Your Irish Setter
My method of training Irish Setters includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you. Teach your dog words and he will understand what you say. Teach those words in the right ways and he will actually DO what you say. [read more]
Solving Irish Setter Behavior Problems
One of the most common questions dog owners ask me is: "How can I stop my dog from (doing some specific behavior problem)?" They're hoping I'll tell them where to find a secret button on the back of their dog's head that will trigger a MISBEHAVIOR-OFF switch. :-) Alas, my answer is almost always the same, no matter what the misbehavior is. Here it is (free of charge!).... [read more]
Training Irish Setter Puppies
Just got a new puppy? Irish Setter puppy training starts the moment you bring your puppy home. If you use the wrong teaching method, your puppy will begin making decisions about how he wants YOU to fit into his life, and that's a recipe for conflict and behavior problems. Whatever he does, you must react properly or he will learn the wrong things. Here's my recommended schedule (what to teach, when to teach it) for training your Irish Setter puppy. [read more]
Housebreaking Your Irish Setter
There are two keys to housebreaking. Just two, but you have to get them both right. And I mean 100% right, not 50% right. Otherwise you're going to end up with a dog who is 50% potty trained, and who wants that? So here they are – your two keys to housebreaking.... [read more]
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