|Barked: Mon Mar 18, '13 9:05pm PST |
|If exercise needs are met or exceeded, it's definitely possible. But I wouldn't recommend it with a very young, or puppy Setter.
Why? They're boisterous and clownish and get bored easily, and when they get bored, they get into things, and they REALLY need an owner that can laugh at their antics. They're exuberant and a little stubborn and aren't afraid to cause chaos, lol.. At least in my experience with the ones I've had in my family or close knit friends lives.
I have friends who really shouldn't own this breed.. But they do all the same. Their dog is just over a year, and if left to her own devices, causes destruction everywhere, whether inadvertently, or on purpose. On purpose is when she's bored. Inadvertently is just because she has no sense of boundaries, bol. She's everything that's typical of an Irish Setter and without her exercise needs met, definitely gets worse and more stubborn and less eager-to-please. She's sensitive, but basically has her own agenda on what she wants to do and when she wants to do it and she'll gladly make it known. She's vocal, energetic, and always wants to go, go, go, play, play, play. There have been numerous occasions when they've come home and found boots chewed, paper towel rolls destroyed, garbage everywhere, diapers shredded all because she was bored and left to her own devices. They're now investing in a kennel and are starting a clicker training regime I helped them learn, and signing her up for obedience classes. Not that those will do much without proper exercise to begin with. You walk in the door and that puppy is all over you. She feels the need to be in everyone's face, at all times, and she's extremely curious and nosy, pushy about what she wants too.
If done right, if all their needs are met, these dogs are fantastic, but they're definitely not for every owner. have you ever met any, or checked out local dog shows to meet some and talk to owners/breeders about them?
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