Dog Lead Guide
03.05.23 May 03, 2023 Owning a Dog

Dog Lead Guide

As a first-time dog owner, one of the essential items you'll need is a dog lead. It's important to choose the right type of dog lead for your furry friend, as well as understanding the laws and regulations that govern the use of dog leads in public spaces. In this blog post, we'll cover everything you need to know about dog leads, including the different types of dog leads, UK dog laws and regulations, how to choose a dog lead, and training tips for using a dog lead effectively.   What Are The Best Dog Leashes? There are several types of dog leads to choose from, each with its own advantages and disadvantages depending on your lifestyle and type of dog. Here are the most common types of dog leads and what we recommend each one for:   Extendable Dog Leads These leads allow your dog to explore further while still remaining under your control. They have a retractable cord that can extend to several meters and are perfect for walks in open spaces. However, they’re not the best choice for training your dog to walk on the lead without pulling. Extendable leads usually have a metal clip on the bottom which you can attach on to either your dog’s harness or collar. We love the Flexi dog leads, they come in two lengths and have an ergonomically designed handle making them comfortable to hold. They come in 5 colours so there’s sure to be one that you and your pooch will love.   Short Dog Leads [product] These leads are typically 1-2 meters long and are suitable for walking in busy areas or when training your dog. They provide more control over your dog and can prevent them from pulling or running away. Short dog leads come in a range of materials from rope which is great for stronger dogs, leather which is a good durable option, as well as nylon which are often in stylish patterns and print. Short dog leads will usually have a looped handle to either hold or put round your wrist. Similarly to extendable leads, short dog leads will have either a metal clip or a carabiner on the end so they easily fasten on to your dog’s collar or harness. Our Essentials Walking Collection has a range of short leads in both our Twill and Herdwick fabrics.  They are handcrafted in Italy using the finest leather for the handles and either a durable canvas or woven fabric for the strap, finished off with silver hardware - perfect for stylish walkies.   Slip Dog Leads These leads are made of a loop of material that goes around your dog's neck and tightens when pulled. They’re great for if your dog walks off lead a lot because as the name suggests they’re easy to slip on and off as needed. Because slip leads tighten around the neck when the dog pulls, they may not be the most suitable option for training dogs, especially those that pull on the lead. The tightening of the lead round the dog’s neck can cause them to choke, leading to negative associations with being on the lead and increased anxiety. We recommend these for dogs who already walk well on the lead and if the dog will be off the lead for the majority of their walk. The slip lead we recommend is the Dogs & Horses Rolled Leather Slip Lead, the buttery soft leather is rolled which helps protect your dogs coat from knots. They’re made using cord which is designed for use by yachtsmen so they’re strong and won’t rot if they get wet, this is then wrapped in the softest Italian leather which is hand stitched in their cosy London workshop- these leads have been crafted to last. Available in almost every colour of the rainbow, there’s sure to be one of these gorgeous leads to suit every pup.   Training Line Leads Training line leads, also known as long lines, are another type of dog lead. These leads are typically longer than standard leads, often 10 meters or more, and can be useful for training purposes, such as recall training or teaching your dog to walk off lead. They provide your dog with more freedom to roam, while still giving you control over their movements. When using a training line lead, it's important to ensure that the line is not too long, as this can lead to your dog getting tangled or running away. Always supervise your dog when using a training line lead, and use a sturdy and durable lead that can withstand the wear and tear of training activities. We love the Ancol Outside Training Line, it comes in two lengths and is perfect for allowing your dog freedom whilst still being in control.   Hands-Free Dog Leads [product] Hands-free dog leads are designed to allow you to walk your dog while keeping your hands free. These leads are a great choice if you’re planning to run or hike with your dogs. Hands-free leads typically have a waistband or belt that you can fasten around your waist, leaving your hands free to use poles or run without having to hold onto a lead. They can also be useful for people with mobility issues or for those who need to carry bags or other items, whilst being out with their dog. When using a hands-free lead, it's important to ensure that your dog is well-trained and obedient, as they will have more freedom to move around. We love the Ruffwear roamer leash, it can be looped round your waist or can be handheld if needed. The lead has a bungee strap which cushions and stretches as you and your dog speed up or slow down, helping to reduce any impact on both yours and your dog’s joints.   What Are The UK Laws and Regulations For Dog Leads? In the UK, there are laws and regulations that govern the use of dog leads in public spaces. Section 27 of the Road Traffic Act requires that dogs must be on a lead on designated roads, and if not, the owner could face a fine. What is classed as a designated road is decided by your local authority, so it's always best to check with them. Similarly, the Countryside Code recommends that dogs should always be under control in public spaces to prevent them from disturbing wildlife or livestock. They recommend keeping your dog on a lead or in sight to ensure they stay away from wildlife, livestock, horses and other people. If you're unsure there are usually signs with that areas rules in, so it's always best to check. Some areas may also have Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) that require dogs to be on leads in certain places. It's important to be aware of these laws and regulations to avoid fines and keep your dog and others safe. We recommend checking with your local authority if you’re unsure of the rules in your area.   Choosing A Dog Lead When choosing a dog lead, there are several factors to consider, including the size and breed of your dog, your dog's behaviour, and your lifestyle. Here are some tips to help you choose the right dog lead: Consider the size and breed of your dog: Larger or stronger dogs may require a more robust lead, while smaller dogs may do well with a lighter lead. Think about your dog's behaviour: If your dog pulls or is difficult to control, a shorter lead may be more suitable. If your dog is well-behaved and obedient, an extendable lead may be a good option. Consider your lifestyle: If you're an active dog owner, a hands-free lead may be more convenient. If you mainly walk your dog in busy areas, a shorter lead may be more suitable.   How To Train A Dog On A Lead Using a dog lead effectively requires training and patience. Here are out pet experts top tips on training a dog to walk on a lead: Start with a short lead and a comfortable collar or harness for your dog, and slowly introduce them to the lead by letting them sniff it and rewarding them with treats. Once they’re comfortable with the lead, attach it the collar or harness. You’ll want to start by walking your dog in a quiet, low-distraction environment to help them get used to the lead and build their confidence. This could even be round your garden or in your house before their vaccinations, to help make that first outside walk less daunting. If your dog pulls on the lead, stop walking and wait for them to come back to you. Reward them with treats when they do. To teach your dog to heel, start by walking them on your left side, holding some treats in your left hand. Hold the lead in your right hand and keep it short but loose. Give your dog the "heel" command and start walking. If your dog starts to pull or veer off course, stop walking and bring them back to your left side. Reward your dog with treats and praise when they walk calmly by your side, they will begin to associate walking next to you with getting treats and being a positive action. Gradually increase the length of your walks and the level of distraction. As they start walking by your side more consistently you can reduce how frequently you are giving them treats and just reward them with a ‘good boy’ or ‘good girl’ and fuss. Eventually, once the habit has formed, they will consistently walk by your side with no reassurance needed. For dogs that have a strong tendency to pull, consider using a front-clip harness like the Ruffwear Front Range harness which allows you to clip the lead on to both the front and back of the harness. Teaching your dog to heel can be a challenge, but with patience and consistency, it's a skill that can be learned by any dog. Heel training can help prevent your dog from pulling on the lead and make walks more enjoyable for both you and your dog. If your dog has recently started pulling we recommend going back to basics and stopping walking every time they pull and giving them a treat every time they walk by your side, even if you don’t get very far for your first few walks your dog will quickly learn to stop pulling on the lead and walk time will become more enjoyable. If your dog pulls a lot try wearing your dog out in the garden with a game of fetch or tug of war, it may help them to relax on the walk as they have less excess energy.   How To Teach A Dog To Walk Off The Lead Once your dog is well-trained on the lead, you can start to teach them to walk off lead. You will likely have been practising recall with your puppy at home and this will come in handy when walking your dog off the lead. To teach your dog to walk off lead, start by practicing in a secure, enclosed area. There are now a lot of dedicated enclosed dog fields which you can book that are perfect for practising recall and off lead walking in a safe environment. Start by using a long line lead to give your dog some freedom, but still keep them under control. Use a consistent command, such as "free," to signal to your dog that they can walk off lead and using your ‘heel’ command and recall to get them to walk next to you. As your dog becomes more obedient, you can begin practicing off lead walks in open spaces. It's important to be aware of any potential hazards, such as roads or livestock, and always keep your dog under control. In conclusion, choosing the right dog lead is essential for both your dog's safety and your own peace of mind. Consider your dog's breed, behaviour, and your lifestyle when choosing a lead, and be aware of UK dog laws and regulations. Training your dog to walk on a lead requires patience and consistency, but with time, you and your furry friend can enjoy stress-free walks. Teach your dog to walk on a loose lead and use the heel command to prevent pulling. And remember to only walk your dog off lead in safe areas and when they are well-trained and obedient.

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As a first-time dog owner, one of the essential items you'll need is a dog lead. It's important to choose the right type of dog lead for your furry friend, as well as understanding the laws and regulations that govern the use of dog leads in public spaces.

In this blog post, we'll cover everything you need to know about dog leads, including the different types of dog leads, UK dog laws and regulations, how to choose a dog lead, and training tips for using a dog lead effectively.

 

What Are The Best Dog Leashes?

There are several types of dog leads to choose from, each with its own advantages and disadvantages depending on your lifestyle and type of dog. Here are the most common types of dog leads and what we recommend each one for:

 

Extendable Dog Leads

These leads allow your dog to explore further while still remaining under your control. They have a retractable cord that can extend to several meters and are perfect for walks in open spaces. However, they’re not the best choice for training your dog to walk on the lead without pulling. Extendable leads usually have a metal clip on the bottom which you can attach on to either your dog’s harness or collar. We love the Flexi dog leads, they come in two lengths and have an ergonomically designed handle making them comfortable to hold. They come in 5 colours so there’s sure to be one that you and your pooch will love.

 

Short Dog Leads

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These leads are typically 1-2 meters long and are suitable for walking in busy areas or when training your dog. They provide more control over your dog and can prevent them from pulling or running away. Short dog leads come in a range of materials from rope which is great for stronger dogs, leather which is a good durable option, as well as nylon which are often in stylish patterns and print. Short dog leads will usually have a looped handle to either hold or put round your wrist. Similarly to extendable leads, short dog leads will have either a metal clip or a carabiner on the end so they easily fasten on to your dog’s collar or harness. Our Essentials Walking Collection has a range of short leads in both our Twill and Herdwick fabrics.  They are handcrafted in Italy using the finest leather for the handles and either a durable canvas or woven fabric for the strap, finished off with silver hardware - perfect for stylish walkies.

 

Slip Dog Leads

These leads are made of a loop of material that goes around your dog's neck and tightens when pulled. They’re great for if your dog walks off lead a lot because as the name suggests they’re easy to slip on and off as needed. Because slip leads tighten around the neck when the dog pulls, they may not be the most suitable option for training dogs, especially those that pull on the lead. The tightening of the lead round the dog’s neck can cause them to choke, leading to negative associations with being on the lead and increased anxiety. We recommend these for dogs who already walk well on the lead and if the dog will be off the lead for the majority of their walk. The slip lead we recommend is the Dogs & Horses Rolled Leather Slip Lead, the buttery soft leather is rolled which helps protect your dogs coat from knots. They’re made using cord which is designed for use by yachtsmen so they’re strong and won’t rot if they get wet, this is then wrapped in the softest Italian leather which is hand stitched in their cosy London workshop- these leads have been crafted to last. Available in almost every colour of the rainbow, there’s sure to be one of these gorgeous leads to suit every pup.

 

Training Line Leads

Training line leads, also known as long lines, are another type of dog lead. These leads are typically longer than standard leads, often 10 meters or more, and can be useful for training purposes, such as recall training or teaching your dog to walk off lead. They provide your dog with more freedom to roam, while still giving you control over their movements. When using a training line lead, it's important to ensure that the line is not too long, as this can lead to your dog getting tangled or running away. Always supervise your dog when using a training line lead, and use a sturdy and durable lead that can withstand the wear and tear of training activities. We love the Ancol Outside Training Line, it comes in two lengths and is perfect for allowing your dog freedom whilst still being in control.

 

Hands-Free Dog Leads

Hands-free dog leads are designed to allow you to walk your dog while keeping your hands free. These leads are a great choice if you’re planning to run or hike with your dogs. Hands-free leads typically have a waistband or belt that you can fasten around your waist, leaving your hands free to use poles or run without having to hold onto a lead. They can also be useful for people with mobility issues or for those who need to carry bags or other items, whilst being out with their dog. When using a hands-free lead, it's important to ensure that your dog is well-trained and obedient, as they will have more freedom to move around. We love the Ruffwear roamer leash, it can be looped round your waist or can be handheld if needed. The lead has a bungee strap which cushions and stretches as you and your dog speed up or slow down, helping to reduce any impact on both yours and your dog’s joints.

 

What Are The UK Laws and Regulations For Dog Leads?

In the UK, there are laws and regulations that govern the use of dog leads in public spaces. Section 27 of the Road Traffic Act requires that dogs must be on a lead on designated roads, and if not, the owner could face a fine. What is classed as a designated road is decided by your local authority, so it's always best to check with them.

Similarly, the Countryside Code recommends that dogs should always be under control in public spaces to prevent them from disturbing wildlife or livestock. They recommend keeping your dog on a lead or in sight to ensure they stay away from wildlife, livestock, horses and other people. If you're unsure there are usually signs with that areas rules in, so it's always best to check.

Dalmatian on a walk in the countryside on a dog lead following the countryside code

Some areas may also have Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) that require dogs to be on leads in certain places. It's important to be aware of these laws and regulations to avoid fines and keep your dog and others safe. We recommend checking with your local authority if you’re unsure of the rules in your area.

 

Choosing A Dog Lead

When choosing a dog lead, there are several factors to consider, including the size and breed of your dog, your dog's behaviour, and your lifestyle. Here are some tips to help you choose the right dog lead:

  1. Consider the size and breed of your dog: Larger or stronger dogs may require a more robust lead, while smaller dogs may do well with a lighter lead.
  2. Think about your dog's behaviour: If your dog pulls or is difficult to control, a shorter lead may be more suitable. If your dog is well-behaved and obedient, an extendable lead may be a good option.
  3. Consider your lifestyle: If you're an active dog owner, a hands-free lead may be more convenient. If you mainly walk your dog in busy areas, a shorter lead may be more suitable.

Jack Russell on a walk on the lead

 

How To Train A Dog On A Lead

Using a dog lead effectively requires training and patience. Here are out pet experts top tips on training a dog to walk on a lead:

  1. Start with a short lead and a comfortable collar or harness for your dog, and slowly introduce them to the lead by letting them sniff it and rewarding them with treats.
  2. Once they’re comfortable with the lead, attach it the collar or harness. You’ll want to start by walking your dog in a quiet, low-distraction environment to help them get used to the lead and build their confidence. This could even be round your garden or in your house before their vaccinations, to help make that first outside walk less daunting.
  3. If your dog pulls on the lead, stop walking and wait for them to come back to you. Reward them with treats when they do.
  4. To teach your dog to heel, start by walking them on your left side, holding some treats in your left hand. Hold the lead in your right hand and keep it short but loose.
  5. Give your dog the "heel" command and start walking. If your dog starts to pull or veer off course, stop walking and bring them back to your left side.
  6. Reward your dog with treats and praise when they walk calmly by your side, they will begin to associate walking next to you with getting treats and being a positive action. Gradually increase the length of your walks and the level of distraction. As they start walking by your side more consistently you can reduce how frequently you are giving them treats and just reward them with a ‘good boy’ or ‘good girl’ and fuss. Eventually, once the habit has formed, they will consistently walk by your side with no reassurance needed.
  7. For dogs that have a strong tendency to pull, consider using a front-clip harness like the Ruffwear Front Range harness which allows you to clip the lead on to both the front and back of the harness.

Dog being trained to loose lead walk

Teaching your dog to heel can be a challenge, but with patience and consistency, it's a skill that can be learned by any dog. Heel training can help prevent your dog from pulling on the lead and make walks more enjoyable for both you and your dog. If your dog has recently started pulling we recommend going back to basics and stopping walking every time they pull and giving them a treat every time they walk by your side, even if you don’t get very far for your first few walks your dog will quickly learn to stop pulling on the lead and walk time will become more enjoyable. If your dog pulls a lot try wearing your dog out in the garden with a game of fetch or tug of war, it may help them to relax on the walk as they have less excess energy.

 

How To Teach A Dog To Walk Off The Lead

Once your dog is well-trained on the lead, you can start to teach them to walk off lead. You will likely have been practising recall with your puppy at home and this will come in handy when walking your dog off the lead. To teach your dog to walk off lead, start by practicing in a secure, enclosed area. There are now a lot of dedicated enclosed dog fields which you can book that are perfect for practising recall and off lead walking in a safe environment. Start by using a long line lead to give your dog some freedom, but still keep them under control. Use a consistent command, such as "free," to signal to your dog that they can walk off lead and using your ‘heel’ command and recall to get them to walk next to you. As your dog becomes more obedient, you can begin practicing off lead walks in open spaces. It's important to be aware of any potential hazards, such as roads or livestock, and always keep your dog under control.

Labrador off the lead on a dog walk

In conclusion, choosing the right dog lead is essential for both your dog's safety and your own peace of mind. Consider your dog's breed, behaviour, and your lifestyle when choosing a lead, and be aware of UK dog laws and regulations.

Training your dog to walk on a lead requires patience and consistency, but with time, you and your furry friend can enjoy stress-free walks. Teach your dog to walk on a loose lead and use the heel command to prevent pulling. And remember to only walk your dog off lead in safe areas and when they are well-trained and obedient.

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These dogs were once employed as guardians of castles, estates, and livestock, showcasing their innate protective instincts and unwavering loyalty to their families. Physical Appearance Dogue De Bordeaux is characterised by its robust and muscular build, with a distinctive wrinkled face and a powerful jaw. Their short coat comes in various shades of fawn, ranging from light to dark, with occasional white markings on the chest and toes. Dogue De Bordeaux Personality and Traits Temperament Known for their gentle disposition and affectionate nature, Dogue De Bordeaux are devoted family companions. Despite their imposing size, they are remarkably gentle with children and possess a calm demeanour, making them excellent family pets. Loyalty and Protective Instincts Dogue De Bordeaux are fiercely loyal to their families and possess a natural instinct to protect their loved ones. While they may appear aloof with strangers, they form deep bonds with their owners and demonstrate unwavering devotion. Gentle Giants Despite their intimidating appearance, Dogue De Bordeaux are affectionately referred to as "gentle giants" due to their loving and docile nature. They thrive on human companionship and enjoy being an integral part of the family unit. Dogue De Bordeaux Health Issues Common Health Concerns Like all breeds, Dogue De Bordeaux may be prone to certain health issues, including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, heart problems, and respiratory issues due to their brachycephalic (short-nosed) anatomy. Responsible breeding and regular veterinary care are essential to ensure their well-being. Weight Management Due to their large size, Dogue De Bordeaux are susceptible to obesity, which can exacerbate existing health conditions and impact their overall quality of life. Maintaining a balanced diet and providing regular exercise are crucial in preventing weight-related issues. Veterinary Care Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and preventive care measures are vital for maintaining your Dogue De Bordeaux's health and detecting any potential issues early on. Raising a Dogue De Bordeaux Puppyhood When bringing home a Dogue De Bordeaux puppy, it's essential to create a nurturing and structured environment to promote their physical and emotional development. Socialisation, positive reinforcement, and establishing routines are key aspects of raising a well-adjusted puppy. Crate Training Introducing crate training early on can help provide your Dogue De Bordeaux with a safe and comfortable space of their own while aiding in housebreaking and preventing destructive behaviours. If you’re wanting to crate train your Dogue De Bordeaux, our Crate training guide has all of our Pet Experts top tips and tricks for making it as smooth as possible! Obedience Training Consistent and positive reinforcement-based obedience training is essential for fostering good behaviour and strengthening the bond between you and your Dogue De Bordeaux. Patience, consistency, and gentle guidance are key principles in effective training. Exercise Needs While Dogue De Bordeaux enjoy leisurely strolls and lounging indoors, they also require regular exercise to maintain their physical health and mental well-being. Aim for daily walks and engaging play sessions to fulfil their exercise requirements. Shop our walking accessories here. Dietary Needs Nutrition Providing a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for supporting your Dogue De Bordeaux's overall health and vitality. Opt for high-quality dog food formulated for large breeds and consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate feeding regimen for your pet's age and activity level. Some high quality brands to explore are Carnilove, Orijen and Acana, all three brands are rich in protein content and have specific large breed formulations to support your Dogue De Bordeaux at every stage of life from puppy to adult to senior. Feeding Schedule Establishing a consistent feeding schedule helps regulate your Dogue De Bordeaux's appetite and prevents overeating. Divide their daily food portions into multiple meals to aid in digestion and prevent bloating, a common concern in deep-chested breeds. Grooming Tips Coat Care Dogue De Bordeaux have a short coat that requires minimal grooming. Regular brushing helps remove loose hair and prevents matting, particularly during seasonal shedding periods. Bathing Dogue De Bordeaux’s are prone to skin irritation so we recommend using a sensitive formulation of shampoo when bathing them. PetPlex Derma doctor has been formulated specifically for dogs with sensitive skin, its fragrance, silicone and paraben free and full of mild ingredients so is great for sensitive puppies. Facial Wrinkles Pay special attention to the facial wrinkles characteristic of the breed, as they can trap moisture and debris, leading to skin irritation and infections. Gently clean the wrinkles with a damp cloth or wipe and ensure thorough drying to prevent moisture buildup. Nail Trimming and Dental Care Regular nail trims and dental care are essential aspects of your Dogue De Bordeaux's grooming routine. Trim nails as needed to prevent overgrowth and discomfort, and incorporate regular brushing and dental treats to maintain oral health. Best Beds For Dogue De Bordeaux Invest in a spacious and durable dog bed that accommodates your Dogue De Bordeaux's size and provides ample support for their joints and muscles. Opt for orthopaedic or memory foam beds to alleviate pressure points and promote restful sleep. All of our beds have a deep hollow fibre filling so are super supportive for your Dogue De Bordeaux’s joints, our Rhino tough range is a great choice for your Dogue De Bordeaux! Best Toys For Dogue De Bordeaux Choose sturdy and interactive toys that cater to your Dogue De Bordeaux's size and strength. Look for toys made from durable materials such as rubber or nylon that can withstand vigorous chewing and play sessions. Shop our durable toys here. Conclusion In conclusion, Dogue De Bordeaux are remarkable companions cherished for their gentle demeanour, unwavering loyalty, and distinctive appearance. By understanding their unique needs and providing them with love, care, and proper training, you can cultivate a fulfilling and harmonious relationship with your beloved French Mastiff. Remember, your Dogue De Bordeaux is more than just a pet – they are a cherished member of the family deserving of the best care and companionship. Whether you're considering adding a Dogue De Bordeaux to your family or already have one by your side, embrace the journey of companionship and revel in the joy of sharing your life with these magnificent creatures. With patience, dedication, and a whole lot of love, your Dogue De Bordeaux will undoubtedly enrich your life in ways you never imagined. Shop our handpicked collection for Dogue De Bordeaux’s here.

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  • Red Setter Ultimate Guide
    13.03.24 March 13, 2024 Dog Breed Guide

    Red Setter Ultimate Guide

    If you're considering adding a Red Setter to your family or already have one, congratulations! Red Setters, also known as Irish Setters, are beautiful and energetic dogs known for their stunning red coats and friendly dispositions. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into all aspects of Red Setter ownership, from their personality and traits to health concerns, training tips, dietary needs, grooming essentials, and more. Red Setter Facts and Information Red Setters originated in Ireland, where they were selectively bred for their hunting abilities and striking appearance. They are descendants of various land spaniels and setters, with the breed's modern characteristics refined over centuries of breeding. Red Setters are known for their elegant and athletic build, with a graceful yet powerful presence. They possess a keen sense of smell and exceptional hunting instincts, making them valuable companions for bird hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Red Setters are also cherished for their affectionate and friendly nature, forming strong bonds with their families and enjoying companionship and attention. Red Setter Fact File Kennel Club Breed Group Gundogs Size Large Daily Exercise 2+ hours a day Coat Type Medium length, flat and wavy Coat Colours Red  Lifespan 10+ years   Red Setter Personality and Traits One of the most endearing qualities of Red Setters is their affectionate and outgoing nature. They are known for being friendly, playful, and highly sociable dogs, making them excellent companions for families and individuals alike. Red Setters thrive on human interaction and are generally good with children and other pets when properly socialised. Their energetic disposition means they enjoy plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Red Setters have a keen sense of smell and love to explore, making them excellent candidates for activities like hiking, jogging, and agility training. Red Setter Health Issues Like all breeds, Red Setters may be prone to certain health issues, including: Hip Dysplasia Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Hypothyroidism Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency (CLAD) Regular veterinary check-ups and a healthy lifestyle can help mitigate the risk of these conditions. Responsible breeding practices can also play a significant role in reducing the incidence of genetic health problems. Raising a Red Setter Raising a Red Setter requires patience, consistency, and dedication. Early socialisation and training are crucial to ensuring they develop into well-behaved and balanced adults. Positive reinforcement techniques work best with Red Setters, as they respond well to praise and rewards. Red Setter Training Training a Red Setter requires a firm yet gentle approach. These intelligent dogs thrive on mental stimulation and enjoy learning new commands and tricks. Positive reinforcement training, such as treats and praise, is really effective when training your Red Setter. Red Setter Puppy Training Tips When training a Red Setter puppy, start with short, frequent sessions to keep their attention and prevent boredom. Use positive reinforcement techniques and be patient as your puppy learns. Consistency is key, so be sure to enforce rules and boundaries consistently. Crate Training a Red Setter Puppy Crate training can be a valuable tool for both housebreaking and providing your puppy with a safe space of their own. Choose a crate that is appropriately sized for your Red Setter, with enough room for them to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably; we recommend an XXL size in our deluxe dog crates for Red Setters. For a Red Setter puppy we recommend using one of our Cosy & Calming puppy crate beds, they fill half of the crate so are perfect for crate training and are designed to cocoon your puppy to sleep. If you’re looking to crate train your Red Setter puppy our ‘Complete Crate Training Guide’ has been written by our Pet Experts and contains all of their tips, tricks and advice on how to successfully crate train your puppy - read it here. Best Bed for a Red Setter When selecting a bed for your Red Setter, opt for a durable and comfortable option that provides adequate support for their joints. Look for beds with orthopaedic foam or memory foam to cushion pressure points and promote restful sleep, our Twill orthopaedic mattresses are a perfect choice for a supportive bed. Alternatively our Rhino tough range is a great choice if your Red Setter is a chewer, they are made from a durable faux leather and are chew and scratch resistant. How Much Exercise Does a Red Setter Need? Red Setters are a high-energy breed that requires plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy. Aim for at least an hour, if not 2, of vigorous activity each day, which can include walks, runs, playtime, and interactive toys to keep them mentally stimulated. Best Walking Accessories for a Red Setter Invest in high-quality walking accessories such as a sturdy lead, harness, and collar. For Red Setters we’d recommend picking a durable material such as leather for their collar and lead, our padded leather collars and leads are a great choice as they are handcrafted using the finest Italian leather so are great quality. Best Food For Red Setters A balanced diet is essential for maintaining your Red Setter's overall health and well-being. Choose a premium-quality dog food formulated for large dogs that is rich in high-quality protein, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. For both adults and puppies we recommend looking at the following brands: Carnilove, Orijen and Acana, all three brands are really high quality with good ingredients, and they all have both puppy ands adult formulations specifically designed for large dogs. Best Toys for Red Setters Red Setters are active and playful dogs that enjoy a variety of toys to keep them entertained. Choose durable toys that are suitable for chewing, fetching, and interactive play. Puzzle toys and treat-dispensing toys are excellent options to challenge their problem-solving skills and provide mental stimulation. To appeal to their hunting nature we recommend looking at the Nerf range of interactive dog toys, from the Trackshot launcher duck to the tennis ball launchers, the Nerf toys will appeal to their retrieving instincts. Red Setter Grooming Tips and Best Grooming Products Regular grooming is essential for maintaining your Red Setter's coat and skin health. Brush their coat at least once a week to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Use a slicker brush or grooming mitt to gently remove tangles and distribute natural oils throughout the coat. Invest in high-quality grooming products such as shampoo, conditioner, and grooming tools designed specifically for long-haired breeds like Red Setters. The Bugalugs all in 1 shed control shampoo is perfect for Reed Setters, the formula cleans, soothes and nourishes, reducing shedding with essential oils such as aloe vera, wheat proteins and oat kernel oil. Be sure to check their ears regularly for signs of infection and trim their nails as needed to prevent overgrowth and discomfort. In conclusion, Red Setters are wonderful companions known for their beauty, intelligence, and loving nature. By providing proper care, training, and attention to their needs, you can enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding relationship with your Red Setter for years to come. Remember, each Red Setter is unique, so take the time to understand your dog's individual personality and preferences. With love, patience, and commitment, you'll be rewarded with a loyal and devoted companion for life. To shop the best picks for your Red Setters check out our Red Setter collection - we’ve hand selected the best products specifically for them.

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  • English Setter Ultimate Guide
    13.03.24 March 13, 2024 Dog Breed Guide

    English Setter Ultimate Guide

    Are you considering welcoming an English Setter into your home? Or perhaps you already have one and want to learn more about caring for this elegant and energetic breed? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into everything you need to know about English Setters, from their personality and traits to health considerations, training tips, grooming advice, and more. English Setter Facts and Information Before we delve into the specifics, let's cover some basic facts about the English Setter. The English Setter's origins can be traced back to England, where it was selectively bred in the 19th century. Developed as a specialised hunting dog, the English Setter played a vital role in locating and retrieving. This breed is renowned for its stunning feathered coat, distinctive setter gait, and friendly demeanour. English Setter Fact File Kennel Club Breed Group Gundog Size Large Weight 29-36kg Daily Exercise 2+ hours a day Coat Type Medium length, flat and wavy Coat Colours Black and white (blue belton), orange and white (orange belton), lemon and white (lemon belton), liver and white (liver belton), tricolour, that is blue belton and tan or liver belton and tan Lifespan 10-12 years English Setter Personality and Traits The English Setter is celebrated for its gentle and affectionate nature. These dogs thrive on human companionship and are typically excellent family pets. They are known for their playful and sociable disposition, making them great companions for both adults and children. English Setters are also intelligent and eager to please, traits that make them highly trainable. English Setter Health Issues Like all breeds, English Setters may be prone to certain health issues. Among the most common health concerns for this breed are hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and hypothyroidism. Responsible breeding practices and regular veterinary check-ups can help mitigate the risk of these conditions. As with any pet, it's essential to provide proper nutrition, regular exercise, and preventative healthcare to ensure your English Setter leads a long and healthy life. Raising an English Setter Raising an English Setter requires dedication, patience, and consistency. Early socialisation is crucial to help your puppy develop into a well-adjusted adult dog. Expose them to various people, animals, and environments to help them become confident and well-mannered companions. Establishing a routine for feeding, exercise, and training will also help set the foundation for a happy and harmonious relationship with your English Setter. English Setter Training English Setters are intelligent dogs that respond well to positive reinforcement training methods. They thrive on praise and rewards, so be sure to use plenty of treats and verbal encouragement during training sessions. Consistency and patience are key when teaching your English Setter basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel. Enrolling in puppy classes or working with a professional dog trainer can also be beneficial, especially for first-time dog owners. English Setter House Training Toilet training is an essential aspect of raising a well-behaved English Setter. Establishing a consistent routine for bathroom breaks and rewarding your puppy for eliminating outdoors can help expedite the house training process. Crate training can also be a useful tool for teaching your English Setter to hold their bladder and bowels until they are taken outside. Crate Training an English Setter Puppy Crate training provides your English Setter puppy with a safe and secure space of their own. Introduce the crate gradually, using positive reinforcement to create a positive association with the space, our crate training guide has all of our top tips on how to successfully crate train your English Setter puppy. With patience and consistency, your English Setter will learn to view their crate as a cosy retreat rather than a confinement. Shop our deluxe dog crates here and our cosy & calming puppy crate bed here for the perfect crate set up. Best Bed for an English Setter When choosing a bed for your English Setter, opt for a sizeable, durable bed that provides ample support and comfort. Look for beds with orthopaedic foam or memory foam to cushion your Setter's joints and alleviate pressure points. Consider a bed with a removable, machine-washable cover for easy cleaning, as English Setters can be prone to shedding and dirt. Our Rhino Tough beds are wipe clean so are perfect How Much Exercise Does an English Setter Need? English Setters are an active breed that thrives on regular exercise and mental stimulation. Aim for at least an hour, if not 2, of physical activity each day, which can include brisk walks, runs, games of fetch, or off-lead play in a securely fenced area. Engaging your Setter in activities that tap into their natural hunting instincts, such as scent games or agility training, can also help keep them mentally and physically fulfilled. Best Walking Accessories for an English Setter When it comes to walking accessories for your English Setter, invest in a sturdy lead, collar and harness. For harnesses we love the Ruffwear front range harnesses, they come in a big range of sizes and are adjustable at both the neck and chest so you can get a good fit. Best Food for an English Setter Providing a nutritious and balanced diet is essential for maintaining your English Setter's overall health and well-being. Choose a high-quality dog food formulated for active breeds, the PRO PLAN Dog Large Adult Athletic Dog Food is a great choice for your English Setter with its high nutrients levels it’s great for keeping them fit and healthy. Best Food for an English Setter Puppy During the puppy stage, it's crucial to feed your English Setter a diet specifically formulated for growth and development. Look for puppy foods that contain essential nutrients such as protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals to support healthy bone and muscle growth, like the Acana puppy food. Divide your English Setter puppy's daily food allowance into several small meals to prevent digestive upset and maintain steady energy levels. Best Toys for English Setters English Setters are playful and energetic dogs that enjoy a variety of toys to keep them mentally stimulated and entertained. Look for toys that cater to your Setter's natural instincts, such as interactive puzzle toys for stimulation, plush toys for comfort, and durable chew toys to satisfy their urge to gnaw. For hunting dogs like English Setters we particularly love the Nerf interactive range of toys, they’re designed for dogs who love to hunt and retrieve and our own dogs have had hours of fun with them. English Setter Grooming Tips Maintaining your English Setter's coat requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and free from mats and tangles. Brush your Setter's coat several times a week using a slicker brush or grooming rake to remove loose hair and prevent matting. Pay special attention to areas prone to tangling, such as behind the ears, under the legs, and around the tail. Bathe your English Setter as needed, using a gentle dog shampoo formulated for their specific coat type, such as the Bugalugs shed control shampoo which has a formula that cleans, soothes and nourishes, reducing shedding with essential oils such as aloe vera, wheat proteins and oat kernel oil. In conclusion, the English Setter is a magnificent breed known for its beauty, intelligence, and loving nature. By understanding their personality, addressing their health needs, providing proper training and socialisation, and maintaining a consistent grooming regimen, you can ensure that your English Setter thrives as a beloved member of your family. Whether you're a seasoned Setter enthusiast or a first-time owner, the bond you share with your English Setter is sure to be one of a kind. Shop our handpicked English Setter collection here.

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