How To Get A Puppy Used To Fireworks
30.10.23 October 30, 2023 Getting A Puppy

How To Get A Puppy Used To Fireworks

We are well into the Autumn season; summer has passed, and the red leaves are falling. This only means one thing; Guy Fawkes night is just around the corner and not long after is Guy Fawkes Night. Whilst we’re enjoying a pumpkin spice latté and deciding where to go and watch the fireworks, we mustn’t forget the furry members of the family. However, the lead up to Bonfire Night can be difficult season for many dogs. All the uproarious blasts and blazes made by fireworks and bonfires can be terrifying for them, making them stressed and anxious, possibly putting their wellbeing in danger. It is important to consider your canines best interests on Bonfire Night – especially if it's their first one. Puppies are likely to be more scared than they have ever been, due to the unfamiliar and potentially frightening sounds and sights. But there are ways to introduce them to fireworks before November 5th and prepare them. We thought we’d give you our tops tips for keeping your pets safe and calm at this noisy time of year, as well as recommending our top calming products.   Why are dogs scared on bonfire night? Bonfire Night can be a troubling time for many dogs. With the constant loud bangs and bright flashes, it is understandable why some dogs can be so frightened by the evening. Here are some of the main reasons why dogs are likely to be scared because of fireworks: Loud explosive noises – Dogs have an extremely acute sense of hearing, much more so than humans. The loud bangs and crackles that fireworks bring are even louder to your pup and likely to be extremely alarming! Bright flashes – Fireworks also make bright flashes at a usually dark time of day. This is unfamiliar to dogs and they may become scared at this. Can make your dog feel trapped – Fireworks are a difficult thing to escape, especially on Bonfire Night. Your dog may be likely to try to run away or hide, however they will struggle to escape them and may feel frightened or anxious. A feeling of the unknown and unpredictability – Bonfire Night to your dog, is just another, normal evening. The unpredictability of bangs and flashes is likely to cause restlessness and potentially act out of character.   Can you get a puppy used to fireworks? The best time to get your dog used to fireworks is when they are a puppy – as a dog who has already experienced a bonfire night in their life may already be frightened by the loud sounds and bright flashes. Preparing your pup begins now – you can start by turning up the noise on the television to gradually ease them into louder noises and bangs, especially during action scenes with frequent loud bangs. Once your pup is more used to that try recordings of firework displays to prepare them for the real thing. However, if your pet suffers from noise phobia or is quite anxious, the proposed preparation may worsen their situation.    What to do with dogs on bonfire night When dogs feel scared or anxious, they will look to find a space where they can try to relax and feel comfortable. The place they choose will likely be a dark place with one entrance to hide away from the loud bangs from fireworks. At Lords & Labradors, we understand that sometimes your dog will feel scared, especially on Bonfire Night! This is one of many reasons why we recommend a Lords & Labradors Crate Set for your pup! It provides the perfect escape and hiding place for them to find comfort and shelter when they are feeling anxious or scared.   How to keep a puppy calm during fireworks? The loud noises and bright flashes that fireworks bring can be an anxious time for anyone – so put yourself in your puppies’ position, scared will likely be an understatement. There are ways in which you can distract and calm your dog through their fears: Distraction from the loud noises via radio or TV – this can soften the loud bangs of the fireworks which should soften the fright for your pup. Anti-anxiety kits and products for dogs – here at L&L we understand that your dog may, from time to time, struggle with high levels of anxiety or fright. We offer a range of products perfect for situations such as Bonfire Night, where your dog or puppy is likely to be scared. Do not tell your dog off – it is important not to scare or upset your dog further than they already are. Try to act as normal as possible, sending your pup positive signals in the process by acting calm and happy. Do not take your dog to a firework display – Even if you think your dog will not be phased by fireworks or a bonfire, is it really worth taking the risk. A loud noise or bright flash could be enough to spook them into running away from you in a panic. Ensure they don’t have access to leave the front door – sounds a straightforward thing to say to some dog owners, but the strange noises and flashes of light that bonfire night brings could be enough to scare your dog into bolting to escape via the front door. If you need to open your front door, we advise shutting your dog in another room whilst doing so to ensure the highest level of safety.   How to help a puppy when fireworks are going off Preparing your Dog for Guy Fawkes Night is difficult. The unfamiliarity of the evening could cause high levels of stress and anxiety for your four-legged friend. However, there are some ways in which you can best prepare to try and make the evening as stress free for your canine: Walk in advance – Walking your dog in advance will ensure they have ample opportunity to relieve themselves before becoming scared by fireworks. Tiring them out may also help them relax more later in the evening.  Feed in advance – Feeding your dog before any expected fireworks would be advised, as an anxious or scared dog may not want to eat. Ensure their water bowl is filled – Anxious dogs are likely to pant, drool and generally be thirstier. Regular checking their water bowl will ensure they have a drink available. It may be worth encouraging them to drink throughout the evening as they may forget due to fear. Shut curtains and blinds – This will ensure any bright flashes are minimalised which could lead to scaring your pup. Double check the security of your garden – Letting your dog out to relieve themselves whilst fireworks are going off may be necessary, especially for puppies. Making your garden secure will ensure your dog can not escape in an attempt to run away from the loud explosions and bright flashes.  Anti-anxiety and calming products – At Lords & Labradors we understand that your dog may need something extra to support them through scary and anxious moments. Our range of anti-anxiety and calming products ensure that your dog will be calmer through traumatic evenings such as Bonfire Night.   Time to check your dog's microchipping details? The Autumn can bring a variety of occasions that can spook your canine friend, especially Halloween and Bonfire Night. It makes early October the perfect time to check you dogs microchip details, and ensure they are wearing their collar with ID tag as often as possible. Loud noises and unfamiliar sights that occasions like Bonfire Night bring (with fireworks) are likely to be things that could spook your pup into attempting to run away. We know that the last thing any pet owner wants to do is lose their pet – but ensuring that their details are up to date will best prepare you for that worst case scenario and help you find them just in case they do go missing!    Top Dog Calming Products To Use On Bonfire Night Woof & Brew Anxious Hound Herbal Tonic - This healthy tonic for dogs is a great daily supplement for anxious or nervous dogs and is ideal to give them before stressful situations such as fireworks. It's a special blend, rich in vitamins and minerals, best served over food or in their water. Each bottle has approximately 60 servings (please read the label for serving details).  Beaphar Cani Comfort Collars - The Beaphar CaniComfort Collars are great at relaxing your dog, they use pheromone technology to help calm your dog. Pheremones are one of the ways dogs communicate, the Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) is naturally produced by mums when they are feeding their puppies. These collars contain a replica of the DAP which is familiar to all dogs so are instantly calming for all dogs. The collars are effective for up to four weeks so are perfect for over the Halloween and Bonfire festivities. The collar can have effects in as little as 15 minutes but we recommend putting it on a day or two before Halloween in case anyone has any early fireworks go off, simply fit the collar around your dog’s neck, fasten and cut off the excess. Perfect for calming and providing reassurance to your dog in what can be a scary time of year for our four-legged-friends. Calming Anti-Anxiety Donut Beds - Here at Lords & Labradors we design our products specifically with your dog’s needs in mind, our faux-fur donut beds are perfect for reducing your dog’s anxiety. The plump soft walls of the donut beds have been designed to cocoon your dog to sleep and help calm them. They come in the softest faux-fur fabric so are perfect for snuggling in.  Pet Remedy All-in-one Calming Kit  - There are a number of different options in the Pet remedy range including plug-in diffusers and room sprays. Pet Remedy contains a host of natural oils that de-stress and calm nervous pets. Our favourite product is the All-in-One Calming Kit that includes a room spray, plug-in diffuser and calming wipes. All the things you could need to help keep your pet calm through the celebrations. We hope you enjoy the festivities of the season. If you have a pet and you're concerned about their anxiety levels, don't panic! Try one of the solutions above and do your best to keep them feeling secure. If you have any questions about this article, or any other topic, do get in touch. You can chat to us via the Chat link on the bottom right hand side of our website, email sales@lordsandlabradors.co.uk or call us on 01790 720900.    

By Megan Willis

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We are well into the Autumn season; summer has passed, and the red leaves are falling. This only means one thing; Guy Fawkes night is just around the corner and not long after is Guy Fawkes Night. Whilst we’re enjoying a pumpkin spice latté and deciding where to go and watch the fireworks, we mustn’t forget the furry members of the family. However, the lead up to Bonfire Night can be difficult season for many dogs.

All the uproarious blasts and blazes made by fireworks and bonfires can be terrifying for them, making them stressed and anxious, possibly putting their wellbeing in danger. It is important to consider your canines best interests on Bonfire Night – especially if it's their first one.

Puppies are likely to be more scared than they have ever been, due to the unfamiliar and potentially frightening sounds and sights. But there are ways to introduce them to fireworks before November 5th and prepare them. We thought we’d give you our tops tips for keeping your pets safe and calm at this noisy time of year, as well as recommending our top calming products.

 

Why are dogs scared on bonfire night?

Bonfire Night can be a troubling time for many dogs. With the constant loud bangs and bright flashes, it is understandable why some dogs can be so frightened by the evening. Here are some of the main reasons why dogs are likely to be scared because of fireworks:

  1. Loud explosive noises – Dogs have an extremely acute sense of hearing, much more so than humans. The loud bangs and crackles that fireworks bring are even louder to your pup and likely to be extremely alarming!
  2. Bright flashes – Fireworks also make bright flashes at a usually dark time of day. This is unfamiliar to dogs and they may become scared at this.
  3. Can make your dog feel trapped – Fireworks are a difficult thing to escape, especially on Bonfire Night. Your dog may be likely to try to run away or hide, however they will struggle to escape them and may feel frightened or anxious.
  4. A feeling of the unknown and unpredictability – Bonfire Night to your dog, is just another, normal evening. The unpredictability of bangs and flashes is likely to cause restlessness and potentially act out of character.

 

Can you get a puppy used to fireworks?

The best time to get your dog used to fireworks is when they are a puppy – as a dog who has already experienced a bonfire night in their life may already be frightened by the loud sounds and bright flashes. Preparing your pup begins now – you can start by turning up the noise on the television to gradually ease them into louder noises and bangs, especially during action scenes with frequent loud bangs. Once your pup is more used to that try recordings of firework displays to prepare them for the real thing. However, if your pet suffers from noise phobia or is quite anxious, the proposed preparation may worsen their situation. 

 

What to do with dogs on bonfire night

When dogs feel scared or anxious, they will look to find a space where they can try to relax and feel comfortable. The place they choose will likely be a dark place with one entrance to hide away from the loud bangs from fireworks. At Lords & Labradors, we understand that sometimes your dog will feel scared, especially on Bonfire Night! This is one of many reasons why we recommend a Lords & Labradors Crate Set for your pup! It provides the perfect escape and hiding place for them to find comfort and shelter when they are feeling anxious or scared.

 

How to keep a puppy calm during fireworks?

The loud noises and bright flashes that fireworks bring can be an anxious time for anyone – so put yourself in your puppies’ position, scared will likely be an understatement. There are ways in which you can distract and calm your dog through their fears:

  1. Distraction from the loud noises via radio or TV – this can soften the loud bangs of the fireworks which should soften the fright for your pup.
  2. Anti-anxiety kits and products for dogs – here at L&L we understand that your dog may, from time to time, struggle with high levels of anxiety or fright. We offer a range of products perfect for situations such as Bonfire Night, where your dog or puppy is likely to be scared.
  3. Do not tell your dog off – it is important not to scare or upset your dog further than they already are. Try to act as normal as possible, sending your pup positive signals in the process by acting calm and happy.
  4. Do not take your dog to a firework display – Even if you think your dog will not be phased by fireworks or a bonfire, is it really worth taking the risk. A loud noise or bright flash could be enough to spook them into running away from you in a panic.
  5. Ensure they don’t have access to leave the front door – sounds a straightforward thing to say to some dog owners, but the strange noises and flashes of light that bonfire night brings could be enough to scare your dog into bolting to escape via the front door. If you need to open your front door, we advise shutting your dog in another room whilst doing so to ensure the highest level of safety.

 

How to help a puppy when fireworks are going off

Preparing your Dog for Guy Fawkes Night is difficult. The unfamiliarity of the evening could cause high levels of stress and anxiety for your four-legged friend. However, there are some ways in which you can best prepare to try and make the evening as stress free for your canine:

  1. Walk in advance – Walking your dog in advance will ensure they have ample opportunity to relieve themselves before becoming scared by fireworks. Tiring them out may also help them relax more later in the evening. 
  2. Feed in advance – Feeding your dog before any expected fireworks would be advised, as an anxious or scared dog may not want to eat.
  3. Ensure their water bowl is filled – Anxious dogs are likely to pant, drool and generally be thirstier. Regular checking their water bowl will ensure they have a drink available. It may be worth encouraging them to drink throughout the evening as they may forget due to fear.
  4. Shut curtains and blinds – This will ensure any bright flashes are minimalised which could lead to scaring your pup.
  5. Double check the security of your garden – Letting your dog out to relieve themselves whilst fireworks are going off may be necessary, especially for puppies. Making your garden secure will ensure your dog can not escape in an attempt to run away from the loud explosions and bright flashes. 
  6. Anti-anxiety and calming products – At Lords & Labradors we understand that your dog may need something extra to support them through scary and anxious moments. Our range of anti-anxiety and calming products ensure that your dog will be calmer through traumatic evenings such as Bonfire Night.

 

Time to check your dog's microchipping details?

The Autumn can bring a variety of occasions that can spook your canine friend, especially Halloween and Bonfire Night. It makes early October the perfect time to check you dogs microchip details, and ensure they are wearing their collar with ID tag as often as possible. Loud noises and unfamiliar sights that occasions like Bonfire Night bring (with fireworks) are likely to be things that could spook your pup into attempting to run away. We know that the last thing any pet owner wants to do is lose their pet – but ensuring that their details are up to date will best prepare you for that worst case scenario and help you find them just in case they do go missing! 

 

Top Dog Calming Products To Use On Bonfire Night

  1. Woof & Brew Anxious Hound Herbal Tonic - This healthy tonic for dogs is a great daily supplement for anxious or nervous dogs and is ideal to give them before stressful situations such as fireworks. It's a special blend, rich in vitamins and minerals, best served over food or in their water. Each bottle has approximately 60 servings (please read the label for serving details). 
  2. Beaphar Cani Comfort Collars - The Beaphar CaniComfort Collars are great at relaxing your dog, they use pheromone technology to help calm your dog. Pheremones are one of the ways dogs communicate, the Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) is naturally produced by mums when they are feeding their puppies. These collars contain a replica of the DAP which is familiar to all dogs so are instantly calming for all dogs. The collars are effective for up to four weeks so are perfect for over the Halloween and Bonfire festivities. The collar can have effects in as little as 15 minutes but we recommend putting it on a day or two before Halloween in case anyone has any early fireworks go off, simply fit the collar around your dog’s neck, fasten and cut off the excess. Perfect for calming and providing reassurance to your dog in what can be a scary time of year for our four-legged-friends.
  3. Calming Anti-Anxiety Donut Beds - Here at Lords & Labradors we design our products specifically with your dog’s needs in mind, our faux-fur donut beds are perfect for reducing your dog’s anxiety. The plump soft walls of the donut beds have been designed to cocoon your dog to sleep and help calm them. They come in the softest faux-fur fabric so are perfect for snuggling in. 
  4. Pet Remedy All-in-one Calming Kit  - There are a number of different options in the Pet remedy range including plug-in diffusers and room sprays. Pet Remedy contains a host of natural oils that de-stress and calm nervous pets. Our favourite product is the All-in-One Calming Kit that includes a room spray, plug-in diffuser and calming wipes. All the things you could need to help keep your pet calm through the celebrations.

We hope you enjoy the festivities of the season. If you have a pet and you're concerned about their anxiety levels, don't panic! Try one of the solutions above and do your best to keep them feeling secure.

If you have any questions about this article, or any other topic, do get in touch. You can chat to us via the Chat link on the bottom right hand side of our website, email sales@lordsandlabradors.co.uk or call us on 01790 720900.    

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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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