Care Proper feeding is important to your setter's health. Do not overfeed. The English Setter should be hard muscled and lean. Given proper health care, nutrition and exercise your setter should live 12 - 14 years. Regular brushing will keep your setter's beautiful coat mat and tangle free and reduce shedding. Dental care by brushing daily can help prevent heart & kidney problems. Although English Setters are bred for hunting, they do not make good kennel dogs. They are happiest when in the company of family and friends. Their natural exuberance requires some outdoor exercise. Outdoor fencing is strongly recommended. No matter how obedient, the Setter's natural instinct is to search out birds and they need tangible boundaries to keep them safe. Basic obedience training establishes a bond between you and your setter. Consistency is the key to success. It will make your setter a joy in the home and the community. The Mini Encyclopedia of DOG TRAINING & BEHAVIOR by Colin Tennant can help the learning process for you & your puppy.
Dental care by brushing daily can help prevent heart & kidney problems later in life. A power tooth brush helps make the job easier. An excellent tooth product is Tropic Clean 3D Whitening gel. You can just put it on the gums but I find it is even more effective with brushing. Your puppy will have been started on this before he leaves. Continuing this can save having to put the dog under unnecessary anesthetic for cleaning later in life.
.There are many good pet insurance programs available. Your puppy will be going home with a 6 week trial package covered by PetsPlusUs. A good reference article if you wish to compare what other companies offer is available at : www.reviews.com.pet-insurance. A quick link to bring you to the article under LINKS. A good First Aid booklet to have on hand: WHATS UP WITH MY DOG by Dr. Bruce Fogle Excellent ways to insure your puppy lives a long & healthy life.