English Setters are a breed of gundog that can trace it's history back to the 14th century when the breed was developed from the spaniel. Originally they were called a Setting Spaniel.
This breed is a real specialist when it comes to predatory instincts. They work be ranging out in front of their person, hunting for birds. When the dog has located a bird, then they should go still, known as setting and stay still, facing the bird. The dog should stay still until the human can get close to the dog at which point the dog will be asked to go forward, causing the bird to fly.
These dogs often live happily as companions but experts in the breed note that they are only truly fulfilled if they have opportunities to use their natural ability to find and set birds.
Training activities that will allow your dog to find and set birds in your neighbourhood will be enriching for your dog. So long as you teach your dog to drop into a down or return to you when the birds fly, it will also be a safe activity. If you are not sure how to do that, a reward based gundog trainer will be able to help you to train your dog without risking your relationship.
Hiding toys or food in long grass and letting your dog find them using their nose is also a great English Setter game.
Many hunting dogs enjoy the sport of mantrailing as it allows them to use their hunting instincts.
Others love to do sports like canicross where they are able to run in areas with lots of wildlife to see, hear and smell.
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Predatory Motor Sequence statistics for English Setters. The graph shows the percentage of English Setters in my research study that had a strong level of interest in each behaviour.
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