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Hello there,
My name is Claudia, we have a 6 month old Llewellin Setter male….his name is Porter. This is our first dog :)
My husband is training Porter for upland hunting here in Ontario, Canada.
We researched the bread before we got him and a friend had an English Setter. If you don't mind, there are a few questions I'd like to ask you about this bread.
Like all puppies Porter like to chew so we are crating him during the day, four hours in the morning, then my father in law comes at lunch take him for a walk...we are so lucky that he does that….and four more hours
and we are home.
We do crate him at night as well. He likes his crate.
I did some reading regarding their hair and shedding but I'm still not clear on a few things... Some people say Llewellins shed all year long or seasonally twice a year. From your experience which do find is the case?
Right now there is lots of hair on his pillow very fine I’m assuming that’s puppy hair? I’m looking to get a brush ,I’ve tried the soft slicker brush but nothing is coming out. What do you recommend?
Lastly what food do you feed your dogs? We purchased the science diet from the vet and we found that he had an itchy coat. We've changed to Merrick brand and found he is doing a lot better, it's expensive for a little bag.:(
The internet can be over whelming when you look into dog food.
Thanks for any feedback you can give.
 

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Hi there! I've never had that kind of setter, but I do know that most setters shed quite a bit. I've got a Furminator brush for my super sheddy cat that works wonders.

We feed our puppy Blue Buffalo. It is fairly expensive ($31 for a 15lbs bag here), but the content is very good. As a general rule, make sure the first two ingrediants are A) some kind of protien and B) something you'd eat. Seems to be an okay way of picking food for dogs :).
 

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Hi there and welcome!
Another member Tess and I both have Llewellins! :D (AppleJack, they are a pure field bred strain of ES.)

Setters all shed year round. (I'm not a groomer, but I always assumed only double coated dogs or some curley coated "blow" their coats a couple times a year.) That said, I've found some Llews shed more than others--for example, one of our girls with a courser/straighter coat sheds more than our others with finer/softer/slightly more wavy coats.

I personally don't love the Furminator for our setters' coats. I typically use a pin brush or slicker and a rubber curry for shedding them out (ie after baths), and a soft bristle brush for the rare maintenance grooming. I use the pin brush in their feathers as well. Btw, we clip some of our dogs' longer coats down (and feathers) late summer to prep for hunting season (we don't like to clip during season since it's so close to winter)--doesn't do much for shedding but makes a world of difference for burrs/weeds/tangles in the field.

We feed our dogs Taste of the Wild and Canidae dog foods, with fresh food and Orijen/AcanaRegionals supplementing. IMO, I wouldn't ever feed SD unless my dog required one of their prescriptions (and there was no other option) for a health issue. I can't tell you much about personal experience with Merrick.
 
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There are lots of foods that I've heard are better than science diet. I'm feeding kirkland's chicken and rice atm. There's a good review website online here. Typicall 4-5 stars are well rated.

I find it's probably the BEST place to start-the reviews are as detailed as possible. I really love this website. It also gives a boatload of types of food, including various ones from the same brand, so you can see how they differ.
 
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