The Sheltie Blog
Welcome to our Sheltie blog, for the latest articles on Shetland Sheepdogs. Share pictures, read stories and find helpful advice on this unique dog breed.
Can Dogs Really Smell Cancer in Humans? - Astonishingly, yes! And now, certain breeds with the best sense of smell are being trained to detect cancer in patient samples with up to 95% success.
101 Shelties in The Bath - 101 Sheltie lovers share their cute, funny and oh-so-sorrowful photos of their dripping wet Shelties in the bath.
101 Cute Sheltie Puppies - Get ready for fluff overload! Here are 101 cute Sheltie puppy photos sent in via our Facebook page.
The Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds - Check out our list of the top 10 most intelligent dog breeds according to the Amercian Kennel Club.
Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs - A list of popular foods like grapes, onions, tomatoes and avocados... that can cause anything from a stomach upset to death in dogs.
The Sheltie FAQ - Our Sheltie FAQ covers all the common questions about raising a Sheltie puppy or rescue dog and giving it a healthy, happy life.
53 Cute Sheltie Antics - Today I asked Sheltie Planet readers: What's the cutest thing your Sheltie has done recently? And here's what you said...
Slow Feed Dog Bowls - Does your Sheltie eat too fast? Does he suffer bloating and hiccups after meals? Slow down Mr Gobble Guts with a slow feed dog bowl.
Why Do Shelties Sleep on Their Backs? - Why do Shelties sleep on their backs with all four paws in the air? Includes some cute Sheltie photos of back-sleeping in action - plus what kind of mood your Sheltie is likely to be in when he sleeps belly-up.
Sheltie Meetup Photos (Auckland) - Today we had our first official Sheltie Meetup in Auckland, New Zealand. Thanks so much to Sue and Gareth for hosting 15 Shelties and their respective humans, who were also quite excitable given the circumstances.
A Tale of Dog Sitters - What happens when you leave your beloved Shelties behind for a four-week trip overseas? They fall in love with the dog sitters of course!
What Makes a Good Dog Bed? - What makes a good dog bed? Warmth? Comfort? Security? Teach your Shetland Sheepdog to get off your human bed and love his own bit of bedding with these top dog beds!
What is The Best Dog Leash? - Decide which is the best leash for your dog: the standard leash, the retractable leash, or the halter leash. Includes tips on dog training and obedience.
The Dog Whisperer Review - My Dog Whisperer review (Season One). What I've learned from Cesar Millan's dog-umentary and his simple dog training techniques and how it relates to Shelties.
How To Photograph Your Dog - These are my 10 tips on photographing your dog, from choosing the perfect setting and camera angle, to being patient and capturing your pet in the moment.
Rob's 50 Funny Sheltie Cartoons - A collection of 50 funny Sheltie cartoons by Rob Middleton - an ebook dedicated to the cute and unique personality traits of the Shetland Sheepdog!
Sheltie Puppy to Adult Dog: In Photos - See the growth of a Sheltie puppy into an adult dog in these adorable photos of our Shetland Sheepdog, Howard. From 8 weeks to 2.5 years in pictures.
Dusty, Our Singing Shetland Sheepdog - Dusty had the Sheltie singing trait and sang to me every day when I would come home... He lived with hip dysplasia in both hips and was on meds most of his life but never complained...
Our Sandy Sunshine by David & Debbie Cochener - Sandy the Sheltie was 10 years old when she came to bless our family. Her gait was sprightly and so was her spirit. If left to her own devices she could...
PRESS RELEASE: Launch of New Shetland Sheepdog Forum - Celebrate the launch of our new Shetland Sheepdog Forum hosted by Sheltie Planet! Registration is free and it's a great place to meet other fans of this unique dog breed.
Sheltie Puppy Training Reviews - Discover the best Sheltie puppy training resources for your sensitive little pooch! Includes comparisons of the top dog training courses.
My FURminator Review - Just how good is the FURminator for Shelties? Watch a video demo and find out the best way to groom your Sheltie with this amazing tool.
The Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds - Check out our list of the top 10 most popular dog breeds according to pet registrations with the Amercian Kennel Club.
Our Tribute to Tessie The Sheltie by Jennifer Sanders - A tribute to our Tessie the Sheltie, who we adopted with a heart condition and other health problems but who gave us 2.5 years of wonderful companionship.
Sadie The Sheltie's Battle with FCE by Melissa Smith - The story of a beautiful Sheltie named Sadie, who was struck down with suspected FCE while running in the park. All about Sadie's diagnosis and recovery.
Interview with Dove Cresswell - An interview with Dove Cresswell, professional dog trainer in TV and film, and creator of Puppy and Dog Training online videos.
Finn and Polly Happy at Last by Judith Bluhm-Brown - My daughters were so excited when I made the decision to get a dog, we wasted no time go to Shenton Park Dog Refuge here in Perth, Western Australia...
Donate to Sheltie Planet - Please donate if you can afford to and have enjoyed this website. Your donations make a real difference to our lives.
Free Sheltie Wallpaper - Grab one of our cute desktop wallpapers featuring the adorable Howard and Piper with scenic backgrounds.
Coco's Sheltie Blog (November 2010 Archives) - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures!
Please Help Nancy & Ceili - Nancy Rutland is one of our readers in a terrifying situation and we would like to make a personal appeal for your help.
Coco's Sheltie Blog (October 2010 Archives) - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures!
Bruiser and Missy by Kimberley Herr - For my graduation from college, my husband surprised me with Bruiser, a Tri Colored Sheltie! He was my baby...
Coco's Sheltie Blog (September 2010 Archives) - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures!
Coco's Sheltie Blog (August 2010 Archives) - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures!
What is The Best Dog Food? - A look at some alarming dog food scams and what ingredients to avoid in kibble. Plus, how to achieve a healthy Sheltie diet naturally.
Lady Duchess, My Tri Color Sheltie, by Estella Guerrero - Living in a mobile home, the search was on for a small dog to keep my husband company while he worked from home. And that's how we met Lady Duchess...
10 Things I Love About Shelties - Shelties are a beautiful dog breed, with their own special characteristics. This is my personal list of 10 things I love about them.
Our Beautiful Sadie by Margaret Schiffer - My husband Dan and I had just become empty nesters and we didn't like it one bit! Not prone to starting over with a baby, we thought we would try a dog.
Our Sheltie and Collie Family by Margaret Lakofsky - We lost our beautiful mahogany Sheltie, Katie, last June. She was named Lakofsky's Katie Scarlett after Gone With The Wind...
Dacia's Story by Agi Cortez - They are Cat People. And there are Dog People. And then there are Sheltie people. We are definitely Sheltie people!
Our Little Lady by Susan Cox - Our Little Lady has quite a background story before we adopted her in 2010, bless her little heart. I found that face and fell in love...
The Story of Lucky and Chase by Julie Smith - The first Sheltie I ever owned arrived mysteriously in my backyard.
Sarah The Sheltie by Christina O'Donnell - I was watching Oprah and there was an episode about puppy mills, it made me so sad. So my husband and I...
Lady and Indy by Mary Patterson - Our Lady Patterson was a little person dressed in a dog suit! She loved and lived to be with us and we with her...
My Name is Lucy by Karen Cunningham Johnson - My name is Lucy. I am 5.5 lbs and so very happy at my new home after three weeks...
Your Sheltie Tales - From cute anecdotes to tear-jerking life stories of Shelties past... Learn about the beautiful nature of these sweet companion dogs.
Sheltie Breeders in The UK - Find Shetland Sheepdog breeders in the UK with our online breeder directory. Includes websites, emails and phone numbers to find local Sheltie puppies for sale!
Is Pet Insurance Worth It? - Do the numbers add up? What are the risks? What pet insurance discounts are there? If you ever wondered about buying pet insurance for your Sheltie, you need to read this.
Grooming Shelties: How to Groom a Shetland Sheepdog - A complete guide to grooming Shelties - from brushing the thick Sheltie undercoat, to trimming and clipping the nails, to learning how to deal with fleas.
Breeder Focus: An Interview with Mary Bryant of Crosswood Shelties - An interview with professional Shetland Sheepdog breeder, Mary Bryant of Crosswood Shelties. Take a glimpse into the life of breeding and dog shows.
The Official Sheltie Planet Store - Browse the Sheltie Planet store for Sheltie goodies! Buy t-shirts, hoodies, dog clothes, food bowls, greeting cards, mugs, food bowls, posters, books, calendars and way more!
Common Sheltie Health Problems - A comprehensive list of common Sheltie health problems, including genetic knee, hip, eye, blood and skin problems. Vital info for Shetland Sheepdog owners.
A Guide to Clicker Training - Try this easy dog training method based on operant and classical conditioning to instill any good behavior in your dog!
The Pros and Cons of Spaying a Sheltie - The pros and cons of spaying a Sheltie: from health benefits like preventing cancers and Pyometra, to disadvantages like spay incontinence and aggression.
Sheltie Health and Grooming - Advice on spaying and neutering, grooming, flea and tick prevention, and common Shetland Sheepdog health issues.
The Pros and Cons of Neutering a Sheltie - The pros and cons of neutering a Sheltie: from health benefits on testicular cancer and prostate disease to behavioral factors like aggression and roaming.
Cool Dog Games to Play with Your Shetland Sheepdog - For dogs who don't understand fetch - these are the best games taught by Shelties themselves!
Dealing with Dog Aggression - While most well-bred Shelties are notoriously calm and placid, some can get too big for their boots. Check out this expert advice on training a dominant dog - with tips on resource guarding, socialization and handling.
Separation Anxiety in Shelties - How to deal with separation anxiety in Shelties - an anxiety disorder that tends to affect the more nervous of companion breeds.
How to Stop Your Sheltie Jumping - Learn whether your Sheltie is jumping out of excitement or dominance - and how to stop your Sheltie jumping on visitors.
Fear of Leash Walking in Shelties - What causes a fear of leash walking in Shelties and how can dog training overcome this phobia?
Dealing with Nipping and Play Biting - Is your Sheltie puppy nipping and play biting? Are you worried about it getting rough when he's grown up? Get expert advice on dealing with nipping and puppy biting, safely and with minimum fuss.
How to Stop Your Sheltie Whining - Is your Sheltie's whining driving you nuts? Get free expert advice on why puppies and adult dogs whine - and how to deal with this behavior in Shelties.
The Basics of Sheltie Puppy Training - How to build mutual trust and respect with your Shetland Sheepdog before embarking on Sheltie puppy training. Top advice on how to bond with your Sheltie.
Your Guide to House Training a Puppy - The basics of house training a puppy through crate training or traditional housebreaking with newspapers. Enjoy successful dog toilet training in weeks!
How to Stop Your Sheltie Chewing - Stop your Sheltie chewing your treasured possessions! Learn exactly how to dog proof your home, plus five dog training tips to curb destructive chewing.
How to Stop Your Sheltie Barking - An amazing trick to stop your Sheltie barking! They'll quickly learn to curb their unwanted barking, while still giving one or two alarm barks to fulfil their innate watchdog tendencies.
Sheltie Training: How to Train Your Sheltie Puppy - The Fun Way! - Free Sheltie training articles, from puppy training issues like housebreaking and chewing, to adult dog training like barking, obedience and more!
Cute Dog Quotes and Sayings - A collection of cute dog quotes and sayings!
The Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard: A Guide to The Sheltie Standard - The Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard defines the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of the Sheltie breed by American and English Standards.
Why Breed to The Standard? A Guest Article by Charlotte Hulett - Charlotte Hulett considers the breed Standard after breeding Shelties professionally for 50 years. Includes comparisons of US and English Champions.
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in The USA - Find Local Sheltie Puppies for Sale! - Find Shetland Sheepdog breeders in the USA with our extensive directory. Websites, emails and phone numbers to find local Sheltie puppies for sale!
Shetland Sheepdog Rescue: Browse Our Sheltie Rescue Directory - Browse our huge directory of Shetland Sheepdog rescue centers across the US, UK and Canada. Find a special new friend-for-life through Sheltie rescue.
Sheltie Names - Great Ideas for Cool Sheltie Puppy Names - Find Sheltie names that are clever AND cute! I've put together my favorite Sheltie puppy names like Dexter, Merlin, Benji, Minnie, Athena, Digger, Xena and more... come see!
Sheltie Puppies for Sale - Find Sheltie Dogs for Sale Near You - A directory of Shetland Sheepdog breeders and rescue centers to find Sheltie puppies for sale near you. Plus, why you should NEVER buy a pet store puppy.
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders - USA, Canada, UK, Australia & New Zealand - Find Shetland Sheepdog breeders near you! Browse our extensive Sheltie breeders directory and find gorgeous Sheltie puppies for sale.
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in Canada - Find Local Sheltie Puppies for Sale! - Find Shetland Sheepdog breeders in Canada with our extensive directory. Includes websites, emails and phone numbers to find local Sheltie puppies for sale!
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in New Zealand - Find Local Sheltie Puppies for Sale! - Find Shetland Sheepdog breeders in New Zealand with our extensive directory. Websites, emails and phone numbers to find local Sheltie puppies for sale!
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in Australia - Find Local Sheltie Puppies for Sale! - Find Shetland Sheepdog breeders in Australia with our extensive directory. Websites, emails and phone numbers to find local Sheltie puppies for sale!
Water Shelties? How to Teach Sheltie Puppies That Water is Fun! - Do water Shelties exist? You bet! With a little persistence and gentle encouragement, Shelties CAN go swimming - and rather enjoy it! Teach your Sheltie puppies how to swim and become confident water dogs.
Sheltie Talk - Hear Our Shelties Sing! - Does your Sheltie talk to you? Or do your Shelties sing! While they can be nice quiet dogs, Shetland Sheepdogs can also engage in quite a bit of dog talk.
Shy Dogs: How to Socialize Puppies to Prevent Sheltie Shyness - Shelties can be shy dogs that flee from strangers. Learn about socializing puppies to prevent Sheltie shyness - and how to stop shyness in dogs as adults.
The Sheltie Smile: Doctor, Doctor, I Swear My Dog is Grinning at Me! - Is the Sheltie smile real? Can dogs really laugh? Experts say yes - but it's not why we think. Discover the real reason behind the Shetland Sheepdog smile.
Sheltie Traits: Bizarre Characteristics of The Shetland Sheepdog! - A fun look at some of the bizarre Sheltie traits - like the Sheltie smile and the sing-song voice... Yep, Shetland Sheepdogs are a quirky breed indeed!
Launch of New Website Dedicated to Shetland Sheepdogs - Celebrate the launch of a new website on Shetland Sheepdogs! Sheltie Planet is a free website created by Becky Turner for fans of this unique dog breed.
Press Releases by Sheltie Planet - Find the latest press releases by Sheltie Planet, the website dedicated to Shetland Sheepdogs and their owners.
The Sheltie Family: Collie Cousins - A look at the Sheltie family tree - from Rough Collies (aka Lassies) to Border Collies and more. In fact, there are more Collies than you care to imagine!
Our Cute Sheltie Videos - Check out my favorite Sheltie videos on You Tube, including a montage of the Sheltie puppy Howard as he grows up, and the hilarious Howard Woofintgton Moon in Concert!
The Truth About Miniature Shelties - Want to know the truth about miniature Shelties? They may look cute, but toy breeds suffer from more health problems than any other...
The Shetland Sheepdog Puppy - A Guide to Sheltie Pups - Bringing home a new Shetland Sheepdog puppy is an exciting time - but are you prepared for it? Discover the basics of Sheltie pups and how to care for one.
The Sheltie Colors - The beautiful Sheltie colors; from the classic sable Shetland Sheepdog, to the bi black, tri color and blue merle Sheltie. What's your favorite coat color?
Submit Your Sheltie Pictures for All The World to See! - Do you have the cutest Sheltie pictures on the planet? Submit your Sheltie photos and get your furry friend seen by doting fans of the Shetland Sheepdog.
About Us - and Our Sheltie Puppies! - Behind the scenes at Sheltie Planet, a site dedicated to Shetland Sheepdogs, including a peek at the lives of our own Sheltie puppy dogs, Howard and Piper.
The Shetland Sheepdog: A Guide to The Sheltie Breed - Learn about the origins of the Shetland Sheepdog, to the modern day Sheltie breed standard - and why Shelties are so different from the famous Lassie dog.
A Brief Sheltie History - A fascinating Sheltie history tracing the evolution of Shetland Sheepdogs from the origins in Scandinavia to Collie crosses in Scotland's Shetland Islands.
Welcome to Sheltie Planet - Sheltie Planet is the complete guide to this super cute dog breed! Check out gorgeous Sheltie pictures and learn about the traits of Shetland Sheepdogs.
How To Photograph Your Dog
One of the reasons I made Sheltie Planet is because I have an abundance of Sheltie photos I wanted to share. I love taking pictures of Howard and Piper and being able to capture them in a way that frames that moment forever. Today I'd like to share some general pet photography tips based on what I've learnt using my digital point-and-shoot camera. I hope this helps you get the most out of your pet photography and creates some great images that you will treasure forever.
The Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds
Dogs can be smart in different ways: a breed with an acute and wellhoned ability to work will be quick to learn how to do its job. Other breeds may be so eager to please their people that they're attentive and highly trainable. But intelligence alone doesn't make a good pet. Owners need to be willing to put in the work to channel a dog's inherent intelligence - and a good owner will understand a dog's natural traits to bring out his natural smarts.