101 Shelties in The Bath
101 pictures of Shelties in the bath. Our readers share their cutest, funniest and oh-so-sorrowful photos of dripping wet Shelties in the tub. Whether they're shrunk by half, or giving you the side eye for making them clean, they're a pretty adorable bunch.
After The Bath...
There's nothing quite like a wet Sheltie rubbing himself all over the furniture after a bath. This is all part of his bathtime revenge policy.
Of course, some of you are more sensible than us and take a few minutes to blow dry your Shelties. Whether they're wrapped up in towels or blow dried and poofy, the results are quite gorgeous!
How to Bathe a Shetland Sheepdog
You don't need to bathe Shelties very often. Like many dogs they lick themselves clean. Shelties in particular tend to avoid swimming and rolling in animal poop which are the main culprits of bad smells.
In fact, you can leave them unbathed for months and you'll find they don't develop any nasty smell. What's more, if you wash them too often you will strip away their natural coat oils, causing dryness, flaking and itching.
So only bathe your Sheltie when he needs it, for instance, if he gets really muddy. Otherwise, let his natural oils do the cleaning for you.
When you do bath your Sheltie, use warm water to shower him in the tub. Part the hair, getting the nozzle right against his skin. Otherwise the waterproof outercoat will protect him like water off a duck's back.
Be extra careful not to shower water straight into his ear holes. Use cotton balls to protect them if you're worried.
Only use shampoo design for dogs - we recommend the bestseller Oatmeal Pet Wash - because human products have different pH levels which can damage your Sheltie's skin. Take extra care to wash the shampoo out thoroughly.
After bathing, gently pat your dog dry with a towel. Don't rub him or you'll damage the undercoat which is more prone to breakage when wet. Allow him to dry off naturally indoors. Or, if your furniture can't take a wet Sheltie rubbing himself all over it, carefully blow dry the coat on a low setting, parting the hair as you go.
How to Care for a Shetland Sheepdog Puppy
All puppies are adorable. That's a scientific fact! But the Shetland Sheepdog puppy - with his big floppy ears, beautiful almond eyes, and silky soft fur - knows how to be deliberately cute on demand. Interestingly, sable Sheltie puppies usually have lighter fur when they're young, which deepens and intensifies as they age. In fact, it can take up to two years for the full adult double coat to grow, which is what gives this breed their distinctive look.
How to Clicker Train Your Dog
Clicker training is a gentle training method that uses only positive reinforcement to teach your dog new behaviors. All you need is a good clicker and an understanding about what makes this dog training method work so well, especially with intelligent dogs like Shelties. I'm going to help you get an overview of clicker training here, plus everything you need to get started.
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.