About The Authors
Rebecca Turner, Writer and Editor
Rebecca Turner is a writer and blogger, studying for a BSc in Zoology at Massey University. Besides learning about the evolution of all animals on Earth - from sessile sponges to prodigious primates - she gets to discover the workings of DNA, physiology, lifecycles, populations and conservation.
Rebecca has taken care of Shelties for 10 years and written 100+ articles about the breed. She's talked to numerous breeders, rescuers and pet owners who are in love with Shelties. Read her personal story of how she came to meet her first Sheltie puppies and download her Sheltie Anthology today.
Pete Casale, Web Designer and Writer
Pete Casale is a multi-talented web designer and UX specialist, studying for a BSc in Psychology and Philosophy at Massey University. He's a lifelong animal lover and regularly donates his time to New Zealand's animal welfare charity the SPCA.
Pete manages all the technical aspects of running Sheltie Planet, and with his love of Shelties is also a contributing writer and illustrator. Check out Pete's digital music, his comedy podcast Schemey Pete's Scenarios and illustrated science articles at Science Me.
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Write for Sheltie Planet
Interested in writing* a one-off or regular contribution to Sheltie Planet? We'd love to have more voices on the website. Whether you're a Sheltie rescuer, breeder, or hobbyist we welcome amateur and professional writers of all backgrounds to share their perspective.
We love an informal style that offers advice or insights, or just happy endings about Sheltie rescues. To get an idea of our style guidelines, check out the article archives. To apply, email Rebecca with:
- A short note about yourself and the Shelties in your life
- A title or summary idea for your article or story
*We don't accept articles from marketing agencies or non-Sheltie related topics so please don't ask.
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.