Sheltie Health and Grooming
Our guide to Sheltie health offers advice on grooming, flea control, spaying, neutering, and common genetic Sheltie health issues.
Shelties are generally a very healthy dog breed, although their genetic history does make them more prone to diseases of the skin, hip and eye. If you own a Shetland Sheepdog, make sure you are aware of all the common ailments - even though your dog has a good chance of never suffering any of these his whole life.
This section also talks about the pros and cons of neutering or spaying your Sheltie, which is essential to help prevent dog overpopulation. You'll also learn about how to groom a Sheltie so his coat is always shiny and healthy, and how to get rid of fleas and ticks.
Shelties are basically a healthy dog breed, especially if they are well-bred. This article explains the more common health problems found in Shetland Sheepdogs, including knee and hip issues, skin problems, and eye abnormalities. Most of these issues are genetic so you can have a puppy tested in advance. You'll also learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy weight in your Sheltie.
Should you neuter your male Sheltie? Deciding whether or not to sterilize your dog can be a tough decision - especially when there is so much confusion over the advantages and disadvantages of neutering. This article covers all the pros and cons of neutering a Sheltie, taking into account the health and behavioral benefits, based on all the known facts. A must-read for any male dog owner.
When should you spay a Sheltie? Besides controlling pet population, there are many health advantages to spaying your Sheltie. The question is, when should you do it? Timing is everything, as surgery will affect the hormone levels of your dog. This article looks at all the pros and cons of spaying a female Sheltie and when to do it for optimum protection against cancers and infections.
Have you ever fed your dog a grape as a treat? How about let him eat leftover meals containing onion, mushrooms or garlic? Does he get the odd tomato scrap when you're making a sandwich? Unfortunately, all these foods and more can be poisonous (and even fatal) to dogs. To preserve your Sheltie's health, see our list of 33 foods that are toxic to dogs.
Step-by-step instructions on how to groom a Sheltland Sheepdog and tame that Sheltie undercoat. With advice on the best dog grooming shears and brushes, you'll learn how to systematically defur so dog grooming becomes a thing to relish and enjoy.
Learn how to get rid of fleas and ticks on your dog with info on flea and tick medicine, flea collars, flea powder, flea bombs and combs. Discover what fleas and ticks look like, how to spot signs of an infestation on your dog and in your house, and the best topical flea control, flea spray, tick removal tools and flea shampoos on the market. A skin-crawling look at the lives of parasites and how to stop them biting your dog - and you.
Can Dogs Really Smell Cancer in Humans?
Astonishingly, it has been proven that dogs can pick up on the scent of cancer in humans. Now, certain breeds with the best sense of smell are being trained to detect cancer in patient samples with up to 95% success.
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.