How to Train Your Sheltie By Becky Casale Shelties make dog training easy because they're intelligent and eager dogs. But problems can arise if you miscommunicate. Here's some expert advice on dog psychology and essential obedience training. House training a Sheltie puppy is a two-stage process. Start indoors by teaching him to pee and poop on training pads, then at 4 months transition the business outside. Clicker training is ideal for Shelties learning obedience, tricks, and agility. It's a gentle training method that uses psychological conditioning. Many dogs love to play fetch or tug-of-war, but Shelties are far more idiosyncratic. Here are some fun games for Shelties that reward their herding instinct. Behavioral problems aside, the best way to stop your Sheltie barking is to fill her life with productive outlets for her energy: agility, tricks, obedience, chew toys, games, and exercise. Swimming is great exercise for Shelties that doesn't strain the joints. But how do you get them in the ocean? Here's how to desensitize Shelties to water in baby steps. Shelties can shy dogs if they aren't well socialized as puppies. Missing this window is a huge loss for a Sheltie, but there are ways to help minimize his anxiety. Some Shelties develop a serious fear of leash walking, creating neurotic behavior when it's time for a walk. Here are 7 steps to overcome her fear of the leash. Separation anxiety is a real problem for many dogs. When you leave for work in the morning, your dog may be plunged into a state of nervous anxiety which intensifies rapidly without your return. It's natural to be apprehensive when you bring a newborn baby home. Your whole life will change, especially if this is your first child. And having pets around can shake things up that extra bit.. Puppies find chewing a very satisfying activity, particularly while their teeth are coming through. The trick is to teach them what is and isn't acceptable for chewing. Nipping and play biting is normal in puppies but can be an issue in older dogs who haven't learned bite inhibition. Is your Sheltie jumping up to greet you when you come home? Does he try to get in the face of house guests? Here's how to curb this behavior. The first dogs evolved from wolves around 20,000-40,000 years ago, and despite a long history of domestication, all dogs retain some aggressive instinct from their wild ancestry. Here's what I learned from Rana the Sheltie's rehabilitation sessions with alpha-dog proponent, Cesar Millan.. Becky Casale is the creator of Sheltie Planet and Science Me. She's passionate about genetics, evolution, and animals. Meet her famous Shelties Howard and Piper Woofington Moon if you think you can handle the fluff.