Basic Care of Your Shelties

Listed are only the basics that you should provide your Sheltie. For more in-depth information, please refer to our recommended reading list, your breeder and veterinarian. All of these are great resources!

Food

Feed a quality food. To prevent digestive upset, always introduce new food in small amounts over the course of 7-10 days. Never over feed your Sheltie.  Use hard biscuit treats in moderation and as rewards, but not as a replacement for a meal.  FDA guidelines on dog food labeling can be found [here].

Water

Have plenty of fresh water available at all times.

Grooming

Brush your Sheltie daily, if able, but at least weekly.  Since your Sheltie is a double-coated breed, be sure to brush down to the skin with a good pin brush.  Look for tangles around the ears and the elbows.  If your Sheltie gets wet, when he is dry, give him a good brushing so his soft undercoat will not mat. Be sure the nails do not get too long.  If you can hear them click on the floor, they need trimming.

Control

Your Sheltie should only be allowed to roam freely in a completely fenced area. Do not let your Sheltie out off-leash.  Never tether your Sheltie outside.

Identification

Collar ID tags are great in addition to a microchip which can be implanted by your veterinarian.

Training

Shelties are very intelligent and are easy to train. Shelties love to please and will respond to positive encouragement.

Bed

Beds should be out of drafts and in a quiet area.  Many breeders train their puppies to sleep as well as eat in an air crate, especially if there are other pets in the house.

Health

Shelties require routine vaccinations and should be regularly treated for fleas and worms. Breeders can be a great resource for any questions you may have as to the health of your Sheltie.  However, never hesitate in taking your Sheltie to a veterinarian if you feel there is an issue which requires professional treatment.