Tips and Techniques

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NEVER SHAVE A SHELTIE COAT – unless of course there is excessive matting – that would be the ONLY exception to this rule.

The grooming schedule for any long-haired dog is: brush daily and comb weekly down to the skin. I tell owners, if you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself then you MUST pay to have it done and done often and thoroughly.

The same with nails. Keep them short to prevent arthritis. Long nails can send trauma up through the tiny joints in the feet and splay the feet. That click click sound on the tile is telling you TRIM MY NAILS! So, … cut or Dremel weekly.


Eyes: Eyes should be bright, clean and clear and the eye rims should be very dark. All of our show dogs and puppy show prospects are certified “clear” beginning at 7 weeks of age. It is recommended that all breed dogs be cerf’d. annually. If you have an eye issue we recommend locally Susan M. Carastro DVM, MS, 561-967-5966.

Teeth: I recommend using a toothpaste specifically formulated for dogs such as Petrodex with a finger brush and Virbac C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Rinse. Have your veterinarian set you up with a complete package.

Ears: I recently purchased from my veterinarian a product called “After Care Maintenance Otic Solution for Dogs” to be used for long term continuous maintenance of the ear canal. I gently clean the ears with cotton balls with a little of this solution. If this doesn’t help the build up of dirt and/or wax, you may want to consult your veterinarian for a possible yeast infection.

Ear Setting: As a breeder, I like to see a good effort made to properly tip the ears. It’s not difficult and when you get the hang of it, it’s easy and what a difference over prick ears. PLLLEEEZZZZZZZ!

This is our first sable female American Champion, Ch Silver Trails Fancy That! “Darla” (shown here as a puppy) bred & owned by Walter & Dee Silverstein.
At just 12 weeks, Darla had the most lovely ear set.
Keep puppies braced until the adult teeth are fully in.

OBESITY: Please, do not let your sheltie become obese. A standard sheltie should weigh 1.5 lbs. per inch of height measured from the withers down to the floor. If you cannot feel the ribs and hip bones and basically feels like a stuffed sausage, your sheltie is overweight.


This is our first sable American Champion, Ch Silver Trails WYSIWYG “Alfie”,
short for Alfalfa, bred & owned by Walter & Dee Silverstein.