|This Online Seminar has been developed by popular demand (really from puppy buyers and individuals that express an interest in learning how to groom) as I am often asked to teach fanciers how to groom the Shetland Sheepdog and yes, Rough Collies too.Show & Tell: An accumulation of video clips collected throughout the years; what I find most valuable, I am sharing with you now. Everyone does everything a little differently but I personally find these techniques to be simple and suitable for the show ring.
THE BEST GROOMED DOG WINS! Words of Wisdom:
Hey! A shout out to all you sheltie grooming fanatics and experts!
If you have a grooming tip and/or digital video, send it along for publication. We would love hearing from you.
This is our first AOC (any other color) American Champion, Ch Silver Trails The Dreamcatcher “Bucky” short for Buckwheat, bred by Walter & Dee Silverstein, Co-Owned by Michael Pinckes.
(Video Clips are accompanied by the script for the hearing impaired.)
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, see dremel instructions at:
Keep the eyes, teeth and
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.