First and foremost, the main tip is frequent grooming, even just the basics will make your job easier in the long run. Shelties’ coats can mat pretty quickly and in my experience this breed is generally wimpy when it comes to tugging and tearing at those clumps of fur.
So minimize the trauma for both him and you by keeping it all under control.
When the coat looks or feels dirty, it needs to be washed. You don’t have to worry about frequent bathing if you use a decent dog shampoo. It is pH balanced for the dog’s skin.
Most of you have only one Sheltie so you probably bathe him in your bathroom tub. If you have more than one dog, this can get rather painful for your back. I used to feel like I was standing on my head after a while. Here's the first of several tips...
I broke down and bought this relatively inexpensive dog tub Booster Bath 3039 Blue Medium Pet Dog Grooming/Washing Tub
Depending on the size and configuration of your bathroom, you can stick the back two legs in the bathtub so it drains directly into the tub.
If you like, you can place each of the legs on an overturned bucket to raise the tub even more.
The tub is light and you can dismantle it in between uses if you wish. It’s what I use for my pack and it's been a godsend.
There’s enough out there to make your head spin. There are a few I use regularly.
Great for everyday shampooing. Soap free, hypoallergenic, easy to rinse out.
Get a squeeze bottle mix ½ shampoo ½ water. Easier to get into the coat down to the skin. And you use less.
The HyLyt Creme Rinse is also something I dilute in a squeeze bottle.
For Fleas and Ticks
The DeFlea Ready to Use Flea & Tick Shampoo for Dogs and Cats is a non-toxic shampoo that is an instant kill.
Apply to a dry coat, don’t wet the dog down first as normally is done before a bath. It uses the same stuff that is in oral stool softeners for humans.
It softens the outer shell of the flea and tick.
There is no residual effect, so don’t expect it to keep the fleas away after the shampoo.
For Sheltie Skin Problems
If your dog has some serious skin issues, rather than using the usual oatmeal shampoo, you might want to try shampoo with silver in it.
Silver is used in the human medical filed to kill off bacterial infections in wounds.
The Chris Christensen - Peace & Kindness Shampoo delivers the same thing to your dog’s skin.
If you have more than one dog, bathing can get rather tedious. A few years ago, I bought a Power Bather The one I have is a brand that I no longer can find, but the Oster brand I'm mentioning here looks pretty much the same.
And not that I'm bragging or anything (OK, I am)... I made a dog washing system that is better and I am selling it for the same price. Take your pick.
It saves in time and amount of shampoo needed. I wouldn't be without one.
Another way to cut time may be to try this little gizmo call a Sudspro Dual-Action Nozzle Ultimate Dog Washing System. Talk about a mouthful! It's not as expensive but I haven't personally tried it, so can't vouch for it's effectiveness. But it does look kinda neat.
I've had the Chris Christensen Kool Dry Dryer for years and love it! It has a variable speed dial so you can adjust the strength from very soft for puppies to blowing the water off your dog in sheets! I've had it for about 6 years now and it works perfectly.
Never brush a dry coat. Always damp. After your Sheltie’s bath begin line brushing. As the coat dries use Chris Christensen Ice on Ice Conditioner with Sunscreen.
It helps de-mat the coat, protects the hairs from dirt longer than if you didn’t use it. Spray a section of coat, brush and move on.
Once you’ve tried it, you may want to get the bottle of
concentrate and dilute it yourself.
I have other videos on grooming tips for shelties, so stop by my YouTube Channel.