Sheltie training doesn’t need to be a chore because these loyal pooches are smart and eager to please.  All they require is the right guidance and direction, something that you can easily provide either with the help of a professional trainer or by learning techniques for at-home instruction. 

That being said, the following are some tips you should keep in mind when engaging in any type of sheltie training, regardless of the method:

Tip 1 – Teach them young.  The saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is certainly inaccurate because dogs can learn at any age.  That said, once a canine has developed behaviors it can become difficult to break any habit you find unacceptable.  Therefore, it is best to train when the shelti is still a pup.   Once you welcome them home, you need to begin socializing with humans and animals, start housebreaking and basic obedience.  You want them to develop a confident and friendly personality and teach them to obey while they are still growing.

Tip 2 – Give firm but gentle instruction.  Sheltie training does not need to be intense and severe.  Harsh tones and aggressive teachings may have a negative affect on your companion.   It might slow his learning and could even cause him to resent it.  This doesn’t mean you let your pal call the shots, but firm and gentle lessons will provide him with a positive education environment.

Tip 3 – Remain consistent.  Always teach using the same method to encourage quick comprehension.  Every command should be taught using the same steps and each family member should use the exact technique to prevent confusion.  The more consistent you are, the faster he will learn.

Tip 4 – Let your pooch set the pace.  Move on to a new lesson only when your doggie is ready.  Sheltie training should not be forced or accelerated beyond your sheltie’s ability to comprehend.  Wait until he understands one instruction before moving on to the next.

Tip 5 – Have fun but don’t get carried away.  You can keep things engaging for your bud to keep him interested but don’t forget about the task at hand.  For instance, if you are incorporating fun into the session never lose sight of your goal.  Shetland’s are very playful creatures and will try to steer you off course.

Tip 6 – Exercise before a lesson – Sheepdog training will be unsuccessful if your four-legged friend has too much energy to burn.  Take him for a good walk or let him run around before you try to focus his mind.

Tip 7 – Sheltie training doesn’t have to end with obedience – This is a very talented poochie who can learn to do a variety of things including tricks (I.E. roll over, play dead, etc.), herding, tracking, agility, competitive obedience, guarding and watchdog.  Don’t be afraid to shake things up!