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Shetland Sheepdog part 2

More interesting details about the Shetland sheepdog

 

History

The original sheepdog was a Spitz-type dog similar to actual Icelandic sheepdog, these dogs were crossed with working collies and then with rough collies. Most of the crossed breeds are now extinct. They first were called Shetland Collies, name that upset Rough Collie breeders. Because of that the name was then changed to Shetland Sheepdog during the early 20th century

d Sheepdog puppy

d Sheepdog puppy

Ears

Their ears should bend slightly or tip, which contributes to the popular “Sheltie Expression”. The ears usually have the top third tipped

Grooming

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

As mentioned in part one, Shelties have a double coat, the most exterior coat is filled with long straight and water repellant hair, this helps them keep warm in cold weathers . The undercoat is furry and very dense, this coat also helps to keep the dog warm. The coat should be shed twice a year, commonly at spring and autumn. Shaving Shelties is very bad for their skin and sometimes they don’t regrow the hair that’s been shaved.

Temperament

The Shetland is intelligent, playful, lively, trainable and willing to please and obey its master. They are very loving dogs, loyal and affectionate with people that are close to them. It may be aloof with strangers, for this reason they must be socialized when young. The Shelties may be reserved to strangers but they are very brave dogs, they don’t show any fear. They do well with children if grown together when its a puppy, but watch over their time together because of the small size of the dog, it could get injured easily

 

shetland sheepdog

shetland sheepdog

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Shetland Sheepdog, herding dog

Shetland Sheepdog (often called Sheltie) are small to médium sized dogs in a variety of colors

 General description

cute Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog cute

The Shetland Sheepdog are very energetic dogs who are always willing to play, run and work hard. They are known for having a role in herding and protecting sheeps. This breed is probably a descendant of collies and King Charles Spaniel. Nowadays these dogs are considered family pets although they can be raised in a farm to perform some herding jobs. The original name was Shetland Collie, but caused a lot of controversy amoung other Collies breeders so they were renamed to Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog puppy

Shetland Sheepdog puppy

They have a double coat and are small dogs. He’s agile and sturdy. In terms of eye colors they may present blue eyes or one brown and one blue. Common eyes are generally dark.

Coat colors may vary between 3 different colors, tri-color, blue merles and sable with white. Blue merles have more chance to present blue eyes, all other coat colors must have brown eyes. Sable is the more common color of coating, there are always exceptions

In general males are bigger than females and they weigh around 11 to 24 lb, however Shelties can be found outside of these ranges

Shetland Sheepdog puppy

Shetland Sheepdog puppy

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Papillon. Called the Continental Toy Spaniel

Papillon. French name meaning butterfly, also called the Continental Toy Spaniel a Spaniel type breed

General description.

The papillon has large ears, that can be erected or dropped with round tips, a papillon with dropped ears is called a Phalène (meaning moth in French). It has a slightly rounded head, medium sized dark eyes. The papillon has a long tail. That it’s very nice to see if you care for your dogs appearance, the tail is carried over the body and covered in fine hairs which make it really smooth.

Papillon 2 months old Puppy

Papillon 2 months old Puppy

The Papillon presents a long straight and fine single coat. Common coat colors are white with patches of any color

The Papillon is a very capable and intelligent dog, meaning it can be easily learn tricks and be obedient, so it’s easy to train. The dogs personality is affected by how you raise it. Socializing with other people at young ages is recommended, if so, the dog becomes very sociable with other people and great with children also other pets can get along. If isolated at puppy stage, the dog can develop an aggressive behavior towards other dogs. But these are the exception.

Papillon, Cute Puppy

Papillon, Cute Puppy

Papillons are very loving, playful and affectionate dogs, known as great companion dog. They can behave very active and full of energy when it’s time to play, so it can keep up with very active people but also enjoys the peace and calm of sleeping in arms of its owner. However, they need a good dose of daily exercise because of their high energy levels.

Papillon Puppy long ears

Papillon Puppy long ears

Due to their single coat, papillons are more sensitive to cold than to heat, they can withstand heat very well but should not be left outside in cold days.

The name of butterfly/moth was selected for this dog because of their ears, large and well fringed that gives them a butterfly’s wing like appearance

Papillon maltese

Papillon maltese

 

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Dog Training

The 10 Most Easily Trainable Dmall Dogs

We have covered the methods to train your dog with the most important commands. Your dog will learn more than these, but what we saw is the basis for the remaining training.

We have also told you, that not all breeds are so easy to train, but all are trainable. You must be the master of endurance and persistence. Consistency is the most important factor. At this point we assume that you have become or is on track to become the leader.

To be more trainable does not mean to be more intelligent, these are two different skills.

We want to list the 10 most easily trainable breeds of small dogs

  • Papillon
  • Shetland Sheppdog
  • Poodle (Miniature and Toy)
  • Phalene
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Pomeranian
  • Schipperke
  • Bolognese

If your dog’s breed is not listed here, do not despair, are only small differences that influence the time it takes to teach each behavior.
Remember to be assertive, be calm and if at times you lose the calm, leave the training to be able to control the situation.

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Dog Training, Come Command

At this point your dog has learned or he is in process to learn the SIT and DOWN commands. Remember that training requires to be patient, and is based on repetition, a positive and assertive attitude on your part, which will be reflected in your dog behavior.

Remember that any time your dog loses concentration or starts to bark or have undesirable attitudes, SIT is a good command to regain control.

Today we will learn the COME command.

Come Command

In this case you cannot touch your dog because he is away from you, so you will need to demonstrate with your actions and your voice tone the meaning of the command. To start say the name of your dog and at the same time the command COME, he will look at you, he doesn’t know what you want him to do. Crouch down and extend your arms in welcome, this will be a clear signal of the target of the command.

Practice it as many times as your dog needs to understand and “remember” the meaning. Never call your dog with COME if this will be followed by something your dog does not like, such as grooming etc.

It is easy and important, remember that your attitude and voice tone when saying the command or name is critical for your dog to understand.

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Dog Training, after the SIT command

We will learn the DOWN command

In our previous article Dog Training – Sit Command we learned the first and important command our dog must learn, SIT. Here we can see the sit position learned and the dog being rewarded.

SIT

SIT

In our first article we also discussed the importance of the positive training method versus the negative one. And we will give you an example of this.

Let’s suppose someone comes to your home, a neighbour, relative or unknown people. Many dogs jump trying to get attention or as a sign of joy because he knows the person, or bark etc. Then you have two options, to begin saying NO and lose control or give the SIT command that your dog already knows and do well. The first reaction is going through the negative side, the SIT is a positive response, and you gain control over the situation.

Every time you need to gain control on a situation, the most simple and effective way is to order your dog to SIT, this is a simple command and reinforces our leadership. Once the dog calmed down, we are again in position to control over the situation.

The DOWN command

This will be a rest position and also submission. The easiest way to start teaching this command is after the dog sat. Being in this position, we will signal with one hand from the dog nose to the floor while saying DOWN in the correct tonal voice and pushig down the dog shoulders.

In this way we are teaching the work DOWN, reinforcing the command with our hand movement in front of the dog, and pushing down to let him understand what we want with this command.

Of course when the command is completed successfully, the praise will follow.

As a second step after several repetitions, will be the DOWN command and our hand signaling without touching our dog. Once this was achieved, we will use only the voice command.

This is simple to say but may take some time depending on each dog, remember, repetition is the rule. In case you feel you are losing focus it is preferable to end the session and resume it later or another day.

Good luck !

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Dog Training, where to start

Having in mind the concepts we introduced in our first post on training, we will need to have a dog collar, not one to hurt the dog but to control him, and a leash, preferable an adjustable leash, please do not use retractable leashes.

Training sessions must be short, let’s say 10 to 15 minutes each one and it can be repeated 2 or 3 times a day. If we try to have longer sesions, the dog will lose focus.

The main and basic commands will be SIT, DOWN, STAY, COME. Commands must be short words and remember that the command must be done in the apropiate voice tone. SIT will be the most important, because if the dog is out of control, or lose focus, sitting is the condition that we will seek to regain control.

We will use a ‘positive‘ training, that is we will praise our dog when he completes our order, so he knows he did what we wanted him to do. Some people us ‘clickers‘, thats an artifact that makes the sound click, so when something is done as expected the trainer ‘click’ to inform the dog and condition the action to the sound. In fact this is not necessary but if you want to use it, then go on. The ‘negative’ trainer would punish the dog when something goes wrong, we need to avoid this situation, if something goes out of control the best thing to do is to order SIT and regain control.

 SIT Command

It’s time to start, and SIT will be the first, easy and important command.

You will say SIT while you hold the leash and push down his rump. With this action you are saying the command we want the dog learn, and at the same time demonstrating the action required. When your dog accept that position praise him. All training requires repetitions, so do this several times, and always praise your dog.

As a second step you will say SIT while just touching his rump but not pushing down. If our dog obeys the command praise him and continue, on the contrary go back to the first kind of demonstration.

After several repetitions or sesions, substitute the touch by just signaling, and the final step is the response by using just the voice command SIT.

It requieres many repetitions depending on each dog, so be patient and repeat the process, command – action- praise.

This will continue… good luck

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Dog Training – the basics

Dog Training – part I

This section will contain several parts to go step by step in the process of traning our dog.

First things first, so let’s start by knowing the characteristics of dogs, first concept to keep in mind is that your dog is not a ‘little human being’, he/she is a dog, feels like a dog and thinks like a dog. So we have to learn to communicate with a dog.

Second point, training begins the very first minute you receive a new puppy, but if you already have your dog begin now, maybe it will take you more time but you will do it.

Third point, not all breeds are equally easy to train, but all are trainable.

Dogs, in the same way as a wolf need an Alpha (the leader) and you need to become the Alpha of your dog(s), and your dog will become your follower. You will train your dog, but all the family must understand and follow the training.

Voice tone will be very important in all the process, command voice tone must differ from the praise voice tone or disapproval voice tone. The first word your dog will and must learn is his name, so you will repeat it many times when “talking” to your dog and with a friendly voice tone. Remember not to say the name when something goes wrong, the dog should not associate his name with any wrong attitude.

As a general rule all command words will be short (like ‘sit’, ‘down’ etc), avoid long sentences that will be the only thing that will confuse the dog.

Having all these points in mind you can begin the traning, enjoy it!

Breeze learning to sit

Breeze learning to sit

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French Bulldog videos

Selection of French Bulldog videos for small dogs

This time we have selected four Youtube videos that will complement information of previous posts for this breed.

The first one comes from Animal Planet as it is shown in Youtube, and it’s very instructive adding useful information about the breed, and as always it’s enjoyable for those of us who have one.

French Bulldog in Animal Planet

French Bulldog in Animal Planet

 

Second selected video shows a French Bulldog ‘discussion‘ 🙂 It’s really funny to watch the puppy discussing with the older dog, enjoy it

French Bulldog discussion

French Bulldog discussion

 

This video shows Hammie, a French Bulldog vs. a Laser Pointer. It’s funny for the dog and a good exercise at home, so if it is raining or the weather very cold here you have a solution.

Hammie the French Bulldog vs Laser Pointer

Hammie the French Bulldog vs Laser Pointer

And last but not least at all, this video shows the training of a French Bulldog puppy just 12 weeks old. Look at the behaviour, great

training French Bulldog puppy 12 weeks old

training French Bulldog puppy 12 weeks old

We hope you enjoy this videos, let us know your experience by commenting here

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American Hairless Terrier – funny videos

Our selection of funny videos on American Hairless Terrier

In our recent article we described characteristics of this small dog breed  – American Hairless Terrier.

We said “The American Hairless Terrier is very intelligent, alert and loving dog, they love to play at any time” and this love to play is really true. So we selected four videos for your joy.

The first one shows several American Hairless Terrier diving in search of balls in a swimming pool, be prepared to enjoy it

American Hairless Terriers go swimming

American Hairless Terriers go swimming

 Who told you dogs do not like technology?  The following video shows the American Hairless Terrier playing on iPad… yes, a dog updated on technology. Maybe the owner had to buy a new iPad…

american hairless terrier mum playing on iPad

american hairless terrier mum playing on iPad

When puppies are young, they need someone to teach them the way to play… Look at this mum playing with the puppies

american hairless terrier mum playing with puppes

american hairless terrier mum playing with puppies

 

The last one for today, shows this American Hairless Terrier playing with his toy. This time he doesn’t need nobody else to have a good time

 

american hairless terrier playing with a toy

american hairless terrier playing with a toy

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