Contents – Vol. I

  1. Toonie Dog to Champion

       Origins  •  The Show Sheltie  •  The Sheltie Comes to America  • Early Imports  •

      The Late 20th Century and Beyond

2. The Essence of Sheltie Character

     Sheltie Characteristics  •  Unique Breed Traits  •  Temperament and Personality  •

     Recognizing Correct Temperament  •  Temperament, Personality and Age  •  Picking

     the Right Personality for You  •

 3. Understanding the Breed Standard

      Analysis of the Standard  •  Faults and Virtues  •  Faults which can be Influenced by

      Conditioning  •  Type in the Sheltie

4.  See the Dog Trot

      Soundness  •  Analysis of Gait  •  Mechanics of Gait  •  Why Correct Gait is Essential

5.  The Question of Size

      How to Measure a Sheltie  •  Predicting Size  •  Sheltie Growth Chart  •  Practical

       Aspects of Breeding to Size

6.  Those Darn Ears

      Heredity vs. Artifical Correction of Earset  •  Which Ear Faults are Correctable?  •

      Setting the Ears   •   Correcting Specific Ear Types

7.  To Have and to Hold

      Keeping Your Sheltie Safe  •  First Days in a New Home  •  The Indoor Sheltie  •

      The Doghouse or Kennel  •  If Your Sheltie is Lost  •  Home Hazards  • Preventing

      Theft  •  Bon Voyage—The Traveling Sheltie  •  Caring for Your Old Timer

8.  Keeping Your Sheltie Fit

      Vital Signs  •  Vaccinations  •  Shelties are What They Eat  •  Conditioning  •  External

      Parasites  •  Internal Parasites

9.  Sheltie Medical Care

     Finding the Right Vet  •  When You Have to Play Doctor  •  The Medicine Chest  •

     Administering First Aid  •  Common Illnesses   •  Avoiding and Treating Poison

10. What You Need to Know About Genetic Diseases

      What is an Heriditary Defect?  •  Hereditary Problems Affecting Shelties

11. For Beauty’s Sake

      Grooming Tools and Equipment  •  Brushing  •  Other Routine Grooming  •

       Teeth  •  Shedding  •  Removing Mats  •  Grooming the Show Dog

12.  The Civilized Sheltie

       House Training  •  Guidelines for All Training  •  Puppy Lessons  •  Correcting

       Bad Habits •  Preparing for a Future in Performance

13.  Shelties Do It All!

       Obedience Competition  •  Rally  •  Agility  •  Tracking  •  Herding •  Flyball  •

        Freestyle  •  Therapy Dogs  •  Service Dogs

Sources of Information

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