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Shetland Sheepdog / Sheltie - Car Travelling & Transport Tips

Published on 21 July 2021 at 10:17


Whether your Shetland Sheepdog is 6 months, 1 year or 5 years old, you will have to transport him by car one way or another. Indeed, for a visit to the veterinarian, for a trip on vacation or for a walk in the woods, your Shetland Sheepdog will have to be transported by car.


So you’re probably wondering how to do it? Where to put your Shetland Sheepdog: on a seat, in the box, attached, in a cage? This blog will help you to know the different modes of transport of a Shetland Sheepdog by car and the equipments that guarantees your safety as well as his.


A Shetland Sheepdog is an agile, intelligent and happy dog. He is also affectionate, sensitive and enjoys working for and with his owner. These small dogs need quite a lot of exercise and also mental activity. The Shetland Sheepdog suits a stable, sportive owner who raises his dog friendly but consistent and actively works with his dog. Remember to adopt! Don’t shop if you want to bring a dog home to avoid wrong backyard dog breeders.


The Shetland Sheepdog is a small graceful dog. Towards strangers the Sheltie is reserved, he is certainly not a friend of everyone. He gets along well with other dogs, although he is usually more interested in his owner than in his own kind.



  • Food: Today, Shelties are considered to be energetic lap dogs that serve as lovable companions. With that being said, these dogs need proper nutrition to thrive. The breed is susceptible to a number of health issues. To ensure that your Sheltie maintains proper physical and mental healthyou need to choose a high-quality food that fulfills their unique nutritional needs. Read here more the best dog foods for a Sheltie. 

  • Care: The coat of the Shetland Sheepdog requires relatively little work for a long-haired dog. Brushing through once a week is sufficient for most of the coat. Do comb daily the long hair behind the ears and regularly the hair at the armpits and the back of the hind legs so it does not click. During the moult, quite a bit of hair comes loose. Then it is necessary to brush daily or every other day to remove loose hairs from the undercoat, otherwise it will molt. In addition, regularly check the nails, check the teeth and check the ears and eyes.

  • Exercise: Shelties are active, playful dogs that need quite a bit of exercise and should run and play daily, with ball games often being a favorite. They do not run away easily and therefore can run well off-leash. They are resistant to bad weather and always want to go outside. They also need mental challenge, so they like to learn new things and do exercises. They can perform excellently in activities such as flyball, agility, Frisbee, doggydance or obedience.

  • Puppy training: classes are highly recommended as well and allow the owner to learn how to curb any undesirable behaviors;

  • Nurturing: The Sheltie is generally easy to raise, but has a mind of its own. He likes to be outdoors and is very enterprising. It is important, as with all dogs, that they are well socialized from the moment they are born and from the moment they come to their new owners at 8 weeks. In addition, they should be dewormed 1 or 2 times a year and have flea and/or tick treatments. And every year they must be vaccinated against all known dog diseases.


Before thinking about transport safety, it is essential to remember a few basic concepts for the well-being of your Shetland Sheepdog:

  • Picking the right bed for your Sheltie friend is vital to keep them comfortable. Providing your pup with a supportive dog car bed will help them get a better sleep when travelling;
  • Get your Shetland Sheepdog used to getting into your car regularly from an early age;
    So that he doesn’t get too stressed, take the time to gradually get him used to the car. You can make several short trips, reward him with a treat so that he associates transport with positive things;
  • Never leave your Shetland Sheepdog alone in the car, even with the window open, in the shade or even in winter (risk of excessive heat, injuries…)
  • When travelling by car with your Shetland Sheepdog, stop every 2 hours for his needs and give him something to drink;
  • Ensure that the driver is safe;
  • Make sure that your Shetland Sheepdog is safe.


It makes good sense to say that the driver should not be distracted, molested, embarrassed or upset while driving! In addition, the road code specifies that the driver must have full control of his vehicle, that his “possibilities of movement and field of vision must not be reduced by the number or position of passengers, by objects…”. It is therefore important to ensure that your Shetland Sheepdog does not disturb you while driving your vehicle. To do this, you have the options to use a dog car seat



Only one essential rule to follow: Do not leave your Shetland Sheepdog free in the car. Indeed, he could be hurt, fall or suffer an impact if he brakes hard. You will see below the different modes of transport and their accessories that you will adapt to your Shetland Sheepdog, in particular to guarantee its safety.



When using a car seat for your Sheltie problems such as anxiety, car sickness and stress will be eliminated. The travel bed will keep your Sheltie close to you and that will keep him calm so that he can sleep in the car. This car seat comes with two safety leashes to keep your dog and the bed in place. The car seat is multifunctional by simply unzipping the front to create a lounger bed for at home. In that way you can easily bring the comforts of home into the car! 


We hope that these tips can help any new Sheltie owners out there as well as any puppy owners who have similar challenges. Thanks for reading and if you have any more tips feel free to let us know and we will add the tips. 


  • Plan breaks, fresh water and a little walk before you go on an adventure. (Thanks for the tip @naturheilpraxisemig
  • Some Shelties can have separation anxiety when left alone in the car. That is something you can practise at home before going on a trip. (Thanks for the tip @lucathesheltie)



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