I'm shopping at petEdge and trying to find right grooming tools for my sheltie. Help me to choose, bredeers!!!
We have two Shelties and have had very good results with these three brushes:
Hindes Medium Pin Brush with Long Straight Pins (PetEdge Stock #TP60631). It is important to get the straight pin model rather than the model with ball tips because the ball tipped variety won't go through a Sheltie's coat very effectively. Don't know why you can seldom find the straight pin models in pet stores, but PetEdge carries several and this is the one we use.
Master Grooming Tools Ergonomic Slicker Brush (PetEdge Stock #TP353 – Small or Medium). This is our finishing brush – after the pin brush and shedding comb have done the major work.
A shedding comb. I don't find the type we use at PetEdge, but we get ours from PetSmart. It is an inexpensive shedding rake with a blue plastic handle and has two alternating lengths of pins in a single row. It doesn't look like it would do the job but it is excellent at quickly getting most loose hair out, especially in the rear and the ruff.
These are the only brushes we use and they keep our boys looking beautiful. We only brush as needed, which is usually a couple of times a week. If you pay reasonable attention to the potential problem areas such as behind the ears and front and rear leg pits you'll find you won't have to groom anywhere near as often as most people assume.
One other product I can highly recommend is called Laser Sheen (or Show Sheen). It's a horse grooming product, so you'll find it at tack shops and feed shops in your area. Get the concentrate and dilute it in a spray bottle. Before your Sheltie goes romping in places where there are burrs, foxtails, etc. spray his/her paws (including the bottoms), legs, tail, pants, ruff and undercarriage well and rub it in. Afterwards, most burrs, foxtails and other stuff s/he picks up will just slide right out. It's really wonderful stuff and used by most people I know who herd with medium or long haired breeds. Our two year old herds and it really does a great job on him.