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Keep Your Sheltie Safe with the #NuzzleSmartCollar

This post is sponsored by The Nuzzle Smart GPS Collar and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the nuzzle Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign, but Sheltie Nation only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Nuzzle is not responsible for the content of this article.

When I think back on the day when I almost lost my Sheltie, I still panic at the memory. It was a huge wake up call in how I leash them but also I now had first hand experience with that feeling of helplessness. I was living the nightmare of chasing after a loose, scared Sheltie.

One afternoon about 3 years ago, I took my Sheltie, Tyler, to be groomed.  Never any Sheltie’s favorite thing, but he had been there many times before without issue. This time however I had my hands full with our other Sheltie, Toby and our new puppy Teddy who was in a small travel crate. I had help from my mother on this day, so I thought nothing of carrying Teddy in the crate and walking Toby through the front door ahead of her and Tyler.  What happened next felt like forever in my mind, but lasted only a few minutes.

When she and Tyler went to cross the threshold of the store door, he backed out of his collar. Suddenly realizing he was free, he began darting around the closest cars in the parking lot. I put the carrier down and left my mother and Toby inside the store. I tried to convince Tyler to come back to me, but he obviously still thought he was going to get groomed. The realization that he was free made him become more frightened – running farther from me. Once he heard a big truck go by, he ran from the parking lot and into the road. Within 15 seconds he was out of my sight, running down the double yellow line, up and over a hill.

I panicked and started crying. I felt so helpless to not be able to chase after him on foot and quickly recalled so many stories of missing Shelties on our forums. Tyler is a nervous Sheltie to begin with so I immediately feared the worst. Thankfully I quickly got my wits about me and jumped in my truck, speeding off after him in the direction he ran.

We had an angel looking out for Tyler that day, and I truly believe it was my soul Sheltie, Trevor looking out for him. At that exact moment I got into the truck, there happened to be a break in both directions of traffic. I was able to immediately pull out and drive down the middle of the road, hazard lights flashing and arm waving out the window begging the distant oncoming traffic to stop. Once I caught up to Tyler (who was still running down the double yellow line faster than I ever imagined!) I called his name out the window. Incredibly, he looked over his shoulder, stopped and turned to face the truck. I pulled to a stop and all oncoming traffic stopped for us. I quietly got out of the truck and in the middle of of the road knelt down on my knees. I then opened my arms wide and as cheerfully as I could manage, called his name. He stood there for a second, looked around as if debating what to do but then leapt into my arms!

I was so very, very lucky.

Shetland Sheepdogs have a high rate of “running” behavior once spooked. Many shut down and just keep going even though familiar voices and faces call them back. For this reason many Sheltie rescue groups will not adopt out dogs to families without a fenced yard. But regardless how careful or how well you train your Sheltie not to bolt out the front door (or leave the yard, or chase after a squirrel and jump over the fence), they can get loose.  Enter the new technology of the Nuzzle GPS collar. This amazing product would be a fantastic fit for flight risk Shetland Sheepdogs.

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Nuzzle was started by a group of pet lovers and tech enthusiasts with a mission to keep all pets safe, healthy, and happy. The team put together a whole Nuzzle package that includes GPS tracking collar and a smartphone app.

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The Nuzzle collar is light, only weighing a few ounces, waterproof, and made of durable nylon. The construction is mostly high impact plastics to keep the weight low. The GPS tracker is contained in a separate rubberized attachment that can be secured to your personal collars and harnesses. The collar is convenient and easy to use. With a removable battery and an additional battery included, you can easily charge it without ever having to remove the collar from your Sheltie.

How Nuzzle is Different

  • No monthly fees: Nuzzle is the ONLY smart pet GPS product on the market that does not require a monthly fee.
  • Easy battery charging: Nuzzle provides the easiest charging experience. The Nuzzle battery is easily removable from the collar, so you can charge it while leaving the collar on your Sheltie. In addition, Nuzzle provides an additional battery with each purchase. That way, the collar is never left uncharged.
  • Geo-fencing: The Nuzzle app allows you to create a virtual fence. If your Sheltie leaves that area, you will be automatically alerted.
  • Impact detection: Nuzzle will notify you if the collar has been hit hard. That way, you can know if your dog is playing too rough or may have gotten into an accident.
  • Waterproof: The collar can survive a rainy day and water splashing.  Just don’t submerge it.
  • Temperature monitoring: The collar can detect temperature. So, if your Sheltie is outside too long in the heat or the cold, you will know.
  • Detachable tracker: The Nuzzle tracker can be detached and reattached to your personal collars and harnesses.

This collar is perfect for any Sheltie owner concerned about safety or who simply wants better monitoring of their pet. Besides high flight risk Shelties, it would be useful for working dogs such as hunting dogs, sport dogs and farm dogs. It can be used with cats too!

You can follow Nuzzle on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for updates and learn how you can help Nuzzle raise funds for its smart collar. Or, visit Nuzzzle’s Funding Page on Indiegogo to learn more about the campaign and order a Nuzzle collar for your Sheltie!

7 Responses »

  1. Thank you for this post. I am constantly worried about losing a sheltie in just this way….especially one I have that is a rescue (it has taken THREE YEARS for him to come to me in the safety of our own home!). Friends of mine lost a sheltie in just this way and it did not have a happy ending. He was on the run in the dead of winter for three weeks. People kept sighting him but could never get close to him. By the time they would report the sighting, he would have disappeared again. He was eventually found dead on the edge of a major highway…identified by his micro-chip. Just terrible. (Sorry for the story, but keeping your little fuzzy guys and girls safe is so important…and now, hopefully, more do-able?)

  2. Shelties do get frightened easily and can be timid. I always walk her with a harness and have an extra hook that goes to my belt loop and the lease and I’m still afraid she might get away from me. We have been looking for some sort of GPS system. This might work where there is a phone signal, but some areas here don’t have a signal. Would it still work?

  3. I think what’s more important than getting a fancy GPS collar is fitting each Sheltie with a collar that they can’t back out of in the first place. Shelties should not wear a standard buckle collar because it can be easily pulled off of their long, skinny heads. They need the same type of collar designed for breeds with long, thin necks and small heads, such as greyhounds. The more my dog pulls against her leash, the more her collar tightens, so it is impossible for her to slip out of it.

    • I agree Debbie! I’ve learned my lesson and only use a harness to attach a leash on my Shelties now. The nice thing about this GPS unit is it can attach to a harness, which would make it much more secure on a Sheltie.

    • It’s called a Martingale collar. It works really well for Shelties. My vet was very interested in Lucy’s collar the last time I was in. He worries that when he takes dogs out for a walk, one will get away from him.

  4. This looks like it will be an excellent product and one I would consider buying for all my dogs.

  5. Tried clicking the links in the article but they went to an empty page. Looks like a great product, would love to get one!

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