Certified, accredited, 10+ years experience in training dogs
Sharon wants Hanging With Hounds clients to experience the best possible support and training results. This means a professional approach to her work, including a dedication to continuing education—an essential distinction in an unregulated industry where anyone can proclaim themselves a dog trainer without specialized education, knowledge, or experience.
Sharon is proud to be accredited with AnimalKind through the BC SPCA. AnimalKind Accreditation is a rigorous process that ensures that you, as a dog owner, are assured that Hanging With Hounds will uphold the highest standards in dog training and animal welfare. Read the press release here.
Sharon's credentials include:
CTDI Certified Trick Dog Instructor through Do More With Your Dog®
Additionally, Sharon has attended a wide range of conferences, workshops, and seminars to study with prominent dog trainers such as Dr. Susan Friedman, Michael Shikashio & Trish McMillian, Dr. Karen Overall, Suzanne Clothier, Dr. Robert Hewings, Niki Tudge, Debbie Jacobs, Sue Sternberg and Nicole Wilde.
Sharon is studying in the Jean Donaldson's Academy of Dog Trainers program (the 'Harvard' for dog trainers), a deep-dive into complex canine behaviour issues. For a complete listing of Sharon's Continuing Professional Development, click here.
Sharon is proud to meet many of her clients through veterinary referrals.
"I have known Sharon on a professional basis for 19 years. She has been an excellent veterinary client, maintaining the health of her dogs to the highest degree possible. I do not hesitate in referring clients to Sharon who may need obedience training or individual training. Hanging With Hounds has been a valuable addition to our network of available resources for our pets." -Dr. Brian McBride, Coach Hill Animal Hospital
Professional association memberships:
Hanging With Hounds is proud to be accredited by the BC SPCA as an AnimalKind trainer. To maintain this certification, the BC SPCA will audit Hanging With Hounds regularly to ensure that we uphold the highest standard of care in dog training and animal welfare.
As an accredited trainer, I guarantee only to use science-based, force-free training methods with your dog, and you can be assured that I will be open and transparent in my business practices with you.
Hanging With Hounds adheres to the practice of not causing fear, anxiety or stress in any animal. We believe that training, veterinary, and grooming practices should be and can be a positive and rewarding experience for our pets, and for us for that matter.
Hanging With Hounds In The News!
BC SPCA Magazine - Make sure your dog is prepared to meet other dogs at the dog park.
Calgary Dog Life - See you at the dog park!
Sooke Mirror - AnimalKind Accreditation
Cochrane Eagle - Puppies, kittens and CPR
Pear Tree Impressions - Rejuvenating senior pets through massage.
Our training philosophy
Advancements in modern behavioural science and training now allow educated dog trainers to teach new behaviours and stop unwanted ones with humane, gentle, positive reinforcement-based training. Leaving old-fashioned training behind means no more choke, prong, or shock collars. No more use of pain, fear, or intimidation to punish "wrong answers." No more training anxiety for dogs or training guilt for trainers and dog guardians. Believing that the focus of training should be building a great relationship with our dogs, our training is done with kindness, using food, toys and praise as the reward. Not only do we get great results, but dogs also enjoy the training process, and so do we humans!
While many dog trainers in our unregulated industry guarantee specific training results, this practice is considered unethical and grounds for dismissal from professional associations such as the APDT, IAABC, and PPG. And for a good reason—how can one living organism guarantee the future behaviour of another? Dogs are living, breathing decision-making machines just like any other being. Our job as responsible, ethical, educated dog trainers is to help dogs learn to make the right choices.
Hanging with Hounds is proud to be an accredited business through the Better Business Bureau (Vancouver Island)
After 30 years in corporate finance for multinational companies in Canada, Australia, and the UK, Sharon ended her many years of heavy travel to pursue her passion for dogs. After working as the Behaviour Coordinator for the Cochrane and Area Humane Society, Sharon opened Hanging With Hounds to keep dogs out of shelters by keeping them in their homes through positive puppy and dog training. Sharon has shared her life with many dogs, both her own and fosters. She specialized in rehabilitating fearful dogs to increase their adoptability and success in their new homes in her foster work.
Sharon currently lives with two Golden Retrievers named Pippa (11 yo) and Frankie (1 yo) and a rescue pup called Lulu (~4 yo).
In memoriam - I have had to say goodbye to many wonderful dogs over the years, but they have all been instrumental in shaping the trainer I have become. They may be gone, but we will never forget them. Most recently, we lost Gracie (on the left) to cancer (Dec 18). She was loved and is dearly missed.
Ready to work with Sharon?
Continuing Professional Development
2016 and before
We serve busy pet parents in Sooke/Langford BC, with private in-person dog and puppy training. Remote/virtual training clients, including separation anxiety home alone training, are helped across Canada.
My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am. ...Unknown