Certified, accredited, 10+ years experience in training dogs

Sharon Labossiere, Hanging With Hounds, Puppy and Dog trainer located in Sooke BC and Langford BC. Separation Anxiety specialist.

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:

AnimalKind Accredited dog trainer
PCBC-A  Professional Canine Behaviour Consultant (Accredited) (PPAB-PPG)
ADT Accredited Dog Trainer through the International Association of Animal Behavior (IAABC)
KPA-CTP Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. KPA is widely considered one of the most rigorous training programs available to professional dog trainers.
CSAT Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer through Malena DiMartini, the leading expert on separation anxiety (home alone) behaviour modification
SA Pro Trainer 
CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
FFCP Fear Fear Certified Trainer 

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:

BC SPCA AnimalKind
CAPDT The Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers
IAABC Accredited member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
PPG The Pet Professional Guild
AFFA The Alberta Force Free Alliance

 

AnimalKind Accredited

 

 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

Sharon Labossiere, Hanging With Hounds, Meet Your Trainer, Featured in the Sooke Mirror Newspaper

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Our guarantee

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.

So while we do not guarantee specific outcomes, we do guarantee this:
→  We will strive to provide you with the best possible training results
→  We will constantly improve and expand our knowledge and skills and stay on top of all the latest scientific developments in the training field
→  We will respect your time and financial commitment to training by showing up on time, responding to your phone calls and emails promptly, and following through on our obligations to you
→  We will customize your training package to your goals for your dog
→  We will use only positive methods when training your dog—and also when teaching you
 

 

Click for the BBB Business Review of this Pet Training - Dog in Sooke BC    Hanging with Hounds is proud to be an accredited business through the Better Business Bureau (Vancouver Island)
 

 

Sharon Labossiere, Hanging With Hounds,  Gracie and Pippa, two of Hanging With Hounds furry family, Sharon Labossiere, Hanging With Hounds, Sooke, Langford, Victoria BC Dog Training, Puppy Training, Separation Anxiety SpecialistSharon's story

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?

 
* The cost of the discovery call will be offset against the cost of a training program if you proceed.

 

  

Continuing Professional Development
2021
Pet Professional Guild - Geek Week (5-day conference on animal behaviour)
L.E.G.S. Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation - Kim Brophey
Aggression in Dogs Conference 2021
SAPro Certification (Jul 2021)
Dog Behaviour Conference - Victoria Stillwell (April 2021)
IAABC Annual Conference (May 2021)
Reactive to Relaxed - Leslie McDevitt
Solving Canine Behaviour Problems - Puppyworks
 
 
2020
Clicker Expo - Karen Pryor Academy (3-days)
Aggression in Dogs Master Certification (Michael Shikashio)
Fear Free Certified Trainer
IAABC Annual Conference (4 days)
Aggression in Dogs Conference (2 days)
PPG Annual Conference (5 days)
Fear in Dogs (2 days)
Resource Guarding (1 day)
 
 
2019
The Academy of Dog Trainers Professional Program - 2-year deep dive into canine behaviour
Clicker Expo - Karen Pryor Academy (3-days)
PPG Annual Conference (Dog Aggression & Bites) (3-days) - April 2019
Practical Puppy Instructors Course (7-day) - Chirag Patel - May 2019
Animal Behaviour Symposium - BC SPCA - June 2019
Dr. Karen Overall - Canine Behaviour - April 2019
IAABC Mentorship - Writing (8-week) - Eileen Anderson
IAABC Mentorship - Human/Animal Behaviour Consulting (8-week) - Michael Baugh
IAABC - Virtual Behaviour Consultations (3-week) - Katenna Jones 
 
2018
Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) - Malena Di Martini
Canine Behavioural Medication - Dr. Karen Overall
How to Successfully Modify Problem Behaviour in Shelter Dogs - Julie Naismith and Kelly Lee
Working with Dog Aggression - Michael Shikashio and Trish McMillian
Let's Coach Scent Work - Dr. Robert Hewings (PPG)
Walk This Way - Niki Tudge/Louise Stapleton-Frappell (PPG)
 
Fenzi Dog Sports Academy:
  Advanced Recall I & II - Donna Hill
  Management for Reactive Dogs - Dr. Amy Cook
  Effective Behaviour Change - Sarah Stremming
  The Science of Training - Dr. Amy Cook
  Knock Knock - From Chaos to Calm - Nancy Tucker
  Cooperative Canine Care - Deborah Jones
  Precision Heeling - Denise Fenzi
  Helping Fearful Reactive and Stressed Dogs - Dr. Amy Cook
  Sound Advice - Conquering Noise Sensitivity - Dr. Amy Cook
  Normal or Not: Common Behavioural Disorders - Dr. Jessica Hekman DVM
  The Melting Pot: Genes, environment, personality Dr. Jennifer Summerfield DVM
  Achieving a Balance Between Motivation and Control - Deborah Jones
  Stir Crazy: Games for Small Places - Donna Hill
  Focus Games - Deborah Jones
 
Webinars:
  Epigenetics and Puppies - Dr. Lynn Honeckman DVM
  It's Mine - Jean Donaldson
  Noise Phobias - Dr. Lore Haug DVM
  Basic Behavioural Neuroanatomy - Dr. Lore Haug DVM
  Introduction to Neurobiology I - Dr. Lore Haug DVM
  Introduction to Neurobiology II - Dr. Lore Haug DVM
 
2017
Certified Trick Training Instructor - Kyra Sundance
Karen Pryor Professional Program (KPA-CTP)
Living and Learning From Animals - Dr. Susan Friedman
Puppy Start Right - Karen Pryor Academy
 
2016 and before
APDT Conference
What's the Problem - Suzanne Clothier
Fearful Dogs & Separation Anxiety - Nicole Wilde
Worked Up - Sarah Stremming
IAABC Beginning Behaviour Consulting - Sarah Filipiak
Equinology - Canine Myofascial Release
Equinology - Certification in Canine Bodywork

 

 

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