We love to see our clients succeed!

One of the things I love about what we do is to be invited into your home to become a part of your story.  We never take this for granted.  I want to thank all the wonderful families we have been privileged to help.  Following are just a few of their stories.

 

VETERINARY REFERENCES

“Sharon is amazing and is the first person I refer to when dogs have behaviour issues.  As a Veterinarian it is very important I refer my clients and patients to someone who is both knowledgeable and compassionate; Sharon holds both of these qualities.  From puppies to older dogs with severe behavioural issues, Sharon has made a huge difference in the lives of many of my patients.  I cannot say enough good things about her.”    – Dr. Kaylan Elock, DVM West Springs Veterinary Hospital 

“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, DVM Coach Hill Animal Hospital 

 

PRIVATE TRAINING

IMG 6416 1We have never raised a puppy by ourselves, let alone a giant one. If you are lost and don't know where to start, this is where to start. With no previous experience we were doing a lot of in effective training and even making somethings worse. Sharon was very friendly and did a great job, we now have the tools to work with our puppy and start a great relationship. - The Rakos Family & Alice (Fabulous Fido)

 

 

 

IMG 9946Sharon came to our home to give our family a 90 minute coaching session on fundamentals for welcoming a new puppy into our home. Sharon was very informative, patient and had wonderful suggestions for our family. We left the session feeling more confident on raising our puppy. We'd recommend Sharon's services to anyone. Thanks!  - Rhonda & Fernie (Puppy Start Right)

 

 

 

 

Tank, Dog Training Calgary, Reactivity, Dog Aggression

I first called Sharon in tears after a terrible incident at the dog park. Within hours she got back to me and spent time to understand my concerns. She made me feel safe and she was so empathetic to my situation. Sharon uses a positive and flexible approach to training that was tailored to my needs and lifestyle. She helped me celebrate my little successes and encouraged me to adapt the material to make it work for my dog and I. Throughout the training, she supported me to develop a deeper sense of trust and connection with my dog. Along with great suggestions for his mental stimulation, many of the difficult behaviours we were facing melted away. Thanks for all your support Sharon!!  - Feden & Tank (Fabulous Fido)

 

 

 

Argo Dog training Calgary Separation Anxiety Behaviour Modification

I cannot begin to describe how amazing Sharon is and how much she helped us with our new dog! We signed up for two courses with Sharon and I would recommend both! We signed up our new dog Argo for Separation Anxiety training with Sharon as Argo was proving to be destructive and panicked when we left him, even if it was for 5 minutes. My partner and I felt very cooped up in our own home, not being able to leave together and having to constantly put him in daycare or get dog sitters, which isn’t sustainable all the time. Sharon was so amazing in guiding us through the proper training techniques to get Argo confident enough to just hang out and nap while we were gone. She kept us accountable by providing homework for us to do between sessions. The homework was also a great way to track Argo’s progress and lessen our anxieties about his training. We also booked in for her Fabulous Fido sessions as Argo liked to jump up to greet people, which is not appropriate in a condo building. From the moment Sharon walked in, Argo became a whole different dog, intent on training, listening and working on his obedience. In just four short weeks he was no longer jumping on people, knew 5 new commands and was well on his way to loose-leash walking. Everyone we knew say a marked difference in his behaviour and we were really proud of him. Being young professionals, we were seriously debating the training due to the high cost of in-home trainers. Sharon has the most cost-effective rates of many in-home trainers in Calgary and the sessions are worth every penny! She sets you up for success and doesn’t expect you to continually book sessions. She was a great help at giving us the tools to move forward and gain confidence without her being at our side, which should be a dog trainers goal. Honestly as much as Sharon helped train Argo, I think she was even better at training us as owners and setting us up for individual success even after our sessions came to an end. Argo was always lovable and a relatively good dog but with Sharon’s expertise he’s become even better than we could’ve imagined. I think we will definitely be booking Sharon again to help us take Argo’s training to another level. - Caitin, Pero & Argo (Fabulous Fido and Separation Anxiety Behaviour Modification)

 

Belle Calgary Dog Training Wire Fox Terrier

We found Sharon through a personal connection and were thrilled to have discovered her! We have a very busy wire fox terrier puppy (now 18 months old) and Sharon came to our rescue a few months ago. We chose the at-home training program with Sharon to minimize distractions and improve the home environment first.  From the conversations we had each time as well as working with our pup, we learned so much from Sharon and we've had dogs before!! Just little comments, tips and experiences shared all helped with our training. We absolutely loved our dog before but now that she's better behaved overall, we enjoy her even more (if that's possible)! On top of all this, Sharon was extremely well organized, reliable and very punctual. Definitely 5 stars! Thanks Sharon.    - Lori and Belle (Fabulous Fido)

 

 

Caymus Puppy Training Ultimate Puppy

My wife found Sharon and Hanging with Hounds just after we got our St. Bernard puppy and we are so happy that she did! At our initial meeting, Sharon already had our pup sitting on command and set us up with a schedule to help avoid bathroom accidents in the house. As the training started we were so impressed with the positive reinforcement method that Sharon uses. Never once did she yell or punish our dog and as a result, we have a dog who is happy, affectionate and a part of our family as opposed to a scared accessory who sits on the side. Our dog knows so many commands now and loves to practice them. He also loves learning new skills because it is all positive and fun to him! Sharon set us up for real success and a great life with our pup. We never hesitate to recommend Hanging with Hounds to everybody we meet because we had such a great experience with Sharon!!      - Sarah, Alan and Caymus (Ultimate Puppy Day Training)

 

I contacted Sharon after we got our second dog, Carl. He was a smart, feisty, and somewhat destructive Rough Collie who, at the time we contacted her, was a 75lb, 8-month-old puppy. Sharon made me feel so much better about the daunting task of trying to train Carl, and by the end of our 4th session with her, I was left feeling like I had all the tools needed to help him grow into a well-mannered family member. I honestly couldn’t recommend Sharon enough and have already passed her contact info onto friends and family.    - Mikala and Carl (Fabulous Fido)

Toby Dream Dog Private TrainingWhat a great experience I had with Sharon!! A couple of behaviours I just couldn’t master or correct in my dog over a year were done in one week! And those behaviours are still ingrained in my pup ... exactly what I had hoped for. I truly believe the reason for success was allowing Sharon a full week of very concentrated training. Worth every cent!!  - Karen and Toby (Dream Dog)

 

 

 

Blizzard Dog Training All Around Hound Day TrainingTimber Dog Training All Around Hound

Cedar Dog training, Day training All Around HoundWe cannot say how thankful we are for finding Sharon & wanted to post a review, as it was previous client reviews that led us to her. Her calm, kind patient demeanour & training techniques have transformed our 3 dogs. Friends commented on a recent walk saying that they could see the difference! We booked the "All Around Hound" program where Sharon addressed all aspects of what we want to get out of the training. We also found the transfer sessions where we learn how to apply the techniques invaluable so that we can ensure consistency & continued training successes. We have a young, rescue that we recently adopted. He'd had a horrible start to life making him fearful & reactive. Sharon worked diligently with him & he's come on "leaps & bounds". The regularity & consistency of the "All Around Hound" program was what he needed to help him (& us). We have confidence & look forward to continuing the training using what we have learned. Sharon has set him & us up for success in the future. We highly recommend Sharon; do not hesitate to contact her. Like us, you'll be so thankful that you did.    - Deborah, Chris, Blizzard, Cedar and Timber (All Around Hound Day Training)

 

IMG 5116Our experience with Sharon exceeded expectations. While her program is fully customized to your dog and your desired outcomes there is a significant amount of structure to her approach to training you and your dog. From written instructions and documentation to post session notes and the transfer sessions you feel 100% involved, empowered, and confident that you will be able to manage your dog as well as Sharon does.  When we signed up for the $1,000 package Betty (my dog) kind of knew "sit". In just a little over a month, Betty no has a very reliable sit, down, touch, leave it, stay, AND come. But the best part is Sharon taught Betty "side". Because Betty is a large dog and I live in a condo downtown Sharon also taught Betty "side" which is incredibly useful to have Betty tuck up right beside me on my right-hand side. In crowded elevators, waiting at busy and distracting crosswalks, and numerous other occasions that pop up in high-density living, "side" makes moving through the world with Betty stress-free - there is nothing worse than an unruly and over exuberant dog bothering everyone around you.  When surfing the web looking for Sharon I felt like choosing a private trainer would be a bit of an expensive gamble. It felt difficult to vet and choose someone to train Betty as you never really know if the investment will be in the right trainer. With Sharon, you can rest assured that, whatever your goals, Sharon will train both you and your dog. Sharon is very personable and caring while simultaneously being extremely professional.  I will definitely be buying another block of Sharon's valuable time to take Betty's training to the next level. While seemingly expensive, private training with Sharon is actually a bargain. The benefits to the pleasure of having a well-trained dog and the deeper relationship that brings are worth infinitely more than the small fee that Sharon charges.  Without any hesitation, I give Sharon my highest possible recommendation.  Betty also is now a delight to walk with. She politely walks beside me with a loose leash and, if she needs a reminder when she ranges ahead a bit, gentle use of the word "heel" brings her back to the correct position.    - Ryan & Betty (Ultimate Puppy Day Training)

Amazing experience with Sharon! Our fur baby was so high energy and excitement, it was difficult to have visitors or go for walks. Now we have no issues, even have more tricks to work on to help out in the future. Highly recommended for anyone thinking about "people training" 🤣   - Eric, Chris and Shylla (Fabulous Fido Private Lessons)

Being a new fur-mom and having been to some puppy classes already, I was looking for something that could take me and my fur-monster to the next step. Sharon came in and built a program that focused on all the things I was looking for as well as things she added based on her observations of what we needed. The training tips and tricks she taught me, helped to further solidify a great trusting relationship between me and my fur-monster. Her patience and positive-reinforcement based training methods fit perfectly with how I wanted to train my pooch. Thanks Sharon! :) Highly recommended.    - Tamara & Jax (Fabulous Fido & Out & About Private Lessons)

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Sharon is friendly, knowledgeable, and patient. Our puppies are becoming well-trained dogs thanks to everything she taught us.   - Lindsay, Daphne & Flora (Puppy Basics Private Lessons)

 

 

 

 

We felt so lost with our pup who took a regression in listening so we contacted Sharon and it was such a pleasant experience and it helped get us and our pup back on the right track.   - Tonya & Minnie (Fabulous Fido Private Lessons)

IMG 4962My lab mix puppy loved working with Sharon. And a month later we both still remember and use the lessons Sharon taught us.    - Cheryl & Betty (All Around Hound Day Training)

 

 

 

 

Titus

As first-time dog owners, we had no idea what having a puppy entailed. I have 2 children, 7 and 2, so a busy house to start with. We wanted our pup, Titus, to blend into our family as safely and best as he could, with proper knowledge on how to handle all situations accordingly. We hired Sharon, to come into our home and help us mould Titus into a family dog. And that she did! She was extremely patient, kind and supportive, not just in our home, but at any time we needed advice or had a concern. One thing I like the most about her training style is that she lets you do the work, which means the bond is formed with owners and not the trainer. Sharon, I can’t thank you enough for helping us make Titus, the perfect family dog. I understand that private dog training can seem daunting with the price alone, but it is money well spent. Your family's safety is priceless, and so is setting your pup up for success!!! There were bad days, hard days, and now, fantastic days. Titus is now 7 months old, an absolute dream, and I adore hearing from everyone he encounters, how well behaved he is. Now, that’s hard work paid off! Sharon, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!   - Kristy & Titus (The Family Dog Private Lessons)

 

RomeoMontyHanging With Hounds was recommended to us by Doodle Dogs in Parkdale. We worked with Sharon in early 2018 in private training sessions where we had two dogs that were slightly different ages, Monty (4 months) and Romeo (13 months). Sharon was very flexible and customized a training program that would work for both dogs. The improvements we saw in Monty and Romeo were incredible. Sharon was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. She was very professional and superb with our dogs. We really felt like we not only saw great improvement with the two dogs in the 6 weeks that we were working with Sharon, but that we were also armed with tips and tools to continue training the pups long after our sessions were completed. We would highly recommend Hanging With Hounds to anyone interested in dog training!   - Brett, Tanya-Rae, Romeo and Monty (Puppy Basics/Fabulous Fido Combo Private Lessons)

 

 

We could not be happier with our experience and results from working with Sharon from Hanging with Hounds. Worth every penny and minute! We have a dog with separation anxiety and through a great deal of patience, diligence and expert advice from Sharon, we now have a much more relaxed, confident dog that can be left alone at home.   - Tara, Behn & Abby (Separation Anxiety)

 

Tank

We had just gotten a new puppy and we were pulling our hair out!!! Sharon came in and gave us exactly what we should try to regain control. It worked and our puppy improved by 200% in just the 4 weeks we worked with her. She helped us tremendously and we will be forever grateful to her for making our experience with our new puppy so much better.   - Tanya, Dean & Tank (Puppy Basics & Fabulous Fido Private Lessons)

 

 

 

Sharon was an absolute treasure! She trained our Australian Labradoodle as a puppy and was even able to teach our older shit tsu a few new good habits. She was very attentive and encouraging towards my children who were a big part of the training. Extremely patient, knowledgeable, professional and kind.   -Tamara & Chloe (Puppy Basics & Fabulous Fido)

Beau

Highly recommend - Sharon was great with our energetic lab puppy and gave us the tools we need to continue with training him. The results have been fantastic. -Jesse, Laura & Beau (All Around Hound)

 

 

 

 

Lani

I give Sharon 10 stars! She's extremely patient and helpful. She is always on time and makes sure we understand all exercises and have time to practice them before our session is over. She is very responsive to questions and never judgemental. Sharon is an amazing dog trainer, whose methods make sense and most importantly, work! Love Sharon and everything she has to offer.  -Trudy, Cam and Lani, Calgary (Fabulous Fido & Out & About)

 

 

Zara

I contacted Sharon when my French Bulldog puppy was only about 9 weeks old. I had begun to notice some behaviour that was concerning to me and I really needed a professional opinion and that is what I got! She worked with me and my dog to start the training process as well as helped me figure out how to curb sometimes over-the-top behaviours. My puppy has sure challenged me but I am happy to say that I have continued to work with Sharon via phone and email and am seriously considering her next program!    -Tiana & Zara, Calgary (Puppy Basics, All Around Hound)

 

 

 

WesleyCan't recommend Sharon highly enough! My year old, 150lb plus, Irish Wolfhound is very good-natured but a bit of a handful. Sharon has worked with me diligently and professionally to get Wesley and me on track for him to be a perfectly behaved 200lb dog.    -Tim & Wesley, Calgary (Fabulous Fido)

 

 

 

 

Cooper Day Training Ultimate Puppy

"I honestly can't say enough, about how awesome Sharon was with both me and my 'fur baby' Cooper! Being a first-time pet owner, my worst fear was that Cooper wouldn't learn the basics and I would be lost on how to train him. My vet recommended Hanging with Hounds and it was the best decision I made (apart from Cooper of course). Sharon began working with him at 10 weeks old. With her patience and love Cooper learned, socialization, sit, down, touch, leave it! I truly believe because of Sharon, Cooper has been given unbelievable life lessons and I learned how to interact with him and how his little 'fur brain' works. I would highly recommend Sharon and Hanging with Hounds to anyone looking for a safe, fun, loving, experienced trainer!"       - Christeana & Cooper, Calgary (Ultimate Puppy & All Around Hound)

  

 

Lucy Board and TrainHave been meaning to write you to tell you how good Lucy has been since we came back from vacation!! All her training seemed to click in and she has been an angel.  Really fun.  Just had the BEST day with Lucy.  She was so well behaved.  We had lots of visitors over and their dog.  She greeted the other dog really well.  A little while later we all went outside and Lucy and Brig had a great time running and chasing each other.  They totally wore each other out.    - Joan, Don & Lucy, Priddis (Dream Dog)

 

Calgary dog training Hanging With Hounds

"We have owned and loved Rhodesian Ridgeback's since 1995.  In Feb 2016 we obtained a new pup, our fourth.  As time went by we discovered that there were some behaviours that we were challenged with.  Subsequently, we contacted Sharon of Hanging with Hounds ( as recommended by our vet) to assist us with his training.  Sharon has a very kind, confident, calm demeanour and a very professional approach as she consults with you and your pet.  She has passed along valuable knowledge and has taught us that people require the proper training tools, consistency and time in order to have successful outcomes.  She is dedicated to helping you train your dog to become a good citizen.  She is also readily available for questions or concerns either via an email or a phone call.  We are most grateful for Sharon and would highly recommend her."           Keith, Peg & Boots, Calgary (Fabulous Fido)

Calgary dog training Hanging With Hounds"A special thank you to Sharon who has provided some outstanding training for my new puppy Bailey. She has responded so well and couldn't have done it without you. I highly recommend Sharon, and Hanging with Hounds -- it has been an outstanding difference."   - Maura & Bailey, Calgary (Puppy Basics & All Around Hound)

 

 

 

Calgary dog training Hanging With Hounds

"Thank you Sharon, what a difference! Maxime is an amazing little guy, however, we had some difficulty with his unpredictable aggressive behaviour; now we are better equipped to understand his triggers, and with a few positive adjustments, we've experienced a real difference. Thank you so much for the time you spent working with us, especially the feedback provided last weekend at the off-leash dog park!"   - Carole & Maxime, Calgary (Fabulous Fido)

 

 

Calgary dog training Hanging With Hounds"Bentley and I had the opportunity to work with and learn from Sharon! It was awesome, we learned a lot!! I highly recommend Hanging With Hounds and plan on doing more training with her! "   - Deb & Bentley, Calgary (Fabulous Fido)

 

 

 

Calgary dog training Hanging With Hounds"After giving Sharon the opportunity to meet our 4 months old, unruly Rhodesian Ridgeback, we engaged her to take up the challenge of training our lively companion since he was difficult to control. Although we had Ridgebacks in the past, living up to their reputation of having a calm disposition, not jumping up at people and barking little, Sango did not show much of these qualities yet. Unperturbed, Sharon saw his potential and took a patient but firm, no-nonsense approach, guiding him in the right direction, correcting any of his bad habits and erratic behaviour using a positive approach. 

There were no tricks or gimmicks, Sharon remained strict and consistent, training him in a professional manner, not giving up until Sango got the message. Not less important, she taught us again how to handle the dog, strengthening the behaviour we expect him to adopt. After a few weeks, he was much more manageable at home and it was a pleasure to take him out and let him run off-leash. Without Sharon’s help and training, it would have caused us much strain taming our boisterous puppy."     - Manfred, Katherine & Sango, Calgary (Fabulous Fido)

 

 

 

We had a fantastic experience with Hanging with Hounds! It has only been a short time and we already have seen an improvement in Apollo; We feel that we have better tools and information to raise our puppy into a well behaved, happy, healthy, fun loving, dog!! Sharon is very knowledgeable and would recommend her to anyone who is in need of understanding how dogs think and dog training!     - Marlene & Apollo, Calgary (Behaviour Modification)

 

"Sharon is very patient, well prepared and calm dog trainer. She has the ability to manage the classroom well (both people and dogs).  She responds quickly and calmly to any classroom situation.  I observed Sharon training & fostering a young rescue dog that required consistent, positive approach training and strong leadership.  She was very understanding and strong in working through the difficult behavioural issues.   Sharon is a confident, knowledgeable dog trainer who takes pride in her work to help make a difference for the dog and its owner."   - Deb, Cochrane

"I engaged Sharon to work with my 18-month-old Labradoodle.  We love our dog, but we have a young family, so we needed to do a better job with Jazz's obedience.  Sharon came into our home and worked with us one-on-one.  She targeted the training to what we needed and gave us some great suggestions that helped with some other issues that we were having such as barking at the front window.  Because she could see first hand the issue she gave a few things to try to address the problem.  Sharon followed up with us after the training finished to ensure that things were going well and to answer any questions.  Thanks to Sharon, we have a much better relationship with Jazz.  She actually listens to us now, or maybe we just know how to communicate with her better."    - Chris & Jazz, Calgary (Pup Star)

"Thank you for the great lessons.  Your knowledge of canine behaviour is impressive.  Loved the use of all the props!"     - Bert's grateful parents, Calgary

"Many thanks for the excellent training.  This has benefited us greatly."     -Don, Calgary

 
 
CANINE MASSAGE
 

Calgary canine massage hanging With Hounds"I've had my 8-1/2-year-old Great Dane to Sharon for massage several times, and I definitely see a difference in her energy and comfort level.  As she is very timid, Sharon is always very careful to ensure that Edna is comfortable with where she is touching her and goes slow, setting her up for success always.  Edna trusts Sharon now and lets her get into her tough spots!  The reports that Sharon sends after are great to have going forward, offering suggestions for future work to help keep her limber.  Thanks Sharon for making my Edna feel so good!"    - Carol, Calgary

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Serving busy pet parents in Calgary with private dog training, private puppy training, separation anxiety home alone training and behaviour modification.

 

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.   .....Orhan Pamuk