Kind Words

Some of the kind words received from lovely people I’ve had the pleasure of working with, thank you!


I can’t recommend Sharon highly enough – she really saved me from a situation that was quickly becoming overwhelming. I rescued Dara, a large pointer cross staffie, in June 2017 and soon realised she was an anxious little bundle of nerves. My previous rescue dogs had issues but none of them with anxiety and I didn’t know how to deal with it. Being aware how little habits you don’t think matter much can over time mushroom to cause deep seated behavioural problems, I wanted to get on the front foot immediately and not make any mistakes. She was already 6 years old and so her anxiety was probably a long-term issue.

The symptoms were: We couldn’t be across the road (normal two-way width) from other dogs, or even within sight of them, without her doing a repeated high-pitched whine/howl/bark, totally losing the plot and sometimes spinning too. Very hard to control and she actually pulled my shoulder out the first week. She also couldn’t be left alone without howling and crying within just 2-3 minutes. This would continue non-stop and actually escalate over time (I filmed her). She never settled.

I had my first one-on-one session with Sharon and she immediately laid some ground rules. I had to be consistent, and within two weeks Dara was walking to heel on a hands-free leash and learning to be more confident and independent at home. We had another session where Sharon managed Dara meeting other dogs, and she taught me how to continue managing and modifying her behaviour in this regard. After another 3-4 weeks, we were passing dogs side by side with no antics. With Sharon’s tips, the separation anxiety and howling when left alone was also diminishing too.

After just over 3 months, we entered our first dog park and Dara now hangs out happily with other dogs, even ignores them, and no howling at all when left. She’s completely turned around and I’m really amazed at the amount of anxiety she’s let go of in such a short time. It’s all down to Sharon’s insights and advice – I followed it diligently and it paid off hugely. I now have a wonderful companion and Dara has a happier, calmer life free of that horrible stress. Sharon has years of experience to draw from. I felt there wasn’t an issue she hadn’t encountered and she shares lots of great insights to help you confidently address your dog’s whole approach to life, and not just your specific issues….Paula


Recently consulted with Sharon about behaviour problems with our high energy 15 month old Staffy. Sharon was amazing and taught us some fantastic training techniques to build her focus and calm her ‘enthusiasm for life’!!  Sharon is a brilliant trainer who is passionate about what she does – I highly recommended her to anyone wanting quick results through rewards based training methods…..Krissie


I need to stop recommending Sharon to our friends because soon enough she wont have time for us but its so hard to stop raving about how much she has helped us and how valuable her services are!  We first met Sharon when she came for a home visit, it was love at first sight, as everything she pointed out and trained us in were simply and without judgement. There was also no push for more session and if anything she is more then happy to answer your call or email when you have a question.  Since our first meeting, we have been lucky enough to have Sharon assist us with further one on one sessions, solo walks with Dennis which is more then just a stroll, this is walking & training with updates and handy tips that we too include in our walks to enforce training. Sharon is also always on hand when we have last minute work trips and she pops over for some loving hugs, walk & feed (holiday pet care).  We really could not recommend Sharon anymore and look forward to the growth & future with her :)…..Josephine


We have used Manners for Paws for lots of help with our 2 dogs. We have had in home behaviour consults, which are always at a time that works for us. We have tackled barking at the front door, pulling on lead and food agression just to name a few. 1 of our dogs has weekly walks and Manners for Paws always look after them if we go away. This gives our dogs confidence as Sharon is like another member of the family who provides consistency in their lives. They feel safe having her come in when we aren’t at home. Dog behaviour is complex and even if you love your dog there a times you need help understanding what they need. Manners for Paws are there to help as much as you request, no pushy sales tactic or lifetime sign ups. I would highly recommend using Manners For Paws for anything you need in relation to you and your dog living a happy life together…..Sunday


Sharon from Manners For Paws came into our lives a year ago after we took on our first rescue dog. He was already 3 and definitely needed manners! With Sharon’s help he has become a gentleman and valued member of our family. He looks forward to training and enjoys it immensely. We recently introduced a new puppy, Sharon has helped us every step of the way acclimatising the pups to each other and our new addition is already on her way to becoming a star with Sharon’s help! We love the classes as well as our home consultations, in the early days with our first rescue it was the only way we could co-exist with Sharon’s home consultation tips. Sharon showed us how to get him to stop pulling and walk on a loose lead -changed our daily lives! We completed super puppy classes, both levels, with our first rescue and now completing the puppy class with our new addition. She will complete all levels of super puppy once she completes her puppy class because they love it so much and they thrive under Sharon’s guidance. Couldn’t recommend Manners For Paws more highly for all your training and behaviour needs. Five stars!…..Jodie


We recently met Sharon from Manners For Paws seeking help with our new Labrador puppy who was taking over our house. We learned so much from Sharon during our puppy consult, things we hadn’t even considered that will help us down the track with training. Sharon was a wealth of knowledge and she shared her advice in a friendly and professional manner. Watching her work with our puppy, showing us various techniques, really helped us see what our new puppy was capable of, more than just digging up our garden 🙂 We loved Sharon’s holistic approach to puppy raising, not just about socialisation and obedience but also feeding, exercise, mental stimulation and setting our puppy up for real life experiences like walking to collect our children from school. We are thrilled with the results so far, we are seeing a calmer puppy already who is learning to wait patiently for things and thanks to her advice, he is tuckered out after his walks and Kong toys. Would highly recommend Sharon for any training needs you may have, she’s fabulous!…..Annabelle


We had our first session 2 days ago with Sharon for our Rescue dog who has a few issues with fear and reactivity. Sharon was great! She shared her amazing knowledge with us and related things in a manner that were simple for us to understand. Sharon has made us feel empowered about helping our beloved dog work through these challenges…..Rebecca and Larry


Sharon has been an amazing help to me and my two rescue labs. Both of them have similar (but different) anxiety issues that results in being very reactive around other dogs. Sharon has given me the confidence and knowledge to be able to manage these situations better and help the girls feel more confident, calm and comfortable. Both the one-on-one sessions and intensive group training has been invaluable and we’ve learnt so much. Thanks so much Sharon…..Melinda


Sharon did such a fantastic job doing training walks with Milly while I recovered from surgery. Amazing lady…..Sue


Sharon has been walking Alfie twice a week for the past year since we moved into the city. Alfie loves his walks with Sharon and the combination of socialisation and training is exactly what we wanted for him. Sharon takes away any stress you might feel about having someone else walk your dog. Alfie tells me he is also very appreciative of the odd sneaky treat!…..Stuart


Sharon takes our two dogs, Badger (a chocolate labrador) and Pepper (a Shih Tzu Maltese) for an off lead walk, twice a week while we are at work.  We  know our dogs love Sharon and have a great time on their walks.  Equally important to us is that Sharon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about dogs to her interactions with our girls.  We know they are looked after, have her individual attention, have a positive socialisation experience when with her and learn good manners.  It’s such a relief and pleasure to know they are getting some quality attention when we are way from home for an extended time.   We have also found Sharon to be organised and 100% reliable and trustworthy.  We have no hesitation in highly recommending Sharon…..Sue and Kym


So lovely to meet you today. Thank you for your wonderful advice. I learnt so much in the session, have lots to work with…..Bindi


Sharon helped us with our super smart but super ‘bratty’ adolescent! With some consistency & a few new tricks up our sleeves we can see a difference already…..Ange


My little fur baby was escaping out the front door, Sharon did a wonderful job teaching us new techniques and had no problems since. Sharon was great with Lexie, would highly recommend her…..Leanne


I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Sharon from Manners For Paws.  Sharon came on board after our last behaviourist Lee said goodbye and boy did she have some BIG shoes to fill.  We are pleased to have such a wonderful person on board to help with our dogs. Sharon has been helping out with our Kelpie x staffy pups fostering all 3 while they were still underage. Once they were old enough to go into separate foster homes Sharon stayed fostering one of our boys.  She has also done some amazing work with a support program for our puppy farm dogs as well and we have seen a vast improvement in them since having the program.  So please help me to say thank you to Sharon and go and like her page.  She’s a wonderful trainer and behaviourist who is doing amazing things for PTR.  Thanks Sharon…..Kerrie and Kayla


When my new dog began to become a little snappy with my child, I was referred to Sharon, who instantly contacted me with advice, in the meantime, whilst we arranged a visit for her. Sharon was prompt, professional and practical with logical training options to try, which has worked. Always available for advice, with a genuine interest in helping you solve issues. No hesitation to recommend a more lovely and compassionate behaviouralist for your dog!…..Andrea


Just wanted to express my appreciation to Sharon today for coming to help us with a territorial barking issue. Very professional and supportive with lots of practical strategies. Thank you!…..Maxine


We have foster to adopt pug x shizhu dogs both 7 years old. They have had marking issues and anxiety issues. Sharon came to our house and spent an hour with us. Watching the dogs and talking with me about strategies to implement to help them with their issues. We did all that was suggested and the dogs have responded with an 90% success rate in the first week. We have only started 2 weeks ago. Last week we didn’t have a mark in the house at all! Sharon was practical, patient and easy to follow. We are now adopting…..Andrea