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Kind Words

Thank you!

Some of the kind words received from lovely dog guardians I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

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We are truly grateful for all the guidance and encouragement Sharon provided us throughout Moshi’s separation anxiety (SA) training journey and highly recommend her services for any guardian whose dogs suffer from SA.

Moshi’s SA training was never daunting as Sharon was very supportive throughout. She was always accessible, responsive and patient with any training or behavioural questions we had.

Sharon taught us how to better read Moshi’s body language for signs of both calm and stress during periods of our absence. We also learnt how to challenge her limits whilst ensuring she remained below her anxiety threshold.

It was a fun and valuable training for humans as much as it was for doggo. And we couldn’t have asked for a better and kinder teacher. Thanks Sharon!

Geraldine & Emily (and Moshi)

Sharon is lovely and extremely helpful for me and my little over excited poodle cross!

She can identify what he and I need in a heartbeat and has knowledge of so many behaviour types that I feel comfortable with her suggestions.

Ollie and I will continue to see her to get us on track 🙂

Tayla (and Ollie)

Where do I begin… Sharon has changed our lives, she has empowered us to know how to understand our pups needs, and create structure that has transformed them both to even happier and healthier pups.

With our first dog we thought puppy training at a pet store was all we needed to do, nope! massive contrast to foundation training from a qualified dog trainer like Sharon which we did when we got our second pup. which we had met you earlier Sharon!

After a 6 pack of 1:1 trainings we feel so much happier that we know the fundamentals to continue to reinforce behaviours for the happiest pups ever!

Will definitely be signing up for Advanced course for both pups when next round comes!

Thank you Sharon, our puppy whisperer (and human whisperer too – we learnt so much).

Skye and Helen (Pearl and Shadow)

I have used Sharon with my two working dogs for the last twelve years. Her experience and knowledge is second to none. Highly recommend using Manners For Paws.

Janine (and Luna)

We adopted our Meeka from the Lost Dogs Home at the age of 1 year. We have no idea what that first year was like and do know that is didn’t include training.

We completed the Probbo Doggo program with Sharon and it was excellent. This is a 1 on 1 program and Sharon was generous with her time and knowledge.

Sharon if very approachable and responded to all our questions (there were quite a few!) with practical advice and assistance. We’ve walked away with many new tools in our toolkit.

Although there was some improvement, we still have a way to go with Meeka’s manners and are confident with practice we will get there. It’s also comforting to know we can contact Sharon for further assistance.

Definitely recommend Sharon and the program to anyone with furbabies.

Louise (and Meeka)

Sharon made the transition from feline only household to a bi-petual household so much easier when we brought our puppy Rupert home.

The initial new puppy course and foundations training sessions that we had allowed us to set in a framework that has allowed us to see Rupert grow into the confident and social little man that he has, while still allowing room for his sassy moments!

Could not recommend Sharon enough, the care and knowledge she takes to ensure you know what needs to be done is second to none!

Jade (and Rupert)

I have enlisted Sharon’s help on two occasions, for recall training and using a different bed.

Sharon is extremely knowledgable and patient and she put me and my pooch at ease. I learned so much in these sessions. The homework in between sessions is practical and easy to follow and her training methods work!

I picked up a lot of handy tips and my pooch clearly enjoyed the training.

I highly recommend Sharon and will go to her for any future training needs.

Louise (and Milly)

Sharon is a fantastic instructor and was amazingly helpful for my puppy.

The Puppy Club program was excellent and really informative, giving us a lot of useful and practical things to work on each week.

Sharon’s advice was also really invaluable in an individual consult after that as well. Seeing the results week after week in our dog’s behaviour and all the new things he can do has been really fun and satisfying.

I can’t recommend Sharon highly enough.

Andrew (and Hugo)

Our puppy Samson loved the new Puppy Program with Sharon and her patient model Chloe. Despite having had many dogs over the years, we both learnt so much from Sharon and found the classes to be engaging with many pearls of wisdom to easily incorporate into our everyday lives.

We’re looking forward to the Manners Foundation course next with our puppy who has now doubled in size and strength!

Lauren (and Samson)

Sharon was excellent and went above and beyond.

She gave us great advice even before our first session, to help our pup’s sleep set-up just right.

Her classes have been invaluable in helping us train our puppy and we started seeing results so quickly.

Clare (and Marvin)

Sharon is a great teacher. Pups learn some new skills while learning how to socialise in a controlled environment.

Megan

Sharon came to our home two days after we brought our puppy home, which we found invaluable.

Sharon patiently answered all our questions, then went on to provide a number of terrific tips to help us get through the days before puppy school started.

Greta

I highly recommend the puppy intenstive class, highly interactive and gained so much knowledge for my pup and I.

Delena

The puppy intensive was a great experience for both my puppy and I. Sharon is extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. Doing the intensive program gave us the time to practice and also get feedback. It didn’t feel rushed and was extremely valuable.

Dante is learning good habits so a big thanks!!

Kat

We had our first class on Saturday. Our teacher was really well informed and answered any and all question that I had.

Classes are small and a great learning environment.

My dog and I had an absolute ball.

Mac

Our puppy (Lady) is very skittish and not well-socialized, which made connecting with her and training her very difficult.

All the online information was for a typical well-socialized puppies and would not have worked for our Lady Sharon came in a showed us how to related to Lady and how to understand her better.

After a few weeks, the changes in Lady were remarkable.

Jane

A dog with separation anxiety takes a toll on the entire family and makes simple activities, like going to the shops, a challenge. Sharon worked with our family, without judgement, in getting our Steve to be comfortable alone for short periods of time.

Our training continues with positive outcomes. She ensured we set realistic goals along the way, that were unique to Steve and our family.

It has been a positive experience working with Sharon and she will be our first point of call, if/when required.

Cindy

Sharon and Manners For Paws was a great experience for both us and our new puppy. Her patience and experience shone through and we felt like we learnt some great things with every session.

It was amazing to work with someone who has such passion and knowledge.

Manners For Paws gave us the building blocks for a happy and well trained puppy.

Ben

We can’t thank Sharon enough for her help with our new rescue dog Myla.

Settling in to a new home and routine was really challenging for her (and us) but Sharon helped us understand how difficult it can be for some dogs and how to read her body language. We’ve learned how to train her and also learned some fun tricks too.

Highly recommend!

Kathy

Can’t recommend Sharon highly enough.

We have a highly anxious dog that we just didn’t know what to do with for the best.

Sharon was calm and thoughtful and knowledgeable. She made us feel at ease and reassured us and gave us a bunch of knowledge and techniques that we have been putting into place.

After our very first session we had our first win and although our pup is a long term project we feel a lot more equipped to deal with her behavioural challenges now.

Helen

Sharon is AMAZING!

Our 3 year old lab became reactive after a terrible experience with our old neighbours and their dog. We moved homes within months but absolutely everything triggered Axel and he just wouldn’t stop barking, including at an external ceiling fan.

We had tried everything. We event sent him temporarily to a boarding kennel, just so we could take a moment to see our options. We had exhausted all other avenues, so Sharon was our last hope, before having no option but to rehome him. The thought broke our hearts but he was so distressed, he was losing weight, constantly barking and shedding incredible amounts of fur.

In just a single one hour training session at home, Sharon managed to calm him down and desensitise him to the outdoor fan. Sharon also laid the groundwork for recall and gave us an amazing toolbox of strategies to use to desensitise Axel to anything that triggers him.

We continue the work Sharon did daily and within a couple of days, Axel was happily greeting us through the side gate without barking. In fact, virtually no barking during the day (even when he hears other dogs barking) and he became much easier on the leash during walks too. We also noticed that Axel has stopped shedding so much.

We are so grateful to Sharon for sharing her talent and saving us the heartbreak we were dreading – rehoming a family member.

We were so concerned that we would be judged for somehow missing something and causing the problem, but Sharon was lovely. No judgement. Came in with an “It’s okay. We can fix this” attitude and got straight into it. She helped us and even followed up to see how we were going and if we needed anything further.

We now realise Sharon should have been our first port of call, not our last hope. It would have saved our family so much stress and SO many sleepless nights.

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Sharon and Manners For Paws!

Lutfiye

We hired Sharon for some help with our dogs now that our baby is starting to crawl around – it was beginning to get pretty chaotic in our house and we really needed to be able to control our girls (especially at meal times and when bubs is playing on the floor).

Well! Can’t believe the difference just one training session made. I was expecting to need weeks and weeks of sessions, but Sharon swooped in and changed everything, explaining safety around dogs clearly, setting up some easy-to-follow boundaries and giving us some training homework to continue with the girls (which they love, by the way).

Now they calmly wait on their beds while we’re eating at the table and they stay out of the living area while bubba is on the floor. HUGE difference for us – the chaos is feeling significantly calmer (as calm as it can be with a 9 month old in the house, anyway) and most importantly, baby is safe.

Thanks Sharon!

Caitlin

Sharon is an experienced dog trainer. Her expertise during 1:1 puppy program helped me and my puppy learn how to understand the drill and how to connect with the puppy. High recommend.

Vinodh

We engaged Sharon (Manners for Paws) for a 1 on 1 zoom consultation for our 1 year old Staffy. Sharon’s teaching was second to none. I also cannot begin to express just how valuable the 1 on 1 time was. It allowed us to rectify issues within a very short time frame. After our first session, we ended up booking more zoom consults and it’s the best thing we ever did. Highly recommended….

Sam

Sharon helped us with our new puppy Buddy working with my Son and I over Zoom. The session went great and Sharon was fantastic at communicating her instructions. Highly recommend and lots of other useful tips and tricks.

Jamie

Caroline and I were very thankful and grateful to have put our dog Keli through the hairy hounds puppy school program. Obviously our lessons were done through zoom but even with that we believe we definitely got our money’s worth with Keli’s training. She’s a very well behaved dog (most of the time) and the lessons and advice we learned through your classes have helped with that immensely. We feel the structure was perfect for us and can’t really think of anything that we would change besides obviously preferring to train in person.

On a personal level, you were really fun to train with and we have the utmost respect for your training style. You were always lovely with us in our class and was always there to answer any questions we had. We have highly recommended you to friends and family who have gotten or are getting dogs and will be looking to bring Keli back for super dog lessons.

Jordan and Caroline

Sharon has been an excellent teacher for us as first time puppy parents. She is always so knowledgeable, friendly and patient. All of her experience and passion shines through when teaching and talking through any issues we came across. We have attended both in-person and online puppy classes, as well as one-on-one consult, which have been invaluable for us and our little pooch. Thank you so much!

Michael

We recently completed puppy pre-school online and found it to be excellent! The quality of the online course was great. Sharon was a patient and knowledgable teacher who gave plenty of attention to all the dogs in the class. Highly recommend!

Ethan

Sharon and the Manners for Paws team are fantastic and I cannot recommend them high enough. Sharon’s puppy school provided us with so much expertise and valuable insights that went beyond what we expected. Alongside teaching us how to train our pup to nail the basics, Sharon taught us how to read the signs and behaviours of our pups to understand how they are feeling/what they might need. Sharon goes out of her way to support through the experience, outside of the scheduled classes too – if we hadn’t moved out to the East we would absolutely be taking part in the next level of classes from Manners for Paws.

Sasha

Sharon was extremely helpful, professional and provided some excellent information and advice. The time she spent with us and our little furry baby was most useful.. Would definitely recommend.

Melbourne Hatter

Sharon has been an incredible help to us in further understanding and better managing our Pointer, Duke, with his anxiety and barking habits. I’m so glad to know I have Sharon to turn to if I need to ask a question or we have a behaviour we are trying to improve. Highly, highly valuable service for a better life with your best mate.

Jessica

Sharon has been an invaluable guide for our family — first with our dog-aggressive, resource guarding senior staffy, and later with a highly-energetic and razzy kelpiex puppy. In both cases, Sharon really took the time to understand our dogs, and provided practical tips and patient advice on how to work with them to improve their behaviour (and ours) so they can live happier, safer, more social lives. Sharon’s passion for dogs and dog training is so clear, and I would recommend her services to anyone.

Lisa

Sharon help us with our new puppy Buddy working with my Son and I over Zoom. The session went great and Sharon was fantastic at communicating her instructions. Highly recommend and lots of other useful tips and tricks.

Jamie

Wow what can I say!-Sharon has been an invaluable part of Billie’s upbringing and training. She gave us a great start with puppy training sessions our home and then twice weekly training walks have worked wonderfully as ongoing consolidation. Sharon also provided holiday care while we were away recently- the best solution possible – she came home healthy and happy and behaving beautifully. Billie absolutely adores her! Thanks Sharon!

Lisa

I have only good things to say about Sharon and her team. They are reliable, professional and have been great in walking, & helping me train, my rather dysfunctional dog. Highly recommended.

Ingrid

Sharon is fantastic. Very professional and genuinely cares about her clients and their dogs. She provided a lot of helpful advice on how to calm down my dog who gets a anxious during walks.

Jona

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 has been training with Hairy Hounds Playground as our Senior Instructor for 4 years and has brought her own flare to our dog training programs whilst continuing to maintain and strengthen HHPG philosophies. She is a valued member of our team, takes a great deal of pride in her work, ensuring that training is fun and professional for clients and their fur-kids. Sharon instructs puppy school courses, dog training courses (including inhome and behavioural consultations) for HHPG and also supervises the training of Hairy Hounds Playground staff members during our day care training sessions. We confidently send all dog training, dog walking and holiday care jobs to Manners For Paws where we are unable to assist.

Christie

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 Kyla

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