Build A Better Bond.

About Us

dog1Julie Sharp, founder and owner of Sharp Dogs, LLC, is a Certified Behavior Consultant-Canine (CBCC-KA) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer—Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA). She graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy, earning her Certified Training Partner status.

Always continuing her education, Julie attends seminars, workshops and conferences led by noted dog trainers, certified animal and veterinary behaviorists, and ethologists.

While volunteering at the Seattle Animal Shelter, Julie provided training services for dogs in the foster program. She also helped develop a 10-week educational program and trained shelter volunteers in canine behavior, dog body language, leash walking techniques and calming/focusing strategies for excited shelter dogs.

As a trainer at a facility in Seattle, she developed the curriculum for their and taught their first-ever Reactive Dog course (& subsequent ones). This course focused on dogs that over react to other dogs, people, or situations.

She developed and moderated “Small Dog Social Hour,” where small dogs could socialize while their people learned about dog play, body language and behavior.  She also taught a Basic Manners class for smaller dogs.

Julie enjoys exploring innovative ways to teach dogs and their people so they both can have the best possible relationship with each other.

The Dogs At Julie’s Place

Julie’s household has included rescue and foster dogs with a wide range of training needs and behavioral challenges.  She has two dogs of her own:

Linty  (RIP July 19 2016 at 16-½ years old)

IMG_1542-001A “feisty” Chihuahua mix, Linty was rescued in early 2000 when she was 6 months old. Linty didn’t like other dogs or people, yet was an absolute love with Julie. Julie and Linty’s first class was through Sirius Puppy Training, the premier dog training school set up by Dr. Ian Dunbar, and there she and Linty experienced the power of positive, relationship-based training.

Julie learned that many of Linty’s behavioral challenges were rooted in fear and lack of confidence.  Linty blossomed into a dog who enjoyed the company of people and well-behaved dogs. Linty was a fan of K9 Nose Work®,  clicker training, agility for fun, and going on hikes and walks.  She earned her Canine Good Citizen certificate and was a Therapy Dog through the Delta Society.

Troupy  

IMG_1564 - Version 2An adorable male Pekinese/Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix, Troupy originally came into the Seattle Animal Shelter as a stray and then was returned by an adopter because of behavior issues. He was estimated to be about 1.5 years old.

After his return, Julie fostered him for 4 months and then adopted him when it became clear that he would be a difficult dog to place. Troupy proved to be extremely fearful of people and most dogs (other than Linty). His fear reactions were dramatic and even a bit scary so Julie began his training right away.

His progress has been significant:  He goes on walks, not reacting to people and dogs. We discovered when he spends enough time around a person, he will welcome that person into his “circle of trust” & he can’t express his love enough.  He plays with all the foster dogs that come through. He enjoys his K9 Nose Work® classes and classes at the Seattle Humane Society, which have all been great for building his confidence and skills. Linty was his first best friend and, since then, he has made a number of canine playmates, including his new little brother, Bug.

Bug  

    Bug and his 4 litter mates came to me in April 2017 as fosters when they were 8 weeks old. By 10 weeks, Bug was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He went to WA State University Veterinarian Hospital  in Pullman for open chest surgery to repair the hole in his heart. His recovery was carefully monitored and after 3 months, he got a clean bill of health! He was still with me after his litter mates had all been adopted and after having him for 6 months, I couldn’t say goodbye. I adopted him in October 2017. He’s proven to be a cheerful and playful little guy.