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 the “Reactive to Refined” dog class and taught their first-ever class. 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 and their owners could socialize while learning 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 meet the needs of her clients.

 

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  

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 much of Linty’s “feistiness” was rooted in fear and lack of confidence.  Linty blossomed into a dog who enjoys the company of people and well-behaved dogs. At fifteen years old, she is a fan of K9 Nose Work®,  clicker training and going on hikes and walks.  She has earned her Canine Good Citizen certificate and is now a retired Therapy Dog through the Delta Society.

Troupy  

IMG_1564 - Version 2An adorable male Pekinese/Pomeranian mix, Troupy originally came into the Seattle Animal Shelter as a stray and then was returned by an adopter because of behavior issues.

After his return, Julie fostered him for 3 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; his 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 most dogs. 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. And he now has a number of canine playmates, including his best friend, Linty.