Instructor Sharon Kirby, CPDT-KA, WAG-CI
Sharon Kirby, CPDT-KA, WAG-CI, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, certified WagIt! Games Tier 2 Level Instructor, AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator, and member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), believes strongly that people and dogs have a unique bond that blends fun, affection, communication, and teamwork. Coming from a background working in both the federal government and private sector, Sharon still found time to work with her dogs in various sports including agility, canine freestyle, and rally. Sharon regularly volunteers for two local rescue groups: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington, DC (LDAR) and the Partnership for Animal Welfare in Maryland (PAW). In fact, being a volunteer assistant in a special "growly dog" class for reactive PAW rescue dogs triggered her decision to become a dog trainer. Sharon adopted a Miniature Poodle named Rusty from LDAR in 2010. Sharon and Rusty are members of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). Rusty has earned two titles in the sport of K9 Nose Work® from the NACSW. Sharon and Rusty are also members of the Sirius Guild of the Canine Freestyle Federation (CFF), a local club that works to share the joy of “dancing with your dog” with others. Last but not least, Sharon is an Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) Certified Counselor and regularly co-hosts in the APLB chat-room which provides support and guidance to those mourning the loss of a dear pet.