About Us



dog1Hi, everyone! Thanks for stopping by. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Sharon and I train dogs and the people who love them.  For 11 years, using my knowledge and BS in psychology, I worked as an animal behavior specialist at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Since 2001, I have been a professional dog trainer working with hundreds of pups of all ages, sizes, and breeds. I am  a force-free trainer  using lure and reward,  clicker training, touch training, target training, and free shaping.

To stay current in the field, I  attend seminars and workshops plus read the latest scientific research on learning theory and behaviorism. I am a proud member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers and The Pet Professionals Guild. As a member of The Chambers of Commerce for Ocean City, Berlin and Ocean Pines, I participate in community events and fund raisers for animal causes. I love what I do, so I do as much as I can to better my knowledge. I make sure to keep up-to-date with any new information pertinent to my training. In addition to running Those Clever Canines, I am Fur-Mom to Standard Poodles, Sabrina and Chagall, and a Lab Mix named Sundance. I am taught new things each day by them.

Training Philosophy

I do not believe there is “one pill for all ills.” However, I have not found sufficient scientific evidence for some of the training methods made popular by national media personalities. I do not  encourage the use of electronic collars. If you have a puppy with absolutely no training, or with some previous training, we can help you train your dog to be a good family member without resorting to physical restraint.

At Those Clever Canines, you can choose between enrolling your puppy/ dog in a group session or a private class. Everyone over the age of 12 welcome to join. We carter to families. Please note that you must be a dog owner that is at least 18-years of age or older (for legal purposes), if not, you must be accompanied by someone at least 18-years of age or older. Our targeted seminars and workshops focus on very specific training like loose leash walks, come when called, intro to agility, good manners and more. At  Those Clever Canines, you will learn many new skills that can be used at home or out in the real world.