Sharon Page has performed in circuses, on stage and on TV on four continents with her trained pets. In addition to performing, her dogs have earned 123 titles, certificates and versatility awards in 14 different sanctioned dog sports.
Sharon performed on stage at the 2017 American Kennel Club National Championship in Orlando, FL, and returned in 2018 to serve as the first national-level judge for the sport of Trick Dog. In 2019, Sharon and her dog Dash tied for second place in the USA & Canada in the invitational AKC Virtual Trick Dog Competition. The following year, Dash and Copper both got “outstanding performer” awards and Sharon won the “outstanding handler” award.
Sharon earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her M.S.in Zoology/Animal Behavior from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her graduate research involved several exciting years studying and darting wild monkeys in Latin America. She is the Senior Content Developer at the biotech company where she has worked for sixteen years.
Sharon uses only force-free, reward-based training methods to teach tricks and competitive sports, and has successfully taught dogs, cats, birds, fish, domesticated rats, and horses. She is an avid horseback riding enthusiast who has ridden all over the world. She rode her rescued horse “Titan” 360 miles around Costa Rica in 1993, earning her an Associate Membership in the Long Riders Guild.
While living in Istanbul from 2007-2012, Sharon and her dog, cat, and parrot performed in two seasons of the “Got Talent” franchise, making it to the semi-finals. Her dogs have appeared in TV sitcoms, commercials for Coca Cola and Pedigree dog food, and print ads for Purina. Four of Sharon’s dogs worked as professional models for Hallmark Cards, where their photos have appeared for 17 years (and counting!) in the company’s ads, books, photo albums, ornaments, and 40 different greeting cards. Sharon’s dog, Dash, has twice been scouted for America’s Got Talent but Sharon declined due to work commitments.
Outside of her animal activities, Sharon enjoys spending time with her fabulous husband, Kevin Page, doing nature photography, maintaining her foreign languages (Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish), riding her vintage BMW motorcycle, breeding many species of tropical fish, woodcarving, crafting, reading, traveling, attending steampunk costume events, and re-establishing a native plant community in the conservation forest behind her home.