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 113 titles, certificates and versatility awards in 11 sanctioned dog sports. Sharon performed at the 2017 American Kennel Club National Championship in Orlando, FL, and returned in 2018 to serve as their first-ever Trick Dog judge. In 2019, Sharon and her dog Dash tied for second place in the USA & Canada in the AKC Virtual Trick Dog Competition.
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 fifteen 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 13 years (and counting!) in the company’s ads, books, photo albums, ornaments, and nearly 40 different greeting cards. Sharon’s current dog, Dash, has twice been scouted for America’s Got Talent and declined.
Outside of her animal activities, Sharon enjoys maintaining her foreign languages (Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish) and spending time with her fabulous husband, Kevin Page: riding their BMW motorcycles, breeding tropical fish, woodcarving, reading, traveling, attending steampunk costume events, building all sorts of things, and re-establishing a native plant community in the conservation forest behind their home.