About Us

Sharon Larson has been a student of animal behavior for years. She started her career in animal health care in 1979 as a kennel person. She was a Search & Rescue dog handler for ten years. She attended WI School of Professional Pet Grooming to become a professional pet groomer in 1986 after receiving bachelor degrees in wildlife management & biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Sharon leads parallel lives working in both wildlife biology and animal health care. This unique combination of handling wild animals and domestic animals gives her tremendous problem solving abilities. Handling tens of thousands of dogs for procedures sometimes involving sharp equipment and sometimes unwilling participants teaches important skills. Handling injured or orphan wildlife such as bear, deer, eagles, or otter for example, most definitely teaches problem solving outside the box.

She has been training dogs professionally since 2003 and holds dog training certifications from several organizations.

Sharon is a professional member of  and certified by the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP), a member of the American Dog Owners Association (ADOA), and served on the board of directors and as regional representative for Leonberger Rescue, Inc from 2002-2006. She is also the 2006 IACP President's Award Recipient.

She and her therapy dog, Ky,  started a literacy program in the local school district. She is also a former Delta Society Pet Partner's Team Evaluator.

Sharon is a  Canine Kinaesthetic bodywork specialist and a Pet Tech pet first aid instructor.

She continues her love for wildlife as an advanced permitted wildlife rehabilitator. After 13 years helping her husband at an area rehab place, they have started their own wildlife rehabilitation non-profit, Wild Instincts, Inc.

Meet our Current Canine Staff.

Pictured below is Sharon & her pack from 2006. Left to right: Umbra, GSD; Corvus, Leonberger;  Ky, Leonberger; Mara, GSD; Sharon; Gila, Leonberger; Noofy, Leonberger, and Lutra, Leonberger. Due to bone cancer, arthritis and heart problems most (4) of this pack has gone to The Bridge.

Sharon and her 7 canine pack


Contact us: sharon@caninecoach.net  or 715.493.9110

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Sharon with Kyoak

Sharon with bear cub

Sharon with Eastern Timber Wolf




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