Perry, Director of Training, has had a life filled
with dogs. She started training her Collie, Chris,
when she was only six years old.
after a long term career in Chemical Engineering,
was forced into early retirement. What some people
would have considered a devastating blow, she
used as an opportunity to begin her second career,
utilizing her passion for dogs. And so began Southern
Star Ranch Boarding Kennel and K9 Training Center.
business now includes training in obedience, tracking,
narcotic and arson detection dogs for police work,
termite detection dogs for home inspectors and
pest control companies, and most recently, peanut
detection dogs for people with food allergies.
Southern Star Ranch also offers courses to train
dog trainers. Over the years, Sharon's dogs have
been placed in jobs from Alaska to New Hampshire,
from Florida to Arizona, as well as internationally.
philosophy of training trickles down to her associates
and colleagues; the entire training staff focuses
on using utmost patience and consistency when
training any of the dogs in their care.
greatest reward as the Director of Training at
Southern Star Ranch is seeing well trained dogs
happily working for their satisfied owners, not
to mention hearing how one of her dogs put a bad
guy off the streets. One of her proudest moments
was learning that one of the dogs she trained
was named the “top dog” in New Mexico.
Sharon has found increased satisfaction through
the Peanut Dog Program. She can provide individuals,
often children, who have life-threatening food
allergies with a new found independence through
peanut detecting dogs. It
has been a joy hearing the updates of her most
currently lives with a pack of five rescued dogs,
two rescued cats, two goats, two horses and nine
cows, all of whom worship her.