Welcome to Paws Control

Hi.. I am Sharon the head trainer for Paws Control. Whilst studying for my degree in Psychology at Exeter University my interest in how dogs and humans learn and behave grew and I began asking questions as to how our human behaviour effects the behaviour of the animals that we live with, and how best to improve our relationship with our dogs to help achieve harmony at both ends of the lead.

I am luck to have been owned by several labs. We had Harry and Keira since they were 8 weeks old..Yes..I took on littermates! It was hard work and I am proud to say that we had two gorgeous, well adjusted independent dogs.Harry and Keira really started my interest in training as we had two dogs from the same litter, raised in the same environment, but with completely different strengths and characters. Sadly Harry crossed to Rainbow Bridge in June 2019 and our Outdoor Paddock at Coxleigh is named in his memory. Keira sadly joined Harry in May 2022 and the agility paddock was renamed in her memory "Keira's Meadow". 


We also have rehomed two yellow Labradors from very different circumstances. Big Baz was a rescue from a life in a crate. Baz was a crazy out of control nightmare when he joined us, at 12 months old. He came with  no training at all...and he was the main reason why Paws Control was born. Big Baz is an amazing Dog now, and he taught me so much about training and the struggles that many people have when working with a Rescue Dog. (Big Baz is the inspiration for the Yellow Lab in the centre of my logo)


Our family than took on Little Baz (referred to as LB) from a great home, that due to some unfortunate circumstances meant he has to be rehomed. He had some behavioural problems and with his neurological issues, that even the specialist can not diagnose, he has added a much needed buzz into the Harris house! 


Why, if you have two of the Labrador colours, why not complete the trio! We welcomed our special girl Piper, a young Black Labrador. Piper unfortunatley did not pass her Assistance Training, so we decided to introduce her to our already crazy bunch of Labradors! She is such a livewire and works hard within Paws Control and loves meeting everyone. If your dog is shy or nervous, Piper works her magic and is there to help your dog and their confidence. 


Our latest addition is a Beagle. Yes, we are crazy but with a face like Dodger who could refuse! We rehomed Dodger from a family and wow, he is so much a Beagle! I knew Beagles were tough but Dodger has taught me and is still teaching me the massive difference it is having a hound in the house! 

Big Baz


Lil Baz


My Chocolate Angels at Rainbow Bridge 


Llanstinian Nutella



Llanstinian Mr Bojangles


Proud to be a Qualified Trainer with IMDT


Full Mement of ICB - International Canine Behaviourists

Full Professional Member of PPGBI - Pet Professional Guild of British Isles

Professional Member of ADPT - Association of Professional Dog Trainers (92093)

Liscensed Pet Dog Instructor and Assessor for Pet Professional Guild 

Member of  ISAP - International Society for Animal Professionals

Member of IACE - Institute for Animal Care Education

Student Member of ASAB - Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour 

Member of IMDT- Institute of Modern Dog Trainers

I have completed many animal related qualifications and have been lucky enough to supplement my educational knowledge with practical experience through my work at Rescue and rehoming centres in the South west and also by assisting at socialisation groups and dog training classes. 



Bsc (Hons) Psychology

Graduate Diploma in Animal Behaviour

Level III Methodology, Understanding and Working With Canines

Diploma in Advanced Animal Behaviour

Diploma in Canine Behaviour Training

Diploma in Canine Psychology

Diploma in Animal Care

Sarah Whitehead Learn to Talk Dog

IMDT 2 day career as a Dog Trainer

IMDT Perfect Puppy

Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management

Paws Control Puppy and Dog Training

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