Instructors - Sharon


Sharon Freilich and her husband Phil got started in Border Terriers in 1989. She found the breed ring to be interesting, but found obedience to be much more up her alley. Not long after putting a CDX on her first Border Terrier, she was introduced to agility and her life has never been the same.

She started dabbling in agility in 1991, but soon got hooked with her little Border Terrier, Briar. In 1994, they went to Houston for the USDAA Nationals and came home with a fifth place in the Mini Division. Over the past 20 years Sharon has worked and studied under many clinicians but those that she credits the most for making her the successful dog trainer that she is are:

  • Patricia Cook who in 1990 showed her the importance of the use of play and reward in training, as well as her ability {to show us how} to breakdown obedience exercises.
  • Nancy Gyes who inspired her to train and showed her what dedication can do. Nancy has given Sharon lots of valuable instruction over the years.
  • Bob Bailey, who she was fortunate enough to study under for 3 chicken camps, gave her a greater understanding of the power of operant conditioning, the importance of the physical mechanics while training and how reinforcement is a process not an event. What she learned from Bob she uses everyday while instructing others, teaching her own dogs and in life,

Sharon has obtained multiple agility championships in both USDAA and AKC on 10 dogs comprising of 1 Border Terrier, 1 Australian Shepherd, 6 Border Collies and a client’s Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Roo, an Australian Cattle Dog rescue from a shelter, is Sharon’s current focus in agility training. Sharon and her dogs have consistently competed at the USDAA and AKC finals nearly every year. She enjoys training all levels of agility but in particular she enjoys and understands the importance of foundation training.

Sharon was an instructor at Clean Run and Power Paws Camps for many years and wrote for Clean Run Magazine for four years.

Sharon’s training philosophy:
  • Make a connection with your dog through play and/or tricks, it's just not about food!
  • Come up with a plan and break down the behavior into the smallest component
  • Build on success
  • Take responsibility for your dog's actions
  • Have fun while you're training
  • If your dog isn’t getting it, change your behavior