Sharon Waddington is the founder and owner of worldofdogz.com
Hello, fellow dog lover, I’m Sharon Waddington, and I’m passionate about everything dogs. Thanks for visiting World of Dogz. You have found the ultimate guide to everything you wanted to know about dogs or thought you knew!
A few years ago, I bought my very first dog, a beautiful female German Shepherd, and I named her “Willow.” This site is dedicated to sharing all the tips I have learned on my journey. There were definitely some challenging times along the way!
After making a few initial mistakes, I quickly learned how to correct them. Hopefully, by checking out my website, you will not make the same mistakes I did, and you will easily be able to find the answers you came for.
Having never had a dog before, you may wonder why I chose the German Shepherd breed other than it being one of the most popular in the world!
Well, I’m a recently retired British Police Officer with almost 30 years’ service on the streets of Manchester, England. During those many years, I loved being in and around the Police German Shepherd Dogs.
These are some of the many experiences I have had with these brave dogs and their handlers:
- Assisting dog officers with their training of new search and tracker dogs, including hiding in the woods wearing protective bite sleeves, waiting for the dog to sniff me out! Scary? I’ll say!
- Helping to train new dogs during public order training by introducing them to a mock riot situation, including loud explosions, fire, and crowd noise.
- Working UK football (soccer) matches with the Police German Shepherds. Dealing with public order situations, including large-scale disturbances and violence.
- Working main events, such as concerts and political demonstrations alongside the dogs. Helping to protect life and prevent crime and disorder.
- Being involved in foot chases supporting the dogs in tracking fleeing thieves, robbers, or house-breakers. Great fun, especially during the dead of night!
- Assisting the German Shepherds in drug searches of both suspects and premises. It certainly was a good feeling if you had missed something – and the dog then went on to find it!
How I Can Help You!
Along with my everyday expertise raising my own German Shepherd and those many exciting years’ experience working alongside Police German Shepherds, I aim to pass on a ton of tips and advice.
I can offer this to you in the form of this helpful, informative, and entertaining dog website to help you to solve any dog-related problems you may have.
This includes topics such as: how to choose a breed that suits your lifestyle, where to find the right dog for you, how to choose a reputable breeder, costs to buy and care for, what to feed your dog, exercise needs, health issues, grooming, training, behavior issues, my recommended products, and loads more!
I also like to provide dog lovers from all over the world a great place to interact with. All articles stem from my personal experiences and my own research and include interviews with many canine professionals.
When building the site, I noticed quite a lot of general info on various dog blogs and websites to be factually incorrect. However, you won’t find that here as many of my articles link to many authoritative and trustworthy websites.
This supports my writing and also offers other helpful resources if you wish to read or explore further. These links may include research or white papers from Google Scholarly, university evidence, and evidence and/or opinion from expert veterinarians and scientists.
So, What’s In It For Me?
Damn right, affiliate links may be scattered throughout this cool free content! I’ll receive a small commission when you purchase from my links, but this is at no extra cost to you. I’ll totally blow this on things like cookie dough ice cream and peanut M&M’s!
This website will also help support my German Shepherd while writing about something that I am passionate about.
I also place Google Ads on the site to generate some cash making it possible to keep the site going and pay for some useful things for “Willow.” They’re not there to annoy you, but rather as a necessity, so I hope you understand.
A portion of the profits generated from the sale of the products I recommend goes to my chosen animal charity, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
This charity means a lot to me because they work super hard to ensure that all animals can live free from pain and suffering through rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming.
All of the links, products, and companies I recommend on the site are trustworthy and reliable, or I wouldn’t put them up! If you do have problems with any of them, for any reason, please email me so I can contact the company, and if necessary, remove the link.
I only recommend products and services that I personally use or plan to buy. I use photos to show this where applicable. If it’s something that’s been highly recommended to me, I thoroughly check it out first.
I really hope you enjoy what I’ve put together here and that you find the site helpful and fun. Whether you are about to choose your own very first puppy, are an experienced dog owner, or just a lover of dogs in general, I appreciate you passing by.
I’ve been amazed to learn how much love and laughter a dog can bring to your life and when I’m not spending time with my dog, I’m here writing about everything dogz!