Karla Addington Smith, IJA Judge





Sharon is well known in the industry to be a great all round groomer and a Dual Certified Master Groomer. Sharon has over 20 years’ experience and knowledge in the Industry. She has successfully shown and titled many dogs and most recently 

  • Standard Poodles 

  • Bichons

She has also competing with and is a knowledge expert with the following breeds: Saint Bernard, Aussie Shepherd, Miniature and Toy Poodles, Shih Tzu, and Laggotto Romagnolo. 

Sharon is the proud owner of Snuggle Pup and Cuddle Pooch Dog Grooming Salon; a business she started in 2001 that now employs seven people and services more than 7000 clientele. 

She is a co-founder and Director of International Grooming Company, - established to provide education and knowledge to those interested in becoming Pet Stylists or wanting to improve their skills or pet industry business, with nationally recognized courses.

Sharon has an enhanced status in the pet industry because of her continued education and training which includes:

  • Certificate IV Training and Assessments

  • Cert IV Pet Stylist and Trainer 

  • As assessor for cert III Dog Grooming

  • Masters Certificate for International Dog Groomer AUS. 

  • Grooming Director for the Pet Industry of Australia in 2009

  • Companion Animal Hygienist

Sharon spent most of her time in 2009-2010 working on introducing a nationally recognized grooming and online assessments program; the first of its kind in Australia with industry support through Pet industry Association certificates. 

Sharon has been competing in grooming competitions since 2002 and some of her career experience and achievements include:

  • Multiple Best In Show Wins

  • Runner up Best In Show

  • New South Wales State Champion 

  • Member of the travelling Grooms teams, representing Australia 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2017.

  • Placements in Australia, Germany and the USA

  • Grooming Director for the Pet Industry of Australia in 2009

  • Companion Animal Hygienist

  • Guest speaker at competition and industry events for over 6 years

  • Invited to judge the Australian Royal grooming competitions shows

Her passion is to share her knowledge to help others excel in the competition ring and in the pet industry. Teaching others her superb grooming and styling skills and helping to standardize the industry are just some of the next steps and contributions Sharon will make in the pet industry.