Sara Miles, CPDT-KA, ABCDT
Sara has spent the last 10 years of her life devoted to helping animals professionally. After studying dog training under the mentorship of Jessica Wheatcraft (Synergy Dog Training) and completing her initial certification through Animal Behavior College, Sara was hired into the Behavior & Training department at the San Diego Humane Society. During her time at the humane society, Sara continued to learn about animal behavior and scientifically optimized training methods based on Applied Behavior Analysis. Initially responsible for all training class programming at the humane society, Sara guided class participants through puppy socialization, basic obedience skills, and Canine Good Citizen tests. As Behavior Center Coordinator, Sara managed a team of volunteers who worked tirelessly implementing training and behavior modification plans with the most challenging cats and dogs in the shelter system.
After moving to Phoenix in 2016, Sara started her own private training company in the Valley (Smiles Dog Training). Focused on in-home private training, Sara continues to work through a wide variety of behavior concerns with her clients. Sara maintains active certification through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers and membership with the Pet Professional Guild, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and Association of Professional Dog Trainers. In 2018, she became a licensed educator for Family Paws Parent Education and a Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor/Assessor (and is finishing up her fear-free training certification!). She also sits on the Education Committee for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Sara maintains her rescue connection by donating her time to Almost There Foster Care – a Paradise Valley rescue focused on pulling pregnant and nursing large breed dogs from the state’s shelters so they can raise their puppies in relative peace and quiet! Most of her focus is on training the mamas on basic manners after they raise their puppies, since most of them seem to have lived in backyards and on the streets.
When she’s not training, Sara spends time with her family (a human named Trey, a dog named Finn, and two kitties – Lola and Lucy) exploring all the beauty and adventure that Arizona has to offer!