Sara Miles, Cpdt-ka

I grew up around animals. Not a day went by when I wasn’t rescuing a baby bird or finding stray puppies a home. For my 6th grade “What do you want to be when you grow up?” project, I interviewed every animal care role I knew of: veterinarian, zookeeper, and dog trainer. I wanted to be all three and then some…

It turns out, working at a prominent animal shelter in San Diego gives you a little bit of all three!  I’ve been working in animal training and sheltering for almost 10 years. I have had the pleasure of working with some incredibly talented individuals in the field. Through all of this I developed a strong code of ethics and a commitment to using the safest and most scientifically optimized training methods. I moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2016 and have continued my work training pets and helping shelters.

Most importantly, I’ve been where you are. I’ve had cats with litterbox challenges and dogs with reactivity issues. I understand how hard it can be to live with these issues when everything your friends and family recommend just isn’t working. Let me use my extensive experience and education to fast track your communication with your dog through training and enrichment!

Contact me today and let’s get started!


Graduate of Animal Behavior College – Certified Dog Trainer 

Mentorships with Synergy Dog Training and San Diego Humane Society

Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University

Family Paws Licensed Instructor Program

Fear-Free Trainer Certification Program

Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (ccpdt.org)

Licensed Family Paws Educator

Shelter Affiliate – International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)

Professional Member – Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

Professional Member – Pet Professional Guild (PPG)

Dog Walking Academy Mentor

CATCH Canine Trainers Academy Mentor

Local First AZ Member


To help pet parents build epic relationships with their dogs through education and enrichment. 


For every pet to have a home that provides them with the ability to thrive.