Since Tail Lights Dogs’ beginnings, Stephanie Brooks has been instrumental in making the vision come alive. She has worked alongside Tail Lights’ founder Mira Jones in all aspects of managing and decision making, excelling each step of the way!
Through her knowledge of dog care and behavior, along with exceptional customer service, Stephanie personifies the mission of Tail Lights Dogs. She continues the mission: to provide a safe, welcoming facility, in which our clients may rest assured their dogs are carefully supervised, positively trained and warmly loved during all stages of their lives.
Mira Jones is an IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). In 2011, she was one of the first trainers in the East to complete the NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructor course, and for the past 9 years she has completed all requirements set forth by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Mira is a Nosework Certifying Official and Judge for the United Kennel Club (UKC).
Mira has more than 20 years’ experience working with dogs and dog owners. She has trained hundreds of dogs of all breeds and temperaments, has taught group classes, written training curriculum, lectured on animal behavior, has completed graduate-level courses in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Mira’s interest in scent detection was the natural outgrowth of her fascination with behavioral ecology, the study of how animals behave in their evolutionary niche. For Mira, helping companion dogs through scent work is the perfect bridge between training and behavior, between dog and owner, and between urban realities and canine enrichment.
Dr. Bowden’s special passion lies in the area of dog and cat behavior. Many hours of advanced study have made her uniquely qualified to assist Upstate families with pet behavior counseling to address and prevent serious behavior issues. Because our pets hold a place of great importance within the family, Dr. Bowden believes it is crucial to build a strong and healthy relationship with your dog from day one. The strongest relationships are based on mutual respect and a keen understanding of your dog’s needs. Tail Lights Dogs is extremely pleased to collaborate with Dr. Bowden to help our clients achieve fulfilling relationships with their life long companions.
Lis has been with Tail Lights since 2016 and has been training since January of 2017. With her enthusiasm for helping pups and their people and her natural talent for reading a dog’s body language we are thrilled to have her on our team as a certified, knowledge assessed dog trainer. Currently Lis is teaching your puppies how to grow up to be well-rounded adult dogs, and guiding pet parents through their teenage dog stages. Her passion is helping to prevent pups from developing behavioral concerns through fun, safe socialization and learning through play.
Sarah has been with the Tail Lights Team since 2013 in various capacities and is affectionately called the ‘Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts’ due to the multitudes of things she keeps well oiled behind the scenes.
Sarah is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She has been training dogs professionally since 2006 and ran training programs at three different shelters.
Currently Sarah is keeping our schedules, emails, and phones running smoothly while providing you with incredible customer service.
As a first-time dog owner, I adopted a rescue that came with some anxiety baggage that gave me a lot to worry about. The training strategies I learned, especially the relaxation protocol, helped me bond with Dexter while simultaneously helping him focus and learn. He improved by leaps and bounds and became a truly happy, calm, and balanced dog that brings great joy to my life.— Ellen Westkaemper