About

Sheryl Chiles, KPA CTP

gabby gotti sheryl copyThe Wayward Hound’s owner Sheryl Chiles is a professional dog trainer certified through Karen Pryor Academy and Animal Behavior College. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and an American Kennel Club (AKC) certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator.

Sheryl regularly attends seminars and workshops given by the best instructors and theorists in the dog training field, including Bob Bailey, Parvene Farhoody, Patricia McConnell, Ken Ramirez, Sue Sternberg and Pia Silvani. She is passionate about a force-free, reward based, scientific approach to pet dog training, and uses only humane training methods.

A life-long dog lover, Sheryl has won AKC Conformation titles with her Portuguese water dogs, and at one point bred them. Temperament testing and socializing her own litter of puppies kick-started her interest in how one raises the most confident and well-adjusted dogs possible.

Before setting up her own business, Sheryl worked for 20 years in corporate America. Sheryl lives in Norfolk with her husband Tom, their three Portuguese water dogs and two guinea pigs.

Continuing Education

  • Dog-Dog Group Dynamics and Healthy Interaction vs. Aggression with Sue Sternberg, July 2014
  • Behavior Adjustment Training for Aggression, Frustration and Fear with Grisha Stewart, January 2014
  • Graduate of The Puppy Start Right Course for Instructors, June 2013
  • Understanding and Preventing Canine Agression Seminar, Sept 2012
  • Graduated with distinction from Karen Pryor Academy, September 2011
  • Instructor Training Course, Sue Sternberg and Pia Silvani, May 2011
  • Attended the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference, March 2011
  • Completed Animal Behavior College's dog trainer certification program, September 2010
  • Elevate Your Training, Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody, August 2010
  • For the Love of a Dog, Patricia McConnell, July 2010
  • From Purgatory to Nirvana: The Path to Enlightened Training, Ken Ramirez, July 2010

Contact Us

For a well-behaved dog, call 774-571-5296 or email us.

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