Meet the Journey Dog Training Team
Kayla Fratt, CEO
Kayla grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, spending her days training homing pigeons. She started Journey Dog Training when she was in college. She apprenticed at All Breed Rescue and Training, a rescue that specializes in helping behaviorally difficult dogs. She spent all of her spare time reading about animal behavior.
She graduated from Colorado College with a degree in biology. After college, Kayla continued training dogs part-time while she worked for a conservation advocacy nonprofit.
Around that time, she joined the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
She later got a job at Denver Dumb Friends League, the fourth-largest animal shelter in the U.S. There, she helped assess, train, and adopt out thousands of dogs of all shapes and sizes.
She met Barley, her border collie, during her time at the shelter. They've been fast friends ever since. She and Barley dabble in the sports of obedience, herding, agility, scentwork, canicross, and skijoring. They're never far apart!
Kayla left Denver Dumb Friends League in 2018 to build Journey Dog Training and pursue work as a freelance writer, specializing in animal behavior.
She currently lives out of AirBnbs and is driving the Pan-American Highway with her boyfriend and Barley.
- Training since: 2012
- Favorite activity: Skiing, hiking, or running with Barley!
- Coolest training experience: Teaching a hippo to let me brush her teeth.
- Favorite dog training book: Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out
- Favorite food: Fish tacos
- Bucket list item: Climb Kilimanjaro
- Pet peeve: The sound of people chewing
- Fun fact: I played oboe in high school
- Guilty pleasure: Youtube makeup tutorials
Erin Jones, Writer and Behavior Consultant
Certified Pet Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant
Erin is originally from Nova scotia, Canada, where her passion began for non-human animals. Erin rode horses professionally (hunter/jumper) for 20 years throughout North America. Her interest in behaviour grew, and she expanded her knowledge and education over the years to work with sea lions, penguins, birds and dogs.
Erin continues to better herself, and to challenge herself to learn as much as she can about behaviour and the human-dog relationship. She graduated with a MSc in anthrozoology—the study of human and other-than-human interactions. Erin will be embarking on her PhD in the same field of research in Canterbury, New Zealand in February 2018, and will be moving there, along with her husband, in November 2018.
Along the journey, Erin also became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as well as a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants.
Erin’s resume consists of running her own behaviour consultation business, Merit Dog Training, working for Companion Veterinary Clinic as a consultant and working as a teaching assistant in Advanced Animal Behaviour at Dalhousie University.
Erin currently has one senior dog she adopted from the Peterborough Humane Society (Ontario, Canada) 17 years ago. Monday (affectionately known as Grandma Monday) turned 18 around August 2018. She has helped Erin hone her training skills, especially as she has aged and is faced with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction and all the behaviour changes that come with this.
- Training since: Dogs: 2013, Horses: 2000
- Favorite activity: School (I'm a nerd), hiking, travel
- Coolest training experience: Working with marine species
- Favorite dog training book: The Animals Among Us by John Bradshaw
- Favorite food: Vegan burritos
- Bucket list item: Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa
- Pet peeve: Seeing and/or hearing people eat
- Fun fact: I once hung out with sea lions on the beach in Galapagos
- Guilty pleasure: Posting a ridiculous amount of photos of my dog on Instagram
Barley the Demonstration Dog
Certified Very Good Boy
Barley is a five year old border collie who was born in Colorado. We don't know much about his childhood, but we know he was purchased in a Walmart parking lot at about six weeks old.
Barley spent the first three years or so of his life with a man and the man's three children. When the man needed to move, he wasn't able to take Barley with him. He left Barley at Denver Dumb Friends League, where Kayla worked.
Kayla had been looking for a dog for a while, and Barley immediately stood out. He was a bit fat and his fur was tangled, but his eyes sparkled and he LOVED the ball Kayla threw. So she took him home.
Barley loves being a trainer's dog. He is excellent at diffusing aggressive and reactive dogs and is great at performing demonstration videos. He convinced Kayla to run her first marathon, and he does all of the training with her.
Barley earned his Canine Good Citizen in 2018 and is an AKC Intermediate Trick Dog. He is trained to alert Andrew, Kayla's boyfriend, when peanuts are nearby. He also loves playing agility, herding, obedience, and scentwork games. He's working on learning to be a conservation detection dog.
But most of all, Barley loves fetch. You can read Barley's blog here.
- Training since: 2011 (birth)
- Favorite activity: Fetch, especially in the water.
- Coolest training experience: HERDING SHEEPIES
- Favorite dog training book: The flavored ones.
- Favorite food: Easy cheese.
- Bucket list item: Trying dock diving!
- Pet peeve: When people put their face in my face.
- Fun fact: I'm missing two front teeth.
- Guilty pleasure: Sleeping under the bed instead of on top of it.
Organizations that have relied on our expertise:
- PetMD: The Best Cat Toys That Simulate Hunting Prey
- The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants: Glucocorticoids and Behavior Consulting
- Red Rocks Community College: presenter for college course on animal behavior
- The New York Times Wirecutter: The Best Dog Boots
- Hill's Science Diet: A Day in the Life of a Pet Adoption Counselor
- Kennel Trainer: I wrote a series of articles for them.
- Paw Culture: Six Ways to Prepare Your Dog for a Baby
- Bustle: 9 Signs Your Dog May Be Getting Dementia
- Denver Dumb Friends League: Kayla worked here for two years and helped revamp their Behavior Helpline Service
- Ollie Blog "Dog Eared:" Should You Get Another Dog?
- Walkin' Pets Blog: Seven Ways to Create a Deeper Bond With Your Dog
- K9 of Mine: Kayla is a regular contributor here, and write most of their dog behavior articles.
- How Stuff Works: Can a D-O-G Learn to S-P-E-L-L?
- The Clymb: The Do's and Don't of Taking a Dog Camping
- Buzz Custom Fence: 5 Ways to Make Your Backyard A Doggie Paradise