Kayla has been a trainer for most of her life - starting with homing pigeons in middle school and showing animals competitively in 4H. One of her first jobs was working as a falcon trainer!
She started a dogwalking business in 2012 when she came to college. She quickly realized that walking dogs that yank on the leash wasn't very fun, so she picked up a few dog training books (Don't Shoot the Dog and Culture Clash) and started learning. With her client's permission, she started teaching the dogs to walk nicely on leash. She loved it, and started teaching other life skills too!
In 2013, she switched to dog training instead of walking and Journey Dog Training was born.
Kayla loved teaching basic manners and life skills, but she was really fascinated by behavior concerns that plagued many dogs. She started apprenticing at All Breed Rescue and Training and began fostering challenging dogs.
Around 2016, Journey Dog Training pivoted from basic manners training to working on behavior issues like reactivity, aggression, and separation anxiety. Kayla earned her IAABC certification.
In 2018, Kayla left Denver and left her clients behind. Journey Dog Training switched to offering online behavior help. We are passionate about offering low-cost, expert behavior help to anyone in the world. We don't think that you should need to live in a big city or have a ton of money to get help with your dog!
We fund this site through our online course offerings and through affiliate links, meaning we get a small kickback each time you make a purchase using one of our links (at no extra cost to you).
Erin joined the team in 2018. She is going to help build up our online presence and help us help more families.