When we started this podcast, Kayla (of Journey Dog Training) was living in Mexico, working as a freelance writer. Over the last 16 episodes, she drove through Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Her ultimate goal was Argentina.
But now she’s living in Missoula, Montana – why?
Because she got a DREAM JOB!
Kayla is now working as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Working Dogs for Conservation, and organization that takes high-drive (there’s that term! See episode 15...) rescue dogs and teaches them to be detection dogs.
But rather than training the dogs to find drugs or bombs or missing people, these dogs are trained for conservation biology. They find the scat of endangered species, ivory hidden in busses, and invasive species that should be eradicated.
It’s a pretty darn cool gig.
Kayla grew up in northern Wisconsin and studied ecology and animal behavior at Colorado College. She founded Journey Dog Training in 2013 to provide high-quality and affordable dog behavior advice. She’s an avid adventurer and has driven much of the Pan-American Highway with her border collie Barley. She now travels the US in a 2006 Sprinter with her two border collies, Barley and Niffler. Aside from running Journey Dog Training, Kayla also runs the nonprofit K9 Conservationists, where she and the dogs work as conservation detection dog teams.