Kayla M. Fratt
Dog trainer, conservationist, communicator.
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Animal Behavior Expert
I'm a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and am a sought-after expert in canine behavior.
I specialize in training conservation detection dogs and understanding complex behavior cases like aggression and anxiety. I'm not just going to Google something. If you want to write about dogs, I am one of the experts.
Enthusiastic, Clear Communicator
I host two podcasts and regularly write dog training advice articles.
Whether I'm communicating orally or in writing, I strive to bring enthusiasm and accuracy to my communications. Learners love my creative analogies and clear explanations.
Conservationist and Naturalist
My professional goals are driven by a love of conservation and ecology.
As a child, I shadowed my dad as he electroshocked fish, surveyed wolves, and preserved dragonflies. I gained fluency in Spanish while studying agriculture in Panama and tropical ecology in Ecuador. Now I meld conservation with dog training as a conservation dog handler.
I have worn a lot of hats. In the past, I've:
- Trained rescue dogs to sniff out invasive plants, diseases, wildlife contraband and the scat of endangered species.
- Helped revamp the decision-making process regarding outcomes of animals in an animal shelter.
- Instructed other dog trainers on how to conduct virtual behavior consultations.
- Mist netted bats in the Amazon rainforest and birds in the Chiricahua Mountains.
- Clicker trained hippos, beavers, falcons, cats, and more.
- Trained thousands of dogs of all shapes, sizes, and behavior problems.
- Founded a college Nordic ski team.
- Competed in 50-kilometer ski marathons (and a few running marathons).
- Studied the factors influencing stress and stereotypic behaviors in zoo-housed gorillas.
- Researched functional vocalizations of Monk Parakeets.