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.