Cognitive K9

Denver, CO

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

We offer personalized, one-on-one animal training. We go at your pace and style to achieve your goals. We focus on relationship-based training and love working with people and animals!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love to help owners work with their pets. I aim to help you understand your pet's behavior. This helps us work to make living together the best it can be for you AND your pet. I love to see animals "get" something. The lightbulb moment for people and their pets is what I live for!


Denver, CO 80204

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6 Reviews
  • Emily K. Mar 22, 2017
    Willing and wanting to help
    Helped me in my decision to adopt a particular dog by providing opinions, tips, and resources. Continued to provide books and opinions regarding any questions I had after adoption. Super personable
  • John E. Mar 21, 2017
    No More Sofa chew toys
    So Luna was like all puppies, she loves to chew, only problem is that her favorite chew toys were leather sofas. Kayla took her time to train me, to train Luna to be a much better dog. Now my leather sofas are safe, and are furniture not really big chew toys. The best thing about Kayla's training was that her training of me will make sure that Luna is one of the best behaved Ladies in the neighborhood.
  • Freda H. Mar 21, 2017
    Great experience!
    Kayla did a great job helping me correct my dog Juniper's aggression issues. She taught me the basics of mat training, gave me some other great tips, and lent me some books to read so I could continue the training myself.
  • Melissa L. Mar 20, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Great experience for both myself and my pup
    Kayla did a great job working with my pup, Ollie. She worked with us to design a plan that satisfied all of our trainings goals, was flexible with scheduling and was very punctual. Our Thursday training sessions became a highlight for Ollie and we are all a little bummed that our training time is over (even though this ultimately meant we had success!). I'd definitely recommend working with Kayla to any of my friends.
  • Kelly W. Jan 20, 2017
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    Pet sitting
    Wr have used Kayla for petsitting. Kayla is reliable and we appreciate the videos she sends of our pets. We would reccomend her.
  • Bill S. Nov 7, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Speaks English, Spanish and most importantly DOG.
    Kayla, my wfe and I went over Lola's (our dog) issues as planned. We were able to speak in both English and Spanish - a great help to my wife. Kayla gave immedate help re: one of our issues. She was prompt and immedately able to bond with Lola. We have made a game plan on going forward and will contnue to work wth Kayla to get our dog to be able to go to the dog park and meet others.


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to do a quick survey prior to meeting, which gives me a chance to read over the owner's concerns and history with their pet. We then do a consultation, in which we'll start laying the foundation for our goals and processes. After that, we meet 2-8 times per month for training sessions. I set up a training plan and we do our best to follow it, but I'm also flexible in case of changing circumstances or fast/slow learning.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I was an assistant trainer at All Breed Rescue and Training and have attended International Association of Animal Behavior Consultant conferences. I have a degree in biology and a focus in animal behavior from Colorado College. I also worked at Denver Dumb Friends League on their behavior team as a behavioral technician.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started as a student of biology and psychology, making money as a dogwalker. I started training the dogwalking clients in basic manners to make my job easier, and discovered that I LOVE training. Now, I'm a behavioral foster parent, work at a shelter in the behavior department, and spend lots of time training my dog, parrot, and cat!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've worked with Spanish-speaking customers, customers with deaf dogs, fearful dogs, rude dogs, and everything in between!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I helped a woman train her unruly one-year-old retriever mix in basic manners. We worked on mat training, targeting, fetch, sit, down, stay, come, and loose-leash walking. Working about 3 times per month, we finished training her dog in 2 months (6 one-hour sessions).
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I recommend looking for trainers who promote pain-free, force-free, and fear-free dog training. These methods are based in science and learning theory and will produce the best, most consistent results with your dog.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What is your end goal with your dog? Paint me a picture of your end vision. Do you want to take her to breweries or festivals, or is she a stay-at-home guard dog? Knowing what your end goal is, is key to helping me tailor our training plan to your needs!