Mikayla Moore graduated from the highly regarded Karen Pryor Academy in 2019 and is working toward completing her KPA-CTP and CCPDT-KA certifications. She has always been passionate about animals and the ways in which they communicate and learn.
She started her career by coaching gymnastics to young children. While teaching kids was fun and fulfilling, she still felt drawn to working with animals. Her first foray into animal behavior was a seminar by Susan Friedman, a leading expert in behavioral modification and sound scientific principles – Mikayla was hooked. She gained valuable experience working with dogs at dog daycare and training facilities, honing her knowledge of dog group dynamics, appropriate play behaviors, and ethical training practices. She has trained her own dogs in obedience, Canine Good Citizen certification, agility, and trick training.
In 2015, Mikayla had the honor of volunteering in South Africa and working hands-on with cheetahs, servals, caracals, genets, owls, and a variety of other animals. In 2017 she became a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and attended the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) annual conference on dog behavior. In 2018 she applied and was accepted into the prestigious KPA Professionals program under the mentorship of the renowned Nan Arthur.
Considering herself a constant student, Mikayla is always expanding her knowledge of behavior and continuing her education in learning theory. Mikayla is a passionate advocate for animal welfare and is thrilled to join the spcaLA Behavior and Training team in their efforts to prevent cruelty to animals and enrich the lives of shelter animals.