About Us

About Us

Our mission as dog trainers, puppy training specialists, and dog behaviorists is to foster trust between dogs and their owners through positive, science-based solutions in a supportive environment. We promote a positive culture through ongoing learning opportunities for all.

 Padfoot Pets is dedicated to providing a supportive culture for staff, dogs, and owners, recognizing the importance of gentle guidance, socialization, and real-world exposure to dogs of all shapes, sizes, and behavioral obstacles.

Padfoot’s “Real-World Program” creates a support team of experienced trainers working together to build a better bond and offer help for dogs to join their people in Denver, the surrounding area, and the CO local community.

Padfoot is committed to providing positive science-based dog training, helping with basic manners, urban socialization, and reactive behaviors.

Our mission as dog trainers, puppy training specialists, and dog behaviorists is to foster trust between dogs and their owners through positive, science-based solutions in a supportive environment. We promote a positive culture through ongoing learning opportunities for all. 


Padfoot Pets is dedicated to providing a supportive culture for staff, dogs, and owners, recognizing the importance of gentle guidance, socialization, and real-world exposure to dogs of all shapes, sizes, and behavioral obstacles. 

 

Padfoot’s “Real-World Program” creates a support team of experienced trainers working together to build a better bond and offer help for dogs to join their people in Denver, the surrounding area, and the CO local community. Padfoot is committed to providing positive science-based dog training, helping with basic manners, urban socialization, and reactive behaviors.

 

Padfoot Core Values

IMAGINATION

Adapting & Over Coming New Issues

Thinking outside the box to think about what motivates your dogs. When working with people and animals things are always changing and we will need to adapt to new situations, as well as, find new ways to keep your pup busy and stimulated. For some dogs, you will need to get creative with your definition of a "treat".

SCIENCE

Proven Approach

What is science-based training? A proven approach that creates a consistent result in multiple types of situations and gets positive results. By using positive reinforces to create greater understanding for both owner and dog.

EMPATHY

Clear Cues & Gestures with Emotional Understanding

With empathy, we focus on timing and clear communication. By working on seeing the world from your pup's point of view it is easier to create clear communication. With clear communication, we can create the ability to say "poop there not here" or "That dog is safe. You don't need to react to it".

Padfoot Services

Padfoot Services

PAWSITIVE PET STORIES

TYLER PARSONS

Co-Owner / Head of Behavior

My name is Tyler Parsons. I am a recent transplant to Colorado from Kansas and have lived in the area for almost two years. While growing up, I lived in a house with four German Shepherd dogs, which I helped to train as cadaver dogs.

Currently, I live with my wife and two dogs, a lab/shepherd mix named Karma and a miniature schnauzer named Stasia. While in Kansas, I was the lead trainer for the Kansas Humane Society, where I would lead classes such as puppy and basic manners. I also assisted with reactive dog classes and was a Canine Good Citizen evaluator during my time. After working for the Kansas Humane Society, I was the owner and lead trainer of Outside the Box Pet Solutions. I provided services such as private consultations and worked to find unique solutions for individuals who live with disabilities to build bonds with their pets.

Since moving to Colorado, I have worked as an adoption counselor at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and volunteered with their behavior team. I look forward to working with your whole family to help bridge the gap between family and pet.

KAT SALCEDO

Co Owner / Head Trainer

Kat has had a strong passion for dogs since she was a little girl. Before she could read, all she wanted were books with pictures of dogs. Kat loves to study dogs, their behaviors, and breeds. With the help of books, podcasts, videos, and her own dedication, she helped build up her pup’s (Kyle’s) confidence and now he’s a wonderful little member of society and a Padfoot Staff Dog!! Her enthusiasm for training her own pup gave her the inspiration to help other dogs stay in their forever homes. 

This NYC girl started her career with dog handling and dog walking and has been training Denver dogs for 5 years. Kat avidly pursues her ongoing continuing education and professional development by attending several seminars and keeping current on industry practices. Kat’s favorite kind of pup to train is the one at the end of the leash!! “I teach people how to speak dog.”

Kat uses her experience as an Executive Assistant (caring for clients’ finances and homes) and education as our Pet Services Manager to give the best support to your home and your pets.

AMANDA SANCHEZ

Real-World Trainer

Amanda has always loved animals but found her place with dogs at a young age.

She since had worked to gain certifications in dog training, veterinary assistant, and is also K9 first and CPR trained.

While learning the medical aspect of dogs, she learned that there is value in learning the behavioral aspect and worked her way into dog training. 

Amanda has a passion for rescuing dogs and helping rehabilitate them to the point of having happy, successful, and fulfilling lives. She has learned so much from these dogs and translates it into her training.

PERRY CAMPBELL

Real-World Trainer

I’ve always loved animals, from my pet ferret as a young child, Bandit, to several sweet doggos over the past few years.

I have a passion for helping others, volunteering with local Search and Rescue while living in Seattle – and now having the opportunity to help not only the dogs that we get to work with at Padfoot but also the humans that welcome these furry friends into their lives.

Through a more difficult rescue experience, a large bloodhound, Huckleberry – I found a passion for learning dog behavior. I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn more about dogs. As a software engineer, I have a passion for small details, and as I learn more and more about dog behavior and training, I’m excited to find ways to share what I’m learning with others.

I don’t have any favorite breeds but I certainly have a soft spot for hounds. I also have a soft spot for deep-dish pizza, being originally from Chicago.

I’m grateful to be a part of the Padfoot team!

Real-World Basics

GROUP CLASSES

Want to be the first in line? Now enrolling for classes at Pet Wants Arvada!

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Our story begins, like many others, finding a innovative way to help a family and their dog. The family had a lot going on within their home. Between their children's medical issues, a young untrained rescue, and full time work, time for training was not a good option.​ The family was very bonded to the dog...
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Reviews Google

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2024-06-05
I adopted two nine year old brothers who were in a puppy mill and I was way over my head and desperate. Thankfully I found Padfoot Pets and their scientific, positive reinforcement method right in my backyard. I don’t feel overwhelmed anymore. The pups are showing significant progress every single day. I absolutely love the two trainers who I have worked with, Amanda and Tyler, and I cannot express enough how grateful I am. I don’t feel alone anymore and only feel hopeful! I think my pups feel the same, :0)
Sharon Hodge
Sharon Hodge
2024-04-06
My dog and I did the training class at Pet Wants Arvada. We had a great experience with the class, the trainers are amazing and I would highly recommend!
erin boyle
erin boyle
2024-03-26
We love seeing Jolene improve and she loves working with kat and Tyler.
Donna Oswald
Donna Oswald
2024-03-08
Kat and Tyler are incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and experienced with smart dogs with hyper focus, prey drives, and “selective hearing” in regard to boundaries. Kat has already helped Sophie and I with clear instructions and options to reduce triggers. Kat has a joyful, , non-judgmental approach that Sophie immediately liked. Kat provided simple, clear activities for introducing better boundaries and de-escalation opportunities so both Sophie and I can exhale and relax a little. Progress!!
Jason Binkley
Jason Binkley
2024-02-22
We just completed the "Real World Basics" group class. What a difference! This was not an entry-level learn to sit puppy class; it was a learn to communicate with your doggo, build your bond, and face the world class. Our fuzzy companion is calmer, less shy, and generally easier to get along with. Tyler, Kat, and Perry are truly dog people, and their positive approach made everyone, especially the dogs, calm and ready to learn. Our class was held at Pet Wants in Old Town Arvada, Sharon and company there were welcoming, and definitely earned our future business too. We look forward to learning more from Padfoot!
Sarah Rickel
Sarah Rickel
2024-02-18
Kat and Amanda have been wonderful to work with! I have a reactive but (mostly) sweet dog and the training and expertise provided by this team is second to none. Would highly recommend this company for any of your dog training needs! And my difficult dog loves Kat and Amanda!!! Harmon's behaviors and ability to navigate the world have significantly improved with their training!
Melissa Masek
Melissa Masek
2024-01-26
Tyler is empathetic and knowledgeable about reactive dogs. He understands the challenges of living with a reactive dog. It was amazing to see him win my dog's trust over the course of just a few sessions. He shares his knowledge in easy to understand lessons. He trains you, the owner, to think about your dog's triggers from day to day. If they are extra reactive today, what happened yesterday or even the day before? Most reactivity is out of fear or anxiety. It is important to have empathy for your furry friend.
erin boyle
erin boyle
2024-01-10
Really wonderful folks who care about all dogs. They've really helped us with our reactive dog.
Kathryne Walker
Kathryne Walker
2023-12-20
We have been with Padfoot for several months now and couldn’t speak more highly of the training techniques!
Rebecca Simon
Rebecca Simon
2023-08-23
Tyler and Kat are dedicated to making our furry friends live their lives to the fullest. They are great at explaining their processes and provide the best care possible for each individual pup. They are constantly looking for better and more creative options to maximize results. Minnie and I don't know what we would have done without them!

HELPING DENVER PETS AND THEIR OWNERS MEET THE REAL-WORLD ONE STEP AT A TIME

HELPING DENVER PETS AND THEIR OWNERS MEET THE REAL-WORLD ONE STEP AT A TIME

Position open for short-experienced trainers who enjoy working dogs in their homes! It’s the ideal job for someone who understands dogs, learning about dog behavior, and being outside. Join our revolutionary Real World Training team! At Padfoot Pets, we believe in education first! We offer support to our Trainers to have the opportunities for continued education and growth within the company. We hire trainers to work duties outside of training (if able) so any special skills will also be taken into consideration.

All staff must pass a background check. This position is a contracted part-time job. You work independently to give yourself and the pups lots of enrichment and individual training and follow along an agreed schedule.

JOB DUTIES

-goes to location (either home or agreed-to location) and takes dog through the Real World Training Program

-must have reliable transportation
-must have smartphone for accessing scheduling
-must wear identifying gear provided by PPS and carry business cards
-must have approved supplies for training available (i.e. lead, puzzle game, water, bowl, poop bags, varied value treats, etc.)
-complete each session with a report card and photos using Easy Busy Pets
-complete each session with Behavior report on Google Sheets/Spaces
-communicates with dog Owners on behavior/scheduling
-supported by Lead Trainer for complex behavior analysis
-commit to 1/month Staff Meetings/Educational workshops

REQUIREMENTS

  • Valid ID.
  • Reliable transportation
  • Smartphone for accessing scheduling.
  • Works well independently.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite.
  • minumum 1 year of Animal education/training.
  • Training Certification not required but optimal (CPDT, PPG, IAABC, Karen Pryor, CBATI, or equivalent.
  • The ability to walk for long periods of time.
  • Patient, punctual, and reliable.
  • Trustworthy and responsible.

Job Types: Part-time, Contract

Pay: $15.00 – $30.00 per hour

Expected hours: 5 – 25 per week

Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule

Compensation package:

  • Tips

Schedule:

  • 4 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday
  • On call
  • Weekends as needed

Application Question(s):

  • REQUIRED: What is your opinion on punishment based tools i.e. prong collars, pinch collars, e-collars, etc.

Experience:

  • Dog training: 1 year (Required)

Work Location: On the road