Meet the Staff

Katy joined the KDT team in early May 2020 as kennel care supervisor.  She oversees all things that happen in the kennel, cares for your dogs in the facility, and supervises the kennel care team who is also providing care.  She said, “I love being around animals and taking care of them.  I love how each dog is so different and discovering their personality quirks.”  The personal values that drive Katy feed right into this position’s requirements.  She is compassionate and loves helping others.  For the past 20 years, Katy has volunteered at an animal shelter and she also has a few pets of her own.

When Katy is not working at KDT she enjoys her many hobbies like drawing and designing her own art, biking, and reading.  She also likes “to just be outdoors.”  Her top three favorite book series to read are The Mortal Instruments, Harry Potter, and The Maze Runner.  The best advice she was ever given was from her mom who said, “Be who you want to be, not what someone else wants you to be.”

When asked, “Why should someone have their dog trained with KDT?” Katy replied, “In the short time I have been here, I have seen how much the training methods can help dogs and even save them.”

Kylee

  • Dog Trainer
  • Puppy Preschool Instructor
  • Puppy Residency Coordinator

Kylee has been a dog trainer at Kasten’s since early 2019 and in early 2020 took over our puppy preschool and residency training programs. Before coming to Kasten’s, Kylee worked at a doggie daycare facility.

The highlight of each day for Kylee is watching a dog get excited when praised for doing a command correctly. She also enjoys watching dogs progress and transform through a KDT training program.

When Kylee isn’t training dogs and working with puppies you can find her hiking, kayaking, camping, or attending concerts. She also enjoys working her own dog, Shenzi, and being with Armani, her fox. When asked, “What is the best advice you have ever received?” Kylee answered, “My mom always told me to make good choices while I was growing up and her words have been on my mind even as an adult.” If Kylee were given the chance to trade places with anyone or anything for just one day she should trade places with one of her pets because “They live such an easy life and are so spoiled!”

Kylee says, “You should have your dog trained at KDT so I can play with them! Honestly though, because everyone at Kasten’s does their best to help owners and pets achieve their training goals.”

Holly

  • Dog Trainer

When Holly was growing up she loved animals and wanted to be a pet groomer. After graduation, she worked for the Humane Society for 4 years prior to coming to Kasten’s in June 2017. While working for the Humane Society she became interested in dog behaviors and at Kasten’s she enjoys working with dogs to overcome their behavioral issues. She also enjoys working with puppies to establish communication and instill confidence that will have a lifelong impact. Holly’s life quote, “I don’t need easy, I just need possible” (Bethany Hamilton) describes what dog training is all about. Holly says, “Training dogs isn’t always easy, and it often requires tons of patience; however, training is possible, and every dog can benefit from obedience training.”

When Holly isn’t training dogs she enjoys ready the Harry Potter series and other J.K. Rowling books, playing video games, and relaxing with family. When asked, “If given a chance, who would you trade places with for a day?” Holly said, “Myself, back in high school, just so I could do theater class again.”

When looking for a dog trainer Holly said, “Choose Kasten’s because we strive to find a balance for every owner and every dog. We help dog owners with all behavioral issues no matter how difficult.”

Cami

  • Office Coordinator

Cami joined the Kasten’s Dog Training team in March of 2019 as the Front Office Coordinator.  She schedules dog training, dog boarding, appointments for dogs and humans, and answers all your questions regarding what KDT does and how we can help you.  In addition to helping dog owners, Cami does many behind the scene tasks. Cami’s favorite parts of her role is organizing anything and everything, talking to people about training their dog, and helping people understand what we do at KDT.

Cami’s favorite quote, “Don’t follow the path.  Go where there is not a path and begin the trail” (Ruby Bridges), nicely sums up what she enjoys outside of KDT.  Cami loves adventures, traveling, and experiencing new cultures.  Her most memorable adventures are each of her trips to the BWCA where 7 days of pure self-reliance and seclusion are just what the doctor ordered.  As a child, Cami wanted to be an astronaut and said, “I would still go into space if given the opportunity!  I would love to see Mars or Jupiter in person.  I would be all about spending years in space for the moment of discovery.”  Cami also enjoys escaping in a good book and her favorite authors are John Grisham, Cliver Cussler, and George R.R. Martin.

Cami says, “You should have your dog trained at Kasten’s because all dogs need mental stimulation in their life, and we can teach you how to provide that.  Your dog will be happier and healthier, and you will have a better-behaved dog!”