Meet the Team

 

Kylee

  • Professional 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.”

 

Trystan

  • Professional Dog Trainer
  • Group Lessons Instructor

Trystan’s father once told him, “There is nothing you can’t achieve if you truly set your mind to it.”  Trystan set his mind on being a professional dog trainer.  He was determined and his persistence paid off.  Trystan joined the professional dog training team mid-2020.  He enjoys reporting to work each day and learning every dog’s personality types and working with them through their hang-ups.

Trystan discovered his passion for dog training when he began training his own German Shepherd Dog, Arya, and the three values that drive him are honesty, dependability, and passion.  These three values create a desire to take challenges head on and not surrender.

When Trystan isn’t training dogs he enjoys doing anything outdoors, especially with Arya.  He also enjoys spending time with friends and family.  His favorite memories are the weeks in Florida with no real-world responsibilities.  His only “job” was to relax on the beach and decide what to cook each evening from the fresh market!

When asked by someone should have their dog trained at Kasten’s, Trystan replied, “People should have their dog trained with KDT because we teach you how to consistently communicate with your dog in a way they truly understand.  This changes your daily life.  Your whole life.  It breaths life into your dog.”

 

Bre

  • Kennel Care Supervisor

Bre came to Kasten’s Dog Training with prior experience in the veterinary and pet hospitality industries.  Her goal here at KDT is to assist dogs with socialization, anxiety reduction, and to overcome behavioral issues.  She is driven by values of compassion, integrity, and taking pride in what she does.

Maximos, a 6 year old Mastiff, and Zeus, a 3 year old Husky, are her dogs she rescued from local shelters.  Bre loves spending time with them, volunteering at Loveway, and is studying to be a dog behavioral specialist in her spare time.

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings” by Salvador Dali is her favorite quote.  Bre likes this quote because it reminds her that you must apply the knowledge you have gained otherwise it is useless.

 

Austin

  • Kennel Care Team
  • Customer Service

“Walking and playing with the dogs in our care” is the best part of working at KDT according to Austin.  He also enjoys helping owners understand how they can develop better avenues to communicate with their dogs.  Prior to starting at KDT Austin worked for 3 years at his grandparent’s kennel.

In Austin’s time outside of KDT he enjoys spending time with his large family and two dogs.  He also helps lead his church’s youth group and is a small group leader.  Austin enjoys reading books by Edgar Allen Poe, C.S. Lewis, and Rick Riordan and playing soccer or board games with anyone who will join him, but his favorites are basketball and disc golf.   Austin’s recent big adventure was went on his first sans parents road trip to Florida and he had an amazing time!

When asked, “Who is the one person who influenced your life the most and how?”  Austin replied, “There have been many people in my past who have influenced my life, but I don’t think any of them have had as great an impact as the group of guys I graduated with.  Throughout high school and into our adult lives, we have been through so much together and we are all here to help one another.”

 

Morgan

  • Kennel Care Team
  • Customer Service

Morgan started working at Kasten’s Dog Training in early 2021 as a kennel care team member.  In the summer of 2021 she added Customer Service to her abilities.  When she is at KDT she loves to assist in socializing dogs to things they may be fearful of in a safe, calm, and caring environment.  She came to KDT with 10 years of 4-H Dog Club experience.

Outside of KDT Morgan loves attending concerts, alternative fashion, spending time with family and friends, and taking naps.  She is our little dog lover and at home she has two little dogs, 2 cats, a ball python, and tree frogs.  She recently organized a trip for her and two friends to Chicago to see a band and “everything backfired!  The trip was a mess but I learned good life lessons that weekend!”

“In the end nothing we do or say in this lifetime will matter as much as the way we have loved one another” by Daphne Rose Kingma is Morgan’s favorite quote and her grandma taught her to be empathetic and treat people with kindness regardless of differences.  Morgan’s values to be kind and love one another drive her to be caring and supportive of her friends, family, her team at KDT, and to the dogs in her care.

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, she does many behind the scene tasks and also assists with training dogs. Cami’s favorite parts of her role is organizing anything and everything, talking to people about training their dog, and helping people understand what exactly 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. Cami enjoys escaping in a good book and her favorite authors are John Grisham, Clive 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!”