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.”

 

Emily

  • Professional Dog Trainer

Emily joined the KDT dog training team in January 2020 from a background in fostering service dogs and working with different service dog organizations.  She loves to be outside and working the dogs or in her spare time she enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, swimming, and playing with her dog, Sirius.  Emily also enjoys reading and listening to podcasts.  Maggie Stiefvater is her favorite author, Harry Potter is her favorite book series, and Welcome to Night Vale is her favorite podcast. 

“You are not defined by what you do, so you are allowed to try new things, even if you fail” was memorable advice she received from one of her college professors.  This advice drove her to try unconventional jobs and move to different states in the pursuit of adventure.

The values she holds close to are faith, family, integrity, loyalty, friendship, and adventure while having an optimistic outlook.  Her favorite quote carries a similar optimist view, “Spring will come again.”

 

Haleigh

  • Kennel Care Supervisor

Haleigh joined the KDT team in May 2020 and her favorite part about working here is encountering all types and breeds of dogs and ensuring they receive love and excellent care while here.  She enjoys problem solving and creative solutions to make each dog’s life better.  Her previous work experience as a special education paraprofessional taught her endless patience and she developed a love for caring for others.  She said, “This experience easily translated to caring for our dogs, even our most difficult dogs.”

“My favorite quote: ‘Never let the fear or striking out keep you from playing the game’ and the best advice I have ever received: ‘Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  Own them and learn from them.  Do this and you will shine bright’  bring me full circle.  They remind me to keep my chin up and face each day without fearing failure.”

When Haleigh is not at KDT she likes to adventure and explore with her son and if given a chance to trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with him so she would see how to be a better mom.

When asked why someone should have their dog trained at Kasten’s, Haleigh replied, “We breath life into dogs.  Your dog would become its most confident self while we fix their behavioral issues.”

 

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.  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 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!”