About Us

Camano Island Kennels has served canines and their owners at its island location since 1997, providing state-of-the art boarding facilities and efficient, professional training for clients who are drawn from throughout a wide area. Kennel hosts are Dianna M. Young and Jason Young.

Dianna is a certified professional trainer specializing in behavior modification as well as author of the award-winning book Think Like Your Dog with more than 26 years of experience who combines the best of European and American traditions in her dog training programs. She was born and reared in the Pacific Northwest, but began her career in Germany in the 1980s, where she served three years of apprenticeship under several skilled master trainers. There, she studied and participated in the European style of training dogs for police-service work, security work, scent detection, personal protection, tracking and search and rescue. Dianna returned to the United States, where she enrolled in a nationally accredited school for dog trainers. Upon completing her course of study there, she worked and studied for several years in animal-related fields on the East Coast, including six years as a veterinary technician in New York and several years as an apprentice trainer at one of the top working-dog kennels in New England. She is an approved evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program.

Jason’s introduction to highly trained canines and many of their uses came in combat in the Middle East, where he served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Army Green Beret. He and the men he supervised came to love and appreciate these dogs for their valuable contributions to the combat team and to the safety and security of the people on it.

Camano Island Kennels offers a brand-new boarding building of 4,000 square feet, which provides covered kennel enclosures, in-floor radiant heating, excellent air circulation, privacy dividers, raised sleeping platforms and soothing music. The kennel’s grounds provide access to a three-acre, park-like fenced area for exercise and play.

In addition to dog boarding, Camano Island Kennels offers a choice of group training, private training and in-kennel training, including off-leash advanced training and puppy jumpstart classes.

Camano Island Kennels is a member of the American Boarding Kennel Association (ABKA), and adheres to the association’s code of ethics and subscribes to its high standards of care. Dianna is a member of the Verein Fur Deutsche Schaferhunde (SV) and the United States Schutzhund Club of America.

“Dog owners come to Camano Island Kennels because we provide efficient, effective training for canines and their owners, and conscientious care for the animals entrusted to us,” Dianna said. “We are constantly attentive to their security, safety and well-being, and provide for their welfare above all other considerations. Please call us and find out how we can be of service to you and your pet.”