Meet Our Team

Your Camano Island Kennels hosts are Dianna and Jason Young. Dianna is a certified professional trainer, specializing in behavior modification as well as author of 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 professional dog trainers and also studied all facets of animal husbandry. Upon completing her studies 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.