Dianna M. Young

Certified Dog Trainer

There are two kinds of instruction you can get from an instructor at a dog training school. One is the kind that works well as long as you’re at the school, but it doesn’t go out the door with you and your dog when you leave.

Dianna M. Young, certified dog trainer specializing in behavior, and author of the Award-Winning book Think Like Your Dog and Enjoy the Rewards, provides people with the other kind of instruction; the kind that goes home with you when you go. Her instruction travels well because she works not only with your dog, but with you and your dog together, as a team.

At Camano Island Kennels Dianna trains your dog, and also shows you how to keep it trained. She shows you how to gain and maintain control of your relationship with your canine companion.

Dianna has been producing excellent results for a long time. She was born and reared in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, but began her dog-training career in the late 1980s in Germany. There, she served a three-year apprenticeship at the Heilbronn SV Training Facility in Heilbronn, Germany, under several skilled master trainers, working primarily with the European German Shepherd Dog, Rottweiler, Belgian Malinois and similar service breeds. While there, she studied and participated in dog training for police-service work, security, detection, personal protection, tracking and search-and-rescue.

After returning to the United States, Dianna enrolled at a nationally accredited school for professional dog trainers, where she continued her studies in canine behavior, all facets of professional dog training and husbandry. Upon completing her schooling, she worked and studied for several years in animal-related fields in New York state. She worked six years there as a veterinarian technician, and taught canine-behavior classes for Marlboro, New York, Central School District’s adult education program. Dianna also served as an Animal Control Officer, enforcing animal-related laws and ordinances in New York state, and managed a 103-animal-capacity shelter and holding facility for the local township.

Before returning to the Northwest, Dianna apprenticed under world-renowned Master Trainer John M. Henkel of New Milford, Connecticut. While working at the Henkel teaching and training facility, Dianna instructed alongside John for the personnel of many law-enforcement and security agencies in New York and New England, and also provided trained dogs world-wide to celebrities and dignitaries for personal and estate protection.

After returning to the Northwest, Dianna began her own consulting and training services, and spent two years as canine-behavior consultant and in-store dog trainer for PETCO stores in Tacoma and Federal Way.

Dianna moved to Camano Island in 1997, where she has continued to follow her passion by training dogs successfully for a wide range of clients. Her client base has grown dramatically since 1997, and continues to grow, primarily through word-of-mouth advertising by satisfied students. People come to her with needs that range from simple obedience training to the finding and implementing of solutions for complex behavioral problems. Dianna has been a first-choice for some veterinarians seeking training for themselves and their own dogs, and teaches classes and seminars in dog-handling for the staffs of veterinary hospitals, animal shelters and rescue organizations. She is a certified official evaluator in the AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Good Citizen Program, in which she is authorized to test dogs and qualify for certificates those that meet the AKC’s high ten-part standards of good manners at home and in the community.

She served ten years as a reserve Deputy Sheriff, and was Camano Island’s lead Animal Law Enforcement Officer for fifteen years. She is a 1999 graduate of the Animal Control Officer Academy and a 2000 graduate of the Reserve Law Enforcement Academy, both sponsored by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. She has been sought as an expert witness in animal-related criminal cases in New York and Washington, and was brought in as a consultant in 2002 to assist Montana state law enforcement officers in an animal-cruelty investigation involving 171 dogs. The case resulted in a successful prosecution.

Since moving to Camano, Dianna also has competed successfully at the international level with her own personal service dogs. Some have ranked very high for training in national and international Sieger shows, in which dogs demonstrate their proficiency with police-service skills. This has included attaining the position of number-one dog in the United States and number-one dog in Canada in their respective classes.

“If you’re a beginning dog owner, or even a long-time owner with canine problems, a formal class for you and your dog is a wonderful way to gain control of the situation,” Dianna said. “We’ll teach you how to effectively interact with your dog by reading canine body language and by correctly communicating your commands to your dog either verbally or non-verbally.

“One of life’s great pleasures is sharing it with a dog that is sensitive to your desires and wants to please you,” Dianna said. “You shouldn’t settle for anything less.”