Kersti has had a passion for working with dogs for as long as she can remember. Kersti grew up always having dogs around and was usually the kid hiding in a corner reading books about dogs (her favorite being The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds). Her family’s Border Collie, Freckles, had a huge impact on her closeness with dogs. Freckles was quick to pick up on gestures and cues, which sparked her interest in how people communicate with their dogs.
Kersti started volunteering at AniMall Pet Adoption and Outreach Center to help animals in need and to meet other animal lovers. She worked her way up to manager at AniMall, then connected with Dog Training Camp USA.
At first she juggled both jobs at once, but soon decided to pursue her dream full time. In 2015, Kersti became the Dog Training Camp USA Team Manager, and in 2018 became a co-owner of the company.
- General Manager
Kersti is located in Benson at the end of a quiet culdesac on 3 acres.
Kersti and her husband, Jason, have a pack of 5 dogs of all different ages.
- Lana, a Border Collie/German Shepherd and queen bee of the house
- Forrest, a 4 year old Lab/Chow adopted from a shelter
- Copper and Chance, 5 year old beagle brothers who help all the training dogs settle in
- Penny, a silly Husky mix adopted from a local rescue.
When not tending to their pack, Kersti and Jason love to garden, explore the woods, go to the beach, and go to concerts.
- Continuing Education Trainer II
- Training Camp Trainer IV
- Group Class Trainer I
- Private Trainer III
Kersti is especially good at
- Crate Training
- Dog-Dog Interactions
- Basic Obedience
- Advanced Obedience
- Working Dog Tasks
- Fearful Dogs
- Separation Anxiety
- Pack Manners
- Food/Toy Aggression
- Excessive Behaviors
- Working Breeds
- Rescue Dogs