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CASEY RAY

Owner/Training Director

Qualifications

  • National K-9 School for Dog Trainers graduate and association member
  • County Court Judges have ordered dogs to rehabilitate under his guidance

 

Specialties

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Testified under oath on canine behavior and psychology

 

Favorite Breed

Belgian Malinois | Rottweiler

 

Casey Ray has been training dogs (and their owners!) for more than a decade in the St. Louis metro area. Casey and his expert staff of trainers are committed to giving their clients the attention and personal service they need to achieve their training goals with their dogs.

 

Casey is a graduate of the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers and emphasizes the use of veterinarian-recommended obedience training, behavioral modification, dog psychology, and overall owner awareness to help his clients achieve success. A majority of Casey’s training referrals come from veterinarians and past and present clients.

 

Casey has rescued and rehabilitated shelter dogs with severe behavioral disorders and is often called on for advice from area rescue groups. Casey has also supported dogs at risk from the court systems, including providing expert testimony on canine behavior and psychology and by guiding the rehabilitation of dogs remanded to his center by County Court judgements.

 

He and his “chief dog”, Ezra the Belgian Malinois, have made countless appearances in the metro area on television, radio, and at major sports events.

SHELLY RAY

Owner/Trainer

Qualifications

  • Shelly has been in the dog business for over a decade
  • Humane Society employee and volunteer
  • That’s My Dog E-Cademy Certified
  • Graduate of Casey Ray’s Training Program

 

Specialties

  • Proving to the general public that a once homeless canine can become an integral part of a family’s everyday adventures.

 

Favorite Breed

Poodle Mixes | Rottweilers

 

Shelly has been in the dog business for over a decade working side by side with her husband Casey and daughter Megan. From her conformation days to owning a boarding and training business, she has encountered many opportunities to work with different types of breeds and temperaments. She has worked at the Humane Society, both as an employee and volunteer, has had positions in various kennels and organizations, and has obtained the knowledge needed to offer dog training at a high level.

 

In 2005, she attended classes at the That’s My Dog! E-Cademy where she was immersed in hours of real-life, hands on training. Shelly enjoys working with her adopted Belgian Malinois mix, Anja, and her rescue dog Popeye, a Poodle / Bichon mix.

 

In addition to her many other rescue dogs she has fostered, she has proven to the general public that a once homeless canine can become an integral part of a family’s everyday adventures once the correct rules, boundaries and limitations are in place!

 

“I love seeing people come in where we were their last hope and leaving after a first lesson with a smile on their face and now being able to control their once unruly dog.”

KELLY BROOKS

Admin Supervisor/Trainer

Qualifications

  • Graduate of Casey Ray’s Training Program
  • 10+ years experience with Quickbooks and business management
  • Dog owner for over 20 years

 

Specialties

  • Working day train dogs
  • Working to build confidence and interest in training with puppies and unsure dogs
  • Administrative and daily business activities

 

Favorite Breed

Pit Bulls | Mixed Breeds

 

Kelly’s dog training experience began after rescuing a dog that had food aggression. Having owned dogs for over 20 years she had never experienced something like this before. Through time and training the transformation that she saw in her dog was incredible. This sparked her interest in the dog training field and lead her to Casey Ray’s STL Dog Trainers.

 

In Kelly’s opinion, training your dog is something not to be rushed or discontinued after obedience is learned. It is a bonding experience with your dog that should continue to grow. Clear communication and following through are the keys to success. She enjoys seeing owners reactions when they see what their dogs are capable of and the confidence the dogs gain through training.

 

Due to her husband being a diabetic, Kelly has a strong interest in the area of service dog work. She continues to do self study in that area and one day hopes to get the opportunity to work in the service dog field.

 

On days that she isn’t training dogs, Kelly is busy tending to the business end of things. She’s in charge of our accounting program, payroll, taxes and all of those other exciting non dog related parts of the business!

AMANDA HAYES

Trainer

Qualifications

  • Graduate of  Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers
  • 15+ years of dog training experience

 

Specialties

  • Day training

 

Favorite Breed

German Shepherds | Huskies

 

Amanda Hayes began her dog training career fifteen years ago when she was given an opportunity to take a shelter dog through training to make him more adoptable. She exhausted all of the classes at PetSmart, various kennels and daycares. After leaving the Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers she cultivated her own client base. Training is truly Amanda's passion, and she can't wait to help you and your dog have the best relationship possible.

JUAN CARLOS ESCANDON

 

Trainer

Qualifications

  • Attended various seminars conducted by Cesar Millan, Nicole Wilde and others

 

Specialties

  • Knowledge about dog aggression & body language
  • Helps to rehabilitate dogs that other trainers have rejected

 

Favorite Breed

Alaskan Malamute | Bernese Mountain Dog

 

Juan Carlos started learning about dog psychology in 2004. His interests on how dogs think and learn sparked his desire to know more about the subject. Everything he learned was successfully applied to dogs that belonged to family and friends.

 

In 2007 he decided to get his own puppy to teach him the basics of dog obedience from the very beginning. This puppy was an Alaskan Malamute named Chuck. Chuck was having a different idea from what Juan Carlos had pictured about him. Growing up to be a very confident and dominant 120 pound Alaskan Malamute, Chuck was definitely a “once in a lifetime” dog that you don’t see very often. His power and dominance tested every aspect that Juan knew about dog psychology to the max.

 

Juan Carlos asked Casey for that extra step he needed to help his dog reach his full potential. Chuck went from being a dominant dog to an off leash good canine citizen in only four and a half months with Casey’s help. Casey saw that Juan’s knowledge about how dogs think was greater than a typical dog owner. He asked Juan to help with group classes and invited him to work for the company.

 

Juan owns more than 20 books about dog psychology and has attended various seminars conducted by Cesar Millan, Nicole Wilde and others. His knowledge about dog aggression and body language is an important key to help rehabilitate dogs that other trainers have rejected. Juan’s philosophy is simple: “The biggest obstacle to a dog’s rehabilitation is the human’s mind”.

DAVE SILISTRIA

 

Trainer

Qualifications

  • Graduate of Casey Ray’s Training Program
  • E-Course Basic Obedience from Top Tier K9
  • Support Dogs Touch Team Certified

 

Specialties

  • Support Dog Certified. Assists clients with therapy dog work.
  • Group Lessons
  • Confidence Building

 

Favorite Breed

German Shepherd | Doberman

 

After first becoming a successful client, Dave has stuck with his passion and turned it into a second career. He’s always had a passion for dogs and knew he wanted to break into the industry so when the time was right, he enrolled in our program and hasn’t looked back!

 

Dave loves working with dogs, building a special bond between owner and dog, and thrives at changing overall general obedience and reaching the goal of canine good behavior.

KAYLA HURST

 

Trainer

Qualifications

  • Graduate of Casey Ray’s Training Program
  • Studies on dog behavior and body language
  • In the dog industry for four years

 

Specialties

  • Nervous/fearful dogs
  • Resource guarding issues
  • Helping clients understand every aspect of their dog
  • Group and Puppy classes
  • Confidence building

 

Favorite Breed

German Shepherd | Belgian Malinois

 

Kayla has had a passion for dogs since she was young. When she was 20 she got her first dog that was all hers, Optimus Prime. He sparked her passion for wanting to learn everything there is to know about dogs. After returning home from Basic Training she decided to follow her passion for dogs, where she started off working in kennels and learning as much as she could about dog behavior. After a few years she deiced to get into training other people's dogs and not just her own. She loves helping people train and build a bond with their dogs. Her favorite thing about training is watching the dogs and owners grow an incredible, unbreakable bond.

KAREN FREELAND

 

Trainer

Qualifications

  • Graduate of Casey Ray’s Training Program

 

Specialties

  • Group Lessons

 

Favorite Breed

Bassett Hound

 

Karen has always had a passion for animals. When she and her daughter adopted their dog Winnie as a puppy she was a mess. She started searching the internet for a dog trainer and landed on Casey Ray's. It was the best decision she ever made! She bought lifetime classes and the training she received was fantastic, and she loved training so much that she decided to become a dog trainer herself. Karen loves training dogs and their owners, and feels that it is very satisfying seeing them come in and the dog and family are happier every week.

ERIC JAMES

 

Trainer

Qualifications

  • Graduate of Casey Ray’s Training Program
  • Dog owner and enthusiast for 12 years

 

Specialties

  • Working with novice owners
  • One on one instruction

 

Favorite Breed

Herding dog mixes

 

Eric has owned and handled dogs for the last twelve years. After completing training with his first three dogs friends, trainers and family encouraged him to give professional training a try. Eric enrolled in Casey Ray’s training program and was hired on in fall of

2017. Eric loves working with clients as much as dogs. He is looking forward to working with you!

MARKUS GALMORE

 

Trainer

Qualifications

Coming Soon!

ALEX BIRNEY

 

Trainer

Qualifications

Coming Soon!

LINDSEY HUESGEN

 

Trainer

Qualifications

Coming Soon!