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Meet The Trainers 

Owner Ariel Kast with her 2 Belgian malinois nike and carl.

Ariel Kast

Owner and Trainer

Over 12 years ago I pursued dog training as a hobby which quickly turned into my career. I have done all forms of dog training from group classes, dog sports, to in-home. Through the years I fell in love with teaching owners how to build a relationship with their dog which led to the creation of The Pawlished K9. 

Not only is training dogs my overall passion, but most importantly connecting and working alongside people from all walks of life that share the same interest. I cherish building a foundation of trust with no ego in mind to help my clients learn the beautiful art of dog training.

I am a mother of 2 Belgian Malinois (Nike and Carl) and a mother to my sweet daughter Violet. In my spare time, I enjoy making memories with my family and look forward to helping my clients do the same.

Trainer Justin Lewen with personal goldendoodle Henley

Justin Lewen


Justin started training wit TPK9 over 2 years ago as a hobby and ended up falling in love with the experience of bonding dogs with their owners. He truly was a natural at tailoring each program to every unique situation. Being able to positively impact the lives of dogs and owners was something he wanted to continue doing. In his spare time he enjoys working out, spending time with his loved ones and of course his dog Henley.

trainer maddie ilcken with her 3 personal dogs

Maddie Ilcken


"My journey with The Pawlished K9 began as a client around 2 years ago. The natural techniques and passion for animals that I displayed led the owner to want me to work side by side with her. I graduated from the University of Florida in 2020 with a major in Animal Science. Growing up, I fostered animals and rode horses, which instilled in me a love for animals. Today, I own three dogs and two horses. In my spare time I enjoy riding, traveling and spending time with my family."


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