Lisa Dailey – Obedience and Agility Instructor

I have loved animals for as long as I can remember, dogs in particular. Growing up I was never allowed to have one as a pet, so I would glom onto the neighbors German Shepherd dog every time she was outside. She was actually my first pet sitting “job” when I was probably only 9 or 10. I would take care of her when they went on vacation.

When I finally moved out on my own, of course, the first thing I did was get a dog. Her name was Killian and she was from the Harrisburg Humane Society. She was a sweet, loving dog afraid of her own shadow. But with much socializing, she eventually came out of her shell and was the most wonderful “first” dog I could have ever hoped for. Since then, my husband and I have adopted 4 dogs over 15 years, and they have all had their quirky behaviors that required some socializing and training. Sammi was extremely shy and needed to build confidence, Coco was fear aggressive with other dogs, and Allie was just WILD as a puppy. Allie and I have been “training” since the day she came home with us and we have never stopped. They have all taught me so much about how dogs learn, think, play, and communicate but Allie is the one that has gotten me so involved in obedience and agility training. When Allie became an only dog, we adopted Zoe as a puppy. Zoe is my “wild child” and we quickly learned she needed something to do with all of her energy. Off to class we went, and she is now my full time agility partner.

I have been training and teaching at Bella Vista since 2007 and I can't imagine life without it. I love watching dogs learn and teaching people how to become “partners” with their dog, not just owners. The bond we have with our dogs is so special, and I think training is such an important part of forming that bond.