Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP is one of the most accomplished handlers in NADAC. Her consistent, clear positive approach to dog training is evidence with her continual success with multiple dogs! Lisa has come home from the NADAC Championships with 10 trophies with 5 different dogs. She has finished in Overall Top 3 at NADAC Champs 22 times with 9 different dogs including her Brittany and Aussie. In 2020, JP7 earned the coveted Purple Distance Cup Award. And Tandem earned to Silver Versatility Distance Cup-.less than 10 dogs in the WORLD have these awards. Tandem, JP7 and Revolution earned the coveted Purple MODSQUAD award--Master of Distance and Speed which requires high level distance handling and speed. JP7 and Tandem earned the Silver Distance Cup Award which requires 40 Bonuses. Inspire (just turned 3) already has 4 bonuses and is qualified for 2021 Champs in Silver Stakes. Nine of her dogs have over 175 NATCHES, over 45 Speed Stars. Eight of her dogs have almost 200 Bonus Runs (requires big distance skills). Her dogs are consistently in the Top 10 every year and in most categories in the NADAC Hall of Fame. At the 2019 NADAC Championships, Tandem was Reserve Champion Vet Dog, JP7 won the Challenger Round in his division and Inspire went into Pre-Elite Champs in 1st. At the 2018 NADAC Championships, Tandem was the NADAC World Large Vet Dog Champion and NADAC Large Vet Dog Champion. JP7 was NADAC World Starter Stakes Reserve Champion and NADAC Reserve Champion Starter Stakes (high level distance class) and Distance Bonus Cup Champion. Revolution brought home 1st Place Team Trophy. Here is a link to 2018 Champs Highlights Video: At the 2017 NADAC Championships, Revolution was Reserve Champion, JP7 achieved 4 sashes in Starter Stakes, and Tandem and Synergy also made it to finals. Amazingly, in 2018 and 2017, her four dogs earned 26 NATCHES and 10 Speed Stars each year! Talk about being consistent at a high level In 2015, Tandem won the highest number of Bonus Points Trophy in Starter Stakes. From 2008-20011, Moxie and Lisa won their class at champs! In 2007, Expedite won the Skilled Veteran Class and in 2006 Haley (Brittany) won Double Digit Class. 

Lisa is a Certified Pet Massage Practitioner, FITPAWS Master Trainer, Certified Canine Fitness Trainer and a member of Bobbie Lyon’s K9 Fit Team. She gives agility, conditioning and massage seminars across the continent. She teaches online classes through In the Zone Dog Training Online School as well as through Bobbie Lyons Canine Campus - Lisa hosts over 15 NADAC Trials yearly as In The Zone Agility and In The Zone Agility of Illinois. 

Lisa currently has four Border Collies and a mixed breed rescue.   She has owned, trained and completed with 12 dogs which have ranged from soft to hard and slow to fast and novice to multiple championships. This allows Lisa to bring real life experiences into her training that includes good foundation training, skill training, motivation and consistent, clear handling all in a fun positive way.

Her goal is to have amazing relationships with her dogs and for them to run fast and confidently well into their double-digit years. The core of her training philosophy is based on solid foundation skills and consistent handling to motivate her dogs in a fun and positive way. She uses a positive reward-based system of training and errs on the side of rewarding too often than not enough. She believes it is her responsibility to maintain cues in a clear, crisp, calm and confident manner. This gives her dogs confidence to trust her cues which builds relationships, speed, drive and distance. As a skill trainer, she focuses on developing, refining and rewarding obstacle performance and handling. She believes groundwork and foundation skills are the building blocks to success. She trains in short fun sequences so she can train various handling options, push for distance and reward often. She trains skills and obstacles so that her dogs are confident in their ability to understand her cues and to perform obstacles efficiently, at speed and at a distance. 

While she primarily competes in NADAC, her training and handling philosophy translates to all venues. Path work is paramount in all venues. Being able to draw efficient lines, speedy independent obstacles, and providing clear and consistent cues help teams compete successfully in all venues from Teacup to USDAA. 

Lisa grew up in the horse world training and showing Quarter Horses as well as dabbling on the racetrack. She is back in the horse world now competing in ranch cow sorting.  The skills learned training and competing in other sports have transferred to dog training. 

Lisa is a consummate learner. She continues to take classes and attend seminars whenever possible. She continues to evaluate her training and adjusts accordingly. She puts on many seminars across the continent and in doing so, meets lots of different teams with different issues. This has taught her to be open minded, to think on her feet and outside the box! She loves to be challenged and to help people succeed. 

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She is a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer through University of Tennesee
She is a Certified Pet Massage Practitioner through  the Pet Massage Institute.  


Member of Bobbie Lyons K9 Fit Team
Train the Trainers Conditioning Seminar with Bobbie Lyons, December 2018
Conditioning for Weaving taught by Bobbie Lyons, October 2018
Conditioning for Jumping taught by Bobbie Lyons, August 2018
Helping Dogs Thrive: Massage for Performance Dogs taught by Lori Stevens 2018
Canine Sports Medicine for the Performance Dog Handler taught by Sue Yanoff 2018
First Aid for Emergencies & Injuries to Your Canine Athlete taught by Eve Pugh 2018
Targeting Class taught by Bobbie Lyons, March 2018
Conditioning for Canine Athlete: Functional Strength taught by Jeris Pugh
Train the Trainers Conditioning Seminar with Bobbie Lyons, November 2017
Certified Pet Massage Practitioner through Pet Massage 2017
Shaping for Fitness taught my Bobbie Lyons, Summer 2017
Warming up Cooling Down Flexibility taught my Bobbie Lyons, Winter 2017
Jumping Gymnastics taught by Dr Leslie Eidle and Sarah Stremmings, Summer 2016
Bobbie Lyons Advanced Conditioning Instructor Seminar, August 2016
Cavalettis taught by Bobbie Lyons, Spring 2016
K9Fitness is Small Places taught by Bobbie Lyons, Spring 2016
Jumping Power taught by Bobbie Lyons, Winter 2016
Conditioning for Jumping 2 taught by Chris Ott, Winter 2016
Canine Conditioning –Sports Applications taught by Debbie Gross, Winter 2016
Preventing and Addressing the Iliopsoas taught by Debbie Gross, Winter 2016
Bobbie Lyons Advanced Conditioning Instructor Seminar, Nov 2015
Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) through the University of TN, January 2016
Passed FITPAWS Master Trainer Course , September 2015
Fit to Work Seminar at Penn Vet Working Dog Center taught by Dr Cindy Otto, August 2015
Shoulder and Elbow Rehab taught by Debbie Gross Summer 2015
Iliopsoas Strengthening and Injury Prevention taught by Dr Leslie Eide Summer 2015
Conditioning for Jumping taught by Chris Ott and Frankie Joiris Summer 2015
Those Bum Knees taught by Debbie Gross Summer 2015
Structure and Movement taught by Sue Ailsby Summer 2015
Injury Prevention: Psoas and Shoulders taught by Bobbie Lyons Spring 2015
Fitpaws Master Trainer Seminar, April 2015
Private Consult with Dr Katie King, Canine Chiropractor, February 2015
Canine Health Education Seminar, February 2015
Canine Fitness Trainer Course 1-4 taught by Deb Gross February -August 2015
K9 X Training taught by Bobbie Lyons Winter 2015
K9 Conditioning 2 taught by Debbie Gross Winter 2015
Bobbie Lyons Instructors Conditioning Seminar December 2014
K9 Conditioning 1 taught by Debbie Gross November-December 2014
K9 Fitbone Class taught by Bobbie Lyons Fall 2014
Yoga Fusion Workshop with Chris Ott July 2014
Agility Foundation & Puppy Performance with Bobbie Lyons & Daisy Peel - Winter 2014
Balance Your Blades taught by Bobbie Lyons and Debbie Gross- Winter 2013
K9 Conditioning 2 taught by Bobbie Lyons –Fall 2013
The Enigma of Illiopsoas taught by Bobbie Lyons and Debbie Gross Summer 2013
K9 Conditioning and Body Awareness Class taught by Bobbie Lyons Spring 2013
Sports Injury and Prevention Workshop with Dr Fuoco April 2013