About Smart Dog Obedience Training

Smart Dog LLC is a dog obedience school located in Metamora, MI and was founded by Lea DiBella. Lea’s goal is to help educate the public on dogs’ needs of care and obedience training. She believes in positive reinforcement when training dogs and offers individualized programs to meet the owner’s and the dog’s specific needs. Lea has over 15 years of experience, it is her passion and her life and she believes that smart dogs need safety, boundaries, training and love to be an enjoyment in their owner’s lives and to be successful, relaxed and confident in theirs.

Our priority is the proper training of the dogs based upon their needs; when we adhere to this philosophy, everything else falls into place.  Our services always exceed the expectations of our clients.


Lea DiBella is Smart Dog's owner/operator and chief dog trainer.
About Lea DiBella

Lea interned under a trainer for two years prior to beginning to train.  She started by training part time after that and ended up being head trainer of a large training company.  Lea oversaw and trained 20-30 dogs at a time, managed the kennel, taught the owners how to use the training and did all the follow-up appointments and classes needed to maintain the training.  She did this all over a 10 year time span.  


Prior to that Lea trained and competed horses in dressage and jumping. She has loved animals all her life.  It is her goal to train dogs and educate humans on the proper needs of the canine.


In 2013, she decided a change was needed. She took her passion for dogs and opened Smart Dog Obedience, which allowed her to follow her dream of giving each and every dog the quality time and individualized attention they need.  Her new venture has also allowed her to be the caring wife and mother she desires to be.

A canine state of mind, this is what humands need to understand when bring a dog into their lives.
Our Philosophy

A canine state of mind, that is what we as humans need to understand when bringing a dog into our lives. I have trained dogs with positive reinforcement techniques and their humans for 15 years, it is my passion and life. Smart dogs need safety, boundaries, training and love to be an enjoyment in our lives and to be successful, relaxed and confident in theirs. Obedience is the foundation for all other training disciplines. Let us give you and your canine the training and tools for a harmonious relationship.

Professional, insured trainer makes sure your dog has a positive experience and comes away a happier dog!

Dog training customized to their owners' needs
Customized Training

Lea is not an advocate of punishment-based training,  Her focus is on teaching the dog what to do, promoting behaviors the owner wants, and using these behaviors under the face of distraction.


Lea is experienced in behavior modification and can consult on behavioral issues.