Maui’s leading source for positive reinforcement dog training
Ohana Pet was founded in 2005 and is Maui’s leading positive reinforcement dog training source. At Ohana Pet we believe that training should be fun for everyone (including your dog) and that it is about building a relationship between guardian and pet.
Meet our pet loving and compassionate Ohana Pet team:
Meet our pet loving and compassionate Ohana Pet team:
Founder and Head Trainer
Lisa Giesick is the founder and owner of Ohana Pet Training as well as the head trainer. Having worked with animals since 1983 and in the animal welfare field for 16 years, she is a nationally certified dog trainer with the CCPDT (CPDT-KA) and is a member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and the PPG (Pet Professional Guild). Lisa also is a certified evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program.
At 13 years old, Lisa took on a job as a brusher/bather for a dog groomer to be around animals, thus beginning a life long career. With an educational background in child development, psychology and criminology, basic and advanced humane academies, she continued her career as an animal control officer and Humane Investigations Supervisor for approximately 13 years.
In Monterey County, CA., Lisa then worked at the SPCA of Monterey County, as a humane investigations supervisor, a sworn humane officer, then as the manager of the Humane Education and Behavior Departments. There she taught humane education programs to schools throughout Monterey County for students of all ages as well as senior citizens and disabled children and adults. She was also part of the pet therapy programs in the community.
In September of 2005 Lisa left the SPCA of Monterey County to pursue her dream of starting her own pet training business. She also went on to teach animal behavior & care classes for high school students and started to teach group dog training classes at the Carmel Holistic Veterinary Clinic in Carmel, CA. before moving to Maui in June 2007 where she continued Ohana Pet Training.
Lisa has since taught countless puppy kindergarten and group dog classes and helped dogs and owners through private classes as well as behavior consultations and continues to positively influence the lives of many of Maui’s island dogs through these services.
Lisa believes that most behavior problems in dogs are caused by a lack of communication – because humans and dogs don’t speak the same language. Dog training to her is about building a relationship and she encourages people to learn to understand their dogs and teach their dogs to understand them through positive reinforcement techniques. She states: “Positive reinforcement is not only more humane than punishment, but it is far more effective. Punishing a dog for something he or she doesn’t know will not teach the correct way of doing something. Punishment will only make the dog confused and scared, while a dog that is taught what it is we desire in a positive way will stay relaxed, be able to listen better, be more self motivated to learn new things and have a deep trust relationship with their owner.”
Kristin Solbach is an assistant dog trainer at Ohana Pet and also offers dog boarding for up to 5 dogs in her own home in Wailuku with Happy Dogs Maui .
While growing up behind the iron curtains of East Germany Kristin always longed to spend her time with animals, but the result oriented realm of the socialistic republic required her to keep her focus on top grades and top results in sports (a major value in the country).
Set on her path by this upbringing, Kristin went on to become a professional Kiteboarder (9 years after the wall came down), winning 9 world championship titles, a Guinness World Record and multiple other awards. During her kiteboarding career Kristin also founded and ran a non-profit association for female kiteboarders for which she taught big fundraising clinic events for women all around to world (the womens kiteboarding collective, formerly KB4girls).
She then went on to manage the KSP world championship tour for 3 years before finally saying good bye to the life of a nomad and settling down on the island of Maui with her now husband Sky.
As soon as she had left the limitations of her upbringing as well as the limitations of a nomadic life behind, Kristin was finally able to fulfill her longing to live with animals and has organically raised goats, chickens and turkeys and thoroughly enjoys spending time with her 3 dogs, Red, Lily and Harley.
Kristin started apprenticing with Lisa in August 2017 and is looking forward to a long career as a dog trainer.
Kelley Shamblin is an assistant dog trainer at Ohana pet as well as an animal Reiki practitioner/Reiki Master and certified animal communicator.
As a life long animal lover Kelley is the proud pet parent to the three rescue pups Zoie (12 year old Fila Mastiff), Hana (9 year old boxer mix) and Sassy (1 year old terrier mix).
With hopes of turning her dream of helping animals into a career, Kelley moved to beautiful Maui in 2013. She has worked as an animal shelter caretaker/volunteer at the Humane Society and started apprenticing with Lisa in October 2017. Kelley also is a pet sitter, dog walker, frequent foster dog mom and a positive reinforcement dog trainer.
When she is not working with dogs, Kelley enjoys pilates, paddle boarding and adult coloring books.
Photographer, Assistant and Day Play Monitor
Rachel Rishovd has been Ohana pet's Dog Classes and Doggie Day Play assistant since September 2015 and is invaluable to the Ohana Pet team and work flow.
Rachel grew up with dogs since her grandparents and cousins always had dogs and she felt a deep connection with every single one of them. Her deep love for dogs lead Rachel to look for a job that allowed her to work with those furry 4-legged pals and her search lead her right to Ohana Pet.
Rachel is also passionate about photography and can regularly be seen with a camera in her hand - no matter if in dog class or in the day play yard at Ohana Pet.
While Rachel is a lover of all dogs, she is a bit of a German Shepherd fanatic and is currently looking into adopting a furry friend.
Day Play and Boarding manager
Jeff is Lisa’s husband. The two of them have been married since 1990, have raised 2 children together and currently share their home with multiple dogs, cats and a turtle.
Jeff is in charge of day play and boarding at Ohana Pet and he is the friendly face that will meet you when you drop-off and pick up your dog.
Jeff has worked at two animal shelters and has over 15 years experience working with animals. Needless to say that Jeff loves dogs (andother animals) of all ages, sizes and breeds and is here to give your dog the best experience at Ohana Pet.