Lara Fry Stonesifer
Canine Behaviorist & Professional Trainer
- Graduated San Marcos High School, 1988, with Honors, National Merit Scholar
- Graduated Southwestern University, 1992, BFA with Honors, Alpha Psi Omega
Lara began her career with an amazing opportunity to apprentice with John M. Henkel at Von Wilhendorf Kennels. John taught her his techniques in behavioral modification without unnecessary drug therapy, and introduced her to the world of the true German Shepherd Dog.
At VWK she had the opportunity to:
Lara opened LCS in 1994 in Massachusetts first by working from her home and making house calls. Since that time Lara has been living her dream of helping people and animals live in harmony. All in a day’s work includes:
In the beginning of her career with dogs, she also worked as a senior staff member, behavioral consultant and adoption counselor at the Northeast Animal Shelter, a very busy non-destroy shelter, famous in the New England area.
Lara has returned to her native Texas and opened a beautiful kennel on 250 acres in the lovely Texas Hill Country. Here, dogs have the perfect environment for learning in a quiet country atmosphere.
She has also started training dogs for people who need assistance due to various disabilities. In addition, she has remained active in Schutzhund training and has recently been sharpening her skills through the sport of Mondio as well.
Kelly has an excellent mind for research and one of her strengths and passions is the study of nutritional support for physical and chemical issues in dogs. She is a proponent of biologically appropriate raw diet, and an unofficial expert in vitamin and herbal supplements.
As a girl, she began riding horses at 13 years of age. She enjoyed competing as a Hunter/Jumper. Her love of training and building her relationship with animals began to blossom. She was given her first German Shepherd Dog at 15. She is a huge asset to our facility both in her endless patience fielding the phone calls and many questions of our public and in her organizational skills. She is an insightful and skilled trainer for our clients.