About K9 Cottage Academy

We’re your #1 source for all things dog boarding and dog training! From vacations, daily routines, or emergencies… we are here to be an ally to pet parents in the Estero, Florida area.


Hi! I am Lisa Happle, founder, owner, and operator of K9 Cottage Academy, LLC. Animals have been my passion for my entire life, and I currently have several pets in my household. I am a former co-owner of a very successful pet care facility in Bonita Springs for over 15 years. It was a family business and a death in the family necessitating us to sell the business. This situation allowed me to incorporate K9 Cottage Academy, creating a smaller, more focused business on my five acres in Estero.

Being a small, woman-owned business, I can offer personal and unique services to my clients. My boarding services include supervised play time,  leashed nature walks on my fenced-in property, as well as one-on-one good manners training. This would include behavior issues such as jumping, leash walking, sit, stay, recall and other important safety training for your pets. All pets must be dog and people-friendly to attend the Academy. My drop off and pick-up hours are from 8 am to 8 pm by appointment only. I am unable to accept “walk-ins” at this time. I am located on the eastern end of Corkscrew Rd., just past the Country Store, and look forward to serving all your pets’ needs.

I’m devoted to being your resource for pet care! I attended Animal Behavior College and received an educational achievement in dog training. I am also certified in Pet CPR and First Aid. I transformed my guest house into K9 Cottage Academy, with unique offerings to pet owners. I look forward to keeping your furry, scaly, and feathery friends safe and happy.

Professional Care

At K9 Cottage Academy, we understand the importance of maintaining the highest level of care for your dog. Lisa is dedicated to ensuring your pet’s comfort and well-being. We provide a wide range of services to meet your dog’s specific needs, from boarding to training, all delivered with the highest level of thought and consideration. 

Compassion & Trust

Trusting us with your pets is no small task. We know the stress it puts on your dogs and you. You can rest assured that we exist for one reason: to eliminate your worries as your one-stop pet case business!

Latest Training

We stay up to date with the latest training techniques and methods. Our trainers are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to help your dog learn and grow. We focus on positive reinforcement in our dog training.

Flexible Schedule

We understand that your schedule can be unpredictable. That’s why we offer our services on a time table that works for you. Whether you need dog boarding, training, pet sitting, or dog walking, we’re here for you!

Any Age Group

We welcome dogs of all ages at K9 Cottage Academy. Whether you have a playful puppy or a wise senior dog, our team has the expertise to cater to their specific needs. We provide age-appropriate care and activities to keep your dog happy and healthy.

Happy Customers

The satisfaction of our customers is our top priority – aside from taking care of your animals, that is! Here’s what some of our happy customers have to say:

My Havanese, Lacey, stayed at K9 Cottage Academy over the holidays.  Lisa and her family treated her like royalty, and Lacey had a great time playing with Lisa and her family and other boarders.  Lacey also enjoyed the on-leash walks on their 5 acre property, and a complimentary bath at the end of her stay.  I would recommend K9 Cottage Academy to anyone who is looking for that “special” place for their furry friend. 

Nancy R., Lacey's Mom.