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4Paws University is a resource for dog lovers from Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Lisa Mullinax. For more than 20 years, Lisa has provided training and behavior services for pet owners, training for staff and volunteers at animal shelters, and has served as an expert witness on dangerous dog cases. 

Over the course of her career, Lisa has worked with thousands of dogs, earned five certifications in behavior and training, and accrued over 500 hours of continuing education with some of the top training and behavior professionals in the industry. 

She has managed the Behavior Departments at Seattle Humane and Dumb Friends League, and developed a new behavior program for the Sacramento SPCA. Lisa currently provides consultation and staff training for animal shelters and remote behavior services for pet owners.

Lisa also runs the popular 4PawsUniversity Facebook page, where her articles have been shared by dog lovers in over 40 countries and are used as a resource by trainers and behavior professionals. Lisa's has presented dozens of seminars and webinars on fearful, reactive, and aggressive behavior.

Currently living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Lisa shares her life with her Cattle Dog mix, Simon, who has presented her biggest challenge yet, but always keeps her laughing!


Lisa's methods have evolved considerably since she started as a "balanced" trainer, moving away from aversive tools and techniques. Lisa develops programs that adapt to each dog, using a variety of strategies that fall under the umbrella of positive reinforcement.

All of Lisa's behavior programs follow the humane hierarchy, as well as the guidelines set forth by the following organizations:

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior 

Humane Society of the United States 

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

The Pet Professional Guild



  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (IAABC)

  • Fear Free Shelter Program

  • Clicker Trainer's Competency Assessment Program (CAP1)


  • Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (Knowledge-Assessed)

  • Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (Skills-Assessed)
    In 2015, Lisa chose not to renew certification with the CCPDT.

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