mcfly craft island_edited.jpg

Lisa Mullinax is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (IAABC). Lisa has managed the Behavior Departments at Seattle Humane and Dumb Friends League. As the Animal Behavior Specialist, Lisa helped develop the new behavior program at the Sacramento SPCA. Lisa has also consulted for Sonoma Humane and City of Sacramento Animal Services (Front Street).

For 20 years, Lisa has provided staff training and support for shelter, rescue, and veterinary professionals, behavior consultations for pet owners, as well as serving as an expert witness on dangerous dog cases. Learn more about shelter consulting services.

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.

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. 

Lisa currently lives in the Seattle area with her 2 year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Bluetick Coonhound mix, Simon, who keeps her humble....and never grew into his ears.


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.