Lisa Mullinax, CDBC, is the Behavior Program Manager at Seattle Humane, in Seattle, Washington. Lisa's history in shelter behavior includes serving as the Behavior Manager for Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado​, and Animal Behavior Specialist for the Sacramento SPCA.

For almost 20 years, Lisa has provided staff training and support for shelter, rescue, and veterinary professionals, behavior consultations  and group training classes for dog owners, as well as serving as an expert witness in dangerous dog cases. Over the course of her career, Lisa has worked with more than 5,000 dogs, earned four certifications in behavior and training, and has accrued over 500 hours of continuing education with some of the top training and behavior professionals in the industry.

Lisa also runs the popular 4PawsUniversity Facebook page, where her articles have been shared by dog lovers in over 40 countries and have been featured by other behavior professionals. Lisa has also produced webinars on fearful, reactive, and aggressive behavior, which are now available via monthly subscription.


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)

  • 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.