Lisa is a lover of dogs of all shapes and sizes. She appreciates and enjoys working with all breeds and mixes, as well as rescue dogs, shelter dogs, and purebred dogs of all breeds. 

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What makes Lisa unique is her experience with dogs and people. Lisa worked as a registered nurse in the field of oncology and bone marrow transplant for many years in large teaching hospitals including the University of Rochester in New York, Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. The ability to communicate effectively with caring, compassion and knowledge were an integral part of her job. She brings that expertise to her profession as a dog trainer, coaching and training dogs and their owners. 


Lisa is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a presenter of the Doggone Safe "Be A Tree" safety program for children.

In addition to private in-home training, Lisa occasionally teaches group classes at the Watauga Humane Society in Boone, North Carolina, and the Ashe Humane Society in West Jefferson, NC. Lisa also offers behavior consultations and modification techniques for aggressive, fearful, shy, reactive dogs, or those with separation distress/anxiety. In addition Lisa offers puppy training programs, telephone consults, board and train programs for selected dogs in her home, therapy dog training for dog and owner,  K9 Nose Work® training, and assistance selecting the correct puppy or dog for your home and lifestyle.


Please use our contact form, call/text 336-870-9398, or email Lisa for details and questions.

Lisa is a Tester/Observer for The Alliance of Therapy Dogs. She has been actively involved in volunteering with her own therapy dogs for over 8 years. She has also presented seminars on Therapy Dogs to many organizations including the Mayo Clinic in Florida. 

Lisa Mallory RN, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Lisa is a Registered Nurse (RN). She is licensed to practice in North Carolina, Florida and New York. Lisa's nursing degree helps her with the coaching and human communication portion of her business.

Happy Dogs.  

Happy Owners.  

Rewarding Results.

Lisa is a professional dog trainer and the owner of Good Dog! Training, LLCHer passion is helping dogs and owners achieve a deep, loving bond through the use of positive, force free training and clicker/marker training. Her goal is to make each and every dog a well behaved, valued member of the family. Lisa's methods are based on the scientific principles of how dogs learn. Her methods are proven, effective, humane and kind. Positive reinforcement training has been universally endorsed by the scientific community at large as the most effective, long-lasting, and safest method of training a dog. Her methods are consistent with those recommended by veterinarians who specialize in animal behavior.

Lisa is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), established in 2001, is the number one independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. The CCPDT is the leader in the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices. Thousands of dog training professionals worldwide maintain the CCPDT’s certifications as a mark of high professional distinction. Lisa is currently the only CPDT-KA certified trainer in the High Country of NC.


At Good Dog! Training we believe if wild dolphins and sea lions, orangutans and tigers have been trained without force or coercion using positive reinforcement, then the use of these methods on our loving companion dogs should come naturally. 

Lisa is fortunate to live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She serves the areas of Ashe, Avery  and Watauga Counties, including West Jefferson, Boone, Blowing Rock, Seven Devils, Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain and Linville, for  private in-home training. She has board and train dogs come from Charlotte, NC, Asheville, NC, Winston-Salem, NC, Greenville, NC, Raleigh, NC and from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.


Having trouble getting your dog to come when called? Give Good Dog! Training a call!

At Good Dog! Training, all obedience training, manners training, behavior modification, puppy training and working with the human end of the leash is done force-free and without intimidation. You and your dog will be willing and eager participants in the process. Learning based on behavioral science, of which positive reinforcement is a component, has been studied for over 65 years.  Reinforcement is a consequence that causes a behavior to occur with greater frequency. For example if a dog sits and then receives a reward such as a tasty treat, a fun game of tug or chase with his owner, or an opportunity to go outside and chase a squirrel, the behavior of sitting will increase. Highly reinforcing a common behavior such as sitting is a simple way to decrease unwanted behaviors such as jumping or charging through an open door or gate. The behavior of sitting quietly is simply incompatible with the behavior you don’t want (jumping or running through doors)!
Modern, science based methods of dog training are used by knowledgeable and effective trainers worldwide. Unfortunately, some trainers and  dog owners are still holding onto outdated methods that are fraught with side effects and fall-out.  Science has shown that the use of punishment in dog training, even something as simple as scolding your dog with a stern “NO” can increase anxiety, attempts at avoidance or escape from the trainer, aggression, and even fear of things that are associated with being punished, such as the person doing the punishing, the room they are in, and anything or anybody the dog sees or hears during the unpleasant events. Punishment often results in a dog that responds to requests from the owner out of fear or intimidation. 

Thankfully, a skilled trainer can easily show you how to use modern, fun, practical and efficient training to teach your dog to become the great companion you’ve always dreamed of, or change behaviors you don’t like. Legendary explosive detection dog trainer, Ron Gaunt, founder of both the National Association of Canine Scent Work™, and K9 Nose Work®, says “The proof is in the pudding, but the chef is responsible for the ingredients.” Who wouldn’t want to use the most effective, dog-friendly, humane and kind methods of dog training? At Good Dog! Training that's exactly what we do.


Lisa is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals as well as many other organizations including the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, the National Association of Canine Scent Work, the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen program, and The Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Lisa is also a licensed presenter of the Doggone Safe "Be A Tree" program.
Lisa can help you with training issues and problems from basic house training to formal, advanced obedience skills, and any issues and behaviors in between. She enjoys working with families and children to help promote safety and positive associations between youngsters and dogs. Please call/text 336-870-9398, or email  lisa@gooddogtrainingllc.com  for a complete discussion of the training and behavioral issues Lisa can assist you with.

Dog Training in Boone, Blowing Rock, West Jefferson, Banner Elk, Ashe, Avery and Watauga Counties of North Carolina

Contact Good Dog! Training, LLC for all your dog training needs.

Lisa is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI). ​The National Association of Canine Scent Wor(NACSW™) certifies graduates of their instructor program. The certification process is a rigorous course of study and active participation developed and taught by the founders of K9 Nose Work®

Today, animals throughout the world are trained with the use of positive reinforcement strategies. The use of positive reinforcement in animal training is so diverse that mentioning all applications is impossible, but includes the use of search & rescue dogs, bomb-sniffing dogs, many types of service animals that assist humans with seeing, hearing and mobility, seizure alert animals, cancer-sniffing dogs, mine-sniffing dogs and rats, and military and police dogs. Dolphins and sea lions have been trained for the US military. Miniature horses have been trained as guides for the blind. Zoo animals such as orangutans and big cats are routinely trained with positive reinforcement to quietly  accept veterinary procedures and to help them live happier more relaxed lives. Monkeys have been trained to assist people with spinal cord injuries.

Click here for an example of what a dog can be taught  using modern, dog friendly, force-free methods. If you simply want an obedient family companion, here is an example of an 8 week old Miniature Pinscher puppy learning two very useful behaviors without the use of any type of hands on training.