Expert Help and Resources for Families with Dogs and Children

Lisa provides family-focused training and consulting.  She is a licensed presenter for the Doggone Safe "Be A Tree" Program.  This  programs help children learn how to be safe around dogs. Did you know that the Centers For Disease Control estimates that HALF of all children 12 years of age and younger have been bitten by a dog?  Lisa can provide you with strategies and training that will help you reduce stress and increase success in the relationship between your dog and your children.  Lisa loves working with families and can help you and your dog prepare for the upcoming birth of a new baby. There are many simple management techniques and behavior that can be taught to make life easier when that new bundle of joy arrives! Contact Lisa today for a consultation.

With Good Dog! Training you get






Private In-Home Obedience and Family Manners Training

​Board and Train  - Home Stay Program

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Therapy Dog Training and Testing

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

Happy Dogs.

Happy Owners.

Rewarding Results.

Therapy dogs come in all sizes and breeds. The most important characteristic of a therapy dog is it's temperament. A good therapy dog must be friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease in all situations. Therapy dogs must enjoy human contact and be content to be petted and handled, sometimes clumsily. A therapy dog's primary job is to allow unfamiliar people to make physical contact with it, and to enjoy that contact. The dog might need to be lifted onto an individual's lap or bed and sit or lie comfortably there.  
It’s been clinically proven that through petting, touching and talking to animals, people’s blood pressure is lowered, stress is relieved and depression eased. Therapy dogs also provide petting time for the professionals (including police officers, firefighters, medical professionals and other relief workers and volunteers, as well as members of the clergy), who suffer their own emotional pain when dealing with the devastating pain of others.

At Good Dog! Training your dog can be evaluated and recommendations given for it's aptitude as a therapy dog. If your dog has the correct temperament and is healthy, a training plan will be outlined and arrangements  made with Lisa to assist with the training. Not only does your dog need training, but the handler must also follow specific guidelines for therapy dog visitations, and these will also be covered in training/coaching sessions. Contact Lisa today to schedule your therapy dog evaluation.

Lisa is an approved Tester/Observer for The Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Please contact her to discuss having your dog tested to become a registered pet therapy team. Teams do not have to take part in training with Lisa to be tested.Please read and become familiar with the Alliance of Therapy Dog test, and the rules and regulations of the organization by visiting the website and reviewing them before contacting Lisa.

Puppy Programs

Good Dog! Training currently offers  popular group and specialty classes in a variety of locations. At various times the "Family Dog Manners" class is offered at Watauga Humane Society in Boone, NC, and at Ashe Humane Society in West Jefferson, NC. Lisa also offers some group classes at "The Doghouse" Training Facility at her home.  Lisa also teaches a Practical Clicker Skills group course which helps owners use knowledge of clicker/marker training for teaching good manners around the home. Small groups of students are also taught the skills to become therapy dog handlers as well as given coaching to help their dogs prepare for testing as a therapy dog.  Specialty classes such as coming when called, and walking on a loose leash are also offered occasionally. Please contact  Good Dog! Training for details and schedules.

Lisa Mallory, head trainer and owner of Good Dog! Training is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She is available by appointment to evaluate your dog. Watch the video above to see what is expected of your dog to pass a CGC test. Lisa can also help you train your dog to the AKC Canine Good Citizen standards. Contact Lisa with any questions you may have.

Seminars and Workshops

Do any of the photos  below look like Good Dogs?  If they look like your dog,

contact Good Dog! Training  to get positive, humane, and loving solutions to  these undesirable behaviors.

Therapy dog Kelly, and resident at Ashe Assisted Living and Memory Care in West Jefferson, NC

Puppies are so important to us at Good Dog! Training they deserve their own page. Click here for the puppy page.
We offer a variety of programs tailored specifically to the needs of puppies and their owners. Your pup is never too young to learn. In fact she is learning with each and every interaction.

Telephone consults are available with Lisa Mallory at a scheduled time that is convenient for you. Phone consultation sessions last from 45 minutes to an hour. They are followed up with an email detailing the conversation and recommendations specifically tailored for you and your dog. Prior to your consultation, you will be asked to fill out a Questionnaire. This questionnaire will help you get the most out of your session with Lisa as she will be able to review it prior to, and during your conversation. It doesn't matter where you live, Good Dog! Training can help make any dog a Good Dog!  Fees for the private telephone consulting session are $55.00/session, payable in advance through PayPal.

Good Dog! Training has experience successfully treating many common behavioral problems including aggression directed at other animals or people, fearful, shy, reactive or nervous dogs, dogs who guard objects, food, or humans, and dogs with separation distress or anxiety. Treatment typically involves a combination of behavior modification protocols for pets, and management changes for owners.   You can expect some behaviors to be modified quickly and others to take many weeks or months. 

At the time of initial contact and request for consultation, the client may be asked if s/he has consulted a veterinarian about the behavior. There are many medical causes of behavior problems in dogs and “best practice” requires that these causes be ruled out prior to the implementation of a behavior modification plan.

Private one on one behavior modification will give you the guidance, support and encouragement you need to successfully work with Good Dog! Training to implement a behavior modification program that will work for you and your dog. Many sweet and deserving pets end up being given away, or placed in a rescue or shelter for behavioral issues that may be relatively simple to solve – don’t let this happen to your beloved pet. Call Good Dog! Training today! 336-870-9398.

​​Dogs, Babies, and Children

Private Behavior Consultation and Modification

Good Dog! Training  offers short seminars on "Canine Body Language and Behavior,"  "Canine Body Language and The Therapy Dog," as well as weekend K9 Nose Work® workshops and training courses for the family pet. An engaging and knowledgeable speaker, Lisa Mallory can customize a presentation to fit your group or club's interest. She has presented to Church groups, Scouting organizations, Insurance agencies, The Mayo Clinic, Hospice organizations, and much more.

Lisa is also a licensed presenter for the Doggone Safe dog bite prevention program, and can provide bite prevention seminars for children and adults of all ages. Contact Lisa now to talk about scheduling a seminar.

*Are you planning on getting a new puppy but not looking forward to the commitment of time and effort it takes to  house train,  socialize or prepare them for the show ring or life as a family pet?

*Do you have a dog that needs training, but don't have the time to train it?

*Are you worried about leaving your fearful, reactive dog in a strange, noisy, concrete kennel while you are out of  town?

*Are you feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of adding dog training to your schedule?

Good Dog! Training offers positive solutions to these problems. We are one of the  few dog training businesses in the country offering modern, science based methods in our board and train program. The methods of the old-style "Doggie Boot Camps" have historically relied upon the use of a shock collar or other harsh methods to gain control and obedience of a dog who truly doesn't understand the behaviors taught, but complies to avoid shock, pain or intimidation. 

While in our care dogs and puppies live as members of the Good Dog!Family.They live in our home and receive undivided attention. Training occurs with each and every interaction. There are only one or two dogs at a time in the board and train program.  During the day and evening they will have multiple training sessions and may socialize with well-mannered resident dogs between sessions. Board and train programs are individualized to suit each dog and owner's preferences. Once your dog's training plan has been achieved successfully you will receive private instructions on how to maintain your dog's new skills.

Puppies in our board and train program are started on a house training program, socialization is begun, and skills your puppy will need to succeed as a beloved companion and house pet are initiated. Puppies headed for potential careers in the conformation show ring, competition obedience ring, pet therapy and K9  Nose Work® will receive training related to their owner's specific requests. Our Home Stay Board and Train program is unique in that we use only dog-friendly, force free, positive reinforcement methods to train your dog. Happy Dogs mean Happy Owners! At Good Dog! Trainingwe are not a "Doggie Boot Camp."  Your dog comes home with a new set of behaviors and skills that will prepare him to be a valued and loved member of your family, while retaining his confidence and trust in you as his owner.

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Good Dog! Training can help you achieve your dream of helping others by volunteering with your beloved pet serving in the capacity as a Therapy Dog.

A Therapy Dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, assisted living facilities, memory care units, schools, hospices, and for people with learning difficulties or emotionally challenged individuals, and those in stressful situations, such as disaster areas. Therapy dogs have been used in a variety of other settings as well, such as courtrooms and college campuses prior to testing, to help relax and calm people during stressful events. 

Lisa Mallory, owner of Good Dog! Training has an extensive background and experience handling and volunteering with therapy dogs. She is a registered nurse who has worked in large teaching hospitals in the areas of oncology and bone marrow transplant, as well as an 80 bed dementia care unit for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She brings her experience with dementia patients as well as those suffering serious side effects of cancer and it's treatments to her volunteer work with her own therapy dogs, Kelly (now retired) and Duchess. Lisa and Kelly have earned not only therapy dog certifications from 2 of the largest therapy dog organizations in the country, but have also earned the highly prestigious title of Disaster Stress Relief Dog through Therapy Dogs International. Lisa and Kelly have made over 350 volunteer visits as a therapy dog/handler team in Florida and North Carolina since Kelly was certified at one and a half years of age. In the 1990's Lisa's Jack Russell Terrier, Amstel, accompanied her to work with dementia patients nearly every day for 2 years. Lisa and Duchess currently have their certification with The Alliance of Therapy Dogs, whose headquarters are in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Duchess is Lisa's newest therapy dog and can be found meeting and greeting the residents at Ashe Assisted Living  located in West Jefferson, NC.

At Good Dog! Trainingwe specialize in private in-home coaching and training for you and your dog.  We will help you teach your dog desired behaviors and how to confidently maintain those behaviors for years to come. Your dog will learn how to do "good" behaviors in place of any unwanted habits such as jumping, leash pulling, barking, running away, etc. Private in-home training sessions will set you and your dog up for success. At Good Dog! Training we address the individual needs of your family and cover everything from basic manners to advanced obedience  in real life settings. One on one training will give you the skills to successfully train your dog to be a polite, well-mannered member of your household. 

You and your dog will receive undivided attention, and a customized training plan will be developed to fit your needs. Some typical behaviors many pets are taught include sit, down, stand, back up, stay or wait, go to place or bed, kennel up, off, come, walk on a loose leash, impulse control, and many others. In-home sessions are appropriate for all dogs, regardless of age or skill level. 

Group and Specialty Classes

Telephone Consults

​Therapy dog Tucker, and owner 

Jude Bevan, participate in a reading program for children at the Mabel Elementary School in Zionville, NC

Good Dog! Training has a variety of training packages that can be customized to fit your special needs and the goals you have for your dog. Contact us to find out more.

​AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluations

  • Private In-Home Obedience and Family Manners Training
  • Private Behavior Consultation and Modification, Including Help for Aggressive, Fearful, Shy, Reactive or Nervous Dogs, and Dogs with Separation Anxiety or other behavioral issues
  • Board and Train
  • Puppy Programs
  • Group and Specialty Classes
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluations
  • Telephone Consults
  • Therapy Dog Training
  • Preparing Your Dog for The New Baby or Interacting With Children
  • ​K9 Nose Work®
  • Seminars and Workshops

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