Lisa Ellman Founder/Head Trainer

Certified AKC CGC and Community evaluator

Member International Association of Canine Profesionals (IACP)


mauiandlisaLisa grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Her first encounter with dog training was at the age of 11, when she took first place in a group class with her Doberman, Sidney. After graduating high school she worked in the television commercial business for several years. Returning to school, she enrolled in Pierce College’s Animal Health Technology program and landed a job at a local veterinary practice.

Relocating to Austin, Texas, she continued her academic studies and began working as a veterinary technician. She was asked if she would be interested in becoming an in-house dog trainer. The idea of addressing behavior appealed to her much more than examining feces – although that was fascinating! She devoured almost every book on dog training, behavior and psychology on the shelves and in 1996, after many requests from students in class, she launched Good Dogma.

Aside from Good Dogma training, Lisa is a credentialed teacher. She is also a mentor trainer with Animal Behavior College, teaching those who are studying to become dog trainers. She has done volunteer work with Horseback Riding for the Handicapped, the Gibbon Research Center, and was one of the original trainers and founding members of the Heeling Touch Dog Training program in San Luis Obispo. More recently she was the lead trainer for Paws For Life, a dog training program at the California Men’s Colony. 

Lisa makes her home in the charming town of Los Osos, California with her musician husband and their three four-legged children, Remo, Chagall and Kahlo.