Good Dog Rising

Training & Behavior in Carlisle, PA

About Us

Our instructor team brings experience teaching at Good Dog Rising as well as several other training centers, dog training camps, seminars and workshops, and assessing and working with shelter and rescue dogs.

We welcome you and your dog to join us at Good Dog Rising.  We love dogs, and we love dog people.  We especially love helping people and dogs to enjoy their lives together more.

No need to just take our word for it!  Read testimonials here.

How Good Dog Rising Approaches Training

We believe it's our job to help both you and your dog enjoy class,
while learning what you need to be successful.

Why positive training?:   We take our responsibility to you and your dog seriously.  It's important that we help you meet your goals effectively and quickly, and help you build a good working relationship with your dog so that you can live together peacefully and happily.  For these reasons, we use modern methods solidly grounded in behavioral science. (Not everyone does.)

We don't just say we're "positive" - we get specific, and we'll discuss it openly and rationally. Check out the informative and very readable Position Statement handouts from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior - they explain why we use reward-based methods instead of Punishment and why the term "Dominance" isn't particularly useful in good dog training. You can find all of the AVSAB's position statements here. We adhere to these positions across the board. If you have specific questions about our methods, don't hesitate to ask.

Our Training Philosophy:  The Good Dog Rising instructor team works together to provide you with training solutions that are both effective and enjoyable, for both you and your dog. We strive to use positive, kind training methods, and the Least Intrusive, Effective, Behavior Intervention (LIEBI) when behavior modification is needed.  We tailor our training to meet your individual needs, and to meet your goals.

Professional Ethics:  We abide by the Code of Ethics and Position Statements of all of the following professional organizations: the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (


The Good Dog Rising Instructor Team

Ann Withun, BS, ACDBC, CPDT-KA
Owner, Good Dog Rising, LLC

My two goals:
1) You enjoy class as much as I do!
2) Attending class helps you and your dog to enjoy your lives together.

I have been training professionally since 2006, after many years of training my own dogs as well as 20+ rescue foster dogs. Since becoming a professional, I've helped hundreds of people train all different breeds and ages of dogs. I stopped counting a few years ago after going over 1000 hours of experience working with clients and their dogs.

I work to keep my training skills up to date by attending conferences, camps, and seminars every year and through professional reading. I maintain certification and membership in multiple professional organizations. In addition to the mentorship of fellow local trainers, I've had the privilege of attending seminars and workshops, and often working hands-on, with many talented trainers, veterinarians, and behavior consultants such as: Karen Pryor, Dr. Nick Dodman, Ken Ramirez, Dr. Susan Friedman, Victoria Stilwell, Michele Pouliot, Brenda Aloff, Emma Parsons, Kathy Sdao, Steve White, Bob Bailey, Dr. Sophia Yin, Susan Garrett, Kay Laurence, Sue Ailsby, Denise Fenzi, and many others.  Every year, I attend one of more of the major annual training and behavior professional conferences, as does the rest of the Good Dog Rising staff: APDT Annual Conferences, Clicker Expos, IAABC Annual Conference, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Conferences, etc.

My dogs and I like to do a little bit of everything and I have trained to competition level in Rally-Obedience, Agility, Freestyle, Scentwork/Nosework, and IMPROV Obedience. We also enjoy off-leash hiking. With Dog Scouts, we've been able to try all kinds of activities like search and rescue, dock diving, kayaking, and carting. All of the Withun dogs are rescues in some form or another, and all are AKC Canine Good Citizens and/or certified therapy dogs.

Certifications and Achievements:
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Sciences), United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed
  • Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant
  • Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Evaluator, AKC Canine Good Citizen test
  • TDI Therapy Dog Team Evaluator, Therapy Dogs International
  • Licensed Presenter, Dogs & Storks program (for expecting families)
  • Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR, American Red Cross

Professional and Volunteer Experience

  • 2013-present:  Instructor, Behavior Consultant, and Owner of Good Dog Rising
  • 2006-2013:       Dog training instructor and behavior consultant, Fieldwood Dog Training Center.
  • 2006-2007:       Pet training instructor, PetSmart Carlisle.
  • 2007-present:   Dog Scouts of America, National Board of Directors and local Troop Leader.
  • 2011-2013:       President, Board of Directors, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
  • 2007-present:   Volunteer, Furry Friends Network dog and cat rescue.
  • 2003-2005:       Volunteer, Washington County, MD Humane Society.

Professional Publications

  • Authored the article "What is Behavior Consulting, Really?: a Guide for Trainers," published in the July/August 2012 issue of APDT Chronicle of the Dog.  (You can read it here: Ann_s_article_COTD_July_2012.pdf
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  • Blog contributor, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
  • Behavior consulting column contributor to APDT Chronicle of the Dog.
  • Multiple training tips published in APDT's book, Top Tips from Top Trainers, published in 2010.


Carleen Vorisek, CTDI

Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Advanced Manners, Private Training, Rally-Obedience, Tricks, Scentwork

- Certified Trick Dog Instructor
- AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
- AKC STAR Puppy Evaluator
- Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
- Titled in Rally-Obedience, Trick Dog Titling, and NACSW Nosework

We are delighted to have Carleen on the Good Dog Rising instructor team as our resident Puppy expert, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and Rally-Obedience coach.  Carleen combines experience as a professional educator (of humans) with her dog training skills to teach excellent group classes.  Carleen has distinguished herself by training her own dogs to a high level of "take-your-dog-anywhere" general manners as well as competition-level Rally-Obedience and Nosework.  Carleen is also a certified evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen test, and also the STAR puppy test. She has been an active volunteer with Dog Scouts of America Troop 161.  Carleen has a great way with both people and dogs, and we know you'll love being in her class!

Good Dog Rising instructors at Clicker Expo training conference with behavior and training greats Karen Pryor and Ken Ramirez:  Lisa Basial, Janell Oldack, Ken Ramirez, Ann Withun,Karen Pryor, Carleen Vorisek, and Noelle Weeks.

Janell Oldack  (pictured above, second from left)
Basic Manners, Obedience & Manners MiniCourses

After immersing herself in dog training by taking classes with a variety of rescue dogs, and doing training at multiple dog training centers, conferences, and seminars for the past 10+ years, Janell began apprenticing as an assistant instructor when Good Dog Rising was founded in 2013.

Janell is now a lead instructor for Basic Manners, the Recall Practice MiniCourse, and the Loose Leash Practice MiniCourse. Her specialty is providing individualized attention to each dog and person, and her focus is on great all-around, take them anywhere with you, family dogs.


Above: Noelle Weeks & Gilbert, Ann Withun & Seelie, and Lisa Basial & Nano in a hands-on session at a seminar

Noelle Weeks (pictured above left)
Scentwork, IMPROV Obedience, Freestyle, Rally FrEe

  • Competing at Elite level in NACSW Nosework
  • Titled and actively competing with multiple dogs in Scentwork, Freestyle, Rally-FrEe, Dock Diving, and Competition Obedience.

Noelle Weeks does an amazing job maintaining competition-level proficiency with multiple dogs, in many different canine sports.  She currently has a rescued Yorkie, two golden retrievers, and a yellow lab -- all are amazingly talented dogs due to Noelle's training ability, and each one is cross-trained in multiple sports.  Noelle is also a great coach for the human end of the leash, and puts together class plans designed to unlock your dog's potential to be a champion.

Lisa Basial  (pictured above right)
Scentwork, Reactive Dog Classes, Feisty Classes, Flyball, Rally-Obedience

  • Competing at Elite level in NACSW Nosework
  • Titled in Scentwork, Rally-Obedience, Flyball, and IMPROV Obedience
  • Has trained multiple dogs to competition level in USBCHA sheep herding

Lisa Basial has been training dogs professionally for over ten years, and has trained multiple dogs to competition level in Flyball, Agility, Rally-Obedience, and USBCHA sheep herding.

Lisa is also skilled and experienced in the effective application of behavior modification for dog-dog and dog-human reactivity, using desensitization and counter-conditioning.  Lisa attends regular continuing education, and has worked hands-on with Emma Parsons, Steve and Jen White, and other world-class ClickerExpo faculty.

Tina Gutshall
Assistant Instructor, Puppy Socialization & Manners

Tina does an amazing job helping families give their puppies a great start in life, and as an assistant instructor she helps us to provide individual attention to each family in puppy class. Tina has been a critical part of the Good Dog Rising staff since we formed in 2013, and has been training and competing in canine sports for many years prior. 

Elena & Chris Prince
K9 Sports Sampler
  • After taking over 30 classes with us and honing their skills covering a broad range of obedience and behavior topics, we're so pleased that Elena and Chris have joined the Good Dog Rising instructor team! 
  • This duo will be teaching the K9 Sports Sampler together, lending their experience working with their rescue dogs Ziggy and Rosco across several canine sports.
  • Elena and Chris are both professional educators with great enthusiasm and skill for teaching both humans and dogs. 

Professional dog training classes & canine behavior services in Carlisle, PA.
Also serving Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg, and surrounding areas.

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