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. You can read over the professional memberships and certifications we maintain and the extensive continuing education we've attended below. 

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 and our reviews on FaceBook and Google.

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. Humans' understanding of canine behavior and effective learning has come a long way in recent years, and when we know better, we can do better. 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.)

What do you mean by "positive?": We use positive reinforcement as our primary strategy, including all kinds of reinforcement such as food, toys, play, praise, and fun. This does not mean we are permissive - we set high standards and appropriate boundaries for dogs, and we achieve high levels of success. While we reinforce frequently in the beginning, our goal is to build such strong positive behavior that your dog will need no "bribery" and little reinforcement to maintain those mastered behaviors in the long run - you'll just have a great, happy dog that listens to you. Using frequent reinforcement is an effective and easy to use tool during the initial learning process. At Good Dog Rising, your dog will enjoy working for some of their daily calories and the other fun things in life, and they'll love listening and learning! 

But everybody says they are positive...  Yeah, that's super frustrating, and we feel for you as a consumer. We can only suggest that you get specific before trusting your dog to any canine service provider. You can find a good list of some things to look for here: How to Choose a Dog Trainer. We don't just say we're "positive" - we get specific, and we'll discuss it openly and rationally. Email us if you'd like to come observe a class and see things for yourself. 

Our Training Philosophy and Professional Ethics:  The Good Dog Rising instructor team works together to provide you with training solutions that are effective and enjoyable, for both you and your dog. We strive to use positive, kind training methods, and the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) strategies when behavior modification is needed. We have not found prong, choke, or shock devices to be the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive effective tools across the wide array of training and behavior problems we see, so we do not find the need to use them. We have sought out methods which are far more effective for long term results, with less risk of unintended negative consequences. We tailor our training to meet your individual needs, and to meet your goals.

No need to just take our word for it......

At Good Dog Rising, we abide by the standards of practice set forth by the leading professional organizations governing dog training and behavior.

In 2018, America's three leading professional organizations APDT, IAABC, and CCPDT joined together 
to adopt a joint Standards of Practice, a unified code of conduct and code of ethics that places the use of positive reinforcement as the first and primary strategy and the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive methods as part of the governance of their members.

At Good Dog Rising, we abide by these joint standards of practice:

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Position Statement on LIMA and The Humane Hierarchy

Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Position Statements including adoption of LIMA

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) Adoption of LIMA 


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 many years ago after going over 1000 hours of experience working with clients and their dogs. 

Initial and ongoing education is critical to being competent at dog training and behavior. 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, Steve White, Bob Bailey, Dr. Sophia Yin, Susan Garrett, 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. I have also studied business ethics and practices in order to continuously improve our services and customer experience.

My dogs and I like to do a little bit of everything. I have trained to competition level in Rally-Obedience, Agility, Freestyle, Scentwork/Nosework, and IMPROV Obedience. We also enjoy on and 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.

I have two rescue cats of my own, and I have attended several professional courses in feline behavior, from 2012 to the present. With cats, I have trained impulse control, appropriate letterbox and scratching behavior, unrestrained nail trims, and targeting.

Certifications and Achievements:
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Sciences), United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (since 2011)
  • Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (since 2012)
  • Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers (since 2007)
  • Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer (since 2019) 
  • Evaluator, AKC Canine Good Citizen test (since 2009)
  • Therapy dog working team, and later TDI Evaluator (2006-2017)
  • Licensed Presenter, Dogs & Storks program (for expecting families) (2012-2015)
  • Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR, American Red Cross
  • Certified Customer Relationship Professional (CRP) 2018

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, BS, CPDT-KA, CTDI

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

- Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (
- Certified Trick Dog Instructor
- AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
- AKC STAR Puppy Evaluator
- Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
- Member, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
- Titled in Rally-Obedience, Trick Dog Titling, and NACSW Nosework
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Extension Education, Penn State University

We have been delighted to have Carleen on the Good Dog Rising instructor team since Good Dog Rising began in 2013. Carleen is our resident Puppy expert, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and Rally-Obedience coach. She also leads our Private Training and Day Training programs.  

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 holds the industry-leading certification of Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Carleen is also a certified evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen test, and also the STAR puppy test. She continuously seeks out further education and is always adding fresh material to our class curriculum.

Carleen has a great way with both people and dogs, and we know you'll love being in her classes!

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)
Puppy, Basic Manners, Obedience & Manners MiniCourses

- AKC Canine Good Citizen certified evaluator

 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, leading to her current position as a lead instructor as well.

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. Janell has outstanding skills with teaching impulse control in dogs and is our go-to expert in this specialty. 

Janell attends continuing education in dog training and behavior each year, and has attended IAABC Conferences, Clicker Expo, Fenzi Academy conferences, and more. She is a current volunteer with Furry Friends Network, fostering rescue dogs for adoption.


Elena Prince, KPA CTP
K9 Sports, Agility Levels 1-2
  • Elena is a graduate of Karen Pryor Academy's intense Dog Training Professional course, and she is a KPA Certified Training Partner
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen certified evaluator
  • Member, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Elena and her husband Chris have been training with Good Dog Rising since 2015. They were such good students and dog trainers, that we made them part of the staff! Because they have trained their dogs in such a wide array of obedience activities and sports, they are a perfect match to introduce canine sports to students and coach them in a variety of canine sports.

Elena is a professional educator with a teaching degree, and she has great enthusiasm and skill for teaching both humans and dogs. Her fun training style will help you experience the joy of participating in canine sports with your dog!


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. 
Margie Stewart (picture and more info coming soon)
Assistant Instructor, Basic Manners and Obedience

We're so glad to have Margie join us as an Assistant Instructor! 

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

  • 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 excel at competition level - in Flyball, Agility, Rally-Obedience, and USBCHA sheep herding.

Lisa is also skilled and experienced in the effective interventions for dog-dog 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, as well as Fenzi Academy conferences and Scentwork workshops.


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

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