Adopting a Dog?

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A Sound Beginning

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Build a Better

relationship on both
ends of the leash.

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Learn How To

set the right tone
for your new dog

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Group Classes

Start building a positive relationship with your dog by enrolling in our Path to Success class (in-person and virtual options).

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Free Class

Join our free Intro to Training class for a primer on dog behavior and to get started with positive reinforcement training.

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Rescues & Shelters

Our Positive Solutions NFP provides canine behavioral education for animal rescue organizations and shelters.

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1-1 Training

Looking for a trainer? We can help. Our certified training affiliates offer in-home and behavior consultation options no matter where you live.

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I hope the word about A Sound Beginning Program gets spread around and it grows. I think it moves the focus from pure training as a concept to more of an integrated approach to understanding canine behavior better and differentiating normal from abnormal behavior.

-- John Ciribassi DVM, Dipl. ACVB

Our Methods

We are 100% positive-reinforcement trainers that use only gentle methods based on proven science and how dogs learn best.

Research has shown that dogs are more likely to learn and repeat behaviors that result in consequences they desire and enjoy. Our methods get results without ever using force or fear.


Build an Unbreakable Bond


The A Sound Beginning team includes a DVM with a specialty in veterinary behavior, Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified trainers as well as trainers with Masters and Bachelors degrees in animal behavior and numerous other certifications in the world of training.

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We have expertise in working with dogs that are shy, nervous, fearful or reactive. We also have trainers that specialize in cat behavior and well as birds. But anyone who wants to build a great relationship with their pet can benefit from our program.

Dog Training 101 for Jake on the Job

Jake on the Job of Fox 32 news met with our A Sound Beginning trainers at the A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in Naperville to learn how to train a dog using positive reinforcement methods.

Unbreaking the Galgo

This is a short film about our experiences working with the Galgos (Spanish Greyhounds). Our eyes were opened to their plight and the mass killing and abuse that is happening. Please help us to help the dedicated people who work every day to save these beautiful dogs by watching and sharing this film far and wide. The more awareness we can bring to this topic, the better chance we have at effecting change. There is no graphic content in this film - it is a small window into the aftermath of mass breeding and dumping of dogs and a portrayal of resiliency and our hope for the future of the Galgo..

Soothing Music to Help Shelter Dogs

The Daily Herald met with our founder, Julie Dorsey-Oskerka to discuss the ASB Program, the music and how we are helping shelter dogs through the pre and post-adoption phase.

No Pops, Shocks or Cans of Rocks!


  • We are totally positive reinforcement trainers using humane, science-based methods.
  • We do not advocate nor use choke chains, prong collars, shock collars, force, fear, or intimidation.
  • We dedicate our training program to improving the relationship between dogs and their people.
  • References: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists


Get the Book

Whether you’ve adopted OR got your dog from a breeder, etc., the resources within this book will provide insight into behavior to prevent problems and begin a sound future.

Quick Start Package

Would you like to know more about your dog? Would you like to prevent mistakes and create a positive training plan? Check out our Intro to Training (Virtual) class for free.

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In-Home Training

For those who prefer personalized training in the comfort of your home, we offer several options with our experienced behavioral training affiliates using only humane, science-based methods.

Modular Classes

Make a sound investment for a lifetime of happiness. CLASSES are available IN-PERSON (Chicagoland) or VIRTUAL (anywhere) --- OR --- you can mix & match on your Path to Success.