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While sheltering-in-space in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain as passionate as ever about helping you learn, grow, and work through behavior issues with your pets. To help our community during this critical time we are launching new virtual training options that you can take from the comfort and safety of your own home. Don't know where to begin with training your pet? Does your pet have a behavior issue you could use some help with? Our expert staff can work with you and your pet dogs, cats or birds.

How does it work?

We set up an online meeting and provide you with a link and time to join in with one of our expert trainers. Our trainer will:

  • Be able to see you and your pet.
  • Have their own dog nearby to demonstrate each of the exercises.
  • Have videos of real-life situations that show you the principles of behavior modification and how to apply it in the real world.
  • Be watching and coaching you with your pet, making sure you've got a clear understanding of each element of the training and are confident with what you've learned.

Key Benefits

  • Easy to use– If you can take a selfie, you can do this. All you need is a computer or tablet with a camera and microphone OR a smart phone.
  • Distance isn’t a factor – our experts in behavior are available no matter where you live.
  • We can get you scheduled quickly - normally within 1-2 days.


FEE: $125

The training package includes:

  • One 90 minute live-video training session (you will receive a link to the complete recorded session)
  • Unlimited support with your trainer by text/phone/email up to one month after your session is completed
  • Lifetime MEMBERSHIP to the A Sound Beginning Program gives you unlimited access to video links and handouts on behavior and problem solving


(Can be 100% virtual outside of the greater Chicagoland area)

FEE: $300

A training package when more help is needed to ensure A SOUND BEGINNING.

  • Three individual sessions
  • Session #1 - a 60-90 minute live-video training session (you will receive a link to the complete recorded session)
  • Sessions #2 and 3 - in-home training sessions / 60 minutes each (if you are outside of the greater Chicagoland area these sessions will be virtual)
  • Unlimited support with your trainer by phone/text/email to assist you during the learning process, answer your questions, and guide you each step of the way (including up to one month after your last session is completed)
  • Lifetime MEMBERSHIP to the A Sound Beginning Program giving you unlimited access to video links and handouts on behavior and problem solving

Our Service and Safety Plan for In-Home Training

Effective July 1, 2020 -- As the global coronavirus situation changes daily, we will provide status changes or updates on our web site and Facebook page. Please check our sites before any scheduled home visit for the most up-to-date information.

  • Whenever possible our training sessions will be held outdoors and we will follow social distancing guidelines outlined by the State of Illinois.
  • In the event it is necessary to conduct a training session indoors, ALL family members must wear a properly fitting mask throughout the entire training session and all parties must maintain a minimum distance of SIX-FEET from one another.
  • If our trainer or anyone in the client’s household is experiencing any symptoms, has been exposed to the coronavirus, or has tested positive for the virus, the training session will be cancelled and re-scheduled to a time when it is safe to resume.
  • Our promise to you is that our trainers will do our part to maintain safety while working together. Our ask of you is to let us know immediately if any circumstances occur that could pose a safety risk to our trainers.

Terms: Purchasing a virtual training package signifies that you agree to the following Terms of Service


Contact us:

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Call:  630-776-8197 (Office hours are: M-F 9am-4pm)



  • 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


American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) is committed to improving the quality of life of all animals and strengthening the bond between animals and their owners. Read their position statements on:

  1. Dominance - the theory of dominance and relationships between animals
  2. Punishment-based training – why it should not be used in behavior modification (updated statement coming soon)

Friendly Support

We're here to help. Our experienced trainers guide you through every step of the process as you learn how to build a lifetime relationship with your dog based on trust and understanding. 

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 one of our experienced behavioral trainers using only humane, science-based methods.

Modular Classes

Our classes are modular so that you can choose a location (throughout Chicagoloand) and time that best suits your schedule each week. View our calendar for upcoming sessions.