• IN CLASS Program $175
  • VIRTUAL Program $100

NOTE: The full amount of your purchase goes directly to our not-for-profit “Positive Solutions for A Sound Beginning” to provide behavioral education and training support for the people who work and volunteer in shelter and rescue.

Virtual Class Program

Here are some questions and thoughts to ask yourself…

  • Is your dog reactive when out on walks?
  • Fearful of new places, people, or sounds?
  • Anxious when riding in the car?
  • Does your dog growl, bark, or lunge towards others if they come near you?
  • Do you want to learn from the comfort of your own home?

If you said yes to ANY of these questions then the virtual class is for you.

  • This is a class that teaches the FOUNDATION SKILLS that every dog needs.
  • It consists of four one-hour sessions that meet weekly on the same day/time.
  • Each class focuses on a different topic but each week builds on the previous one.

We only take FOUR dogs in a class allowing lots of time for individual learning!

  • NEW CLASSES BEGIN every two weeks making it EASY to get started!
  • TOTAL FEE - $100 for all four classes.

Instructor: Jeff Joyce, CPDT-KA ASB Program SW Florida Division


*When you click to purchase, you will be taken to a registration web site. Set your time zone to begin.


In-Class Program

The In-Class program includes:

  • Four one-hour classes
  • A copy of the Book/CD “Adopting a Dog? Start off right with ... A Sound Beginning
  • Sniff-itTMAll in One Package (portable diffuser and 5ml bottle of Calm-a-Mile RTU essential oil to aid in calming)

These practical exercises are included in all four classes:

  • RELAXATION (Relax on a Mat)
  • CONFIDENCE BUILDING (Coping with environmental changes)
  • CANINE COMMUNICATION (Understanding dog language)
  • NAME RECOGNITION (Attention)
  • SAY PLEASE! (Polite Manners)
  • TOUCH (Hand target / Confidence and Focus)


  • The first class – ORANGE – is virtual from the comfort of your own home.
  • The next three classes of YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN are IN-PERSON
  • WHEN: Tuesday’s at 6:30pm (see calendar for start dates)
  • WHERE: Geneva, Illinois

Trainer:  Kristi Kaempfer CPDT

Class size is limited to FOUR which allows 1-1 learning within a group environment.

TOTAL FEE:  $175.00



Each of the FOUR classes ALSO focuses on a specific topic unique to that unit/color:


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YELLOW - You've Got a Friend

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BLUE - Don't Correct ... Re-direct!

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GREEN - The Thinking Dog

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Terms: Purchasing the A Sound Beginning Package signifies that you agree to the following Terms of Service.

Class Schedule

CLASSES are available as IN-PERSON (Chicagoland) or VIRTUAL (anywhere).

  • Monday’s -- 6:00pm CT (Virtual)
  • Tuesday’s -- 6:30pm CT (Geneva)
  • Wednesday’s -- 6:00pm CT (Virtual)



View a Sample of the Book

Click to view an excerpt

Listen to a Sample of the CD

Order the In-Class Program


Search for "Bruce Oscar" to find it on most streaming platforms (e.g., Spotify, Amazon Unlimited, Apple iTunes, iHeartRadio, etc.)

Purchase the digital MP3 album (or individual songs) from the following online stores:


Apple iTunes (in the app store)


A Sound Beginning is full of sensible practical advice for introducing an adopted dog into your home. It is essential reading if you are adopting your first dog.

-- Temple Grandin, Author of Animals Make Us Human

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.