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Positive Solutions for A Sound Beginning NFP

EVERY Shelter and Rescue organization would benefit from having a trained behavior team educated in humane teaching methods to provide a healthy, safe, and positive way to help the dogs in their care while waiting for their forever home. 

EVERYONE working in rescue, whether in a foster-based organization or within a shelter, needs to have a basic set of skills to fully meet the needs of each individual dog. Learning their language and how they interpret our interactions with them is essential in order to establish a relationship foundation with all humans based on MUTUAL TRUST – RESPECT – COMMUNICATION – and MOTIVATION.

Positive Solutions for A Sound Beginning NFP wants to share that knowledge.

Dogs are in a highly stressful state when being surrendered and EACH interaction with a human can add more uncertainties that increase stress and breaks down trust with humans.

Rescue mainly focuses on transporting, vetting, grooming, and housing. But if we don’t include the emotional needs of the dog it can contribute to behavior problems that could have been prevented and addressed early on.    

If we want to truly make adoptions stick, we have to start at the beginning - educate the people who work with the dogs every step of the way.

Who are We?

Positive Solutions for A Sound Beginning is a not-for-profit that supports animal rescue organizations such as foster-based groups, humane societies, and shelters to provide education for canine behavioral training.

Our purpose is to teach people who care for a dog’s physical and emotional well being by providing positive training methods based on proven science that never uses force or fear. In doing so, we can reduce stress, create trust, and increase the outcome of adoptability and ultimately prevent dogs from being returned.

How is this accomplished?

  • Free Intro to Training classes offered to the general public
  • Free Intro to Training for shelters – Creating safe and trusting environments
  • Free Intro to Training for rescue – Fostering without fear

Other educational services we provide:

  • Building a Shelter Behavior Program: to create a behavior team by teaching a basic knowledge of training and behavior modification to reduce stress in the kennel from intake through adoption.
  • Creating a Foster-Home Behavior Team: to put in place a program for rescue organizations that teaches volunteers how to differentiate normal training issues from behavior problems that when addressed will support fosters and teach basic skills - such as how to safely introduce a new dog into a foster home, reducing stress at adoption events, and more.
  • Behavior Library – to offer an on-demand resource of written and video tutorials that can provide immediate help with step-by-step solutions on how to address the most common training and behavior issues in the foster home or shelter environment.




How can we help your shelter or rescue organization?

Let us introduce ourselves and give you a solid understanding of who we are, what we are about, and how our program can reduce stress, increase adoptability, and make adoptions stick.

Contact us at: 

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Phone: 630-465-0666

How are we funded?

100% of profits from our online store including our classes, books, and training products go directly to our NFP including:

  • Seminars
  • Raffles
  • Fund-raising drives
  • Corporate sponsorships
  • Donations from people just like you!

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.