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Leanne Falkingham KPA-CTP

Program Manager

My training career started while I was working fulltime in animal shelters. I discovered that clicker training was the best way to reach dogs that were shut down, scared or trapped in patterns of unwanted behaviors like jumping up, barking, mouthing, biting and more. In an effort to improve care and quality of life at my shelters, I focused on teaching staff, volunteers and new owners about canine communication, canine behavior and powerful yet simple clicker training methods. Our dogs blossomed with this approach.

Now that I have one foot in the shelter world and one foot in the private training world, I’m excited to be part of the “A Sound Beginning Program” training team. Until this program was developed, comprehensive resources for helping dogs transition from shelter to home were hard to find.

Rescue dogs are often not ready for a mainstream group training class because of their recent experiences. I believe that “The Path to Success” is a training class that fills a significant need for these dogs and their caretakers. We are able to provide a quiet, non-stressful atmosphere, where the dogs learn to work with the new people in their lives and trust-based relationships are formed.  

  • Certified Training Partner through the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA CTP)
  • Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT KA)
  • Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  • Co-author of “Shelter Training and Enrichment” an online course offered by Karen Pryor Academy
  • Trainer and Behavior Advisor for A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in Naperville, IL
  • Private trainer and behavior advisor

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 without being overwhelmed? Check out our Intro to Training package.

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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.