Marie Harbacek 

Assistant Trainer

My earliest memory of a dog interaction happened when I was about 3 years old. King, our family dog, was a huge Great Dane. Every day as my father and I walked him through Garfield Park, I would ask to hold King’s leash, and finally one day my father let me. Well, King took off and so did I running behind yelling, “Whoa, King, whoa.” Luckily, my father caught us before I was hurt. This was the beginning of my “love” of dogs.

As a fifth grade teacher with degrees in education and psychology, teaching is my passion and my life. For 33 years, I have watched children grow and learn using psychology and good teaching strategies. My involvement in dog training began 6 years ago when Gandolf entered my life. Our cute little puppy quickly became our very big puppy, and I knew extensive dog training classes were in my future.

Positive training and clickers became a way of life for both of us. Teaching dogs with positive reinforcement opened up a whole new world that I had only been aware of through textbooks. I knew that someday my classroom would meet the needs of four- footed students, not just their human counterparts. I am lucky to be fulfilling my dream.

I am so very thankful and excited to be involved with both the Sound Beginning Program and The Path to Success.

  • Member of the APDT, Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Lead trainer at Wiggles-n-Wags Dog Training, Inc., Lombard, IL
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen trainer and evaluator

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.