Joyce Smith 

Assistant Trainer

Canine behavior and communication have always been an interest of mine ever since I worked at a veterinarian’s office years ago. My job consisted of kennel work, assisting the veterinarians, working the front desk, and many other odd jobs. I loved working with pets and their owners, but knew I wanted to do something more. When I got my first dog, Racer, a beautiful and loyal golden retriever, we started going to puppy class together. The instruction we received seemed harsh and I thought there must be a better way train your dog. So I began reading books and attending seminars about positive training and found a force free way to train. It was through that learning process that I found a passion for helping dogs and their owners.

Over the past few years, I have found a growing desire to use my training experience to help shelter and rescue dogs. I have been volunteering with local shelters and have seen first hand the need for a program that provides owners with a way to support these unique dogs as they transition into their forever homes. A Sound Beginning Program and The Path to Success fills that need. I am honored to be a part of this innovative program that gives shelter/rescue dogs a chance at a brighter future.

  • Behavioral advisor and consultant for Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue
  • Trainer at Narnia Pet Behavior and Training
  • Member of Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club

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.