Karen Pentimone 

Assistant Trainer

I began my career working with dogs 10 years ago when I started volunteering at A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in Naperville. I was soon hired on staff and currently I serve as their kennel manager. Part of my job is arranging transports of dogs to A.D.O.P.T. from crowded shelters all over the U.S. Once they are in the shelter, I ensure that their physical, emotional, and behavioral needs are met. I love that my life is dedicated to saving homeless and abandoned dogs.

I see A Sound Beginning as an extension of my role at the shelter specifically because I counsel adoptive families pre-adoption to help make adoptions successful. After the dogs are out of my hands, I know that they are in good hands with ASB, whether the new owners are following the book or participating in the classes. It is a program that truly helps adoptive dogs bond with new owners and stay in their new homes.

I am honored to be a part of the A Sound Beginning training team and excited that my shelter recommends the ASB classes to adoptive families. Training classes that specifically address the needs of re-homed dogs are rare. I worry less about my former charges when I see them thriving in an ASB class, working happily with their new owner.

  • Kennel Manager for A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter, Naperville, Il.
  • Certifying as a trainer through CATCH Canine Training Academy

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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.