About Us

A Sound Beginning began with a book that was created to help people learn how to appreciate and enjoy the full length of the journey that begins from the day they bring their newly adopted dog home and their special relationship begins. It has evolved into a fully packaged training program that is completely positive in its approach.

Our staff of behavioral trainers is passionate about our mission to keep dogs forever safe and sound, and our experience and qualifications are of the highest caliber.

 

 

Julie Dorsey-Oskerka
President

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 PatRattray

Pat Rattray
Training Director

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 LizMishima

Liz Mishima
Program Manager

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Amy Saletta
Program Manager

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 LeanneFalkingham

Leanne Falkingham
Program Manager

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Fiia A. Jokela, DVM
Special Interest in Veterinary Behavior

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Terri Klimek
In-Home Training Behavior Coordinator

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 Erica

Erica Kendzora
Trainer

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Bev Oliver
Trainer

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Liz Geisen
Trainer

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Julie Benson
Trainer

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Maggie Fahner 

Maggie Fahner
Trainer

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Bonnie Benton
Trainer

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Jeff Joyce
Trainer

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Pam Yano
Trainer

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Susan Johansen
Assistant Trainer

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Joyce Smith
Assistant Trainer

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Marie Harbacek
Assistant Trainer

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Karen Pentimone
Assistant Trainer

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Kym Iffert
Assistant Trainer

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Karla Paschon
Assistant Trainer

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Lisa Jo Clark
Program Technologist

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Lou Ann Forbes
Sniff-itTM Lady & Rescue Liaison

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Lisa von Pechmann
Animal Massage and Acupressure

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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.