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
Founder

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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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Jeff Joyce
Lead Behavioral Trainer
Program Manager

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Fiia A. Jokela, DVM
ASB Veterinary Behavior Consultant

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Lisa Jo Clark
Program Technologist

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Steve Frost
Lead Behavioral Trainer 
Program Manager

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Liz Geisen
Lead Behavioral Trainer
Program Manager

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 Erica

Erica Kendzora
Trainer

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Maggie Fahner 

Maggie Fahner
Trainer

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Cassie Williams 

Cassie Williams
Trainer

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Natasha Mathew
Trainer

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Kathren Burdziak
Trainer

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Bob Witte
Trainer

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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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Get the Book

Whether you’ve adopted OR got your dog from a breeder, etc., the resources within this book will provide insight into behavior to prevent problems and begin a sound future.

Quick Start Package

Would you like to know more about your dog? Would you like to prevent mistakes and create a positive training plan? Check out our Intro to Training (Virtual) class for free.

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In-Home Training

For those who prefer personalized training in the comfort of your home, we offer several options with our experienced behavioral training affiliates using only humane, science-based methods.

Modular Classes

Make a sound investment for a lifetime of happiness. CLASSES are available IN-PERSON (Chicagoland) or VIRTUAL (anywhere) --- OR --- you can mix & match on your Path to Success.