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Julie Dorsey-Oskerka


Learning about canine communication and teaching others how we can better understand our dogs and improve our relationship is what my writing and teaching career is based on. 

As co-author of "Adopting a Dog? Start off right with ... A Sound Beginning", my life is dedicated to working with the rescue community on how to smoothly integrate a newly adopted dog into an already established family. By helping people avoid the common mistakes that are easily preventable, we can increase the chances of a successful adoption. This is my passion.

Working closely as behavioral advisor and trainer with various shelters and rescue groups, my goal is to facilitate gentle rehabilitation and successful placements so that more dogs can stay in their forever homes. I am a force-free trainer that believes that all animals deserve to be treated with compassion and respect.

  • Director of Training: Hightails Hideaway Dog Day Care & Training, West Chicago, Il.
  • Member APDT: Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Member PPG: Pet Professional Guild of Force-Free Trainers
  • Member DWAA: Dog Writers Association of America
  • Judge for All Levels of World Cynosport Rally (aka APDT Rally)
  • Judge for UKC Rally Obedience
  • Judge and advocate for C-WAGS Rally Obedience

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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? 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 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.