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Liz Mishima KPA-CTP

Program Manager

Many people remember their first “puppy” love but my first love really was a neighbor’s miniature poodle named Gigi. I was 10 years old and every day I looked forward to walking that dog! I became involved in training when I began enjoying the fun of canine sports with my own dogs. I then became an active volunteer in one of the local Therapy Dog programs. All of these activities sparked my interest in understanding how dogs learn.

I have been volunteering for over 8 years with a local dog rescue organization as behavioral advisor and continue to teach various dog training classes in the area that promote positive methods of modifying behavior. Being actively involved with a dog’s rescue and seeing how their future can be secured when the adoptive families have a sound approach is what influenced my decision to take early retirement from a successful corporate job to focus on my passion; helping dogs and people develop the best relationship possible.

When we focus on both ends of the leash, we ensure the experience is positive and rewarding. My belief is that by following the book, A Sound Beginning, and by having access to our training program, The Path to Success, we can help both the adopter and the adopted dog develop a strong bond to ensure a long and happy relationship.

  • Certified Training Partner thru the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior.
  • Member APDT: Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Lead trainer at Wiggles-n-Wags Dog Training, Inc., Lombard, Il.
  • Lead trainer at Hightails Hideaway Dog Day Care & Training, West Chicago, Il.
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen trainer and evaluator

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.