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Building a Shelter Behavior Program

Building a Shelter Behavior Program

Positive Solutions for A Sound Beginning in the Shelter Environment

Join us for a LIVE TRAINING Seminar with A Sound Beginning Program

If you work in a shelter in any capacity, whether you are a volunteer, kennel manager, director, transport driver, adoption counselor, trainer, etc. THIS seminar is specifically for you!

TOPIC:  Building a Shelter Behavior Program to create a behavior team by teaching a basic knowledge of training and behavior modification to reduce stress in the kennel from intake through adoption.

SEMINAR FEE:  $40.00 (limited capacity to 40 people)

Date:  Sunday, July 24th

Location: Wet Nose, 202 Commons Drive, Geneva, Il 60134

Time: Begins promptly at 12:30pm – 90-minutes (Plus half-hour afterward for Q/A)

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Wet Nose Inc.


Each registration Includes:

  • Copy of our book/cd “Adopting A Dog” Start off right….with A Sound Beginning”
  • Shelter Sniff-it/Essential Oil Package --- includes one 5-ml bottle of oil and a wrist sniff-it specifically created for our program by Blue Sky Prairie Textiles

Retail value of these items is $55.00 but they are included FREE (items will be given to you at the seminar).

RAFFLE ITEMS will be available so bring a bit of cash – you won’t want to miss out on what we have planned for that day!


Presentation by

Steve Frost KPA CTP, SBA, CPBT-KA 

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
  • Shelter Behavior Affiliate
  • Shelter Program Manager - A Sound Beginning Program
  • President – A Sound Beginning Chicago



EVERYONE working within a shelter needs to have a basic set of skills to fully meet the needs of each individual dog. Learning their language and how they interpret our interactions with them is essential in order to establish a relationship foundation with all humans based on MUTUAL TRUST – RESPECT – COMMUNICATION – and MOTIVATION.

Positive Solutions for A Sound Beginning NFP wants to share that knowledge.

Dogs are in a highly stressful state when being surrendered and EACH interaction with a human can add more uncertainties that increase stress and breaks down trust with humans.

The initial focus when a dog is surrendered is geared toward vetting, grooming, and housing. But if we don’t include the emotional needs of the dog it can contribute to behavior problems that could have been prevented and addressed early on.

If we want to truly make adoptions stick, we have to start at the beginning - educate the people who work with the dogs every step of the way. 

Please Join Us --- Together we CAN change the face of rescue



Positive Solutions for A Sound Beginning – an Illinois not-for-profit that supports animal rescue organizations such as foster-based groups, humane societies, and shelters to provide education for canine behavioral training.

Our purpose is to teach people who care for a dog’s physical and emotional well being by providing positive training methods based on proven science that never uses force or fear. In doing so, we can reduce stress, create trust, and increase the outcome of adoptability and ultimately prevent dogs from being returned.

Event Properties

Event date 07-24-2022 12:30 pm CT
Event End Date 07-24-2022 2:30 pm CT
Capacity 40
Registered 34
Available Seats 6
Cut off date 07-23-2022 11:55 pm CT
Individual Price USD40.00
Instructor Steve Frost KPA CTP, SBA, CPBT-KA
Number Hours 2
Location Wet Nose

Registration has closed for this event.

Class Locations & Days

Our YELLOW, BLUE and GREEN Path to Success Classes are available at the following locations:

ILLINOIS (Chicagoland)

  • Geneva
  • Tuesdays (6:30pm CDT)

VIRTUAL (Live Online Training)

  • Mondays (6:30pm and 7:00pm CDT)
  • Wednesdays (6:00pm and 7:30pm CDT)


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 one of our experienced behavioral trainers 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.