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While sheltering-in-space in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain as passionate as ever about helping you learn, grow, and work through behavior issues with your pets. To help our community during this critical time we are launching new virtual training options that you can take from the comfort and safety of your own home. Don't know where to begin with training your pet? Does your pet have a behavior issue you could use some help with? Our expert staff can work with you and your pet dogs, cats or birds.

How does it work?

We set up an online meeting and provide you with a link and time to join in with one of our expert trainers. Our trainer will:

  • Be able to see you and your pet.
  • Have their own dog nearby to demonstrate each of the exercises.
  • Have videos of real-life situations that show you the principles of behavior modification and how to apply it in the real world.
  • Be watching and coaching you with your pet, making sure you've got a clear understanding of each element of the training and are confident with what you've learned.

Key Benefits

  • Easy to use– If you can take a selfie, you can do this. All you need is a computer or tablet with a camera and microphone OR a smart phone.
  • Distance isn’t a factor – our experts in behavior are available no matter where you live.
  • We can get you scheduled quickly - normally within 1-2 days.


FEE: $150

The training package includes:

  • One 90 minute live-video training session (you will receive a link to the complete recorded session)
  • Unlimited support with your trainer by text/phone/email up to one month after your session is completed
  • Lifetime MEMBERSHIP to the A Sound Beginning Program gives you unlimited access to video links and handouts on behavior and problem solving


(Can be 100% virtual outside of the greater Chicagoland area)

FEE: $400

A training package when more help is needed to ensure A SOUND BEGINNING.

  • Three individual sessions - (One 90-minute session and Two 60-minute sessions)
  • Session #1 is virtual (you will receive a link to the complete recorded session)
  • Sessions #2 and/or #3 – may be scheduled as either in-home OR virtual.
  • Unlimited support with your trainer by phone/text/email to assist you during the learning process, answer your questions, and guide you each step of the way (including up to one month after your last session is completed)
  • Lifetime MEMBERSHIP to the A Sound Beginning Program giving you unlimited access to video links and handouts on behavior and problem solving


Terms: Purchasing a virtual training package signifies that you agree to the following Terms of Service


Contact us:

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Call:  630-776-8197 (Office hours are: M-F 9am-4pm)



  • We are totally positive reinforcement trainers using humane, science-based methods.
  • We do not advocate nor use choke chains, prong collars, shock collars, force, fear, or intimidation.
  • We dedicate our training program to improving the relationship between dogs and their people.
  • References: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists


American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) is committed to improving the quality of life of all animals and strengthening the bond between animals and their owners. Read their position statements on:

  1. Dominance - the theory of dominance and relationships between animals
  2. Punishment-based training – why it should not be used in behavior modification (updated statement coming soon)

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? 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.