We offer a variety of classes and special events for you and your dog.

Proceeds from our classes go directly to our not-for-profit “Positive Solutions for A Sound Beginning” to provide behavioral education and training support for the people who work and volunteer in shelter and rescue.

VIEW OUR CLASS CALENDAR FOR CLASS START DATES AND COMPLETE DETAILS


Positive Solutions for A Sound Beginning - Path to Success
Focuses on building trusting relationships

  • For dogs of any age or health concern
  • Class size limited to FOUR

CLASS CALENDAR

Positive Solutions for PUPPIES
Focuses on GOOD MANNERS every puppy should learn

  • For pups under 6 months of age
  • Class size limited to FIVE

CLASS CALENDAR 

Positive Solutions for Basic Obedience
Focuses on GOOD MANNERS at home and in the community

  • For dogs 6 months of age or older
  • Dogs must be comfortable working in close proximity with other dogs and people
  • Class size limited to FIVE

CLASS CALENDAR 

Positive Solutions for FUN and GAMES
Have FUN while learning something NEW in a safe and controlled environment

  • For dogs of any age or health concern
  • Dogs must be comfortable working in close proximity with other dogs and people
  • Class size limited to FIVE

CLASS CALENDAR 

Positive Solutions for the Building Blocks of Behavior
Focuses on the foundation skills needed for the life of your dog

  • For dogs of any age or health concern
  • Class size limited to FOUR 

CLASS CALENDAR 

Positive Solutions for the Building Blocks of Behavior (VIRTUAL)
Focuses on the foundation skills needed for the life of your dog

  • For dogs of any age or health concern
  • Class size limited to FOUR

CLASS CALENDAR 

Positive Solutions for the Stepping Up Your Game
Take what you've already learned and make it more reliable

  • Prerequsites to register provided in class details 
  • Class size limited to FIVE

CLASS CALENDAR 

Positive Solutions for Feisty Fido
Focuses on how to reduce reactivity when out walking in the community

  • For dogs 6 months of age or older
  • Class size limited to FOUR
  • Requirements --- Must have completed one of the following
    • A basic manners/obedience class OR in-home training with a positive reinforcement trainer/facility
    • Any group class program through A Sound Beginning
    • Referral by an A Sound Beginning trainer

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Positive Solutions for THERAPY DOGS - Working Class
Focuses on skills to handle more complex therapy visits

  • For dogs that have been trained for therapy work
  • Class size limited to FIVE

CLASS CALENDAR

Positive Solutions for the Canine Good Citizen
Focuses on the skills needed for the AKC CGC certification

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Terms: Purchasing any of our classes signifies that you agree to the following Terms of Service.

Samples

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OTHER WAYS TO LISTEN TO THE A SOUND BEGINNING MUSIC

Search for "Bruce Oscar" to find it on most streaming platforms (e.g., Spotify, Amazon Unlimited, Apple iTunes, iHeartRadio, etc.)

Purchase the digital MP3 album (or individual songs) from the following online stores:

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Apple iTunes (in the app store)

 

A Sound Beginning is full of sensible practical advice for introducing an adopted dog into your home. It is essential reading if you are adopting your first dog.

-- Temple Grandin, Author of Animals Make Us Human

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.