We're proud to offer a variety of training programs to pet owners in the community. We also keep a list of trainers that we've worked with and openly endorse. Anderson does not condone the usage of aversive and punishment-based training methods. Aversive and punishment-based methods are not effective long-term and can cause increased fear, mistrust, negative association, and aggression.
Check out our various options for training below! We're excited to help you and your pet be successful!
Anderson Animal Shelter is proud to partner with A Sound Beginning Program, an innovative dog-training program designed for the newly adopted dog. Classes concentrate on life skills that focus on the human-animal bond, socialization and self-control, creating the foundation for a lifetime of learning!
When you adopt your new dog or puppy from Anderson, you will receive a FREE enrollment in A Sound Beginning Program’s Introduction to Training class! A Sound Beginning will help you create a better relationship with your dog, addressing existing behavior problems and preventing new ones from developing.
INTRODUCTION TO TRAINING CLASS
NOT EVERY WAG MEANS THEY’RE GLAD – Learn what your dog is saying by understanding the communication and language of dogs AND learn what YOU can do to help your dog understand YOUR language!
CLICKS and TREATS – How to begin training to establish a trusting relationship by using positive reinforcement.
MINE! – Learn how to prevent a dog from guarding things of value and what to do if you need to take something away.
WHO IS THAT? – Teach your dog to be comfortable around new people, places, other animals, and cope with changes in their environment.
Introduction to Training classes are held at our main shelter located at 1000 S. La Fox Street in South Elgin on the second Wednesday of every month. Classes are one hour long and begin at 7:15pm.
Class is FREE for all family members who have adopted a dog or puppy from Anderson Animal Shelter!
You must attend within 60 days of adoption.
You must register to attend.
To register, click on one of the class dates above. You may also visit A Sound Beginning's website and click on Classes / Class Calendar to find upcoming classes.
THIS CLASS IS FOR PEOPLE ONLY.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR DOG WITH YOU TO CLASS.
If you’d like more in-depth training with your dog, Anderson adopters can also enroll in the A Sound Beginning Complete Training Package for a discounted rate of just $100!
Just use the discount code provided to you in your adoption packet when you enroll for this class on the A Sound Beginning website. If you have any questions about this discount offered to Anderson Animal Shelter dog and puppy adopters, please contact Lesya Kercheval at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a trainer or for a class at a different time or day? Check out our recommended trainers!
All of our recommended trainers have been approved by our resident behavioral trainer. Trainers are approved based on their demonstrated commitment to using pain-free methods, continued education and accreditation.