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. 


We have also proud to partner with A Sound Beginning to offer the Introduction to Training class FREE to all community members, families, supporters, dog-owners, fosters, and volunteers.  Please see below on information on how to register!



  • 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.


Free Introduction to Training classes are now available in a virtual format.  You can now learn to train your dog from the comfort of your own home.  For a class schedule, and to register, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like more in-depth training with your dog, A Sound Beginning also offers various training classes, including virtual and in-home 1:1 training!  For more information on more in-depth training options CLICK HERE.

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.


Adoption Center

180 N Randall Road

North Aurora, IL 60542

Next to Pet Supplies Plus

(847) 697-2880 ext 80

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Main Shelter

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880

(847) 697-8229 fax

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Entrance is second door

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880 ext. 25

Center Hours

By appointment only.


Adoption Center

412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Inside Petco

(847) 697-2880 ext 90

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.

Shelter Holidays

New Year's Day  ·  Memorial Day  ·  Fourth of July  ·  Labor Day  ·  Thanksgiving Day  ·  Christmas Day

We will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Anderson Animal Shelter is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS.

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