At Affinity Dog Academy the focus is to help owners and dogs live the best life they can together. A life that is fun, and enjoyable for the family. We achieve this through balanced training methods. Utilizing training tools such as prong collars, e-collars, and slip leads, to communicate clearly and effectively with the dog(s) and easily transfer the training to the owner so they can continue to make progress with their dog(s) after their training with us is complete.
Are you heading out on vacation? Need someone to take the best care of your dog while making sure they stay up on training while you're away? We've got you covered!
Our structured boarding service is no longer just for those who've completed our programs, but also for balanced owners who have trained their dogs themselves!
What is Balanced Training?
Balanced Training is the use of all four quadrants of operant conditioning - positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment, and negative punishment. When a dog makes a good decision there is a reward, when the dog makes a "bad" decision there is a consequence. Things like food, treats, toys, pets and praise are used to communicate to our dog they've done something we like. But how do you communicate to them that a behavior is disliked, this is where training tools come in, they help to fill the gap in communication with our dogs. By using a combination of rewards and consequences we are able to create balance in the relationship between owner and dog.