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Affinity Dog Behavior and Training Comes to Englewood

Tracey Schowalter, one of the Southeast’s top dog trainers and behavior specialists, has relocated, bringing a new name and a fresh, lively take on training to Englewood.  Affinity Dog Behavior and Training, LLC (formerly Puppy Adept, Inc.), now operates in most of Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.

Affinity will provide a positive training outlet for local dog owners. “So many folks seem to have and deeply care for dogs here. I know they will be delighted with our proven, gentle and fun training methods,” says Schowalter who previously called Gainesville, Georgia, home. “I know it sounds backward, but we are known for treating our clients the same way we want them to train their dogs – with kindness, respect and no judgment.”  

Leslie Kupkowski of Dawsonville, Georgia, says, “We interviewed several trainers and visited their classes. We knew immediately when we met her that Tracey at Puppy Adept was the trainer for us. She and her methods are totally accessible for anyone, wanting a fun experience as they help their dog navigate the bewildering human world of rules and expectations.”

It’s not just clients who have benefitted from Schowalter’s training methods. Scores of veterinarians have also taken advantage of her keen skills. Spring Day of Shannon Veterinary Services in Jefferson, Georgia, says, “Her patience and endless knowledge are very impressive.  As an employee of a veterinary clinic, I was confident any time we referred a client her way for training needs.” In addition, Schowalter has been a guest on WDUN radio in Gainesville and has even appeared in articles for The Gainesville Times.

Schowalter enjoys strong relationships with her peers as well.  Jenny Schneider of Camp Canine USA in Cumming, Georgia, says, “Tracey Schowalter is one of the finest dog trainers and behavior counselors in the business. She is extremely knowledgeable and brings a warm, funny and caring style to her two- and four-legged clients.  What’s more, she gets results!  I love working and training with her. Englewood area dog lovers are so lucky that Tracey has chosen to make her home in their area.”  

Schowalter adds, “I hope to forge the same kind of professional relationships here in Sarasota and Charlotte counties” that she previously enjoyed with her clients in Georgia. 


Affinity Dog Behavior and Training, LLC is a dog behavior modification and training service, opening in Englewood during fall 2015. Previously known as Puppy Adept, Inc. of Gainesville, Georgia, this company was founded in 2000. For more information, call 941-888-4787 or email [email protected].  


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