About Us

About Us

Our Training Philosophy

Arfordable Dog Training’s mission is to provide transparent and affordable dog training for families in Central Texas. We believe every family deserves access to positive reinforcement based dog training to have a flourishing relationship with their pets no matter their circumstances.

About The Owner/Head Trainer

My name is Jessica Davis, BS, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA. All my life I have been an animal lover but was never a math/science person. After the realization that being a veterinarian would be an unlikely future for me, I turned to customer service. Throughout my career, I knew something was missing. I wanted to give back and help others. I started volunteering at a local shelter and fell in love. The people, the pups, and the passion. The shelter started a dog training team and the rest is history.

After 3 years of working with reactive, fearful, and socialized pups, I knew it was time to get certified. Along with becoming a certified dog trainer (CPDT-KA) and receiving my CBCC-KA through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), helping people make their lives easier with their beloved pups has been my greatest accomplishment. To see the impact of a few simple behaviors on families has motivated me to learn more and work harder than ever before.

My training philosophy is to focus on positive reinforcement to train you and your dog. Through positive training it will allow your relationship to flourish and ensure well-behaved dogs remain as part of the family. Through affordable dog training, behavioral modification and education, families can keep their pets in the home and hopefully, impact the overpopulation of dogs in San Antonio and surrounding cities.

My heart will always be with the shelter pups. They are the reason I work today.

This is a picture of the first reactive dog I ever worked with. (Adopted 4/10/2016) He was my first foster dog.  My first heartworm positive dog. My first pitbull mix – but he was my Willie. Through work and dedication, he found his forever home. He now lives a fappy (fat and happy) life in Idaho with his loving sister and plenty of people to dote on him.

Lisa Anderson is a graduate from The Behrend College at Penn State University with a degree in Psychology. Recently, she graduated from Animal Behavior College and is currently working towards her CPDT-KA through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. Her training philosophy focuses on positive reinforcement and understanding the dog as an individual with individual needs. Throughout her training, she has worked with many dogs of different temperaments and has a passion for rescues and misunderstood dogs.

We couldn’t be more excited to have her. Please help me welcome her to the team!

Mara Eck is a United States Active Duty Army Officer in the Military Police Corps and a part-time Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Mara holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from University of Pittsburgh. Mara has been passionate about animals and especially dogs her whole life and has even volunteered at the Hawaii Humane Society where she became a foster failure and  adopted her “love bug” Leila (Pit/Airedale mix), who is an AKC Canine Good Citizen.  Mara has trained two of her own dogs (Allie – a Dalmatian & Leila) dating back to 1999 and she loved it so much that she went to Animal Behavior College in California in 2015 and became a Certified Dog Trainer.  Mara currently trains dogs in Basic Obedience, Agility, Trick, Puppy Training, and she is an AKC Canine Good Citizen certifier.  She is also Canine CPR Trained.  Mara‘s next goal and passion is to train Service and Therapy Dogs for Veterans and First Responders.  Her goal, when she retires from the Military, will be to work with and train dogs full time. We’re so happy to have her with us!

“Thanks to Jessica and her team, a dog once deemed aggressive and un-adoptable got a second lease on life. With lots of patience and training from the team, Akita found her forever home and now lives with two other fur siblings.” -Mari C.

Jessica Davis was very informative, professional, caring, and very helpful in teaching us the wonderful techniques to help to train our new little fur member. I highly recommend her.” – Lupe D.

We adopted a dog a little over 9 months ago. He is a Husky and Yellow Lab mix. He was so very unruly. We had Jessica come to our home for a series of lessons, and she was phenomenal! It’s still a work in progress, but I highly recommend her” – Kimberly P.

Having Jessica come to our home to help with our German Shepherd has been phenomenal. She gave us the knowledge and skills we needed to train our pup! He loved every minute of training and so did we. We learned so much and all of our concerns were addressed and fixed.” – Wendy R.

We Promise:

  • We will explain fully what we propose to do with your dog and why.
  • We will invite and encourage you to ask questions.
  • We will always do our best to be friendly and approachable so that you feel comfortable and unafraid of judgement.
  • We will review and consult with multiple positive training resources when developing a behavior modification protocol or training program to ensure it follows our force free guidelines.
  • Your dog’s physical and emotional well-being will be our top priority when working out any behavior modification protocol or training program for you.
  • We will never coerce your dog into participating in any form of behavior modification.
  • We will encourage your dog to make the choice we want using non-threatening and rewarding motivators.
  • We will work hard to keep your dog under threshold and keep him/her as stress-free as possible.
  • We will work hard to keep the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible for you as the owner, handler, and trainer of your own dog.
  • We will treat your dog as an individual and your situation as unique – one size does not fill all.
  • We will never do anything with your dog that we wouldn’t do with our own dogs.
  • We will consider your dog to be as much a vital part of your family as our dogs are to our own.
  • We will never bully your dog using threatening or violent behavior.
  • We will never put a choke, prong, or e-collar around your dog’s neck or recommend you do so.
  • We will continue to follow up our education by attending workshops, seminars, conferences, and courses so as to add to our ‘training toolbox’ and bring you the very best service we can.
  • No dog will ever be ‘just a dog’ to us.

Adapted from lottiesdogs.co.uk

These are answers to general questions about policies. Should you have any additional questions, feel free to visit our Contact page to reach out to the trainer.

How do I register for a class or one-on-one sessions?
By enrolling you are reserving a spot. To ensure that the spot is reserved, the Waiver, Enrollment Form, Proof of Vaccinations, and payment are required 1 week prior to the start of class or one-on-one sessions.

Do you cancel classes due to low enrollment?
Basic Obedience Classes are best with multiple dogs, however, you’ve dedicated the time to train, as will we. Classes may be rescheduled or combined due to low enrollment.

What if my pup is unable to attend a class due to injury or illness?
At Arfordable Dog Training we know life happens. If a pup is unable to attend due to injury or illness, the Dog-Human team will be able to make it up prior to the next week’s class. If that is not an option, they will be offered a 25% discount on a one-on-one session to cover the missed material.

Do you offer a guarantee?
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee when working with cognitive, living animals.  Although the trainer will support you and offer plenty of guidance, success in training your pup is achieved through dedication and consistency of the handler.

What forms of payment are accepted?
Cash or Credit Card.

Do you offer discounts?
We love our rescuers. So to show our support, there is a rescue rate. The discount is 10% off one-on-one sessions for pups that have been rescued in the last 3 months or is currently owned by a rescue organization or shelter.

We also offer 10% off one-on-one sessions for active duty or first responders such as firefighters, EMTs, and police officers.

For one-on-one sessions, will I be contacted to confirm each session?
Once a session is scheduled, the trainer will be at the agreed upon location at the scheduled time. A confirmation may be sent if the session is outside of regularly scheduled timeslot.

What is your one-on-one cancellation policy?
We understand emergencies happen however, there is a 24 hour cancellation period. Any rescheduling with less than 24 hours notice prior to your session will result in one session being deducted from your total remaining sessions.

What is the reschedule policy?
Rescheduling sessions for any reason are on a case-by-case basis and will be rescheduled based on availability in the trainer’s schedule.

Is there an expiration limit on rescheduled one-on-one sessions?
Rescheduled sessions are to be used within 2 months of the original date of cancellation.

Do you offer refunds?
No refunds will be given once fees have been collected.

Are there travel fees?
There is a $25 surcharge for any session:
– Outside of Loop 337*
– North of US-281 and Evans Rd**

– West of W Loop 1604 and Hausman Rd **
– South of 37 and Cesar Chavez Blvd **
– East of IH 10 and E Loop 1604**

New Braunfels*
San Antonio**

Arfordable Dog Training doesn’t have any personal connection with these organizations or individuals and receives no compensation for our endorsement.

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers


The Association for Professional Dog Trainers

AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program



The Whole Dog Journal

The Bark

The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller

How Dogs Learn by Mary R. Burch, Ph.D. and Jon S. Bailey, Ph. D.
How to Speak Dog by Stanley Coren
Training for Both Ends of the Leash by Kate Perry and Yvonne Conza
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
Don’t Shoot the Dog! The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor
How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, 2nd Edition by Sophia Yin

Resource Guarding


Gentle Leader Using Positive Reinforcement

Muzzle Training Using Positive Reinforcement

Dog Decoder – Available through Google Play and the App Store.

Facebook Groups
Canine Enrichment


Scientific Studies and References
Removing the Prong Collar:

Reward-Based Training vs. Aversive Methods:

Socialization in new environments is very important. If you plan on taking your dog with you to places during their life such as the river, beach, park, restaurants, be sure to socialize them to those types of locations. Here is a list of some of the pet-friendly stores in our area.

When in doubt, call and ask. As always, ensure your dog is leashed and well-behaved.

  1. Abercrombie and Fitch
  2. Academy
  3. Ann Taylor/Ann Taylor Loft
  4. Anthropologie
  5. Autozone
  6. Barnes and Noble
  7. Bass Pro Shop
  8. Bath and Body Works
  9. Bebe
  10. Bed, Bath, Beyond
  11. Bloomingdale’s
  12. Crate and Barrel
  13. Eddie Bauer
  14. Foot Locker
  15. Free People
  16. Gap
  17. Half Priced Books
  18. Hallmark
  19. Hobby Lobby
  20. Home Depot*
  21. Home Goods
  22. Jo-Anne Fabrics
  23. Kaiser’s Natural Pet
  24. Lowe’s*
  25. LUSH Cosmetics
  26. Macy’s
  27. Marshalls
  28. Michaels
  29. Neiman Marcus
  30. Nordstrom
  31. Old Navy
  32. Paw Basics
  33. Pet Adventure
  34. Pet Supplies Plus
  35. Petco
  36. PetsBarn
  37. PetSmart
  38. Pottery Barn
  39. Ross
  40. Saks Fifth Avenue
  41. Sephora
  42. The Apple Store
  43. The Container Store
  44. Tiffany & Co.
  45. TJ Maxx
  46. Tractor Supply
  47. Urban Outfitters
  48. Woofgang Bakery

*Select locations.

A Note About Puppies:
Caution must be used when taking a puppy under 16 weeks that hasn’t had all of their vaccines in public places. You may take the puppy to pet-friendly locations but ensure hand sanitizer is available for individuals wishing to pet your puppy. You may clean a cart and place a blanket down for protection. You may use portable play pens for safety.

We offer an exclusive boarding experience through our system business Arfin’ About Town dedicated to your pup focused on socialization and relaxation. We offer individual play and enrichment. In our boarding office, we have classical music, Adaptil diffusing, and mental stimulation opportunities!

We’re bonded, insured, and focused on individual attention for your pup during their stay.

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