Head Behavior Guy
I've been working with dogs and dog behavior since 2002. I have a Masters in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, where I studied dog behavior as part of Dr. Sam Gosling’s Animal Personality Research Lab.
The DeBono Dog Center is my behavior recovery and training facility located in South Austin, where I offer intensive programs specifically designed to help you overcome your dog's fearful or "aggressive" behavior (my specialty and what I'm best at!).
Aggressive behavior is a response to a situation that causes an inner emotion - most often a feeling of fear, threat, or insecurity. My goal is to carefully expose dogs to these situations in a way they find fun, building their confidence and reducing the fears and associated aggressive behavior.
I don't use shock collars, prong collars, or any other tool intended to suppress behavior by inflicting pain or fear because they cause more harm than good. Self-proclaimed trainers defaulting to those tools are charlatans that don't have a clue about behavior.
I'm not interested in offering you band-aid solutions or making you pay for a bunch of services that skirt around the issue. Behavior is complicated and fluid - this isn't like fixing a car or a computer - I can't always predict exact outcomes. But what I can promise is that we are always going to work with you to directly and comprehensively overcome the problems you are having, so that you can finally achieve Peace of Mind.
Thanks for checking out our website, and we look forward to working with you and your family!
- Steve DeBono