Specializing in problems relating to fear, anxiety, and “aggressive” behavior

Adult Dogs

over 16 weeks old

A Better Best Friend Training Programs

A Better Best Friend (BBF) Training Programs are intensive services that give you and your dog the tools you need to become better best friends to one another and to the community.

A Better Best Friend

Day School

Combines Training, Daycare, and Group Classes for comprehensive learning and enrichment. There are two options for Day School based on how your dog interacts with other dogs and people:

Socialization Program

Social Misfit?

Day School Socialization Program

The Socialization Program is for dogs that need extra help learning how to interact with other dogs, humans, or the general environment. If you believe your dog is "aggressive", this program is probably for you.

Life Skills Certificate

Young & Rambunctious?

Day School Life Skills Certificate

The Life Skills Certificate is for dogs who confidently interact with others but need help improving their behavior at home, in public, or at social gatherings. If you find your dog difficult to manage at home or in public, then this program probably for you.


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Problem Busters Workshops

Take control of specific problems with your dog’s behavior once and for all!

July 28-30: Leash Demons!

A Problem Busters Workshop for "Reactive" Dogs

July 28-30, 2017

Does your dog act like a demon on leash?

Barking, lunging, or snarling at other dogs or people when out on walks? Then this intensive three day workshop might be for you!


Behavior Evaluations

In most cases, the first step is to bring your dog to our Behavior Center for an Evaluation. Together, we will define your goals and identify the best path to reach them based on your lifestyle.

To learn about Behavior Evaluations:

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Private Lessons

In-home Private Lessons are most effective for addressing problems that are specific to your home environment, such as:

  • separation anxiety
  • conflicts with other household members
  • guarding of food, objects, or spaces
  • helping your dog interact with your children
  • integrating a new puppy or dog into your home

To learn about Private Lessons:

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Dog Agility

Dog Agility works your dog’s mind and body, builds confidence, and improves your relationship. Plus it’s just crazy fun.

To learn about our Dog Agility services:

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16 weeks old & under

The most important tasks for new puppy parents are to socialize with many different types of dogs, people, and environments (without overwhelming!), and begin teaching self-control over their impulses. Additionally, they often need help with:

  • potty training
  • mouthing/biting
  • chewing stuff up
  • jumping

Our two puppy programs will help you with all of these issues and more!

Puppy 911

Puppy 911 is our free step-by-step guide for raising puppies right. If you are having problems with potty training, mouthing/biting, chewing, jumping:

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The Six Minute a Day Dog Training Challenge

A free online course for learning how to teach and improve your dog's skills!

Three Easy Steps for Booking Training

1. Select the date and time of your first appointment.

Use the online calendar to schedule Group Classes, Private Lessons, or Day School!

2. Purchase a Monthly Plan.

Choose between flexible Plans for any budget. Plans can be upgraded, downgraded, or cancelled at any time.

3. Submit intake forms.

After you’ve purchased your Plan, you will need to complete a form or two and provide vaccination records (depending on the services you selected).

“Steve Debono is without question the first trainer I refer clients to. Steve is a rare combination of hands-on talent with the dogs, humility, compassion, and intelligence. He has been an invaluable resource for us at Austin Pets Alive! as a tried and true referral to adopters. Our Austin dog-owning community is lucky to have him!”
Mike KavianiDirector of Life OperationsAustin Pets Alive!

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Steve’s War Against Phone Tag
I hate phone tag and I imagine so do you. So join me in waging war against this insidious time-waster!

Because I am hands on working with dogs or clients, I often cannot pick up my phone. This leaves me a backlog of voicemails to return. I set aside some time to call people back, only to reach their voicemail. They then call me back and once again I am unable to take the call. And back and forth we go. The fact is that once we finally do connect on the phone, the information I give is information I could have much more efficiently through an email. Phone tag is a huge time suck and high source of anxiety for me! So I’ve waged a War against Phone Tag and will only answer inquiries through email. If you’d like to speak with me before committing to one of our training plans, I offer low cost options such as Orientation Classes and Behavior Evaluations. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but I do this so that I can maximize the time I spend helping my clients and dogs. Trust me, and I will help you too. Thanks for your understanding!


Contact Info.

Day School, Behavior Evaluations & Group Classes are held at the DeBono Dog Behavior Center located at:

10010 Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX, 78748