Dear Austin Dog Folk,
I have accepted a position as Manager of Behavior Services with one of the world’s leading no-kill rescue and adoption centers (whose name I am not at liberty to reveal just yet!) and I am no longer accepting new clients. The job is located in New York, my home town. I will be leaving Austin in early June.
This was not an easy decision - I’m very proud of what we’ve built and the work we’ve been doing. But I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with this organization - they’ve been doing amazing work for a long time (I adopted my first cat from them in the 80’s!) and I’m honored that I get to be a part of their future. And I’m really excited to live closer to my family. Not so excited about snow.
A pretty awesome byproduct of this news is that my trainers Erica and Lynnette will be continuing to offer their own training services at the same location. More details to come but if you would like more information about the great work they're going to be doing, email firstname.lastname@example.org!
It's truly been a privilege to work with so many of Austin's amazing dogs. And I thank you all so much for allowing me to do this work for the last 10 years.
Stressed out by your dog's fearful or "aggressive" behavior?
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A portion of each Peace of Mind program fee is donated to our Cody's Scholarship Fund. This fund is used to offer scholarships to fearful dogs currently with a rescue or shelter, so they can be given the in-depth, comprehensive treatment they crucially need. If you would like to suggest for a Cody Scholarship, please contact us.
A Message from De 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
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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. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but I do this so that I can maximize the time I spend helping my clients and dogs. Thanks for your understanding!