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

Adult Dogs

over 16 weeks old

Day School

A Better Best Friend™ Day School programs are the most effective options for most generalized behavior issues. We offer two types of BBF Day School programs:

  1. If you worry about your dog’s interactions with people or other dogs when off-leash, click here to learn about the BBF Socialization Program.

  2. If you do not worry about your dog’s interactions with people and other dogs when off-leash, click here to learn about the BBF Life Skills Certificate Program.

Private Lessons

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

Click here to learn about Private Lessons.

Behavior Evaluations

A refundable Behavior Evaluation is required before booking Day School services, and is recommended before booking a Private Lesson. These 30 minute Evaluations allow us to learn more about you and your dog so that we truly understand your goals and develop a plan to tackle them directly. It also allows you to learn more about how we operate so that you can be confident that we are a good fit.

Click here to learn about Behavior Evaluations.


16 weeks old & under

Puppy Gatherings & Puppy 911

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

Additionally, most new puppy parents contact us with these problems:

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

We have programs to help with all these issues!

The smartest actions you can take right now are to:

  1. Implement our free step-by-step puppy raising system, Puppy 911.
  2. Bring your puppy to our weekly donation-based Puppy Gatherings.

Private Lesson will also be very helpful. We recommend that you at least begin to implement the Puppy 911 system before Private Lessons.

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 brings so many talents to the table. In addition to his hands-on expertise derived from working with dogs, he is highly dedicated to understanding what makes dogs tick; as a result of his own empirical and scholarly research, Steve is an expert on the scientific literature on animal behavior and the dog-human connection.”
Dr. Sam GoslingProfessor, Department of Psychology – Animal Personality LabUniversity of Texas at Austin

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Send me details about the behavior problems you are having using the form below.

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:

Howl n’ Woof Dog Daycare,
10010 Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX, 78748