expert, ethical behavior help & Training support IN OKLAHOMA CiTY FOR people whose dogs are “different”. 



Being different isn’t inherently bad. But for dogs that are different, certain aspects of common urban/suburban life can be hard – often resulting in “behavior problems”. Barking or growling at guests. Lunging at other dogs. Panicking when left home alone. These behaviors are how they cope with their emotions. When we understand that, we can become more empathetic in helping them overcome these difficulties, leading to less frustration and stronger relationships with our dogs. 

The world can be hard for dogs that are “different”.  And that can be hard on you.

I am here to help you and your dog navigate through a difficult world. 


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Get Help from a Fearful & Aggressive Dog Behavior Expert

My name is Steve DeBono and I’ve been working with dogs and dog behavior since 2002. Through The DeBono Dog Center, my behavior and recovery center formerly located in Austin, TX, and my recent work with shelter organizations around the country, I’ve helped hundreds of people and organizations help their dogs’ severe behavior issues related to fear and “aggressive” behavior.  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. 


I do not use fear or pain to motivate dogs.
That means I do not use shock collars, prong collars, or choke chains. Period.



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“We owe it to them (dogs) to learn the most effective and gentle ways to train them. We have a responsibility as their mentors to educate ourselves on how they learn and how to best train them. Quite frankly, culturally, we have an absolutely horrible training model.” – Robert Milner




I find this kind of thing embarrassing, but here’s what some people I’ve worked with have to say! 

Suzanne ClothieR

Instructor, Dog Trainer & author of “Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs”.

“In the time I have spent with Steve, he has unfailingly impressed me with his intense focus on animals and their behavior. His observation skills are sharp, constantly honed, all serving his deep curiosity about animals. Able to grasp both the practical and the theoretical, Steve is a careful and critical thinker who evaluates new information and integrates it thoughtfully into his own approach.  Above all, I consider him to be a true “animal person” who I believe will make significant contributions to the field of animal behavior in the years to come.”

Dr. Sam Gosling

Professor, Department of Psychology – Animal Personality Lab, University of Texas at Austin.

“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.”

Eileen McFall

Founder, Final Frontier Rescue Project

“Steve DeBono has extensive experience working with owners and with shelters and rescues to help dogs whose behavior poses a challenge. He can help with a consultation about an individual dog, or with setting up a behavior modification and management program for a shelter or rescue.”

Kate M.

Client, Mom of Kendall

“I couldn’t have asked for a better trainer/behaviorist than Steve to have worked with when I adopted a dog with fear-based aggression. Before working with him, I was overwhelmed just by the thought of taking my dog on a walk, where we were certain to encounter strangers. Through my sessions with Steve, he gave me the tools I needed to help both me and my dog be more confident and calm out on walks and in other situations she might find scary. Thanks to Steve, my dog and I developed a deep, loving bond as we worked through these challenges together – a bond far deeper than I’ve had with any other dog. In addition to being very skilled at what he does, Steve is also incredibly compassionate and respectful, toward both dogs and people. I’ve referred him to several friends, each with different goals for their dogs (basic training, reactivity to other dogs, etc), and they’ve all been very pleased with their experiences with him as well. It’s clear from the start that his top priority is making both you and your dog happier, and he has the capability to figure out how to do that under your and your dog’s particular circumstances. His approach gets results without resorting to anything that would harm, frighten, or intimidate your dog, focusing instead on supporting your dog as they navigate their world.”

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