A Different Kind of Behavior Guy

For a Different Kind of Dog


Hi, 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’ve always been drawn to the most behaviorally challenged dogs – the dogs that are “different” and have problems coping with the situations life throws at them.  Often, this finds them acting “aggressively” – growling/snapping.barking/lunging/ – in specific circumstances.

Fearful & Aggressive Dog Behavior EXPERT

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 and rewarding, building their confidence and reducing their 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 often cause more harm than good. Any legitimate fearful & aggressive dog behavior expert will agree – even if you decide not to use me, stay away from the shock collar people!

I consider myself very lucky to be able to help people and organizations provide better lives for their dogs. Please do not let finances stop you from getting help.  If you are in need of financial assistance, please reach out – as long as you are very motivated and willing to put in the work to help your dog, we can probably work something out.

I want to thank you in advance for taking what you learn from us and applying it to your lives. I think you’ll find it’s worth it.


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Given where we are at as a society, I like to know that I’m supporting businesses that have similar values as I do. So I’m putting some of my stances on social issues here so that you can make your own informed decision. 

I am 100% pro-choice – abortion should be easy and accessible for all women.

I am pro anything that helps people of color, the lgbtq community, and any other marginalized people gain the rights and privileges that I have as a white dude. Which are many.

We need much stricter gun laws. Seriously.

The Death Penalty is barbaric third world insanity and should be abolished.

Factory farming is cruelty and if everyone ate way less meat the world would be a better place.

I’m happy to still work with you if you don’t agree with me on any or all of these issues. In the end I believe in understanding and compassion, and ultimately I want what’s best for your pup – it’s not their fault your views are questionable! 😉