TRAIN FOR LIFE
WITH SOUTH AUSTIN DOG CENTER
South Austin Dog Center, formally DeBono Dog Behavior Center, is one of the most trusted professional training companies in Austin. Our trainers have worked closely with Steve DeBono for years helping both pets and their owners understand each other better and live together in harmony. South Austin Dog Center is a great option for training, socializing, and to correct problems that are causing you, or your dog, trouble. Contact us for peace of mind for you and your animals.
Your dog is your companion, your confidante, your best friend.
Together, you explore the world, play fetch, cuddle on the couch, and just enjoy being in each other's company.
What happens when it isn't the way you hoped and imagined it would be? What happens when your best friend seems intent on sabotaging your time together by pulling on the leash so hard you think your arm's coming out it's socket, jumping on everyone you see, barking uncontrollably, and won't come back when you call?
We've been there and understand your pain. That's why we're here to help with years of experience working through a vast variety of problems, issues, and inconveniences.
Manners and More for A Better Best Friend!
For dogs without behavioral issues* who just need a some manners, our Better Best Friend program might be the way to go.
With this track, you can skip the Behavioral Consult and go straight to the Evaluation Day.
Scroll to the next section to learn more!
*If your pup is displaying shyness, nervousness, anxiety, or aggression, please click the Peace of Mind tab above.
Or, if you're unsure, you can either schedule a Behavioral Consult, or drop us a line and we can help match you to the right program.
Have a Puppy? Skip the Consult!
The puppy brain is a wonderful sponge that picks up everything... and we do mean everything!
The good, the bad, and the ugly!
For that reason, we encourage owners to start them off right. Steve DeBono wrote some excellent tips to help you do just that with his Puppy 911 series. We highly recommend you check it out!
If you find you still would like help, we offer a special discount for puppies under 6 months who enroll in our program. Further, puppies can skip the Behavior Consult and go straight to the Evaluation Day.
If you have a puppy you'd like to enroll, just drop us a line to schedule your Evaluation Day.
The First Step Toward Peace of Mind
If your dog is exhibiting moderate to severe behavioral problems, we might recommend our Peace of Mind Immersion Day School programs.
In most cases, everything starts with Scheduling a Behavior Consult. During the consult, we meet with you and your dog at our facility, get an in depth look at the problems you're having and your goals, observe and listen to what your dog is telling us, and come up with a basic training plan to best help you both reach those goals.
After the Consult, we schedule an Evaluation Day where your dog stays with us for the day to ensure your dog can settle inside our facility and into our routine. During the Evaluation, we gather even more information from your dog and refine the individualized training plan. At the end of the day, we'll discuss our observations and go over our recommendations.
Program prices vary from $1,535 to $3,000 depending on the severity of the behavioral issues.
A Better Best Friend Day School
Our signature program is an individualized, intensive, consecutive 15 weekday program* where we work specifically on your training goals.
This program includes:
Basic Life Skills and Manners
Specially Tailored Training to address your goals
2 Private Human Lessons at our Facility
1 Private Human Lesson at your home or other public place
Unlimited Trips to Local Stores
FREE weekday boarding (if requested)
Starting Price: $1,535**
*This program is appropriate for most dogs and puppies that do not display any behavioral issues, and is perfect for basic life skills. For dogs over 6 months old or puppies with behavioral issues, we require starting with a Behavior Consult to determine the specially tailored program to suite the needs of you and your dog.
**Price varies depending on the severity of the behavioral issues. We accept payment in installments.
Does your dog's behavior embarrass you? Is your dog displaying aggressive or fearful behaviors? Are you at your wit's end with knowing how to help? Do you just wish you knew what to do, or which program to choose?
We can help! Give us a shout to schedule an Initial Consult.
Stay & Train
Whether you're going to work for the day, out of town for a while, or if your dog needs a full immersion course to bring out the best, we got you covered!
Specifically designed for you and your dog, see how our Stay & Train programs can help you!
Prefer something a little more... private?
Maybe you can't make the Group Classes, or need on-site help. Whatever the reason, we got you covered.
We offer Private Lessons at our place, your place, or where ever you need them.
See if this is the best option for you!
From Agility to Manners to Tricks and more, check out which new group classes are coming up!
We keep our classes small so you and your dog will receive individualized attention to maximize your learning and potential!
South Austin Dog Center is committed to providing the best humane and ethical care, training and behavior modification for your dog.
We believe in using science-based methods to teach a dog to make the correct choices without using force or fear to impose our will. As such, we will never use unethical corrective devices such as shock or prong collars or choke chains (no matter how terminology changes to make them seem more... friendly).
We know your dog is an individual, which is why we tailor every training program to you and your pet in order to bring out the best.
Whether you're looking for assistance in changing your dog's outlook on life, or just manners for a better best friend, we're here to help!
Have a question?
Drop us a line!
Or, if you're ready to schedule a consult, just click "Schedule" to see the current availability.