The Dogs Out Loud founders met while working together to start and build a behavior program at a local shelter. We spent several years working directly with the dogs this organization was founded to save. Together, and with the help of wonderful fellow dog lovers and team members, we developed programs that supported more than a thousand dogs with behavior problems ranging from mild or moderate to serious in finding their adoptive homes. We then took this program to Austin’s city shelter, where we’ve enriched the lives of thousands more dogs. We share a collective soft spot for “naughty” dogs and a passion for dog behavior and a life shared with animals.
Each Dogs Out Loud Founder/Director listed below is trained and has many years of experience in understanding dog behavior, dog body language, and behavior modification. We’ve studied and we regularly use a variety of disciplines including basic and advanced obedience cue training, BAT, agility, TTouch, nose work, massage work, canine nutrition, canine CPR and first aid, and even doga! We stay on top of best practices in the field, and we frequently participate in continuing education opportunities including seminars, webinars, and even cross-species training programs with today’s top professionals in force-free training and behavior modification. We’re all avid readers and constantly read the latest published books and works of today’s modern trainers and behavior scientists. We incorporate all this knowledge from some of our favorite trainers and behaviorists into the innovative programs and educational experiences we provide dogs and humans alike!
Steve DeBono of DeBono Dog Training has been our unofficial behavior consultant for a few years now. We are very excited to have formalized that relationship as of 2014. One of the reasons we’re so happy to have Steve as part of the team is that his training philosophy very much matches our own. Read about how and why Steve does what he does in his own words.
The DOL team wouldn’t be complete without some great people filling important leadership roles in the organization to keep everything running smoothly.
Behavior Program Coordinators
In May 2017, Dogs Out Loud expanded to add four new team members who handle the day-to-day logistics of running our in-shelter programming (i.e., onboarding and coordinating volunteers, ensuring the dogs we support have enrichment, training plans, and outings, collaborating with AAC staff on individual dogs, and working dogs on their individual training plans) as members of Dogs Out Loud and through adherence to our vision and mission.
Rounding out the team are two coordinators dedicated to keeping DOL staffed and represented at various events in the community:
We are also pleased to have our former development coordinator on our board.