Mission, Vision, and Values

Our mission is to help dog owners build a better relationship with their dog through education, communication, and shared adventures. We do this by providing behavioral support, resources, and education to families and by organizing events where people and their pets can experience the world around them in new ways.

Our goal is that through these objectives, we can help build a world where dog owners of all backgrounds can experience the joy of exploring the world around them with a reliable, trustworthy, well-behaved canine companion.

We take exceptional value in our teamwork, transparency with our clients, and commitment to our craft by pursuing a positive, science-based approach.

About Our Trainer

Steven Tallas, CDTK

Owner and Head Trainer

Steven Tallas, CDTK, has seven years of professional experience in dog training and behavior. Steven holds a certificate from Duke University for Dog Emotion and Cognition, is a Premium Member with The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and is a Certified Fear Free Professional.

His positive approach to dog training has successfully helped rehabilitate dogs of numerous breeds and temperaments. His specialties include adult dog obedience, socialization, and behavior modification.

Steven is also a certified trainer and graduate of the Master's Program at CATCH Canine Trainer's Academy where he’s now a mentor trainer for other aspiring trainers, an AKC approved Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and current student in the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI) majoring in aggression cases. Prior achievements include the founding of Rescue Education Coalition, a business aimed to rehabilitate shelter dogs and place them with families in Houston, TX.

Pro Pet Hero
CATCH CTA
Canine Good Citizen
CATCH Mentor Trainer
APDT
Fear Free

Our History

Since 2012, Steven Tallas, CDTK has been professionally working to help pet owners effectively and compassionately care for their pets. In 2017, Steven began leading a project called The Sit, Walk, & Barc Event at Barc Animal Shelter and Adoptions to help shelter dogs get adopted while educating volunteers at his local animal shelter about dog behavior. Steven's mission with this event was to increase adoption rates in the shelter by training dogs to become more adoptable and by providing awareness and knowledge of animal behavior.

Utilizing trainers and groomers from local shops and a great photographer and personal friend, Tallas organized several successful BARC events in the span of a year. He and his team taught over 50 volunteers who spent over 100 documented hours training sheltered dogs. This contributed to numerous at-risk dogs finding forever homes or being transferred to safer places.

In 2020, Steven founded Venture Dog Training, a company with the sole purpose of educating owners on how to properly introduce creative adventures to the everyday lives of pet owners. Today Venture Dog Training expands from Houston to Austin, TX and continues to help pet owners obtain a new and exciting relationship with their pet.

Client & Professional Reviews

I have been a professional dog trainer for 15 years with experience managing teams of dog trainers and working with dog training mentees. I worked with Steven, directly, for 3 years and can assure you that he has the knowledge, skills, and professionalism to set you and your dog up for success. He is passionate about training and he will make the process fun for you and your dog. You are in good hands when you chose Steven as your trainer!
Tori Hankey
Steven is actually a colleague of mine, and I am a fellow trainer. I met him in 2016 at the Houston dog show. He is hands down one of my favorite local dog trainers and I would absolutely recommend him to someone in a heartbeat. When I am needing another trainers perspective or shoulder to cry on, he is there with ideas, wisdom, and humor ❤️ He is constantly continuing to learn more about training, dog health, diet, and more to help his client's dog be the best it can be! If you're wondering if you should choose him or someone else, you've made it to the right place!
Katie Midkiff
Steven is the absolute best in this business no questions asked. I have recommended him to all of my friends and family who have pets. My chiweenie had some behavioral issues that I felt so overwhelmed by when I adopted her and Steven did an incredible job putting my mind at ease and also putting my Chili at ease too! I will continue to use Steven and his services for years to come.Gigi Gomez
It has been a journey since I adopted Rucker from the Harris County Animal Shelter and Steven at Venture Dog Training has been a huge help with helping me address his separation anxiety and general obedience training. I don't know what I would have done without him. He held my hand and provided support every step of the way. If anyone is in need of dog training, hit up Steven. Highly recommend!
Valerie Gonzales
Steven was immensely helpful in training my dog Jamie, who I recently adopted from a rescue at about 3 years old. Her leash walking manners, obedience training, and ability to be non-reactive towards other dogs have all significantly improved over the course of our meetings. I especially appreciated being able to text Steven in between sessions to ask questions!
Allison Miller
Steven has a very structured approach to dog training. He is thorough and highly professional. He is a great communicator and highly responsive. With dogs he is very effective. He is also responsive to feedback or able to course correct when things don’t work as planned. Our dog Ollie made tremendous progress in the short two weeks that Steven worked with us. Of course dog training takes a lot longer than a few weeks but we now feel equipped to start this journey.
Stephanie Page
Steven is an expert dog trainer. I'm so happy that he was able to help shortly after I adopted Scooby. Before, Scooby couldn't even sit -- now, he's the most perfect dog in the world (although he already was in my heart). As a first time dog-owner, I was nervous I wouldn't do a good job. Thanks to Steven, I learned about positive dog training psychology, and when to reward good behaviours -- as well as to stop unintentionally rewarding bad ones. I think he's the best dog trainer in Houston, and I would recommend him to anyone!
Natasha Kappaya
Mr. Steven (that’s what I assume my dog calls him) is an amazing dog trainer!!  On top of all the basic commands, he taught my dog to have the best manners and how to properly socialize. Wonderful person who truly cares about the dogs. Great communication throughout the process and the personal training sessions taught me so much! My dog loved training with Steven and I loved seeing him so happy and transform into the perfect little gentleman.
Angie Mandola