Common Behavioral Disorders We Treat

  • Aggression - all types, human directed, inter-dog, inter-cat aggression
  • Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias - separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, thunderstorm phobia, specific fears
  • Inappropriate Elimination - house soiling, marking, submissive/excitement urination
  • Compulsive and Repetitive Behaviors - circling, tail chasing, fly snaping, excessive grooming such as feather damaging behavior, etc
  • Senior Disorders - nocturnal restlessness/anxiety, excessive vocalization, aggression, cognitive dysfunction
  • Prevention of Behavior Problems - Fear, anxiety, or aggression when introducing pets or with the arrival of a baby

I don’t know where I would be without their help, patience, expertise and guidance all these years. I have learned so much from them and I am so grateful to have found them.
— Renee with Gretchen, Sarah & Isabelle

What does an In-Home Behavior Consultation involve?

Most treatment plans can be implemented in as little as 30 minutes a day.

All consultations are conducted by Dr. Martin, a veterinary behaviorist and licensed veterinarian.  Consultations involve a detailed behavioral history, behavior profile with temperament evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan.  A written treatment plan is provided that includes behavioral and environmental modification and training recommendations. Anxiety-relieving medications may be prescribed/recommended pending your pet's condition.

Your pet's regular veterinarian is kept informed of all treatment recommendations.  Most treatment plans can be implemented in as little as 30 minutes a day.  Up to 3 months of telephone and email follow-up is included with the initial behavior consultation to monitor your pet's progress.  Follow-up behavior modification and training appointments may be necessary after 3 months to maintain an active client status.

How do I schedule my pet's Behavior Consultation?

Appointments are scheduled after submitting a completed behavior history form (click any button below or complete FORMS here) to Veterinary Behavior Consultations to  Behavior consultations are seen by veterinary referral.  Please inform your veterinarian you are contacting us regarding your pet's behavior.  Prospective clients can contact us directly to inquire about behavior and training services. Read more about each type of service below.


In-Person Behavior Consultations

In-person behavior consultations with client and pet involve a face to face meeting in your home in the Austin, TX area.  The initial consultation will typically last for one to two hours. Consultations range in price from $395 to $495 USD pending the species and behavioral concerns. Additional behavior modification and training appointments may be recommended depending on the presenting problems and your pet's level of training ($100 to $125 USD for up to one hour). Complex cases with multiple issues may necessitate an additional in-person behavior follow-up consultation lasting up to one hour ($200 USD). Travel fees may apply. The majority of clients are able to make improvement after the initial consultation.


For 3 months and includes:

  • 1-2 hour in-home consultation
  • Team support from TWO behavior specialists
  • Up to 3 months of phone and email follow-up support

Veterinary behaviorist phone consult


Not sure if you are ready to seek treatment?  Submit a completed behavior history form and schedule a 20-30 minute preliminary phone consultation with Dr. Ken Martin to discuss your pet and determine if you would like to seek behavioral therapy.  A preliminary phone consultation is $75.  This consultation does not involve treatment recommendations.  It is an evaluation of your pet's behavioral history and a discussion regarding the expected level of improvement that could be made with behavior treatment.  $25 of the phone consultation fee would be applied to the behavior consultation fee should you then decide to schedule a full behavior consultation within 2 months of the preliminary phone consultation.


  • 20-30 min preliminary phone consult with Dr. Martin
  • $25 applied to behavior consult

long-distance remote behavior consultation with a veterinary behaviorist


Telephone behavior consultations are provided worldwide with pet owners and their pet’s veterinarian.  We prioritize working collaboratively with you and your veterinarian to make sure your pet is getting holistic and personalized care. In order for us to provide a phone consultation, Dr. Martin needs to have approval from your pet’s regular veterinarian. Your veterinarian will need to be comfortable with being able to take on the responsibility of assisting with Dr. Martin’s recommendations. Your pet's veterinary must complete the Patient Referral Form for Phone Consultations and submit a copy of your pet's medical history before we can schedule an appointment. If you are currently working with a positive reinforcement trainer, we are also happy to collaborate and work as a team with him/her. Telephone consultations are $350 USD and includes up to 6 weeks of phone and email follow-up support. The majority of clients are able to make improvement after the initial consultation. 


For 6 weeks and includes:

  • 1-2 hour phone consult
  • Team support from TWO behavior specialists
  • Up to 6 weeks of phone and email follow-up support

My young beagle had anxiety about being touched and handled and after he snapped at a vet tech while in post-op for neutering, I had to do something. After working with two different trainers and not seeing results, I reached out to VBC. They spent about an hour with my dog in an in-person observation, then provided me with a very personalized program for him that took about 20 mins daily to practice. We also discussed my dog’s progress weekly via phone or email and made modifications to the program as needed. I was hoping for any improvement I could get...what I got was a life-changing experience of learning and bonding. The VBC approach is rooted in positivity. They teach you how to understand your animal’s signals and body language and use positive reinforcement to mitigate anxiety. Once you can understand your pet’s cues, you use this knowledge to gradually work with him to help resolve his issues in a true animal-canine partnership. The exercises are very gradual - they build on each other over time- and easy to do. Within 3 months, my dog was doing significantly better; within 6 months, the difference was amazing. I saw his anxieties gradually melt away. His big test was his annual exam. He completed the entire physical, two shots and a heartworm test without even needing a muzzle. The whole vet’s office was talking about how well he did and congratulating him as we left! My friends also tell me how much happier and mellower he has become.

Before we started VBC, I could barely touch him without him showing anxiety, growling and getting mouthy. He also displayed leash aggression. He now plays without getting too rough, routinely jumps on my lap, gives me kisses, takes belly rubs happily, snuggles with me while watching TV, is much more comfortable with new people and is much easier to walk. I feel like I understand him so much better because I have learned how his body language conveys his feelings. I can help him be successful in any situation by understanding his comfort level and acting accordingly to support him. He has blossomed, and I have learned an amazing amount by working with him.
— Tink and Taz Austin, Texas