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 a 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.  Most consultations are provided in our Spicewood, Texas facility.  A limited number of in-home consultations are available. 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.  Follow-up behavior modification and training appointments may be recommended to provide you with the continued support. 

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 at our Spicewood, Texas facility (580 Alta Vista Road, Spicewood, TX).  The initial consultation will typically last for one to two hours. Consultations range in price from $395 to $495 USD depending on 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 ($75 to $125 USD for up to one hour).  A limited number of in-home consultations are available in the Austin area. Travel and at home service fees apply. The majority of clients are able to make improvement after the initial consultation.


For 3 months and includes:

  • 1-2 hour consultation
  • Team support from TWO behavior specialists

long-distance remote behavior consultation with a veterinary behaviorist


Are you a veterinarian needing assistance with a behavior case? Telephone behavior consultations are provided worldwide directly with veterinarians.  Consultations can be initiated by completing a Patient Referral Form for Phone Consultations and submitting a copy of the pet's medical history.  Your client must also submit the appropriate new appointment behavior history form.  After reviewing the medical and behavior history and discussing treatment recommendations with you on the phone, Dr. Martin will send a consultation summary and resources to you to assist with your treatment of the case. Telephone consultations are $250 USD payable by the veterinary hospital prior to the consultation and includes up to 6 weeks of phone and email follow-up support with Dr. Martin.


For 6 weeks and includes:

  • 30-45 minute phone consult
  • 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