Owned and operated by Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) Dr. Megan E. Maxwell, Pet Behavior Change offers behavioral assessment, consultation, intervention, and training services to families whose dogs, cats, or birds are in need of behavior therapy, behavior modification, or basic obedience training.
Dr. Maxwell is the New River Valley's only Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. This elite group of highly-trained professionals, of whom there are fewer than 50 nationwide, comprise some of the leading researchers and practitioners in the field of pet learning and behavior. Although she has only been in southwestern VA since 2012, Dr. Maxwell has been working with families and their problem pets for nearly 20 years. Dr. Maxwell provides private, in-home behavior consultation services throughout the New River Valley, including Blacksburg, Radford, Salem, and Roanoke.
Through Dr. Maxwell's associate, Lindsay Parenti, Pet Behavior Change also offers services to area residents of Morgantown, WV. These pet behavior consultants are able to provide top-quality behavior therapy and training services while having the support of colleagues with whom to collaborate, as well as a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist to supervise their case work and provide support when necessary. As a team, our consultants bring strong backgrounds in behavioral psychology (behavior analysis), experience conducting research in animal learning laboratories, and training in zoo and aquarium settings with a variety of species. We also have team members who are specialized in the training of service dogs, therapy visitation dogs, and emotional support dogs.
We at Pet Behavior Change understand that our pets are family members and thus deserve our best behavioral guidance and treatment. We also understand that pets are not humans, and thus deserve treatment that best meets their unique needs as dogs, cats, or birds. By teaching pet owners how to be effective, kind, and consistent leaders, and by teaching them how to utilize positive reinforcement, environmental enrichment, and other scientifically validated behavior change strategies, we provide owners with the skills they need to work directly with their own pets.
We provide evidence-based, effective, individualized behavioral intervention packages for a variety of pet behavior problems and also structured private obedience classes. Often working in collaboration with your veterinarian, we can help to ensure that your pet is not only physically healthy but behaviorally healthy as well. Once again, we welcome you to Pet Behavior Change. Please contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment right away.