New River Valley and Roanoke, VA

Located in Blacksburg, Dr. Maxwell is currently the only board certified animal behaviorist in the New River Valley and Roanoke areas. The following services are available to families living within 60 miles of Blacksburg. All services are provided within the context of 4 in-home sessions across 8 weeks. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maxwell right away.

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Behavior Assessment and Intervention ($395.00 plus travel fee*)

Common dog behavior problems include aggression toward people or animals, fearful behavior, separation anxiety, house soiling, excessive barking, jumping, resource guarding, pulling on leash, reactivity, thunderstorm phobias, and general noncompliance.

Common cat behavior problems include house soiling, fearful behavior, aggression between resident cats or toward humans, and anxious behavior including ingestion of foreign objects, overgrooming, and repetitive behavior. 

Dr. Maxwell will conduct a behavioral history assessment and observe your pet in your home, then design an individually tailored behavior plan for you and your family to implement. Across sessions, our goal is to help you understand the cause of your pet's behavior problem and give you the tools you need to address it.  

For those owners who learn best with ongoing coaching and long-term support, or for those behavior problems that typically require more extensive follow-up, an extended series of six sessions is recommended ($495.00 plus travel fee*). 

Behavior Problem Prevention and Basic Manners ($395.00 plus travel fee*)

Perhaps you have just acquired a new dog or puppy and although you see no behavior problems, you are interested in training him or her to respond to those basic commands that are most important in the context of daily living. Dr. Maxwell can assist you with this. Basic obedience is taught using positive reinforcement in the form of praise, petting, treats, toys, and other naturally occurring rewards. Using strategies that include luring, prompting, shaping, and fading, training is arranged in such a way that your dog will learn rapidly and have fun in the process. 

We will introduce and practice the basic obedience elements below. 

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Drop It/Leave It
  • Watch Me

If you are experiencing behavior problems or would like to address any issues other than to teach these responses, you should sign up for Behavioral Assessment and Intervention instead of, or in addition to, the Basic Manners program. 

Follow-Up Sessions ($60.00/hour)

If you would like additional coaching from Dr. Maxwell after completing any of the packages above, you can arrange for follow-up sessions individually or in sets of several sessions. 

Blacksburg, VA

Blacksburg, VA

* A travel fee of $0.50 per driving mile round-trip is added for each in-home session. Payment can be made by cash or check and is due in full at the first session. Services typically can be scheduled to begin within 2 weeks.