Veterinary behavior is a board certified specialty of veterinary medicine which provides the most comprehensive assessment available to your pet. Our clients have the opportunity to work with Dr. Jeannine Berger, one of few board-certified behaviorists in the country. Dr. Berger is highly regarded by her clients and has successfully treated many serious behavior problems in dogs and cats. Read more about Dr. Berger.

Initial Consultation for cats: 1.5 hours, $350.00
Initial Consultation for dogs: 1.5 hours, $475.00 (includes a free two week progress check)
In addition to you and your pet, anyone in regular contact with your pet should attend the initial consultation. The consultation includes:

  • Physical exam and behavior assessment
  • Written evaluation
  • Prescription therapy if needed
  • Training demonstration
  • In-depth treatment plan
  • Email and phone follow-up for up to four weeks
  • Dog appointments include a free in-person progress check with Dr. Berger's assistant two weeks after the initial consultation. This progress check will provide continued support with implementing the behavior modification plan.

Follow-up Consultations: Priced by the hour and according to the pet’s needs
Dr. Berger offers follow-up consults with her or her behavior technician. If a follow up is recommended, you and your pet return for an additional session to monitor progress, assess medication or begin treatment for other problems.

Before the Appointment

From the four options below, download and complete the form that best matches your pet’s primary behavior problem. Return the form by hand, fax or email at least 48 hours before your appointment.

Email: intakeforms@sfspca.org
Fax: (415) 962-2495


American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior warning:
**** Pet owners should use caution when seeking someone to train a pet or treat a behavior problem. At present, there are no licensing or experience requirements to use the terms trainer, pet behavior counselor or behaviorist. Many commonly used training techniques can worsen a problem and cause harm to a pet. We recommend speaking with your veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary behaviorist to diagnose and treat behavior problems. For more information, please refer to “How to Hire a Dog Trainer,” published by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. (99.8 KB PDF).