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.

Diagnostic Behavior Consultation: 1.5 hours, $475.00
In addition to you and your pet, anyone in regular contact with your pet should attend the initial consultation. The consultation includes:

  • In-depth behavior assessment, evaluation, & diagnosis
  • Discussion & explanation of treatment plan
  • Prescription therapy if needed
  • Training demonstration
  • Email and phone follow-up for up to four weeks
  • Appointments include a free in-person progress check with the behavior technician 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.

Behavior Modification Appointment: 40 minutes, $125/session or 5 for $400

You and your pet can return to meet with the behavior technician for additional session(s) for continued behavior modification support and treatment to achieve improvement or resolution of the behavior problem.

Behavior Technician Appointment: 1 hour, $175

These appointments are available with a diagnosis and referral from your veterinarian.  Animals must be current with a recent physical exam.  You and your pet will meet with the behavior technician for a behavior treatment plan.  Session includes:

  • Discussion  and explanation of behavior issues
  • Training demonstrations
  • Management plan
  • Treatment plan
  • Email and phone follow-up for up to two  weeks

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).