San Francisco SPCA Behavior and Training

Behavior & Training

Mission Campus.

Here to Help

Our veterinary behaviorists and support team provide expert care and guidance for
any behavior query or issue you may face. Many behaviors are normal reactions to the animal’s environment, but sometimes professional help from a qualified veterinary behaviorist is essential.

Consultation Process

Physical Exam

Whenever possible*


Identification of concerns


Personalized pet plan


Behavioral support included

*without increasing the animal’s fear or anxiety.


We are temporarily not accepting new behavior clients. We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to monitor this site, as we will be announcing the reopening of our schedule later this fall. Current patients should contact us via email at or by phone at (415) 554-3074 for information about emergency support, rechecks, and prescription refills.

Schedule a Consultation

To schedule a consultation please email us at
No time to chat? You can also complete the form linked below. 

Why Choose Us?

Meet Our Doctor

San Francisco SPCA Dr. Alison Gerkin Headshot

Alison Gerken, DVM Behavior
University of California, Davis

Working with animals all day is a huge perk to my job, but what excites me most is working with people who love pets. My colleagues are the most compassionate humans in the world, and I’m deeply enriched by my interactions with so many devoted pet parents. Working in veterinary medicine is not an easy job, but the love I see for animals every day inspires me and instills me with hope.

Behavior Resources​

You can access helpful information and expert guidance here.


San Francisco SPCA Behavior Testimonial Bobo

We’ve had dogs for over 40 years and had experience with all types of trainers. Nothing has ever worked for us like the SF SPCA program.