Residents of San Mateo County can receive free advice related to domestic animal behavior. We can help with barking and chewing problems, separation anxiety, and housetraining in dogs; and with spraying, clawing, and nocturnal activity in cats (among other issues for dogs, cats and other animals). You can read about some common behavior issues and our experts’ advice by clicking here. To reach the Behavior Helpline, please call 650-340-7022 ext. 183 (ext.186 for Spanish) and a trained staff member will return your call within 48 hours (Monday through Friday during normal business hours).
The PHS/SPCA Behavior Department is funded entirely by donations and obedience class fees. Much of the department’s day-to-day work is supported by volunteers. To volunteer, please contact Brian Probst at 650-340-7022 ext. 328 or bprobst@PHS-SPCA.org.
Contact our Behavior Experts
We are also happy to offer advice for your pet’s behavior issues online! Just fill out and submit the Online Behavior Help Application and our Behavior Staff will reply to you within one week with helpful tips and suggestions.
Additional Behavior Resources
If you are having behavior issues with your pet such as trouble with house training, scratching or digging, PHS/SPCA can help!
Click here for tips.
Books on Animal Behavior
- The Dog Who Loved Too Much by Nicholas Dodman
- The Good Little Dog Book by Ian Dunbar
- How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks by Ian Dunbar
- The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
- Leader of the Pack by Patricia McConnell
- Claws and Purrs by Peter Neville
- Twisted Whiskers–Solving Your Cat’s Behavior Problems by Pam Johnson
- Cat Watching by Desmond Morris