Behavior Consultation for Dogs

We work with dogs who need help with:

  • Reactivity and aggression
  • House-soiling
  • Destructiveness
  • Excessive vocalization
  • Pet-pet introductions
  • Fears and phobias
  • Separation distress
  • Compulsive disorders
  • Senior dog behavioral changes
  • And more…

Appointments with Dr. Valli

  1. Contact us to schedule a consultation. Dr. Valli sees appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Evening appointments are available. This initial consultation takes place at the Synergy Behavior Center in NW Portland, or at your home (if it is within our Oregon travel zone).
  2. We require a $100 reservation deposit which will be applied to the total cost of the consult. Here is an online deposit payment link for your convenience. You may also call us to give us a credit card number over the phone. If you prefer to pay by check, please mail it. We will hold your appointment for up to 5 business days then open it up for scheduling again if your deposit is not received by that time.
  3. Fill out the online Dog Behavior History Form.  Please submit the form no later than 72 hours prior to your consultation. The more detail you provide in the form, the more time we can spend devising and implementing your pet’s customized treatment plan.
  4. Cancellation policy: We understand that life happens, and things can change suddenly or unexpectedly, leaving you unable to attend your scheduled appointment. Please review our cancellation policy to determine what applies to different circumstances.
  • Cancellation without rescheduling the appointment – deposit is not refunded
  • Rescheduling the appointment at least 72 hours before a scheduled appointment time – the deposit can be applied to a rescheduled appointment one time. If the appointment is cancelled or rescheduled a second time, the deposit is not refunded
  • Rescheduling or canceling an appointment within 72 hours of a scheduled appointment – the deposit is not refunded
Our team starts preparing for your dog’s consult before we meet with you. Dr. Valli will review your dog’s medical and behavioral history, and discuss them with her team. In most cases, one of her Certified trainers will assist her during the consultation.

 

During the consult, Dr. Valli will spend some time observing your dog and clarifying any questions she may have from the Behavior History Form that you filled out prior to the consult. Following this, she will…

  • Help you understand your dog’s behavior,
  • Discuss diagnosis and prognosis of the problem behaviors,
  • Discuss treatment options with you, including immediate environmental management solutions, and a brief description of behavior modification techniques as appropriate. The techniques described will be progressive, compassionate, and minimally invasive
  • Discuss follow-up recommendations based on you and your pet’s needs

After the consultation, Dr. Valli will send you a summary of the consultation findings and send a copy to your regular veterinarian as well to keep them updated as part of your pet’s behavioral health team. Follow-up behavior modification classes and sessions are often recommended for treatment, and are available with one of our Certified trainers.

The initial consultation includes phone and e-mail contact with Dr. Valli up to your pet’s first Progress Evaluation Recheck, which occurs between 4-6 weeks after the initial assessment depending on the dog’s behavioral conditions and treatment plan. After this, patients are seen every 3-6 months depending on the complexity of their cases.

Behavioral Health Assessment (At Behavior Center)* $275, up to 1 hour
Behavior Progress Evaluation (For existing clients, at Behavior Center)* $195, up to 1 hour
Additional fee for housecalls ** $100
Additional pet with problem directly related to primary pet’s problem (for example two cats that are fighting) $75

* Includes email and phone support until the time of your dog’s next recommended Progress Evaluation.

**Please contact us for our travel zone.

Please visit our Veterinary Behavior FAQ page for more information.

Java tolerates cats and vets

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"Java is doing GREAT...she and the cats get along well and she loves to hang out on the back deck and does very little barking. She is increasingly better on the leash and is completely at ease with new people. I am so proud of her and she is a great addition to the household. We sure love her...and I have figured out how to work with her.”

Cooper discovers being alone isn’t so bad

"I’m very pleased with how Cooper is doing. He hasn’t shown any signs of destruction...I can’t thank you enough for...

Jennifer T. – Portland, Oregon

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Jennifer T. – Portland, Oregon

"I’m very pleased with how Cooper is doing. He hasn’t shown any signs of destruction...I can’t thank you enough for helping Cooper and I. It has brought even greater peace into our lives."

Cody gets kindness and care

"Dr. Valli gave us so much information and left me feeling far more confident in the plan...and made me feel...
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"Dr. Valli gave us so much information and left me feeling far more confident in the plan...and made me feel that my questions and input were truly welcome. I drove 3.5 hours to see her, and it was worth every minute and then some. I absolutely would use her again and I'm already recommending her to other folks!"

Anxiety solutions for dogs, compassion for humans

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Phillip Brewer

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Phillip Brewer

"I have a four year old dog named McLeod with a lot of energy and anxiety...Dr. Valli made sure we understood this was not a quick fix, but that it will take time, patience, and consistency on our part. I am happy to report we have noticed observable changes (and) we are enjoying our dog more and learning a lot...I would recommend Synergy Behavior Solutions to anyone that has dogs with behavioral issues."

Resolving fear with kindness

"I originally contacted Synergy to help with my fear aggressive dog, Casey and his reaction toward strangers. After three private...

Jennifer Ng

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Jennifer Ng

"I originally contacted Synergy to help with my fear aggressive dog, Casey and his reaction toward strangers. After three private sessions, Casey’s aggressive reactions towards strangers have improved significantly. Positive reinforcement is both effective as well as fun for the dog, and I would recommend Synergy Behavior Solutions to anyone needing assistance with behavior problems."
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