Instinct Expertise | Puppy Development | Professional Dog Behavior Training

Puppyhood is Precious

The decisions you make with your puppy now will shape their Nature for years to come. Our puppy development experts help you build your pup’s confidence, resilience and responsiveness through targeted, Nature-Driven Nurture, while providing support for any current puppyhood behavior challenges.

Programs Specially Designed for Pups 8-20 Weeks

We help you provide your pup with everything they need to grow into a happy, fulfilled, responsive companion.

Socialization. We help you provide critical, safe socialization experiences with people, dogs, sights and sounds.

Puppy Life Skills. We help you lay the groundwork for settling skills, leash manners, off-leash skills, and patient, polite behavior as your pup grows.

Puppy Problem Solving. We help you navigate issues like nipping, chewing, barking, and crate anxiety with positive, age appropriate solutions.

I was a first-time dog owner this past year, and I’m now in love with my sweet puppy but I couldn’t have gotten through the early puppy times without the crew at Instinct. These are smart, lovely people who truly care.”

Janet B.

Nature-Driven Nurture™

for a Happy Puppy

As part of every Puppy Development program, we help you parent your puppy with optimized, Nature-Driven environments, relationship dynamics, wellness routines, and learning experiences. When we meet our puppies’ behavioral needs as a species, a breed, and an individual, we set the stage for efficient learning – and for happier, more fulfilled, more responsive companions.

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The first step is booking a kickoff consultation to start working toward your puppy development goals!

Success Stories

Behavior Therapy, Fear + Anxiety, Instinct East Harlem, Private Coaching, Veterinary Behavior Collaboration

Sofrito was having a very hard time settling into life in an urban environment. Noises such as bus breaks, fireworks, motorcycles and revving engines terrified her outside and she had a hard time settling in her apartment if she heard noises from the street. To help Sofrito build a strong, positive relationship with her mom, Natasha, and to use that relationship to help grow Sofrito’s confidence in other areas of her life.
Behavior Therapy, Fear + Anxiety, Instinct East Harlem, Private Coaching, Senior Dog Support, Veterinary Behavior Collaboration

Jacky displayed significant fear-based behaviors in a variety of situations, from cowering and baring his teeth if someone reached too quickly to pet him, to freezing in place and urinating in response to simple obedience cues. He also struggled with impulsivity and separation anxiety. Our goal was to help Jacky regain his confidence as he aged.


Instinct is a national team of experienced dog behavior professionals. Learn more about everything your locally owned Instinct location has to offer.

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Our flexible, custom programs are individually designed to help you achieve your goals, while meeting your dog’s unique behavioral health needs.

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Check out our free online school and other self-paced learning resources put together by Instinct trainers to help you better understand your canine family member.

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