Professional Dog Training & Behavior Therapy | Instinct Dog Behavior & Training

Help & Hope

for every dog and owner

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Better Results. Stronger Relationships. Happier Dogs.

Do you want to stop stressing over your dog’s behavior and feel confident in your ability to lead them through any situation? Do you want to truly understand your dog and their needs, so you can help them live the happiest life possible?

Our certified, veterinarian-recommended dog trainers and behavior consultants help you achieve your goals and live a happier life with your dog. We welcome all breeds, ages, and behavior issues

Compassionate, skilled coaches. Fully custom programs. Kind, effective methods. Lifetime free alumni support & community

Join the Instinct family. You’ll be amazed at what you & your dog can achieve.

“I have never met a more devoted team… they restored my faith in humankind.”

Melinda S.

Our Services

We take the time to truly understand your dog and your goals, then help you implement practical, fully-tailored solutions that create lasting behavior change.

Collaborative Coaching™

(Private Lessons)

During our private coaching sessions, we coach you through every step of a custom, positive behavior change program for you and your dog.

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Camp + Coaching

(Board & Train)

We use a combination of positive board & train camp and collaborative coaching sessions to create lasting behavior change together.

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Home School + Coaching

(Day Training)

Fast, fun, and effective! We work with your dog during the day, then provide collaborative, private coaching sessions with you to bring you up to speed.

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Unlock the Magic & Mystery of Dog Behavior

You love your dog as family…but how well do you really know them? Join co-hosts Brian Burton and Sarah Fraser as they interview dog behavior experts on topics about our canine family members. Named Dog Writer’s Association best behavior podcast of 2020.

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Our Method

Nature-Driven Nurture™

Nature-Driven Nurture is Instinct’s revolutionary approach to dog parenting. It helps dog owners achieve lasting behavior change where traditional dog training programs fall short. Rooted in behavioral health science, Nature-Driven Nurture helps you optimize and customize your care & training to work with your dog’s unique personality, instincts, and innate drives.

What We're Talking About

Follow our social media for helpful training tips, videos, and answers to your questions about Nature-Driven Nurture™ dog parenting.
Our (Totally Imaginary) Top 5 Scary Movies for Dogs. Link in bio to article with details and real world advice for these very real scary situations. #doghalloween #halloween #dogbehavior #funnydogs #instinctdogtraining #horror #horrormovies

Our (Totally Imaginary) Top 5 Scary Movies for Dogs. Link in bio to article with details and real world advice for these very real scary situations. #doghalloween #halloween #dogbehavior #funnydogs #instinctdogtraining #horror #horrormovies ...

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If you have a new dog that is displaying aggressive behaviors, sometimes less is more. Taking a step back, finding the right qualified behavior professional for your goals, and focusing on the key things that are sustainable AND effective to help you and your dog move forward. Watch the full Dogs Unknown Podcast episode now. Link in bio #dogaggression #dogsunknown #instinctdogtraining

If you have a new dog that is displaying aggressive behaviors, sometimes less is more. Taking a step back, finding the right qualified behavior professional for your goals, and focusing on the key things that are sustainable AND effective to help you and your dog move forward. Watch the full Dogs Unknown Podcast episode now. Link in bio #dogaggression #dogsunknown #instinctdogtraining ...

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Free Rescue Dog Roadmap Seminar tonight AND every 4th Wednesday of the month! Link in bio to register. If you’re a new (or not so new) rescue dog parent and would like some guidance on how to best understand our rescue dog, and how to best nurture them moving forward to build a strong relationship and life together, register for our free seminar. #rescuedog #instinctdogtraining

Free Rescue Dog Roadmap Seminar tonight AND every 4th Wednesday of the month! Link in bio to register. If you’re a new (or not so new) rescue dog parent and would like some guidance on how to best understand our rescue dog, and how to best nurture them moving forward to build a strong relationship and life together, register for our free seminar. #rescuedog #instinctdogtraining ...

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On this week’s episode of Dogs Unknown (podcast link in bio), we discuss whether telling a dog No has a place in a positive training framework. One of the topics covered was why setting boundaries, as opposed to rules, is an important distinction that can make giving our dogs direction more fair, and less frustrating for both you and your dog. #dogtraining #dogbehavior #dogsunknown #instinctdogtraining

On this week’s episode of Dogs Unknown (podcast link in bio), we discuss whether telling a dog No has a place in a positive training framework. One of the topics covered was why setting boundaries, as opposed to rules, is an important distinction that can make giving our dogs direction more fair, and less frustrating for both you and your dog. #dogtraining #dogbehavior #dogsunknown #instinctdogtraining ...

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Sleep deprivation for new #puppy parents is a very real thing. Using the puppy studio apartment is a great way to have more restful nights, while also ensuring you aren’t setting yourself up for house training complications. Setting up a pen with the crate in the pen (crate door open) with the wee wee pad on the other side of the pen has been a game changer for puppy owners struggling with losing sleep during the puppy phase. #puppytraining #puppytips #instinctdogtraining #dogsunknown

Sleep deprivation for new #puppy parents is a very real thing. Using the puppy studio apartment is a great way to have more restful nights, while also ensuring you aren’t setting yourself up for house training complications. Setting up a pen with the crate in the pen (crate door open) with the wee wee pad on the other side of the pen has been a game changer for puppy owners struggling with losing sleep during the puppy phase. #puppytraining #puppytips #instinctdogtraining #dogsunknown ...

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Small adjustments in your handling can add up to big differences in your dog’s ability to pass by their triggers without reacting.

The tips included in this short video are examples of simple ways you can create more distance (or at least, the *feeling* of more distance) for your reactive dog, while also positioning yourself as a safe, protective presence for them.

Want help working through your dog’s leash reactivity? Check out or free Leash Reactive Dog course in our Online School (link in bio) or reach out to your nearest Instinct to schedule a free Discovery Call.

#leashreactivity #leashreactivedog #dogs #dogtraining

Small adjustments in your handling can add up to big differences in your dog’s ability to pass by their triggers without reacting.

The tips included in this short video are examples of simple ways you can create more distance (or at least, the *feeling* of more distance) for your reactive dog, while also positioning yourself as a safe, protective presence for them.

Want help working through your dog’s leash reactivity? Check out or free Leash Reactive Dog course in our Online School (link in bio) or reach out to your nearest Instinct to schedule a free Discovery Call.

#leashreactivity #leashreactivedog #dogs #dogtraining
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One tell-tale sign that your city dog is overwhelmed on walks: they don’t use their nose to sniff and explore the world around them.

Watch your dog the next time they’re out on a walk. If they’re “all eyes”, they may be feeling fearful, anxious, or otherwise uncomfortable.

Sometimes, helping your dog feel more comfortable is as simple as adjusting your walking route slightly to somewhere that’s a little less busy and stimulating. Other times, it’s best to work with a dog behavior consultant who can help with building your dog’s confidence in navigating urban life.

Check out this week’s episode of Dogs Unknown, “Over Threshold: Urban Dog Handling” (available anywhere you listen to podcasts) for tons of great tips and advice on protecting your city dog’s welfare.

#citydogs #dogbehavior #fearfuldogs

One tell-tale sign that your city dog is overwhelmed on walks: they don’t use their nose to sniff and explore the world around them.

Watch your dog the next time they’re out on a walk. If they’re “all eyes”, they may be feeling fearful, anxious, or otherwise uncomfortable.

Sometimes, helping your dog feel more comfortable is as simple as adjusting your walking route slightly to somewhere that’s a little less busy and stimulating. Other times, it’s best to work with a dog behavior consultant who can help with building your dog’s confidence in navigating urban life.

Check out this week’s episode of Dogs Unknown, “Over Threshold: Urban Dog Handling” (available anywhere you listen to podcasts) for tons of great tips and advice on protecting your city dog’s welfare.

#citydogs #dogbehavior #fearfuldogs
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City life can be stressful for dogs (and people, too!). One of the simplest ways to make city walks more fun and predictable - and a lot less stressful - for your dog is to take some of their favorite treats along with you.

Reward your dog with tiny pieces of food whenever they look up at you, and offer some warm praise to let them know you’re connected and paying attention to them, and that you’re happy they’re checking in with you.

If you and your dog live in an urban environment (or if you ever spend time in one together), don’t miss this week’s episode of Dogs Unknown, “Over Threshold: Urban Dog Handling” for tons of great tips and advice on protecting your city dog’s welfare. (Link in bio)

#dogbehavior #dogtraining #citydogs

City life can be stressful for dogs (and people, too!). One of the simplest ways to make city walks more fun and predictable - and a lot less stressful - for your dog is to take some of their favorite treats along with you.

Reward your dog with tiny pieces of food whenever they look up at you, and offer some warm praise to let them know you’re connected and paying attention to them, and that you’re happy they’re checking in with you.

If you and your dog live in an urban environment (or if you ever spend time in one together), don’t miss this week’s episode of Dogs Unknown, “Over Threshold: Urban Dog Handling” for tons of great tips and advice on protecting your city dog’s welfare. (Link in bio)

#dogbehavior #dogtraining #citydogs
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Help us learn more about your dog and your behavior goals, and we’ll help you implement a custom program that lets you and your dog live happier lives together, filled with fun, freedom and friendship.

You can also call your local Instinct location to speak to a trainer.

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