Our Trainers & Behavior Consultants

Our Trainers & Behavior Consultants

We know choosing a dog trainer can feel like an overwhelming and confusing task. Your dog is family, and you want to feel confident that whomever you choose will treat you and your dog with kindness and respect, while also providing you with practical, effective training solutions.

Dog Behavior Professionals

At Instinct, we want to make your job easier and give you peace of mind by requiring that every Instinct trainer and behavior consultant holds a respected industry certification and pledges to adhere to our rigorous internal policies and standards for welfare-focused, positive reinforcement-based training and care. It’s the standard we would demand for our own dogs, and it’s what you deserve for yours.


Instinct trainers and behavior consultants may hold any of the following approved certifications*

From Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (www.ccpdt.org):

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed (CPDT-KA)
  • Certified Behavior Consultant, Canine (CBCC)

From International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (www.iaabc.org)

  • Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBC)
  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)

From Karen Pryor Academy (www.karenpryoracademy.com)

  • Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP)

Karen Pryor Academy CTP

*If a trainer has the requisite experience and knowledge, they may be hired as an Instinct Trainer while working toward any of the above-mentioned certifications. Certification must be obtained within 1 year of the trainer’s hire date.

A Culture of Learning

In addition to holding reputable industry certifications, Instinct trainers and behavior consultants participate in ongoing internal continuing education programs. They have access to our Instinct Behavior Leadership Panel, comprised of board-certified veterinary behaviorists and certified dog behavior consultants, to provide help and guidance with especially complex and challenging cases. Instinct trainers work in a supportive team environment, where knowledge-sharing and group brainstorms are encouraged. At Instinct, you and your pup have access to a WHOLE TEAM of professionals who are committed to finding just the right recommendations and solutions for you and your dog.

Instinct Training Philosophy