Professional Dog Trainers & Behavior Consultants | Instinct Dog Behavior & Training

Collaborative Coaches

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 behavior & training solutions.

Dog Behavior Professionals

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


Instinct trainers and behavior consultants may hold any of these approved certifications. 

If a trainer has the requisite experience and knowledge, they may be hired as an Instinct Trainer or Behavior Consultant while working toward their certifications. Certification must be obtained within 1 year of the trainer’s hire date.

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (

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

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (

  • Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBC)
  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
  • Accredited Dog Trainer (ADT)

Karen Pryor Academy (

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

Karen Pryor Academy CTP

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 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 Services

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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Our Areas of Expertise

Behavior change science is a process. It can be applied to all breeds, ages, and behavior issues to create positive, life-changing outcomes for humans and their dogs.

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