Positive Reinforcement


At Instinct®, we do #trainingcampnotbootcamp. We’re proud to offer New York City’s ONLY positive reinforcement Board & Train camps at our 6000 sqft indoor/outdoor Manhattan training facility! Whether you need help with basic manners or serious aggression or anxiety issues, our one-of-a-kind sleepaway camps are a fun, effective way to achieve LASTING results.

Board & Train Camp

During Instinct® Board & Train camp, our certified, veterinarian-recommended trainers use practical, dog-friendly methods to help you enjoy a happier, more confident, more responsive canine friend. All Instinct® Board & Train camps include private lessons for you and lifetime FREE group classes to help you follow through with everything your dog has learned. Contact us today to start your dog on an urban training adventure!
  • Sarah, Brian, & Buster changed Lulu’s life and ours. Our dog can hike and play with other dogs thanks to their work.

    Heidi and Carson
    Owners of rescue lab mix, Lulu
  • Sergeant is a completely different dog! We love you Brian and Sarah. You have truly changed our lives.

    Owner of rescue chihuahua, Sergeant
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For dogs 5+ months
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All breeds & behavior issues
Programs start at $1350 + tax

Contact us today to get started!


Where do dogs stay during Instinct® Training Camps?

We think your city dog deserves the chance to learn in a city environment! During camp, dogs stay at our incredible 6000 sqft indoor/outdoor, fully-licensed Manhattan training facility. Instinct® is home to a 1500 sqft indoor training floor, a 2500 sqft private, fenced outdoor dog run, and a dedicated sleeping/resting floor with safe, clean, quiet individual Mason company kennels. Staff is onsite 24 hours a day, so dogs always have in-person supervision.

Can I visit my dog during Training Camp?

Yes! We know how hard it is to be away from your dog, and that’s why we include weekly Parents’ Day visits for you to come and spend some quality time with your dog during camp. In addition, we send Training Updates three times per week, and Camper updates twice per week with photos or videos.

What is my dog’s daily schedule like during Training Camp?

Dogs enjoy full days during camp, with a predictable daily schedule that includes a minimum of 4 daily private bathroom walks, morning and evening playtime (group play with other dogs, or individual play with Canine Care staff, depending on your dog’s needs & preferences), multiple daily indoor & outdoor training sessions, and in-kennel enrichment including stuffed Kongs, aromatherapy, classical music, and DogTV. We also include Zen Time twice per day to ensure dogs get adequate rest during their stay.

What will my dog learn during Training Camp?

This depends on your training goals, length of program, and your dog’s current behavior At Instinct®, we regularly work on: basic manners such as jumping up, pulling on leash, chewing household items, etc.; obedience training such as coming when called, Sit, Down, Stay Leave It, etc.; and behavior modification for reactivity, aggression, fear, and anxiety. Training Camps are tailored specifically to meet the needs of you and your dog.

How can I make sure my dog will still listen once back at home?

We provide private lessons for you with every Training Camp, to ensure you know how to utilize all the wonderful skills your dog has learned. Number of lessons included varies based on length of camp, but most Training Camps include a mix of in-facility and in-home private lessons for you during and after camp; and, all camps include lifetime access to a free, alumni-only canine Good Citizen group class.

How long does a Training Camp last?

From 1-4 weeks, based on your goals, your dog’s current behavior, and how long you can handle being away from your best friend 🙂

What are your training qualifications & methods?

At Instinct, we do #trainingcampnotbootcamp! We are certified, veterinarian-recommended trainers with decades of experience working with New York City dogs and owners. Members of our training team hold Board seats on international animal behavior organizations, we travel nationally and internationally to host educational workshops and seminars for other dog trainers, we lecture at conferences and universities, and we regularly write articles and participate in media interviews on all things related to dog training and behavior consulting. Brian & Sarah, the owners of Instinct, are pursuing their Master’s in Animal Behavior & Conservation at Hunter College. Certifications include Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP); and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC). We are open-minded and non-judgmental, and we use practical, effective, dog-friendly positive training methods.

How do I get started?

Give us a call at 212-828-3647 or book a free 30-minute in-studio meet & greet online now. You can also download our Board & Train price sheet.