Instinct Expertise | Dog Behavior Therapy for Fear, Anxiety & Aggression

Lasting Behavior Change is Possible

Instinct specializes in helping humans and dogs struggling with complex behavior issues including fear, anxiety, and aggression. Don’t give up hope. Lasting behavior change is possible, with the right approach.

Behavior is the outward expression of an unmet need.

Our behavior consultants focus first on helping clients assess and address the unmet behavioral needs that lead to fear, anxiety, aggression, and reactive behavior in our dogs. Then, we use a combination of relationship building, positive reinforcement-based skill development, and environmental management to help dogs & their humans live together, peacefully and happily.

The result? We help you create lasting behavior change where other programs fall short.

“Taking our aggressive and unpredictable dog to Instinct changed both of our lives.”

N. Montes

Behavior Therapy with Instinct

Here's how we help dogs with fear, anxiety, aggression, and reactivity issues:

Behavioral Health Framework

Teaching skills like sit, down and stay is just one of many components of a successful behavior therapy program. We utilize a behavioral health framework to design programs that consider and address all factors that play a role in your dog’s behavior, from relationships, environment, and emotions, to genetics, biology, health, and learning history.

Collaborative Approach

We use a collaborative, team-based approach, in which owners, certified behavior consultants, veterinary behaviorists, and canine scientists work together to deliver targeted behavior change solutions based on advanced education and extensive hands-on experience.

Unmatched Support

We provide unmatched support at every step, with frequent between-session communication, post-program follow-up, free and low-cost alumni classes, and access to our entire suite of online learning materials.

Ready to get started?

The first step is booking a 60-minute kickoff consultation to start working toward your behavior modification 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 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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Self-Paced Learning

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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