Instinct Dog Behavior & Training® Coming to Portland, Oregon - Instinct Dog Behavior & Training

Instinct Dog Behavior & Training® Coming to Portland, Oregon

Local Veterinary Behaviorist & Dog Behavior Consultant Team Up to Offer Portland Dogs & Owners Best-in-Class Behavior, Training, & Veterinary Behavior Services Under One Roof

New York, NY, RELEASE – August 5, 2019 – Instinct Dog Training Inc. is overjoyed to announce that the company’s vision of A Kinder World through Dog Training™ is coming to Portland, Oregon! The fifth Instinct Dog Behavior & Training® location, dubbed “Instinct Portland,” is slated to open spring 2020. Location scouting is currently underway.

Instinct Portland is owned by an impressive and highly qualified team: board certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Chris Pachel, DACVB, owner of Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland and VP, Veterinary Behavior at Instinct Dog Training, Inc., and dog behavior consultant Dr. Caroline Spark, CDBC, owner of Portland-based dog training company, City Dog Country Dog.

Instinct Portland will offer dogs and owners positive reinforcement-based behavior and training help from certified trainers and behavior consultants, for everything from basic manners and obedience to complex behavior issues involving fear, aggression, and anxiety. Services include Instinct’s signature positive reinforcement Board & Train camps, private lessons, group classes, free puppy and “Alumni” classes, and special needs boarding. In addition, Instinct Portland will house Dr. Pachel’s Animal Behavior Clinic, which provides Portland pet owners with veterinary behavior services.

“We are thrilled to have such an incredible pair at the helm of Instinct Portland,” said Sarah Fraser, Co-CEO of franchisor company Instinct Dog Training Inc. “The ability to offer top-tier training, behavior consulting, and veterinary behavior services all under one roof is a game-changer for dog owners, and will serve as an important model for other Instinct locations.”

“To say we’re excited is an understatement,” said Dr. Pachel and Dr. Spark, co-owners of the Instinct Portland franchise. “For years, our respective businesses have worked to help Portland dogs and owners live together peacefully and happily. Combining forces through Instinct Portland will allow us to help even more dogs and owners, and have an even bigger, broader positive impact on our community.”

For dogs, for owners, for hope and kindness, and practical help for behavior issues big and small. For #trainingcampnotbootcamp. For a new and better standard in the dog training industry. For A Kinder World through Dog Training. Welcome to the Instinct family, Instinct Portland!


Chris Pachel, DACVB, CABC

Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010.  He has operated both house-call and office-based behavior practices and is currently the owner and lead clinician at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR.  Dr. Pachel lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, teaches courses at multiple veterinary schools in the US, and has authored several articles and book chapters on topics such as Intercat aggression and Pet selection for animal assisted therapy.  He is a sought-after expert witness for legal cases involving animal behavior issues, and is also a Vice President of Veterinary Behavior on the executive leadership team for Instinct Dog Training, Inc.


Caroline Spark, PhD, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Dr. Caroline Spark is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She has over 45 years of experience helping people solve problems, meet learning goals, and achieve positive change. With a PhD in psychology from the University of Wollongong, Australia, and a background in counseling and adult education, she brings extensive people-skills and understanding of behavior, family dynamics, and human learning to her work with dogs and their families. Through her company, City Dog Country Dog, she and her team in Portland and on the Oregon Coast have helped thousands of dogs overcome behavior issues big and small.  Caroline brings understanding, warmth, and creativity to her work, and believes strongly in Instinct’s mission to provide kind, practical training and behavior resources to every dog and owner.


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