Day School

Continuing Education for the Family Dog

At Instinct, we do #DaySchoolNotDayCare. Our unique Day School programs are a fun, effective way to provide your dog with continuing education to keep their skills sharp and their brains and bodies happy & healthy.

To allow more dogs the chance to spend enriching days outside the home, we offer both Public School programs for dog-social dogs, and Private School programs for dogs who prefer the company of humans. Can’t get your dog to our facility? We offer pick-up & drop-off service!

The Smart Alternative to Doggy Daycare

Day school programs are overseen by our certified, veterinarian-recommended training team and focus on:

  • Polishing & improving known skills
  • Teaching NEW skills (Home School Only)
  • Reinforcing good manners & polite behavior
  • Mental stimulation & brain games
  • Physical exercise
  • Social engagement & play

All Day School programs include review sessions for you, too!

 

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Option 1: PUBLIC School Canidates
For dogs who are HIGHLY social with other dogs and have no history of aggression:

Book a free 30-minute Virtual Meet & Greet so we can learn more about your dog and what you’d like to get out of a Day School program before you sign up.

Option 2: PRIVATE School Candidates
For dogs who are selective about dog friends or who require private, human-only play and training sessions during Day School:

Book a Day School Admissions Session ($175) You and your dog will need to complete a Day School Admissions Session prior to enrolling in an in-facility Day School program. Your Admissions Session will take place at Instinct Englewood and will include the following activities:

 

Skills Assessment (15 minutes)

  • We’ll observe you working with your dog in order to learn more about the skills your dog already knows, the cues you use, and how you currently incorporate those skills into everyday life.
  • We’ll work with your dog ourselves, to determine their learning style, preferred rewards and motivators, current skill level, and areas of focus during their Day School program.

 

Kennel Assessment (20 minutes)

  • We will have your dog spend a mini-rest period in a kennel with an enrichment puzzle to determine their comfort level with kenneling and their preferred kennel set-up.

 

Play & Enrichment Assessment (20-25 minutes)

  • For highly dog-social dogs hoping to enroll in our Public School program, we will evaluate your dog in an outdoor play yard around at least one other playmate, to learn more about their play style and preferences.
  • For dogs who need human-only playtime hoping to enroll in our Private School program, we will engage them in several different enrichment activities – nosework, obstacle navigation, puzzle exercises, etc. – to determine their preferences

Following your Admissions Session, we’ll determine that a) you & your pup are approved to enroll in a Day School program; or b) you & your pup will need to complete some pre-requisite training or behavior work before Day School is an appropriate & beneficial option.

Book a Day School Admissions Session

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Service Available!

We offer round-trip pick-up and drop-off service for Day Schoolers living in Hoboken, certain areas of Jersey City, Weehawken and Edgewater, Englewood, Teaneck, Tenafly and Fort Lee.

Pricing: One-Way: $15; Round Trip: $25; Transport Pack (8 Round Trips): $175

Conditions apply; pick-up and drop-off service is only available for Public School dogs and dogs who can be comfortably and safely transported in a crate alongside other dogs.

Interested in Home School?

Instead of your dog coming to our facility on School Days, one of our certified trainers will come to you! We’ll teach skills and work on manners while you’re at the office or running errands, then provide transfer lessons to bring you up to speed on everything your dog is learning. Get started by booking an In-Home Training Consultation!

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Talk to an Instinct Counselor
201-627-0066

Call now to learn more about our Day School programs and book your Day School Admissions Session or Virtual Meet & Greet.

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Instinct Englewood

240 Humphrey St
Englewood, NJ 07631
201-627-0066

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