Professional Dog Training & Behavior Consulting | Instinct East Harlem, NY
Our Services:

Fully Customized Training & Behavior Programs for NYC Dogs & Humans

What We Do

At Instinct East Harlem, we do dog training & behavior therapy differently:

  • We take the time to truly understand your dog and your goals, then work with you to create a totally custom training plan to help you get there – no cookie cutter approaches around here!
  • We get results. We offer kind, practical, effective solutions that create lasting behavior change and improve quality of life for both you and your dog.
  • We work as a collaborative team. Our certified trainers, behavior consultants, veterinary behavior partners, and care team members all work together to keep you and your dog moving forward together.
  • We provide unmatched support & community during AND after your program, including tons of between-session communication, free alumni-only group classes, Facebook group, drop-in Zoom support sessions with our company founders, and more.
  • We’re in it for the long haul. We are persistent in finding creative solutions that work for your unique circumstances. We will stick by you through your best days and your most challenging ones, because we care as much as you do about helping you and your dog live a happier life together.

Our certified, veterinarian-recommended trainers & behavior consultants welcome all breeds, ages, and behavior issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavior Therapy
  • Life Skills + Manners
  • Puppy Development
  • Adolescent Dog Behavior Support
  • Senior Dog Behavior Support
  • Veterinary Behavior Collaboration

“Instinct saved both me and my dog. WONDERFUL, supportive, smart, magical staff who are very, very good at what they do. They go above and beyond – they care genuinely about the well-being of you and your dog. 100% recommend.”

Cassandra J.

Our Services

Following is a list of services we provide at Instinct East Harlem. For lots more detail on how each of these services works, check out our Services page on the main site.

All Instinct training & behavior therapy programs include access to free alumni group classes, our Nature-Driven Nurture Foundations course, Alumni Facebook Group, and drop-in Zoom support sessions with Instinct founders.

One-on-One Learning

Private Coaching

You and your coach work together via private lessons to implement a fully-customized training or behavior change plan.

In-Home, Virtual, and In-Facility Options Available; Programs start at $597+tax

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Board & Train Camp + Coaching

We use a powerful combination of positive reinforcement board & train camp and collaborative coaching sessions to create lasting behavior change together.

Dogs stay at our East Harlem facility; not a suitable program option to work on potty training/house training goals or separation anxiety issues; Starting at $1749+tax/week (discounts applied for longer camp lengths)

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Puppy Camp + Coaching 

An extraordinary puppyhood learning experience, specially designed for puppies ages 9-20 weeks!

Dogs stay in the home of a professional Instinct Puppy Raiser; $1775+tax/week

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Home School + Coaching

Fast, fun and effective! We visit your home to work with your dog multiple times per week, then provide collaborative coaching sessions to bring you up to speed.

In-Home Only; Programs start at $2450+tax

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Group Learning

Puppy Learn + Play Classes

Our free Puppy Learn + Play classes are specifically designed for pups ages 9-16 weeks. We focus on giving pups a healthy mix of playtime, skills and manners exercises, and positive exposure to new objects and sounds. Classes are run be certified trainers. Pups must be in good health, current on vaccinations/boosters, and have proof of a negative fecal test.

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Alumni Classes

Open ONLY to our Alumni family (clients who have completed a series of 6 lessons, day school, or camp program), our alumni classes are designed to give you fun, engaging ways to continue your education together while supporting your dog’s behavioral health needs.

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Behavioral Health Support Services

Daycare for Behavioral Health

We help you enhance your dog’s behavioral health through specialized daycare that includes enrichment, problem-solving, companionship, and play.

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Boarding for Behavioral Health

*Please note that boarding-only spots are filled for all 2023 major holidays; availability for non-holidays is limited for new/first-time clients. If you are interested in boarding your dog with us, please email us at [email protected] with your desired dates.*

We use canine behavioral health science to provide a boarding experience that prioritizes the wellbeing of dogs in our care.


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Let's Get Started!

Click the button to get started with a Kickoff Consultation or free Discovery Call. Our flexible, totally customized training & behavior therapy programs are individually designed to help you achieve your goals, while meeting your dog’s unique behavioral needs – as a species, a breed/mix, and an individual. So you and your dog can live a happier life together.

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 East Harlem, NY

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