Instinct Portland

Instinct Portland

Serving Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties in OR, and Clark county in WA

If you are outside the service areas listed above, we can still help with virtual sessions!

We are a team of certified trainers and behavior consultants who help Portland dogs and owners co-exist together, peacefully and happily. Our practical, positive training delivers lasting results for behavior issues big and small.

Our brick-and-mortar training facility is opening in 2021, but our team is fully operational NOW to help you with in-home and virtual training & behavior consulting; Day School programs; and positive reinforcement board & train camps for pups 6 months and under.

Custom Solutions

for your dog's unique behavior needs

Your dog is one-of-a-kind; their training program should be, too! At Instinct Portland, your training program includes a customized curriculum especially tailored to meet your training goals and your dog’s unique behavioral needs. Check out our options below:

Behavior Modification

for fear, anxiety, and aggression issues
  • Targeted, positive solutions to improve and manage fearful, aggressive, and anxious behavior
  • Private in-home or virtual sessions, and Day School programs available
  • Certified behavior consultants
  • Ongoing support

Learn More About Behavior Modification

Life Skills & Manners

  • Enjoy a confident, happy, responsive dog
  • Private in-home or virtual lessons, and Day School programs available
  • Certified trainers
  • Ongoing support

Learn More About Life Skills & Manners

Positive Reinforcement

Puppy Board & Train Camp

for dogs 6 months and under

Start your puppy off on the right paw with an extraordinary puppyhood experience! During puppy camp, your pup lives full time with one of our professional Puppy Raisers to get a head start on everything from house training and crate training to socialization, manners, and basic puppy obedience.

  • Custom curriculum to meet your goals and your pup’s behavioral needs
  • 1-4 week options available
  • Perfect for busy schedules, tricky pups, and first-time owners

Learn More About Puppy Board & Train Camp

Instinct Portland

809 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202

  [email protected]

Your Training Roadmap

Schedule a Consultation

This is where your training adventure begins! During your consult, we’ll gather all the info we need to recommend a custom program to help you achieve your training goals.

Enroll in Your Custom Training Program

This is when we roll up our sleeves and get to work! Whether you and your dog enroll in Private Lessons or a sleepaway Training Camp, we’ll be there every step of the way, leading you and your dog through the training process.

Join our Instinct Alumni Family

This is when you and your dog become a part of our incredible Alumni family and receive access to exclusive Alumni-only benefits and services.

Call 971-358-8787

Portland's Dog Behavior Professionals

Instinct Portland is owned by board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Chris Pachel, DACVB and certified dog behavior consultant Dr. Caroline Spark, together with operations & client experience specialist Maren Couch. We are a passionate, experienced team of dog professionals who are committed to helping Portland dogs and owners through kind, practical, effective training solutions.

Need Help Now?

Talk to an Instinct Counselor Today!

We’ll help you get started with practical, positive training that delivers LASTING results. Give your dog the skills they need to live their very best life with you, filled with fun, freedom, and friendship.