Helper Dogs

Dogs Helping Dogs

Our Instinct Helper Dogs are invaluable canine coaches who work alongside our trainers to teach puppies how to play, to be a ‘first friend’ to fearful and reactive dogs, and to give nervous dogs the courage and confidence to explore their environment.


2 years, Australian Cattle Dog

Loves: Warp speed workouts, farm chores
Dislikes: Doing nothing
Superpower: Virtual training demos


11 years, Miniature Pinscher

Loves: Collecting socks
Hates: Being cold
Superpower: Helps dogs through leash reactivity


2 years, Husky/Chihuahua mix

Likes: people, dogs, and squirrels
Dislikes: baths
Superpower: play coach and confidence mentor


9 years, Labrador Retriever

Loves: Couch snuggling
Dislikes: No room on the couch
Superpower: Helping nervous and reactive dogs practice new skills

Instinct Portland

809 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202

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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.