Home School Dog Training | Instinct Portland, OR

Home School + Coaching

Fun. Fast. Effective.

Feeling overwhelmed about your dog’s training or behavior issues? Let us do the heavy lifting with a fully customized Instinct Portland Home School program.

The Board & Train Alternative

When you enroll in a Home School program with Instinct Portland, a nationally certified dog trainer will visit several times per week to work with your dog 1-on-1, in your own home and around your neighborhood -- a perfect alternative to board & train programs. Our positive reinforcement training methods ensure the learning experience is enjoyable for you AND your dog.

Home School + Coaching programs are perfect for:

  • Leash Reactivity issues(barking, lunging at dogs, people, or objects)
  • Outdoor Confidence Building
  • Leash Manners
  • Settling/Staying in Place
  • Coming when Called
  • Impulse Control around Food, Toys & Doorways
  • Puppy Development
  • Guest Routines
  • Resource Guarding
  • Handling Issues

Not suitable for working on separation anxiety, potty training issues, or certain types of human-directed aggression (try Private Coaching instead!).

“Instinct completely changed my relationship with my dog (for the better). The stress I experienced before during walks and when meeting new people is gone, and I can spend more time now enjoying my time with Benny. I would recommend Instinct to anyone seeking positive reinforcement training for their dog.”

Andrew H.

Here's How it Works:

1. We Teach Your Dog

One of our nationally certified trainers visits your home 3 times per week to work one-on-one with your dog on a fully customized training & behavior plan.

2. We Teach You

You receive regular private coaching sessions with your trainer, to bring you up to speed on everything your dog is learning!

3. You become Instinct Alumni

You & your dog get access to free and low-cost alumni-only classes, workshops, and other educational opportunities, so you can continue making progress long after your program ends.

Instinct Portland’s Home School + Coaching programs start at $2160. Programs last, on average, 3-5 weeks, and include behavioral health support plans and lifetime access to free alumni classes.

Ready to Get Started?

Book a free discovery call with our Director of Behavior & Training, Caroline Spark, so we can determine together whether Home School sounds like the right fit for you and your dog!

Or, feel free to reach out to us at 971-358-8787 or [email protected], to learn more about our kickoff consultations and other program options. We’d love to hear from you!

What Clients are Saying about Instinct Portland:

Bruce & Family

“After 30 years of having dogs in our lives and going to many group dog training sessions, our first three sessions with Stephanie at Instinct taught us so much more. It really felt like our dog got a coach and we got a professor of dog training. The follow-up has been superb, the videos and handouts really helped. Our dog Bruce came to us with very little training and at 70 lbs we needed help. I cannot recommend Stephanie enough. She has given us a lifetime of knowledge and now, we get to practice it with our dog Bruce.””

Cooper & Family

“I can’t say enough good things about my trainer, Claire, and Instinct Dog Training. My sessions with Claire were awesome, giving me the skills to get off to a great start with my first puppy. Claire game me great advice and problem solving, and followed it up with email to review everything we had covered. She went above and beyond to be sure I had the support I needed. I also took some free alumni online group classes that were also very helpful. My puppy, Cooper, is doing great.”

Rosie & Family

“I just completed a program with Kaysha and wow, what an amazing experience! I was overwhelmed after rescuing a very fearful doggie – I didn’t know where to start or how to get through to her. First off, I was amazed at how quickly and efficiently I was able to start training sessions with Instinct. Given the covid dog boom, I thought I’d have to wait weeks or months, but just a few days after reaching out I was able to schedule a session with Kaysha. Not only is Kaysha an incredible trainer, but she always met my dog where she was, treated her with the utmost love and care, and was incredibly patient. Not only did she help me train my dog, but she taught me how to do the training myself. She’s an amazing teacher! Instinct also sets up a Trello board for each client, so I was able to talk to Kaysha and ask questions in between sessions, which was hugely helpful. I can’t thank Instinct and Kaysha enough – my dog is a completely different doggie from when we first started. I truly can’t believe how much we’ve learned and the progress we’ve made!”

Still Deciding?

Here are just a FEW of the reasons Home School is one of our most popular training programs:
  1. Fully Customized Curriculum: each Home School program is 100% personalized to your training goals and your dog’s unique learning needs. No cookie cutter programs here!
  2. Professional Coaches: your dog learns from a professional dog trainer, so progress is super efficient.
  3. A Solid Board & Train Alternative: your dog gets to stay at home with you over the course of the program; their training sessions take place in your home and around your neighborhood.
  4. Support for You: teaching your dog is only 50% of the equation! Every Home School program includes tons of training and support for you, too, so you know exactly how to follow through with everything your dog has learned.

Instinct Portland, OR

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

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