Obedience & Manners

Life Skills & Manners

for dogs 6+ months

We love helping Portland dogs learn the life skills and manners they need to live their very best life with you! From settling quietly at home and in public, to walking nicely on a leash, to mastering off-leash manners, our certified trainers can help you reach your training goals with kind, practical, effective training solutions.

Please Note: To keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our service offerings have been adjusted. See below for details.

Our Certified Trainers Can Help With

  • Leash walking skills
  • Sit/Down/Stay/Go to Bed
  • Off-leash manners & Recall
  • Dropping/leaving items when asked
  • Polite greetings with guests and family members
  • Settling quietly during mealtimes
  • Counter-surfing
  • Chewing inappropriate items
  • Staying relaxed during baths and grooming
  • Getting acclimated to a crate or travel bag
  • House training
  • Owner-trained service dogs (limited availability)
  • And lots more!

Program Options

for Life Skills & Manners

Depending on your training goals, program options may include:

Private Lessons

In-Home (outside) or Virtual
A certified trainer works with you and your dog one-on-one in a series of lessons, at your home or via virtual video sessions, to coach you through every step of your custom, positive reinforcement-based training plan. At-home sessions available in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties in OR, and Clark county in WA; Virtual sessions available to clients anywhere!


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Day School

A certified behavior consultant will come to your home several times per week to work with your dog on skill building and desensitization/counterconditioning to triggers. Then, they provide you with weekly transfer sessions to bring you up to speed. Serving Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties in OR, and Clark county in WA.

Learn More About Day School

Talk to an Instinct Counselor

Call now to ask questions and learn the best way for you and your dog to get started with a training program.

Book a Consultation

Visit our online booking page and get started with a free 30-minute meet & greet or a 60-minute training consultation.

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  • I am absolutely positive that Instinct Dog Training saved Bronte’s life.

    Owner of rescue terrier mix, Bronte
  • Sarah and Brian are, in a true sense of the word, lifesavers.

    Owner of rescue pit bull mix, Ty

Instinct Portland

809 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202

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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.