Professional Dog Training & Behavior Consulting | Instinct Portland, OR

Instinct Portland, OR

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

What We Do

Our certified trainers and behavior consultants help humans and dogs navigate behavior issues large and small via private coaching, home school + coaching, and puppy raising camps. 

We are deeply committed to ours clients’ long-term success. That’s why all training programs include access to lifetime free alumni classes.

Areas of Expertise

“By far, the best and most knowledgeable trainers we’ve worked with.”

J. Van Anden

Our Services

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

One-on-One Learning

Private Coaching

We use collaborative coaching and canine behavior science to help you make progress toward your goals while prioritizing your dog’s behavioral health.   

In-Home, Virtual, and In-Facility Options Available

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Puppy Camp + Coaching (Temporarily Unavailable)

Like Camp + Coaching, but specially designed for puppies ages 9-20 weeks!

Dogs stay in the home of a professional Instinct Puppy Raiser

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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

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Group Learning

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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Success Stories

Violet
Behavior Therapy, Day School, Fear + Anxiety, Instinct Portland, Private Coaching, Veterinary Behavior Collaboration

Violet was fearful of being leashed by her dog walkers, and struggled with being examined by veterinarians. Our goal was to change Violet’s association with being leashed by other people, and ensure her needs for exercise, companionship, and mental stimulation were being met during her parent's long work days.

Jacky

Behavior TherapyFear + AnxietyInstinct East HarlemPrivate CoachingSenior Dog SupportVeterinary 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.

Here to Help

You have goals. Your dog has needs. Our flexible, custom 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.

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