Professional Dog Training & Behavior Consulting | Instinct Portland, OR
Our Services:

Professional Dog Training, Boarding & Daycare

What We Do

We are a team of certified trainers & behavior consultants, veterinary behaviorists, and welfare-focused care professionals who work together to provide you and your dog with:

  • Fully customized training & behavior therapy programs that deliver lasting behavior change
  • All-inclusive overnight boarding in our fully licensed, 24/7 staffed facility
  • Daycare programs that emphasize enrichment, small-sized play groups, and lots of one-on-one human attention

We welcome all breeds, ages, and behavior issues.

Check out our service options below, then give us a call at 971-358-8787!

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

J. Van Anden

Our Services

Behavior & Training Programs

Private Coaching

You and your coach work together via private lessons to implement a fully-customized training or behavior change plan.  

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

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Board & Train Camp + Coaching

At Instinct, we do #trainingcampnotbootcamp. We use a powerful combination of positive reinforcement board & train camp and collaborative coaching sessions to create lasting behavior change together.

Dogs stay at our Portland facility, located in the St Johns neighborhood; not a suitable program option to work on potty training/house training goals or separation anxiety issues; Camp + Coaching suitability is determined during your kickoff consultation or discovery call. $1395/Week

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Day Training Camp + Coaching

Our Day Training Camps are just like our signature positive reinforcement Board & Train camps, except your dog goes home with you at the end of each day!

During the day, dogs stay at our Portland facility, located in the St Johns neighborhood. Not a suitable program to work on separation anxiety or potty training/house training goals (try Private Coaching instead!). $1395/week

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Puppy Camp + Coaching

Like Board & Train 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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Boarding & Daycare

Boarding for Behavioral Health

A boarding experience that prioritizes the wellbeing of dogs in our care. Our facility is staffed 24/7 and overseen by certified behavior professionals; dogs with special behavior needs are welcome.

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Daycare for Behavioral Health

We help you enhance your dog’s behavioral health through specialized daycare that includes enrichment, problem-solving, companionship, and play.

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Group Classes

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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Community Events

Community Events We love being part of the St Johns community! We offer in-person classes, presentations, workshops, and continuing education events to our clients, neighbors, the wider Portland community, and beyond. Presenters from our team of veterinary behaviorists, behavior consultants, trainers, canine care technicians, and client services counselors have a wealth of talent and experience to draw on, appealing to audiences with wide-ranging personal and professional interests. We also enjoy partnering with other companies and individuals to provide additional events that benefit dogs, their families, and dog professionals in all sorts of ways.

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Let's Get Started!

Give us a call at 971-358-8787 or email us at [email protected]. Our friendly client services team would love to learn more about your dog & your goals.

Or, click the button to get started with a Kickoff Consultation or a free Discovery Call. Our flexible, custom programs are individually designed to help you achieve your goals, while meeting your dog’s unique behavioral needs. So you and your dog can live a happier life together.

Success Stories

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.


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.

Instinct Portland, OR

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

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