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Start your puppy off on the right paw with an extraordinary puppyhood experience! Enroll your puppy in Puppy Raising by INSTINCT®, and he or she will live full time with one of our veterinarian-recommended Puppy Raisers for 1-4 weeks to get a head start on everything from house training & crate training to city socialization, manners, & basic obedience.

Puppy Raising

Puppy Raising programs are perfect for busy schedules, vacations, and just plain tricky pups that need some extra training help. Contact us today, and give your puppy the training & socialization experience of a lifetime!
  • Instinct are officially miracle workers! I’m such a proud ‘dad.’ So happy with the progress my little guy has made.

    Owner of Puppy Raising graduate, Tashmoo, a deaf Boston Terrier pup
  • The Primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first 3 months of life.

    American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
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For pups ages 9-20 weeks

Perfect for busy schedules!
Cost: $1475 + tax per week

Contact us today to get started!


Where do puppies stay during Puppy Raising programs?

Pups live in a loving home with a veterinarian-recommended Instinct® Puppy Raiser.

Can I visit my puppy during Puppy Raising?

Yes! We include 1 visit/private lesson per week, plus you and your pup can interact at our free puppy playgroups on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. We also keep you updated with photos and progress reports.

What is my puppy's daily schedule like during Puppy Raising?

Puppies enjoy a predictable daily schedule that includes walks, playtime, training time, snuggle time, and crate time/quiet time.

What will my puppy learn during Puppy Raising?

This depends on your training goals, length of program, and puppy’s age, but generally, we focus on house training, crate training, socialization to city sights & sounds, people, and other dogs, and basic puppy manners including chew toy training and basic obedience.

Isn't it important that my puppy and I bond during this stage of his life?

Owners and their dogs form strong, lasting bonds at all stages of life, whether it’s starting at 8 weeks as a brand new puppy, or at 5-6 years old as an adult rescue dog. You & your pup will have a lifetime of love and adventures to share together; allowing your pup to learn from experts at this critical stage of development will help ensure they grow into a happy, confident companion.

Can my puppy start a Puppy Raising program before she receives all of her vaccinations?

Yes! We follow the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior guidelines for puppy socialization and training. Pups must have received their first round of vaccinations at least one week prior to starting a Puppy Raising program, and then must follow the booster schedule prescribed by their veterinarian. Read about the AVSAB puppy socialization guidelines here.

How long does a Puppy Raising program last?

From 1-4 weeks, based on your goals and how long you can handle being away from your pup 🙂

How long are your wait times to start a Puppy Raising program?

Typically, you can start a Puppy Raising program within 1-2 days of contacting us. Programs can also be booked farther in advance.

What are your training qualifications & methods?

We are certified, veterinarian-recommended trainers with years of experience working with New York City pups & owners. Certifications include Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed (CPDT-KA), Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners (KPA-CTP), and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC). Brian & Sarah, the owners of Instinct®, are pursuing their Master’s in Animal Behavior & Conservation at Hunter College. We use fun, dog-friendly, positive training methods.

How do I get started?

Call us today at 218-828-3647 to learn whether a Puppy Raising program is right for you & your pup!