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Goal-Based Collaborative Coaching

During Collaborative Coaching programs, you and your coach (trainer or behavior consultant) work together to implement a positive behavior change plan that is goal-based, collaborative, and fully customized to the needs of you & your dog.

“Instinct meets you and your dog wherever you are, with positivity and encouragement. I cannot say enough; these folks have not only helped my reactive collie but restored my faith in humankind.”

Melinda S.

Science Says:

Setting positive goals that are intrinsically motivated (based in a desire to grow, improve relationships, or help others) facilitates lasting behavior change and increases happiness.

Our Collaborative Coaching Programs

Instinct has helped thousands of dogs and their humans live happier lives together.

Coaching Programs Include:

Private coaching sessions with your trainer or behavior consultant either at-home, in your local Instinct facility, or online.

Access to a custom Goal Board, which you and your coach will use to communicate between sessions, and track/manage progress over the course of your program.

Collaborative Coaching programs start at $525 plus applicable state taxes, depending on location and trainer. 

How It Works:

Over the course of your program, you and your coach will:

  1. Set positive goals for you and your dog
  2. Determine the skills, management, and behavior therapy you and your dog will need to achieve your goals
  3. Develop & implement a canine behavioral health support plan to ensure we are meeting your dog’s needs
  4. Set missions designed to move you closer to your goals in fun, manageable steps
  5. Track and log progress, adjusting as needed
  6. Communicate frequently between sessions to clarify instructions, set or adjust missions, and celebrate successes

Success Stories

Behavior Therapy, Fear + Anxiety, Instinct East Harlem, Private Coaching, Veterinary Behavior Collaboration

Sofrito was having a very hard time settling into life in an urban environment. Noises such as bus breaks, fireworks, motorcycles and revving engines terrified her outside and she had a hard time settling in her apartment if she heard noises from the street. To help Sofrito build a strong, positive relationship with her mom, Natasha, and to use that relationship to help grow Sofrito’s confidence in other areas of her life.
Behavior Therapy, Fear + Anxiety, Instinct East Harlem, Private Coaching, Senior Dog Support, Veterinary 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.

Ready to get started?

The first step is booking a kickoff consultation and goal-setting session.

Other Behavior & Training Program Options

Camp + Coaching

We use a combination of positive board & train camp and collaborative coaching sessions to create lasting behavior change together.

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Puppy Camp + Coaching

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

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Home School + Coaching

We work with your dog during the day, then provide collaborative, private coaching sessions with you to bring you up to speed.

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Instinct is a national team of experienced dog behavior professionals. Learn more about everything your locally owned Instinct location has to offer.

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Our Areas of Expertise

Behavior change science is a process. It can be applied to all breeds, ages, and behavior issues to create positive, life-changing outcomes for humans and their dogs.

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Online School

Instinct offers fun, safe, and free online training and behavior resources developed by our team of trusted, experienced behavior professionals.

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