Instinct Services | Dog Behavior Training Home School + Coaching

Home School + Coaching

Fun. Fast. Effective

Feeling overwhelmed about your dog’s training or behavior issues? Let us do the heavy lifting with a fully customized Instinct Home School program!

The BOARD & TRAIN Alternative

When you enroll in a Home School program with Instinct, a certified dog trainer will visit several times per week to work with your dog 1-on-1, in your own home and around your neighborhood -- a perfect alternative to our Camp + Coaching programs. Our Nature-Driven Nurture™ framework and positive reinforcement training methods ensure the learning experience is fully customized & enjoyable for you AND your dog.

Home School + Coaching programs are perfect for:

  • Leash Reactivity Issues(barking, lunging at dogs, people, or objects)
  • Outdoor Confidence Building
  • Leash Manners
  • Settling/Staying in Place
  • Coming when Called
  • Impulse Control around Food, Toys & Doorways
  • Puppy Development
  • Guest Routines
  • Resource Guarding
  • Handling Issues

Not suitable for working on separation anxiety, potty training issues, or certain types of human-directed aggression (try Private Coaching instead!).

“Instinct completely changed my relationship with my dog (for the better). The stress I experienced before during walks and when meeting new people is gone, and I can spend more time now enjoying my time with Benny. I would recommend Instinct to anyone seeking positive reinforcement training for their dog.”

Andrew H.


1. We Teach Your Dog

One of our nationally certified trainers visits your home 3 times per week to work one-on-one with your dog on a fully customized training & behavior plan.

2. We Teach You

You receive regular private coaching sessions with your trainer, to bring you up to speed on everything your dog is learning!

3. You Become Instinct Alumni

You & your dog get access to free and low-cost alumni-only classes, bi-weekly Zoom support Q&A’s, and our alumni-only Facebook group, so you can continue making progress long after your program ends.

Home School + Coaching programs start at $2085 plus applicable state taxes; prices vary based on location and trainer. Programs last, on average, 3-6 weeks, and include behavioral health support plans and lifetime access to free and/or low-cost alumni classes.

Ready to get started?

The first step is booking a 60-minute kickoff consultation to start working toward your goals!

Still Deciding?

Here are just a FEW of the reasons Home School is one of our most popular programs:
  1. Fully Customized Curriculum: each Home School program is 100% personalized to your training goals and your dog’s unique learning needs. No cookie cutter programs here!
  2. Professional Coaches: your dog learns from a professional dog trainer, so progress is super efficient.
  3. A Solid Board & Train Alternative: your dog gets to stay at home with you over the course of the program; their training sessions take place in your home and around your neighborhood.
  4. Support for You: teaching your dog is only 50% of the equation! Every Home School program includes tons of training and support for you, too, so you know exactly how to follow through with everything your dog has learned.

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.

Other Behavior & Training Options

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.   

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Camp + Coaching

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

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Puppy Camp + Coaching

An extraordinary puppyhood learning experience! Puppies live with & learn from a professional Instinct puppy raiser.

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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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