Why Choose
Instinctual Canine?

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  Training your dog isn't just about teaching them to sit and walk nicely on a leash.  Your dog is your best friend... or at least they should be. 

 

If you're frustrated, embarrassed, or at your wits end.... I understand. Being in that spot is what pushed me to become a dog trainer. And now I can't imagine doing anything else.

 

 Training shouldn't just be about teaching a command, it should be about building trust, understanding, and providing our dogs with the tools they need to thrive in our increasingly modern world. 

By choosing Instinctual Canine you'll get to work with a certified dog trainer, AKC CGC evaluator and certified therapy dog instructor who has dedicated their life to improving the lives of our dogs. We're fully insured, and regularly attend educational seminars so that we can continue to provide you with the best service possible. 

Our Training Philosophy 

Here at Instinctual Canine, we take a "whole-dog" approach to dog training. We look at your dog as a whole, living being and we understand that their behavior includes much more than just obedience. 

Don't get us wrong, obedience is important, and it's something we'll work on with you and your dog. But, in order to have a well-behaved dog, we need to focus on more than just obedience. 

We work to build a solid foundation for your dog's behavior and mental state in order to ensure lifelong success. We'll take into consideration your dog's health and genetic drives so that we can set them up to be the best version of themselves, then we'll teach them how to make good choices and successfully live in our increasingly modern human world. 

In each of our training programs you'll work one-on-one with our trainers so that we can help you learn how to keep your dog successful throughout the rest of their lives. 

Our Team 

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MJ

Owner/Head Trainer 

-  Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer

-AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

- K9 Caring Angels Therapy Dog Evaluator 

 

Throughout the years I've been lucky enough to have some incredible dogs enter my life, and each and every one of them taught me something special. Now, I've dedicate my life to advocating for our dogs and helping them live the very best life possible. While working with me, you'll learn how to build and maintain a relationship with your dog that is built on trust and mutual respect, and your dog will get to have loads of fun along the way. 
 

Grimm

Grimm is a 3-year-old German Shepherd with a gloriously goofy demeanor who's enthusiasm for life is unmatched. He forces us to venture outside of our comfort zones and is constantly reminding us of how to be grateful for the small things when life gets tough. 

 

While chasing a frisbee is his ultimate goal in life, he also enjoys hiking, splashing in rivers, and shoving his soccer ball into your legs to get attention. We're always trying to learn new things together.

 

Together we've tried our hand at Barn Hunt, Sheep Herding, Lure Coursing, and tracking. He continually helps push us outside of our comfort zone to try new things, and we couldn't be more grateful to have such a wonderful partner in crime. 
 

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Max

Max is a 12-year-old mixed breed who loves nothing more than showing off his tricks in exchange for a snack. He's a perfect example of a wise senior dog, as he's lived all over the country and with a variety of younger dogs who he's helped to teach dog etiquette to. 

Max spent years teaching us, and challenging us when we needed it, and is now enjoying a well-earned retirement. Depite losing most of his vision, his energy is still that of a pup and you may occasionally see him tag along for lessons. 

He enjoyed a long hike back in his day, but now is often found sunbathing, napping on the furniture, or pretending we forgot to feed him.