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I'm glad you're here.

MJ, Owner/Head Trainer

  Dog training isn't just teaching our dogs to sit and walk nicely on a leash.  Our dog's are our best friends... or at least they should be. 

Training our dogs is all about creating the life we want to live with them.  


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. 


Why choose Instinctual Canine?

Have you ever been so at a loss with your dog's behavior that you no longer seem to enjoy having a dog?

I have. When I impulsively brought Max home I was in love.... until reality set in. The jumping, the barking, lunging at other dogs, peeing on the furniture.... life felt like a nightmare.

Max was the first of many. He taught me the ropes but then pushed me to dedicate my life to helping others learn to love their dogs again. 

By choosing Instinctual Canine you'll be working with an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer that has years of experience working with a wide variety of breeds and behavioral concerns.  Not only do we care about the results, we care about your experience. We're insured and always attending seminars and taking courses to continue our education.... ensuring you have the best possible outcomes. We're also AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluators and  certified therapy dog instructors. 

We can't wait to help you establish the same amazing, unique, and evolutionary relationship with your dogs that we've been so lucky to have with ours.  With a little patience, leadership, structure and hard work, together we can make sure you and your dog are living the best possible life together.  

Our Assistants 


Grimm is a 2 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. 



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.