A Kinder World for Dogs & Humans

We’re not your average dog training company. Founded on the principle that dogs are family, our teams use a powerful combination of canine behavioral health science and collaborative coaching strategies to help humans and dogs live happier lives together.

Our qualifications

We are a team of board certified veterinary behaviorists, canine scientists, and certified, veterinarian-recommended trainers & behavior consultants. Our locally owned Instinct locations have helped tens of thousands of dogs and humans co-exist together, peacefully and happily.
A Purpose-Driven Company

Get to Know Us

Instinct was founded in 2009 in New York City as a small, home-based dog training company. Learn about our company journey.
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Meet Our Leadership Team

Sarah Fraser

Co-Founder, Co-CEO
Sarah Fraser is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Fear Free Certified Trainer, and holds an MA in Animal Behavior & Conservation from Hunter College. She has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, NBC Nightly News, New York Magazine, Associated Press, and more.

Brian Burton

co-founder, co-ceo
Brian is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and holds an MA in Animal Behavior & Conservation from Hunter College. He has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The New York Post, NPR, SiriusXM, and more.

Emily Levine, DVM, DACVB

vp, veterinary behavior
Dr. Emily Levine, DACVB, is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and Vice President, Veterinary Behavior at Instinct Dog Training Inc. Emily is founder & owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic of NJ, co-owner of Instinct Englewood, and author of Doggy Do's & Don'ts.

Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB

VP, Veterinary Behavior
Dr. Chris Pachel, DACVB, is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, certified animal behavior consultant, and a Vice President, Veterinary Behavior at Instinct Dog Training Inc. He is owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR, co-owner of Instinct Portland, and has been featured in countless media outlets as a veterinary behavior expert.
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