Growing up, Rachel always had a love for animals, and never had less than two dogs in her home. When her husband adopted a dog from a rescue organization and then went on deployment, she took it upon herself to seek out help and learn how to train her dog when food aggression and reactivity issues started to show. After being let down by several reward-based programs, she found a balanced trainer that changed her life. From there, her passion for rehabilitation and training grew!
During college, Rachel volunteered for a balanced dog training company. During her time there she gained a lot of experience working with dogs of all ages, temperaments, and behavior problems. This experience allowed her to really grow in her ability to train and guide clients through their journey towards building a balanced relationship with their dog.
She has worked professionally as a dog trainer for almost a decade, and while she enjoys rehabilitating challenging cases, she has a real passion for rescue and loves empowering clients to take up a leadership role with their dogs.
I worked doing all the things my vet recommended for almost 2 years trying to get my big pitty to let me trim his nails. It worked off and on but to really get his nails done he needed to be sedated (which is over $100)
After Rachel came over and worked with him and me, I can trim ALL of his nails like nothing, and I’m learning how to get my older dog less feisty too!
Its a little more work but 1000% more pleasant.
Seriously, Rachel paid for herself in 1 visit!
They are awesome. Nick has totally changed my relationship with my dog, Blaze. We needed to be trained to understand his needs.
Doing an excellent job with my grandog Floyd!
Nick is an amazing trainer! He trained me to train my goldendoodle. His goal is to have a dog that is excited to behave. Nick has an incredible amount of knowledge with regard to dog behavior and how to change it. He spent a lot of time explaining to me the ins and outs of how to use the educator collar. It took him no time at all to teach the dog what he wanted. And then he made sure that I could get the dog to do the command, and that I was comfortable practicing on my own. He actually explained to me how to train Annokhi on some new commands at home on my own! It really impressed me that he was more concerned with teaching me how to train my dog, than bringing him back for more sessions. He was really patient with both me and my dog, and was quick to respond to issues I was having with a phone call. I have been to many trainers, for different dogs over the years, and hands down, Nick is the best I have ever used!
When I adopted my 6 month old German Shepard mix, Castiel, I knew from the start I needed help. Luckily I had met Rachel and Nick a few months before and decided to give them a call. Nick came to my house and spent 2 hours talking through their training process and making sure I were on board with everything he wanted to start with. Alpha instincts not only builds confident dogs, they build confident owners. With every lesson nick made sure that, not only was I confident enough to lead my dog through training, but that I understood WHY we were doing what we were doing. In a month I have seen Cas go from a destructive, defiant, timid ball of fur to a confident dog with less separation anxiety. I also know how to help him channel his extra puppy energy in a constructive way. I’m so thankful for Nick and Rachel for always answering my questions in between lessons, and for being patient and flexible. These guys understand dogs and people better than anyone else I’ve ever met. They truly care about every single client. You can’t get better service or training in my opinion. They know what they’re doing and I would recommend them to anyone who’s needing help. They have changed my relationship with my dog and bettered both of our lives!
Copper, my beagle, used to be pretty stubborn, entitled & slightly aggressive towards others when it came to doing simple things that he decided he did not want to do. After going through the Board & Train program with Rachel, Copper came back as a dog that was eager to listen and made better choices than he had before around the house. We’ve got a better relationship and he’s much better around the new puppy we have.
My dog Bear just finished his training with Nick. It was a very positive and productive experience for both Bear and myself. We have both learned a lot and our relationship is so much better. He is actually happy to know what is expected of him. I highly recommend Alpha Instincts Dog Training.
What can we say?
Rachel and Alpha Instincts has saved our relationship with our dog. With the help we’ve been able to make leaps and bounds of improvement. Before we have a basically rescue case who’s entire life changed, and his personality changed along with it. We couldn’t have people over, we were having a hard time taking him out and giving him the exercise he needed because of how reactive he had become, and he didn’t trust us. While hesitant we reached out, Rachel has been accommodating with scheduling, and I am convinced if she ever made her way to Washington Thor our boxer would train with her without a problem. With her help we now have a dog that at least trusts us, is learning he doesn’t need to control every situation, we can have people over again, and we now are equipped with the tools to help our dog, and our life with him. We’ve learned we shouldn’t have to compromise our lives, to love and live with him, but that we can help him be a beneficial addition to our family that he has been. If you need ANY help with your dog, don’t think you can do it all on your own or that you have too.10/10, 100% of the time we recommend Rachel and Alpha Instincts!
I have a Doberman – at one point a different trainer told us she was “aggressive” and that we should “give her back to the breeder.” Alpha Instincts evaluated our pup, reassured us that she wasn’t actually “aggressive” (though they said they do love a challenge, she wasn’t going to be one) and started training the same day. I type this review while my sweet pup is snuggled up at my feet. I’m very thankful we called Alpha Instincts.
We are so grateful to Alpha Instincts. We did a lot of research, watched their Facebook before and after videos, and met with Nick for a couple hours to discuss their programs. Our puppy did so good and all our lives have been enhanced by having a well-trained dog in our home 😊. We continue to practice at home, and he is calmer, and more obedient all around. I would recommend Alpha Instincts to anyone looking for a safe, friendly, and effective training program.