Oregon Humane Society
  Pet Training


Learn More About Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)

 Oregon Humane Society AAT Class Participants



OHS AAT prep school students





What is AAT?

Oregon Humane Society Pet Partners Tinker and Bell  
OHS AAT Pet Partners Tinker and Bell  

When pets visit public facilities such as hospitals and libraries, they bring with them unconditional love and proven psychological and medical benefits. A visit from an affectionate, trained companion animal and his or her handler is of immense emotional help to children and adults. AAT has been shown to enhance both physical and mental health.


The Oregon Humane Society can help individuals interested in this rewarding practice; our training opportunities are listed below.


Not sure your pet is ready for this program? Check out the prerequisites for becoming a registered Pet Partners team. You can also schedule a free pre-interview to help determine your pet's appropriateness for the program. Email us or call (503) 802-6713 to schedule.


What AAT Isn't

The Oregon Humane Society does not offer service dog training nor provide funding for individuals who want to acquire service dogs.  Service Dogs are trained to be a companion to one person who often has a specific disability. You can find more information on these websites: www.affluent.net/sara/ or www.cci.org



Training Opportunities at OHS


We offer training for both you and your pet so that you can become registered with the national organization Pet Partners.


Go to our current class schedule page.

I. Pet Partner All-Inclusive Training Course



  • All-day manual training for people only
  • Four weeks of specialized dog training
  • 30 minute private training with the instructor
  • One evaluation opportunity
  • Pet Partners Manual


Come learn the skills you need to provide caring, professional and safe visits with your dog to hospitals, assisted-living facilities, classrooms, libraries, schools and other facilities. The Pet Partner Class offers extensive instruction regarding the practice of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) along with role-playing exercises to improve your skills for visiting different types of people and settings. 


II. AAT Pet Partner Class (for people only)


We offer an all day Pet Partner Class several times a year for handlers only.


Go to our current class schedule page.


Back to Top




  • Pet Partner All-Inclusive Training Course: For one fee of $250, you will be entitled to the all day Pet Partner manual training, four weeks of specialized dog training, a 30 minute private training with the instructor, the Pet Partners manual (a value of $40) and one evaluation opportunity.
  • Pet Partner Class: $150 for all-day workshop, for people only; cost includes one evaluation opportunity and your Pet Partners manual.


Proceeds from registration fees support the animals and programs at OHS. Thank you!


Back to Top


Requirements for AAT Classes

  • At the time of your Pet Partner evaluation your pet must be at least one year of age.  You may still participate in other training opportunities even if your pet is under one year. 
  • If ultimately you wish to visit facilities in the community as an Oregon Humane Society volunteer, you will also need to complete the OHS New Volunteer Orientation which is offered monthly.  Please note, you do not have to volunteer in the shelter as an OHS AAT volunteer unless you wish to do so.


Go to our current class schedule page.


Team Evaluation Opportunities
Along with AAT training classes, we offer the opportunity for you and your pet to take the Pet Partners Team Evaluation with a licensed Pet Partners Team Evaluator at OHS.


To be eligible for evaluation, you must have a certificate of completion from a Pet Partners Handler Class. Learn more about the Pet Partners Team Evaluation.


To Register


    Check back soon for information about our next evaluation.


Important Note: The OHS AAT Pet Partners Handler and Dog Training Classes includes an opportunity to take the Team Evaluation. If you have signed up for an AAT Pet Partners class, you do not need to register for the evaluation separately.


Interested in being on a waitlist for a sold out event listed above? Let us know!




Contact the Behavior department or call (503) 802-6713.


Back to Top




< Look at all OHS pet training classes