George the brindle puppy playing in an OHS chip yard

Training in Portland

At Oregon Humane Society, we want to help keep pets happy in their homes by educating people about humane, responsible treatment and training.

Our training classes and resources are available to everyone in the community—both online or in-person at our campus in NE Portland.

Pet Training at OHS Portland Campus

Experience training that goes beyond sit and roll over. Training with your dog or puppy can help exercise their mind and strengthen your bond. Training with your cat or kitten can help them gain confidence and keep them entertained.

Class Location

Oregon Humane Society Portland Campus
Animal Medical Learning Center
1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97211

Sign Up for Classes

Registration fees are per pet. We use Mindbody for our scheduling software, which works best with Chrome. When you sign up for your first class, you will be asked to set up an account with Mindbody, using a login and password that is unique to you. Already signed up for a class? Access your training schedule here.

Puppy Preschool

$180 for six weeks of training. Puppies attending should be 9 to 15 weeks old at the start of class.

This is a great class for new puppy guardians who would like to learn all the basics of raising a puppy. The class will go over training foundations, such as name recognition, focusing on you, beginning of walking on leash and recall. We will also address jumping, mouthing, potty training and learning to relax in exciting places.

We also place a great emphasis on appropriate exposure to new people, things and sounds, as well as appropriate play and interactions with other puppies.

Class Requirements

Please limit attendance to 2 people. Please contact us if you need to make an exception or bring your children to class. If you (or anyone in your household) are not feeling well, please stay home.

Your puppy must be:

  • Between 9 and 15 weeks of age at the START of class (not at the time you sign you up online).
  • Up-to-date on vaccinations. Your puppy must have received at least one round of a distemper/parvo combination vaccine at least seven days prior to starting class. Bordetella vaccine is recommended. Rabies vaccination and spay/neuter are not required since dogs are under 7 months of age.
  • Healthy and free of any symptoms of illness. No coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. within 24 hours of class.

Puppy Kindergarten

$180 for six weeks of training. Puppies attending should be 16 to 24 weeks (4-6 Months) old at the start of class.

This is a great stand-alone class, or continuation of our Puppy Preschool. We will focus on practicing attention on you, walking on leash and recall around distractions through a variety of fun games. We will cover impulse regulation exercises, such as “stay” and “leave it” and calm relaxation around distractions. We will cover appropriate play and interactions with other dogs and people.

Class Requirements

Please limit attendance to 2 people. Please contact us if you need to make an exception or bring your children to class. If you (or anyone in your household) are not feeling well, please stay home.

Your puppy must be:

  • Between 16 and 24 weeks (4-6 months) of age at the START of class (not at the time you sign you up online).
  • Up-to-date on vaccinations. Your puppy must have received at least one round of a distemper/parvo combination vaccine at least seven days prior to starting class. Bordetella vaccine is recommended. Rabies vaccination and spay/neuter are not required since dogs are under 7 months of age.
  • Healthy and free of any symptoms of illness. No coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. within 24 hours of class.

Puppy Romps

$20 per session. We have two romp classes:

Puppy Romp 1 is for puppies 9 – 13 weeks 
Puppy Romp 2 is for puppies 11 – 18 weeks

During our Puppy Romps you can introduce your puppy to other healthy puppies and allow them to interact and socialize! Helping your puppy learn the appropriate way to play with other Pups can help prevent behavioral problems as they mature.  In between play sessions, our certified dog trainers give you some basic training tips and apply simple training games so you will have the best relationship possible with your puppy! If your puppy is 11-13 weeks, and your pup has never been to a romp before, please sign up for Puppy Romp 1.

Use calendar below to sign up for a class. Calendar shows one week at a time, click on full calendar to see future classes.

There is an issue using Firefox when signing up for Puppy Romps, please use Chrome or contact us if you need help.

Romp Requirements

Please limit attendance to 2 people to attend Romp with your pup. Please contact us if you need to make an exception or bring your children to class. If you (or anyone in your household) are not feeling well, please stay home.
Your puppy must be:
  • Attending the romp appropriate for their age (i.e.: 9 – 13 weeks; 11 – 18 weeks).
  • If your puppy age falls in with both classes, and you pup has never been to a romp before, please sign up for Puppy Romp 1.
  • Up-to-date on vaccinations. Your puppy must have received at least one round of a distemper/parvo combination vaccine at least seven days prior to attending Romp. Bordetella vaccine is recommended. Rabies vaccination and spay/neuter are not required since dogs are under 1 year of age.
  • Healthy and free of any symptoms of illness. No coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. within 24 hours of Romp.
  • Please be sure your puppy is wearing a well-fitted collar or harness and a 4 – 6 foot leash that they can drag during play. Please bring a variety of treats with you as well.
  • If your puppy is not fully vaccinated, we recommend carrying them from your car into Manners Hall. We clean and disinfect Manners Hall before each Romp, so your puppy can safely play on the floor.

If there is not a “sign up now” button on the widget, then the Romp you are interested in attending is sold out. Please continue to check back for spots to open up, as people tend to cancel at the last minute. Walk-ins are not allowed during this time.

Levels – Basic Dog Training at OHS 

Levels is our version of Basic Manners Training. You and your dog (6 months and older) can learn at your own pace as our classes allow you to make your own schedule from several classes that are offered each week.

Prior to your first class with your dog, you will need to attend our Intro to Levels Training class. Learn more about the Intro class and more information about the Levels classes:

Adolescent Manners at OHS

$180 for six weeks of training. For dogs 6-18 Months of age

This class will help you through the challenge of dog adolescence. Using positive reinforcement, we will review basic cues plus learn new ways to deal with adolescent behaviors such as lack of focus with you, jumping and pulling on the leash. The focus will be on teaching your teenage dog to make appropriate choices, apply self-regulate around distractions, and grow to be a polite and well-socialized adult dog!

We also offer a 1-hour Pet Parent class on Navigating Canine Adolescence. This class will give you an understanding of your Adolescent Dog and will have time for Q&A’s. See our listings under Pet Parent Classes for people only.

Agility 1 – Foundations

$120 for four weeks of training. For dogs 1 year of age and older.

Fun, bonding, and exercise! That is what you and your dog will get in this 4-week beginners’ class to agility. Going through tunnels, going over jumps, using weave poles, tires and the table, will give your dog physical and mental stimulation. At the end of this class, you and your dog will be able to complete a 3-obstable mini course. Agility is a great way to bond and get a great workout! After this class, you can continue to Agility 2 – Intermediate, or this course can be repeated to get more practice. Chat with the trainer about how to progress at the end of the class.

Prerequisites
  • Dogs need to be 1 year or older at the start of the class.
  • Completion of all 4 levels or our Levels Program is required.
  • Positive Reinforcement training experience in a group class setting is required.

Agility 2 Intermediate

$180 for six weeks of training. For dogs 1 year of age and older.

This intermediate level 6-week course will pick up where Agility 1 leaves off, with more focus on handling skills, distance, and obstacle approach.  By the end of the class, you and your dog will be able to safely complete a 4-5 obstacle course. This class can be repeated to get more practice.

Prerequisites
  • Completion of Agility 1 – Foundations

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Class – Includes Test 

$150 for five weeks of training. For dogs 1 year of age and older

CGC Prep Class is an advanced 5-week class that is for graduates of our Clever Canine or Levels Program. We cover exercises to prepare you and your dog for the CGC test. We will learn how to help your dog be successful with the 10 elements of the test, such as: greeting strangers politely, basic loose leash walking, stay and calmly passing another dog.  The last week of the class is devoted to the test itself.

Prerequisites
  • Dogs need to be 1 year or older at the start of the class.
  • Completion of all 4 levels or our Levels Program is required, or completion of Clever Canine.
  • Positive Reinforcement training experience in a group class setting is required.
  • Owners need to be familiar with marker training.
  • Owners need to be able to recognize their dogs’ calming signals.

NOTE: As in all our classes, treats and positive reinforcement methods are used. As a reminder, flexible/extendable leashes, leash corrections, choke chains, prong collars, or shock collars are not allowed.

This class is seasonal, if you are interested in attending this class but do not see it available, please request it here.

Clever Canine – Training Through Games

$120 for 4 weeks of training. For dogs 4 months and up.

Looking for something fun and educational to do with your dog? Then join us for “Clever Canine” where you will learn how to use games and tricks to train basic manners and provide your dog with exercise as well as much needed mental enrichment. We will teach you low impact activities good for adolescents and seniors alike that combine training with enjoyment and highlight all the opportunities for you to apply the techniques in the real world. A basic knowledge of marker training is helpful but not required! This lively class is for dogs 4 months and older, and we welcome more than one handler per dog so that the whole family can join in on the fun! Each week will have a specialized theme consisting of:

  • Pattern Games
  • Agility
  • Useful Tricks
  • Rally

Does your dog bark and lunge at other dogs? Contact us to discuss if this is the right class for you.

Little Learners – Training for Smaller Dogs

$150 for 5 weeks of training. For dogs 4 months and up. 

This class is for smaller dogs, 25 lbs. and under and not taller than 15” at the back of the neck. In this class, we will focus on how little dogs learn as we teach multiple skills in an comfortable environment without the presence of large dogs. Your dog will work on learning how to walk on a loose leash, auto settle and much more. You can build your bond by having fun together.

Reactive Rover 1

$225 for six weeks of training. For dogs eight months and older

Does your dog lunge and bark when they see other dogs when out on a walk? In this class your will learn strategic management tools, safe leash handling and positive training techniques that will help create a calmer dog and handler and make walk-time more enjoyable. We’ll lead you through guided practice sessions with progressively more difficult triggers, building up to exercises around other dogs to help teach and encourage calm, appropriate behavior. By the end of the course, you will have a lot of skills and increased confidence to continue training with your dog at home and out in the world. 

For more practice and advanced skills, you have the options to enroll in Reactive Rover 2 or Reactive Rover Practice Class after this class. See info below.

Reactive Rover does not address off-leash aggression issues. If your dog is reactive towards people, worried about new environments, or if you’d just like to focus more on loose-leash walking and impulse control, try our in-person or virtual private classes.

We also offer a 1-hour Pet Parent class on Help for your Leash Reactive Dog. This class will give you an understanding of your Reactive Dog and will have time for Q&A’s. See our listings under Pet Parent Classes for people only.

Reactive Rover 2 – with activities

$150 for four weeks of training. For dogs eight months and older

Can reactive dogs do agility activities, scent games or rally? With other dogs in the room? Yes they can! In this controlled environment your dog can learn a new activity each week while practicing their skills to be around other dogs. You will continue to learn your dog’s body language, understand their threshold, what activities they enjoy and do not enjoy. In learning these fun activities, you can start to incorporate them in your home for exercise when it is raining or too hot outside.

This 4-week class is for Graduates of Reactive Rover 1 or Small and Reactive (or graduates of private training with instructor’s permission). You and your dog are welcome to enroll in this 4-week class more than once, to keep practicing and enjoying the fun activities, or you can join Reactive Rover Practice Class below.

Reactive Rover Practice Class

$100 for 3 weeks of training. For dogs who have graduated from Reactive Rover 1 or Small and Reactive (or graduates of private training with instructor’s permission)

This class is great for people and dogs who live in areas that are busy with other dog and cannot easily practice their skills from their reactivity class. We offer a safe, controlled environment to practice reactivity training with your dog in a small group setting.

This 3-week class is for Graduates of Reactive Rover 1 or Small and Reactive (or graduates of private training with instructor’s permission). Need more practice? This class can be taken again!

Small and Reactive

$190 for five weeks of training. For dogs 6 months and up

Does your tiny dog (under 25 lbs.) have a big bark when they see other dogs, people, or scary objects? If so, this class is for you! We’ll lead you through guided practice sessions with progressively more difficult triggers, building up to exercises around other dogs to help teach and encourage calm, appropriate behavior. You will learn strategic management tools, safe leash handling and positive training techniques that will help create a calmer dog and handler and make walk-time more enjoyable. By the end of the course, you will have a lot of skills and increased confidence to continue training with your dog at home and out in the world.

We also offer a 1-hour Pet Parent class on Help for your Leash Reactive Dog. This class will give you an understanding of your Reactive Dog and will have time for Q&A’s. See our listings under Pet Parent Classes for people only.

Start Over Rover

$150 for five weeks of training. For dogs 4 months and up

Have you recently adopted a dog and feel unsure of where to start when it comes to training? There can be so much conflicting advice from family, well-meaning neighbors and the internet! Let the certified professional trainers at OHS help set you on the right path to have the best life possible with your new furry friend. If you have adopted a dog from a shelter or rescue in the past 90 days, join us and other new rescue dog owners for Start Over Rover. We will touch on basic training cues but also games and exercises to help your dog adjust socially. We will teach you how to help your dog relax and enjoy being handled. Plus, you and your dog may make some new friends with shared goals!

Does your dog bark and lunge at other dogs? Contact us to discuss if this is the right class for you.

Cat classes have many benefits for you and your feline friend:

  • They are fun bonding experiences.
  • Your kitten or cat gets extra exercise and mental stimulation.
  • Kitten classes can prevent many common issues that adult cats develop.  
  • You can learn and ask questions to curb cat’s behavior.
  • Since our classes are virtual, you can take them from anywhere!
  • You will be able to impress your friends and family with what your cat can do!

All of our cat and kitten classes are virtual as cats are more comfortable in their own home and respond better to training.

In addition to the classes below, we also offer virtual private training for cat and kittens to work with you and your feline on specific issues. Click here for virtual private training.

Virtual Kitten-garten Class for Kittens 

$95 for 4 weeks of training

Congratulations on your new kitten! Kittens are fun, active and very smart! Start them off right with our Kitten-garten class.  In this class, we will help them grow up to be a well-adjusted cat by teaching how to make experiences such as going in the crate or going to the vet less scary, how to make nails trims a positive experience and how to work with unwanted behaviors before they start. Training helps cats be less stressed, which in turn, helps them to be healthier! Bring your questions and ask away at this live class.

For kittens 6 months and younger. This is a live Zoom class. Please opt into emails when signing up with Mindbody, your link will be in the email sent directly after you sign up for this class.

Cat Specialty Virtual Classes

In the following 45-minute specialty live virtual classes you and your cat will learn different techniques that will boost your cat’s confidence and improve your cat’s mental stimulation. You will have some bonding time with your cat, both during the class and after with the skills you will learn. This is great for all cats, but especially the young adults to help keep them physically and mentally entertained.

Things to know:

  • This class is for cats 2 months and up
  • Please have your cats’ favorite treats available for the class. These can be cut into small pieces so they don’t get too much during class.
  • We recommend that your cat is familiar with clicker or marker training before taking one of these classes as this will help with some of the training. You can rent our Introduction to Clicker Training Video here. A target stick with a clicker is a great tool to use with cats for clicker training.
  • For these classes, we use Mindbody Live. You will receive the link to the class in an email from Mindbody 30 minutes prior to the start of class.

Feline Friendship – Cat Introductions for a Harmonious Household

$25 for 45-minute Virtual Class

Welcome to our live virtual 45-minute class on introducing your new feline friend to other animals! Bringing a new kitten or cat home is an exciting time filled with a range of emotions. However, it’s crucial to approach introductions with care and patience to ensure a smooth transition for all involved. In this session, we’ll discuss the significance of a gradual introduction process, as well as how to properly set up your home to facilitate the introduction. Join us as we explore tips and techniques aimed at minimizing stress and fostering harmony among your pets. Feel free to bring any questions or concerns you may have for our experienced trainer to address.

This is a Mindbody Online Live class.

4/9/24 7pm Class

Feline Manners Makeover

$25 for 45-Minute Virtual Class

Jumping on the counter is common for cats to do – they are closer to you, they find good stuff to eat, and they can explore, but that is not always the best for them or you. Maybe your cat has decided your favorite chair is fun to scratch. Learn what you can do to discourage unwanted behavior, both you and your cat will be happier. Do you have other behaviors you would like to address? Bring your questions to ask the trainer.

This is a Mindbody Online Live class.

4/16/24 7pm Class

Clicker Training Basics: A Guide to Pawsitive Reinforcement and Tricks

$25 for 45-Minute Virtual Class

Discover your cat’s potential with clicker training! Have you ever wanted to teach your kitty cool tricks like high five or jump through your arms? Or maybe just respond to their name? This class shows you how to start the process of positive reinforcement to encourage your cat to interact with you for rewards. Cats are very curious and smart and need daily enrichment to give them mental and physical stimulation, especially if they are indoor only. Enrichment, exercise, and the stimulation all help to keep your cat’s stress level down, which helps to keep them healthier. This class will teach you how to create positive experiences, fun activities, and entertainment for your cat. Outside cats will enjoy the activities when they are inside due to rain or extreme heat.

This is a Mindbody Online Live class.

Tues 4/23/24

Whisker Wanderers: Virtual Cat Outdoor Adventures

$25 for 45-Minute Virtual Class

Have you thought of going for walks or hikes with your cat? Do you and your cat want to take adventures together? Cats going out on hikes, going camping and just going for a walk is becoming more and more popular in the Pacific NW. Learn the steps and tools you will need to have your cat feel comfortable going out in the world with you. These include using a harness, what to do when a dog is on the same path as you, creating a safe space for your cat and more. You and your cat will get a strong bond and your cat will enjoy all the new sights and smells while they get exercise and stimulation.

This is a Mindbody Online Live class.

4/30/24

On-Demand Training Videos

We have several videos with training tip and helpful advice. These videos can be watched multiple times for a period of 30 days. Click here to for more information.

Private Training Consultations – Dogs, Puppies, Cats & Kittens

Do you need training advice with your puppy, dog, kitten, or cat? If you need help starting off in the right direction with your new puppy or kitten or you are having behavior problems – We can help!

During a one-on-one consultation, we will address your specific needs. You will learn easy to implement techniques to improve your pet’s behavior using positive reinforcement to train desired responses. We offer one-time sessions, or you can purchase a package with multiple visits. Our private classes are either on site at our campus, or virtually through Zoom.

Virtual Private classes can be great for dogs that are having a hard time being alone at home, or for two dogs that are not quite enjoying each others company yet.

Visits for dogs and puppies can be in person at OHS or be virtual. 

Visits for Cats and Kittens are virtual only.

We can help with:

  • Shy/Fearful behaviors
  • Home alone issues
  • Preparing your pet for a baby
  • Litter Box Issues
  • Multi-pet Household problems
  • Puppy or Kitten Training
  • Leash Reactivity
  • A new pet adjust to their new home
  • And more!

We specialize in helping pets with special needs and pets from shelters.

Price

$85 for one consultation, either on-site or virtual visit. Consultations are typically 45 minutes.

$225 for a pack of three consultations, good for on-site and virtual visits. Consultations are typically 45 minutes each. If you are planning to purchase a 3-pack, we recommend meeting with the same trainer for each appointment.

Proceeds from consultation fees go to support the animals and programs at OHS.

Consultation fees are per household, not pet. When you schedule your appointment, let us know in the “notes” field if you plan to have two pets with you. If bringing two dogs to an appointment at OHS, please have a handler for each dog.

Pet Parent Classes are live online classes with one of our certified trainers. These classes are kept small (up to 10 people at the most) so you can get all your questions answered and are economical at only $25 each! Enjoy a class from the comfort of your home or during your lunch break while you learn about a specific topic. These classes are through Mindbody Online Live. When you sign up for a class, you will receive the class link 30 minutes prior to class.

We also have live online classes for cats and kittens that are $25. Please look under Training Classes for Kittens and Cats.

Virtual Navigating Canine Adolescence Live Presentation

$25 for 1 hour class. People Only.

Are you seeing more challenging behavior from your dog now that they are between 5 months and 2 years old? Jumping on people, easily distracted, acting like a leash gremlin and sometimes driving you crazy—it might seem like they forgot everything learned in puppy class. This is normal! Your dog is a canine adolescent, which can start as early as 16-17 weeks, and these “teenage years” are a particularly difficult time for both the dogs and their people. Learn how to use positive reinforcement training, games, and management techniques to guide your dog into a stress-free, happy adulthood.

3/26/24 7pm Class
4/23/24 7pm Class

Virtual Canine Body Language

$25 for 1 hour class. People Only.

During this educational, interactive presentation, you’ll learn how dogs express themselves using body language. Keep your dog happy and safe by learning how to tell when he or she is worried, stressed, or unhappy. This is a great class for all dog owners – especially those who visit dog parks, have kids at home or who have just adopted a new dog.

Class coming soon

Virtual Help for your Leash-Reactive Dog Live Presentation

$25 for 1 hour class. People Only.

Is it a struggle to walk your dog because they bark and lunge, or they pay attention to everything in the environment other than you? This virtual seminar will cover causes and treatment options for reactive behavior of any kind, with special focus on the leash-reactive dog. Led by an instructor from our popular Reactive Rover class, students in this one-hour class will learn about positive training techniques, habit changes and management techniques that can improve walks with enough practice and consistency. Attendees will also get information about group classes and private training that may help them reach their goals. 

3/20/24
4/17/24 7pm Class
  • Bring your dog on a collar or harness and a 4-6 Ft leash.
  • Bring medium to high value treats cut into small pieces ( for example: liver, cheese, chicken or jerky)
  • Bring a treat pouch, fanny pack or an apron to keep your treats in during training, this will free your hands to handle your dog easier
  • Bring something for your dog to lay down on, such as a towel, dog bed or old yoga mat
  • If desired, bring a water bottle and a chew toy (no squeaky toys please) for your dog to relax with in between exercises.
  • Meet us on the Western side of the OHS building

Free & On-Demand Training Videos

Did you recently adopt a new cat or dog? Need some help navigating your dog’s anxiety or your cat’s litter box issues? Get some useful tips on helping your pet.

More Training Help

Have questions about our training facilities or classes? Need more help for your pet? Check out our frequently-asked questions, use our interactive resource tool, sign up for a training class, or book a private training to find solutions.

Contact Us

Training & Behavior

(503) 802-6729
Free Pet Behavior Helpline: (503) 416-2983