Current Training Classes

The Oregon Humane Society’s training and behavior department offers training classes, private consultations, and workshops for our community.  We want to help keep pets happy in their homes by educating people about humane and responsible treatment and training of their companion pets.

Class registration fees are per dog. Feel free to bring another adult with you to any of our classes. For more information about bringing children to class, check out our FAQs. »

Classes take place in the Animal Medical Learning Center at the Oregon Humane Society in NE Portland. Directions »

Some classes are for people only. Read the class description for details.

Free Opportunities

Helping Paws: How Your Dog can be a Therapy Dog – Sunday, September 16
Canine Body Language – Sunday, September 23, 2018
Problem Pooch Class – Sunday, October 14

Private Training

One-on-One Training at OHS

Basic Dog & Puppy Training Classes

Basic Manners – Saturday, September 22
Little Learners – Saturday, September 15
Puppy Manners – Saturday, September 8
Puppy Romps! – Sunday, August 19

Intermediate Dog Training Classes

Adolescent Manners – Wednesday, September 19
Beyond the Basics: Intermediate Manners – Thursday, October 18
Canine Good Citizen Prep Class – Thursday, September 6
Sports & Shenanigans Sampler Class – Wednesday, August 29

K9 Nose Work

Intro to K9 Nose Work – Monday, October 29
K9 Nose Work 2: Intro to Odor – More information here
Drills and Skills Workshop – Sunday, August 19
Private Sessions  – More information here

Reactive Rover

Reactive Rover – Wednesday, September 26
Sports & Shenanigans for Reactive Rovers – Get on our waitlist!

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Pet Partners Animal-Assisted Therapy Program – More information here
Pet Partners Handler’s Course – Sunday, October 7
Therapy Dog Hands-On Training Class – Sunday, October 28
Pet Partners Team Evaluation – Saturday, September 22

Already signed up for a class? View your schedule.

Class Requirements

Dogs attending our group training classes are required to be spayed or neutered. Animals attending private training consultations or who are under six months of age are exempt from this requirement. All dogs should also be current on vaccinations, including a distemper/parvo combination vaccine and rabies vaccine (if six months or older). Dogs should be wearing a flat collar, harness or head halter and be on a four to six foot leash. We do not allow prong collars, electronic collars, chain collars, chain leashes or extending leashes in class. For additional information about our policies check out our FAQs. »

Our Training Philosophy

Our training philosophy focuses on building a strong, healthy bond between a dog and his person through positive reinforcement. We do not like to use fear or intimidation-based tactics. OHS trainers believe that reward-based techniques and education on canine behavior is the best way to promote a trusting and respectful relationship between individuals and their dogs.

Our instructors are experienced Certified Professional Dog Trainers or working towards certification.

Additional Information

Free Articles on Pet Care and Advice
Training Department – Frequently Asked Questions

Training and Behavior Department Contact
Call (503) 416-2983 or send us a message.

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