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.
Safe First Steps: Preparing Your Dog for Baby’s Arrival – Saturday, June 2
Problem Pooch Class – Sunday, June 10
Helping Paws: How Your Dog can be a Therapy Dog – Sunday, June 24
Basic Dog & Puppy Training Classes
Intermediate Dog Training Classes
Adolescent Manners – Get on our waitlist!
Beyond the Basics: Intermediate Manners – Saturday, July 28
Canine Good Citizen Prep Class – Monday, July 23
Sports & Shenanigans Sampler Class – Saturday, June 23
K9 Nose Work
Pet Partners Animal-Assisted Therapy Program – More information here
Pet Partners Handler’s Course – Sunday, July 29
Therapy Dog Hands-On Training Class – Sunday, June 10
Pet Partners Team Evaluation – Sunday, June 17
Already signed up for a class? View your schedule.
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.
Training and Behavior Department Contact
Call (503) 416-2983 or send us a message.
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