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

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

Private Training

One-on-One Training at OHS

Basic Dog & Puppy Training Classes

Basic Manners – Monday, July 16
Little Learners –  Saturday, June 2
Puppy Manners – Tuesday, July 10
Puppy Romps! – Sunday, June 3

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

Intro to K9 Nose Work – Monday, July 9
K9 Nose Work 2: Intro to Odor – More information here
Drills and Skills Workshop – Sunday, June 3
Private Sessions  – More information here

Reactive Rover

Reactive Rover – Thursday, June 28
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, 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.

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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