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

Problem Pooch Class – Sunday, March 18
Managing a Multi-Dog Household – Saturday, February 17
Help! My Cat Hates the Litter Box – Sunday, February 25

Private Training

One-on-One Training at OHS

Basic Dog & Puppy Training Classes

Basic Manners – Saturday, April 7
Little Learners –  Saturday, March 24
Puppy Manners – Wednesday, March 28
Puppy Romps! – Sunday, February 18

Intermediate Dog Training Classes

Adolescent Manners – Thursday, March 29
Beyond the Basics: Intermediate Manners – Get on our waitlist!
Canine Good Citizen Prep Class – Get on our waitlist!
Sports & Shenanigans Sampler Class – Saturday, April 7

K9 Nose Work

Intro to K9 Nose Work – Tuesday, March 13
K9 Nose Work: Intro to Odor – Sunday, April 1

Reactive Rover

Reactive Rover – Tuesday, April 3
Sports & Shenanigans for Reactive Rovers – Tuesday, April 17

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Pet Partners Animal-Assisted Therapy Program – More information here
Pet Partners Handler’s Course – Sunday, March 25
Therapy Dog Hands-On Training Class – Sunday, February 18
Pet Partners Team Evaluation – Sunday, February 18

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). 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.

Have you and your pet been helped by the OHS Training and Behavior Department? Please consider making a donation to support the animals and programs at OHS. Donate Now »