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.

Already signed up for a class? View your schedule.

People-Only Workshops

Problem Pooch Class – Sunday, January 19
Introduction to Clicker Training – Sunday, February 23
Helping Paws: How Your Dog can be a Therapy Dog – Sunday, March 1
Safe First Steps: Prepare Your Dog for Baby – Saturday, March 7
Managing a Multi-Dog Household – Sunday, March 8

Private Training

One-on-One Training at OHS

Basic Dog & Puppy Training Classes

Puppy Romps! – Sunday, January 19
Puppy Manners -Monday, February 3
Basic Manners – Monday, February 10
Little Learners – Monday, January 27

Intermediate Dog Training Classes

Sports & Shenanigans Sampler Class – Sunday, March 1
Adolescent Manners – Tuesday, January 28
Beyond the Basics: Intermediate Manners – Tuesday, March 10
Canine Good Citizen Prep Class – Wednesday, February 19

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Pet Partners Animal-Assisted Therapy Program
Pet Partners Handler’s Course – Sunday, February 16
Therapy Dog Hands-On Training Class – Sunday, March 1
Pet Partners Team Evaluation – Get on our waitlist!

Reactive Rover

Reactive Rover – Wednesday, February 19

Class Requirements

All dogs over six months must be spayed or neutered to attend group training classes. We offer private training consultations for people who have unaltered dogs. All dogs should also be healthy and current on vaccinations, including a distemper/parvo combination vaccine and rabies vaccine (once over six months). 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.