Therapy Dog Training Class

Dogs that visit hospitals, schools, and libraries to share comfort and affection are called “therapy dogs.” OHS offers a training program to prepare individuals and their animals to become registered animal-assisted therapy teams with the national organization Pet Partners.

This class is geared for those who would like more hands-on training with their dog prior to taking the Pet Partners Team Evaluation. You and your dog will work on the skills you need to be a successful therapy team. One class will involve a trip to the Portland International Airport for guided practice in the real world.

Even if you are not interested in the Pet Partners volunteer program, the skills learned in this class will help you strengthen your relationship with your dog so you can navigate our community together.

This is an advanced level class. If you have not completed a basic level class, please sign up for Basic Manners or Little Learners before joining this class.

This class is optional, but you must take the Pet Partners Handler’s Course prior to taking the Pet Partners Team Evaluation. View our Pet Partners training and evaluation schedule.

Please note: this class is not service dog training. Service dogs are trained to perform tasks for one person with a specific disability. Learn more about the difference between service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support dogs.


Oregon Humane Society – Manners Hall
1067 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97211 Get directions»

Manners Hall is in the Animal Medical Learning Center.


$115 for four weeks of training. Dogs attend all four weeks.

Proceeds from registration fees support the animals and programs at OHS. Thank you!


  • Dogs must be people and dog friendly.
  • Dogs must have completed a basic level training class before taking this class. Dogs should know how to sit, lay down, stay, come, leave it, and be able to walk on a loose leash. They should be able to focus on you around distractions and other dogs.
  • We strongly recommend completing an intermediate level class – like Beyond the Basics or CGC Prep – before taking this class.
  • Dogs must be at least six months of age. We strongly recommend you wait to take this class until your dog is one year or older.
  • Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations. Distemper/parvo combination vaccine is required for all dogs. Rabies vaccine is required for dogs over six months. Bordetella vaccine is recommended.
  • Dogs over six months must be spayed or neutered.
  • Dogs must be healthy and free of any symptoms of illness. No coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. within 24 hours of class.

Register for Class

We are unable to offer this class during this time of social distancing. Please check back later.

Want to sign up for the Pet Partners Handler’s Course too? View our schedule.

Interested in being notified when our next class is scheduled? Let us know!