Training Workshops

Oregon Humane Society’s Training and Behavior Department offers a variety of affordable training workshops throughout the year. Please read individual descriptions for more details and to sign up. All workshops are for people only. Thank you for leaving your pets at home.


Oregon Humane Society – Animal Medical Learning Center
1067 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97211 Get directions»


$5 – $25. You choose how much to pay.*

Proceeds from registration fees support the animals and programs at OHS. Registration fee is per household, so please feel free to bring another adult with you. For more information about bringing children to class, check out our FAQs. »

Upcoming Workshops

Helping Paws: How Your Dog can be a Therapy Dog – Sunday, September 15, 2019, 1 – 2 pm Sign up now!
Is your dog a future therapy dog? Find out during this session! Learn about Animal-Assisted Therapy and how you and your dog can become a Pet Partners Team. Bring your questions but leave your pets at home.

Dog Park Etiquette – Saturday, September 21, 2019, 12:30 – 2 pm Sign up now!
Want to make sure your dog has fun at the dog park? During this workshop, you’ll learn more about dog-to-dog body language and what appropriate play looks like. We’ll also cover how to safely introduce your dog to others. Bring your questions but please leave your pets at home.

Problem Pooch – Sunday, September 29, 2019, 2 – 3 pm Sign up now!
Feeling frustrated with your canine companion? Join us at Problem Pooch for expert advice on common behavior concerns. We can help with potty training, home alone issues, multi-pet households, puppy play biting, and more! This class is perfect for first-time dog owners or those with newly-adopted dogs. Bring your questions but please leave your pets at home.

Canine Body Language – Sunday, October 6, 2019, 1 – 2:30 pm Sign up now!
During this fun, interactive presentation, you’ll learn how dogs express themselves using body language. Keep your dog happy and safe by learning how to tell when he’s worried or unhappy. This is a great class for all dog owners – especially those who visit dog parks, have kids at home, or who have just adopted a new dog. Bring your questions but please leave your pets at home.

Safe First Steps: Preparing Your Dog for Baby’s Arrival – Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:30 – 2 pm Sign up now!
Are you expecting a baby? You can help your dog adjust to life with an infant. During this presentation, we’ll talk about how to safely introduce your newborn to your dog. You’ll learn how to incorporate your dog into your family’s routine and how to address potential challenges. We’ll give you plenty of tips to start things off right. Plan ahead now – before baby arrives! Bring your questions but please leave your pets at home.

Help for your Shy Dog – Sunday, October 13, 2019, 1 – 2:30 pm Sign up now!
This workshop is for dog owners with introverted dogs. After learning more about fear-based behavior, students will learn tips and tricks to help their shy dogs feel and act more confident. Bring your questions but please leave your pets at home.

Total Recall and Loose Leash Walking – Saturday, October 26, 2019, 2:30 – 4 pm Sign up now!
Does your dog spend his entire walk pulling on the leash?  Does he stop listening when you go outside? During this presentation, you’ll learn how to teach your dog to come on cue and how to walk on a loose leash. This is a great class for first time dog owners! Bring your questions but please leave your pets at home.

Understanding Your Dog’s Home Alone Anxiety – Sunday, October 27, 2019, 1 – 2:30 pm Sign up now!
You adore your dog and would do anything for him, but you can’t ever leave him; he panics! Home Alone Anxiety is a heartbreaking disorder for dogs and their owners. Although there aren’t any quick fixes, this presentation will explain the disorder and give you a clear path to solutions that will help free you both. Bring your questions but please leave your pets at home.

Check back soon for more workshops options!

Need more help with your dog? If you have a lot of questions or are struggling with a difficult issue, consider booking a one-on-one training consultation.

*Can’t afford the cost of a workshop but still want to attend? Contact us. Purchases costing $25 or less are non-refundable. If you cannot attend the workshop you’ve signed up for, we can transfer your registration fee to another workshop. Learn more about our refund policy.»

**We do not keep a waitlist for workshops. If the workshop you are interested in attending is sold out, you are welcome to try to attend as a walk-in participant. If all pre-registered clients show up, walk-ins may not be able to participate.