OHS Puppy and Dog Training
Training for people, puppies, and dogs.
The Oregon Humane Society’s training and behavior departments offers training classes, private consultations, and workshops for you and your puppy or dog. We want to help keep pets happy in their homes by educating people about humane and responsible treatment and training of their companion pets. We offer both in person and virtual training services.
For classes at OHS, registration fees are per dog.
In-person training services take place in the Animal Medical Learning Center at the Oregon Humane Society in NE Portland.
Please choose one adult in your household to attend your group class, romp or one-on-one session with your dog. We ask that you only come to OHS if all members of your household are healthy. You will need to stay home if you or anyone in your household has been sick in the last two weeks. Masks are optional. During your visit to OHS, please practice physical distancing and leave at least 6 feet of space between you and other people you may encounter, both indoors or out. Restrooms are available upon request and we ask that you respect occupancy limits. You will not have access to a water fountain. For more information about in-person training services, including our new COVID-19 safety requirements, check out our FAQ’s.
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, please review our FAQs.
Our training philosophy focuses on building a strong, healthy bond between a dog and their 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.
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Portland Training Classes
We offer both in person and virtual live workshops where you can learn tips and tricks for you and your pet and can get all your questions answered.
They are one-hour-long classes for people only, and all are priced at $25 per person.
Puppy Training Questions & Answers Learning Presentation
$25 for 1 hour class. People Only.
Do you have puppy training questions? We have the answers! Join us for this 1-hour workshop to get your puppy questions answered. Get help with Socialization, Potty Training, Crate Training, Play Biting, living with an adult dog, and more! Help your pup getting started on the right paw with this workshop. This is for people only, as much as we would love to see your pup, please leave them at home.
Puppy Manners Class at OHS
$180 for six weeks of training. Puppies attending should be 9 to 15 weeks old at the start of class. See more info on this class here:
If your dog will be 16 weeks or older when class begins, please sign up for Level 1 of our Levels Classes for basic training help.
Puppy Romps at OHS
$20 per session. We have two romp classes:
Puppy Romp 1 is for puppies 9 – 13 weeks
Puppy Romp 2 is for puppies 11 – 18 weeks
During our Puppy Romps you can introduce your puppy to other healthy puppies and allow them to interact and socialize! Helping your puppy learn the appropriate way to play with other Pups can help prevent behavioral problems as they mature. In between play sessions, our certified dog trainers give you some basic tips and apply simple training games so you will have the best relationship possible with your puppy!
If your puppy age falls within with both classes, and your pup has never been to a romp before, please sign up for Puppy Romp 1.
Shy Puppy Training and Socialization Session
$20 per session. For puppies 9 – 18 weeks
If you had a hard time socializing your puppy due to COVID or if you have a pup who is just shy in general, then come to a Shy Puppy Training and Socialization Session.
We will teach you what to do when your puppy is timid, help you read your pups signals and help your puppy get accustomed to other shy puppies in a calmer, controlled setting with expert guidance.
Note: These session are only for Shy puppies, between the age of 9-18 weeks – $20 per session. Please do not register if your puppy is playful, outgoing and wants to romp. Instead register for Romp 1 or 2 (depending on your puppy’s age) or a puppy manners class (for puppies 9-15 weeks at start of class). Thanks!
Levels – Basic Dog Training at OHS
Levels is our version of Basic Manners Training. You and your dog (4 months and older) can learn at your own pace as our classes allow you to make your own schedule from several classes that are offered each week. Prior to your first class with your dog, you will need to attend our Intro to Levels Training class. You can find out about the Intro class and find out more information about the Levels classes here – Learn more and sign up!
If your dog barks and lunges at other dogs on walks, start with our Reactive Rover class.
Adolescent Manners at OHS
$180 for six weeks of training. For dogs 4 months – 1 year of age.
This class will help you through the challenge of dog adolescence. Using positive reinforcement, we will review basic cues plus learn new ways to deal with adolescent behaviors such as demanding attention and leash walking. The focus will be on teaching your teenage puppy to make appropriate choices, apply self-control around distractions, and grow to be a polite and well-socialized adult dog!
Clever Canine – Training Through Games
$120 for 4 weeks of training. For dogs 4 months and up. Looking for something fun and educational to do with your dog this summer? Then join us for “Clever Canine” where you will learn how to use games and tricks to train basic manners and provide your dog with exercise as well as much needed mental enrichment. We will teach you low impact activities good for adolescents and seniors alike that combine training with enjoyment and highlight all the opportunities for you to apply the techniques in the real world. A basic knowledge of marker training is helpful but not required! This lively class is for dogs 4 months and older, and we welcome more than one handler per dog so that the whole family can join in on the fun!
- Week 1 – Pattern Games
- Week 2 – Agility
- Week 3 – Useful Tricks
- Week 4 – Rally
Little Learners – Training for smaller dogs
$150 for 5 weeks of training. For dogs 4 months and up. This class is for smaller dogs, 25 lbs. and under and not taller than 15” at the back of the neck. In this class, we will focus on how little dogs learn as we teach multiple skills in an environment that keeps your small dog comfortable. Your dog will work on learning how to walk on a loose leash, auto settle and much more and you can build your bond by having fun together.
Reactive Rover 1 at OHS
$225 for six weeks of training. For dogs eight months and older. Does your dog lunge and bark when they see other dogs when out on a walk? In this class your will learn strategic management tools, safe leash handling and positive training techniques that will help create a calmer dog and handler and make walk-time more enjoyable. We’ll lead you through guided practice sessions with progressively more difficult triggers, building up to exercises around other dogs to help teach and encourage calm, appropriate behavior. By the end of the course, you will have a lot of skills and increased confidence to continue training with your dog at home and out in the world.
For more practice and advanced skills, you have the options to enroll in Reactive Rover 2!
Reactive Rover does not address off-leash aggression issues. If your dog is reactive towards people, worried about new environments, or if you’d just like to focus more on loose-leash walking and impulse control, try our in-person or virtual private classes.
Reactive Rover 2 at OHS
$150 for four weeks of training. For dogs eight months and older.
This 4 week class is for Graduates of Reactive Rover (or graduates of private training with instructor’s permission) and allows dogs and handlers to further hone and practice their on-leash skills. Using games and cues we will work to close the distance between dog and trigger and also encourage the dogs to remain calm and focused with distractions at a greater intensity. Outdoor activities may be included, weather permitting. This is an ideal way to get more practice if you are struggling to find controlled set-ups out in the world, if it’s been a while since you took Reactive Rover 1, or if you want to keep training momentum going after the first Reactive Rover series. You and your dog are welcome to enroll in this 4 week class more than once, to keep practicing.
Start Over Rover at OHS
$150 for five weeks of training. For dogs 4 months and up.
Have you recently adopted a dog and feel unsure of where to start when it comes to training? There can be so much conflicting advice from family, well-meaning neighbors and the internet! Let the certified professional trainers at OHS help set you on the right path to have the best life possible with your new furry friend. If you have adopted a dog from a shelter or rescue in the past 90 days, join us and other new rescue dog owners for Start Over Rover. We will touch on basic training cues but also games and exercises to help your dog adjust socially. We will teach you how to help your dog relax and enjoy being handled. Plus, you and your dog may make some new friends with shared goals!
Salem Training Classes
Salem-based Training Classes
Please note: these are all Salem-based classes.
Training and Behavior Department Contact
Call us at (503) 802-6729 or send us a message.