On-site Training at OHS
On-site Training Opportunities at OHS
Training for Community Pets
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. We offer both in person and virtual training services.
For classes at OHS, registration fees are per dog. Please choose one adult in your household to attend your in-person group class, romp or one-on-one session with your dog. Contact us if you need to make an exception. To learn more about our updated safety requirements, check out our FAQs.
In-person training services take place in the Animal Medical Learning Center at the Oregon Humane Society in NE Portland. Directions »
Group Training Classes
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: Learn more and sign up!
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. Learn more and sign up!
Puppy Romps at OHS Learn more and sign up!
$20 per session. We have two romp classes:
Puppy Romp 1 is for puppies 9 – 12 weeks
Puppy Romp 2 is for puppies 13 – 20 weeks
During our Puppy Romps you can introduce your puppy to other healthy puppies and allow them to run, play and socialize! Helping your puppy learn the appropriate way to play with other Pups can help prevent behavioral problems as they mature. During Romps, our certified dog trainers give you some basic tips to help you be the best puppy parent!
Be sure to read all the requirements and information here: Learn more and sign up!
*NEW* Shy Puppy Training and Socialization Session Learn more and sign up!
$20 per session. For puppies 9-20 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 9-20 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!
*NEW CLASS* Clever Canine – Training Through Games Sign up now!
$120 for 4 weeks of training. For dogs 5 months and up. Looking for something fun and educational to do with your dog this summer? Then come to our new class “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 5 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
Levels (Complete Manners) Training at OHS Learn more and sign up!
This class is designed so you and your dog (4 months and older) can learn at your own pace. You 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 Reactive Rover class or check out our virtual options.
Adolescent Manners at OHS – Sign up now!
$180 for six weeks of training. For dogs 5 months – 1 year of age. We will help you to positively reinforce basic cues plus deal with adolescent behaviors such as rough play, jumping on people and leash walking. It will help your adolescent pup learn how to keep their focus around distractions and is for continued socialization and impulse regulation. .
Reactive Rover at OHS Sign up now!
$215 for six weeks of training. For dogs eight months and older. Does your dog lunge and bark when you’re out on a walk and she sees another dog? Start with Reactive Rover before trying a Manners class. You’ll learn positive training techniques and management tools that will help make walk-time more enjoyable. We’ll also lead you through guided practice sessions around other dogs to help teach and encourage calm, appropriate behavior. By the end of the course, you should have the confidence you need to continue training with your dog at home and out in the world.
Reactive Rover Refined at OHS Sign up now!
$60 for a single session; $165 for a pack of three sessions. For dogs who have graduated from Reactive Rover at OHS. Reactive Rover Refined builds on the fundamentals learned during our six week, in person Reactive Rover course so you can continue to practice with your dog in a safe, controlled environment. One of our Reactive Rover instructors will guide you through a 45 minute training session, providing feedback, reviewing protocols, and troubleshooting issues.
Reactive Rover and Reactive Rover Refined do 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, take our virtual Reactive Rover class instead.
Want to be notified when we schedule more classes? Let us know!
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. All staff, volunteers and clients are required to wear a mask or another face covering. 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 FAQs. »
All dogs over six months must be spayed or neutered to attend group training classes. We offer private training consultations and virtual options 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.
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Check out our Private training here: Private Training
Check out our Virtual training here: Virtual Training
Training and Behavior Department Contact
Call us at (503) 802-6729 or send us a message.