Training at OHS
Training Opportunities at OHS
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 »
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$80 for a single session; $205 for a pack of three sessions. Our trainers are available to help you with your cat or dog. During a one-on-one consultation, we’ll review your unique situation and help you discover solutions to fit your specific needs. We can help with reactivity, fearful behavior, issues with dogs and kids, problems with multi-pet households, litter box problems, home alone issues, and more. We can meet with you at OHS or virtually. Learn more.
Group Training Classes
Puppy Manner and Puppy Romps at OHS Learn more and sign up!
It’s never too early to start training your new puppy! Puppies as young as 9 weeks can join us for in-person Puppy Manners and Romps.
Manners Training Program (Levels 1 -4) at OHS Learn more and sign up!
If your dog is 4 months or older, start your training at OHS with our Manners classes. Learn how to teach your dog basic cues and how to help them stay focused on you. 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!
$140 for five weeks of training. For dogs under one year of age. This intermediate level class is for dogs who have already taken Puppy Manners, Basic Manners or Levels 1-3 of our new Manners Training program. We will continue practicing basic cues, plus deal with adolescent issues like rough play, jumping on people, loose leash walking, and more! If you haven’t taken a basic level class, start with Level 1 of our Manners Training Program instead.
Reactive Rover at OHS Sign up now!
$195 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.
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.
Training and Behavior Department Contact
Call our Pet Behavior Helpline at (503) 416-2983 or send us a message.