Levels (Complete Manners) Training Program On-site

These Levels classes are designed so you and your dog (4 months and older) can learn at your own pace. You choose your own schedule from several options that are offered each week. No more having to go to a series of classes where you can fall behind if you miss one class.

With 4 levels, the training is broken into sections, each level builds on the previous level and your dog progresses when they are ready. They can also revisit previous levels if they need a refresher at any point of their training.

Before your dog starts taking levels classes, you will need to attend an in-person or virtual “Intro to Levels Training Class”. This intro class is for people only so please leave your dog at home.

In the “Intro to Levels Training Class” the trainers will show you how our program works. You will learn all about; how to prepare you and your dog for the classes, what to bring to each class, how the classes work, and the manners that your dog will learn. You will also learn about dog body language and how dogs learn.

** Please see the calendar below to sign up for this class as well as all the Levels Classes**

All classes will be at the Oregon Humane Society in NE Portland. Get directions»

How it works

  • You (without your dog) attend the Intro to Levels Training Class
  • Purchase a pass which best suits your needs (one visit to try it out or a value pass to jump right in – if using a pass, you may attend one class per day and up to three classes per week)
  • Start at Level 1 and move up when your dog is ready

Read more about each level. 

You can watch this 2 minute video on how these classes work here: Click here


Intro to Levels Training Class – $25

Single Manners Training Class – $40

Manners Training Class Pass 4 Classes – $140
($35 a class)

Manners Training Class Pass 6 Classes – $180
($30 a class)

Manners Training Class Pass 10 Classes – $260
($26 a class)

If using a pass, you may attend one class per day and up to three classes per week. Intro to Levels Class can be used with a single class purchase or with a pass.

Price is per dog. Your dog will attend class with you. Please choose one adult in your household to attend class with your dog. Please contact us if you need to make an exception or bring your children to class. Purchases are non-refundable once your training begins.

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

Class Requirements

  • Clients are required to attend the “Intro to Training Class” at OHS or virtually.
  • Clients must wear a mask/face covering to attend this in-person class. If a member of your household is not feeling well, please stay home. Learn more about our new COVID-19 Safety Requirements.
  • Dogs must have no known history of aggression towards people or other animals.
  • Dogs must be four months or older. If your dog will be between 9 and 15 weeks, please sign up for Puppy Manners or Puppy Romp instead.
  • 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.

To Register

Note: Completion of all 4 levels can be followed by the Canine Good Citizen Test. Please talk to the trainer in your Levels class for more information.

Examples of what you will learn in each level:

Manners Level 1:

  • Beginning Come when Called
  • Focus & Attention Exercises
  • Intro to loose leash walking
  • Managing Polite Greetings
  • Routine Settle
  • “Touch” Hand Targeting
  • Sit, Down, and Stay

Manners Level 2:

  • “Watch” on Cue
  • Loose Leash Walking with Increased Focus
  • Stay with Increased Distance and Distraction
  • Come When Called with Increased Distance
  • Intro to Heel with Side Sit and Stay at Side
  • Routine Settle and Polite Greetings Continued

Manners Level 3:

  • Beginning “leave it”
  • Beginning “drop it”
  • Calm greeting guests
  • “Wait” at the door
  • Beginning “go to bed”
  • Learning a trick!

Manners Level 4:

  • Advanced “leave it”
  • Advanced “drop it”
  • Stay with advanced distractions
  • “Advanced “go to bed” (adding distance and duration)
  • Generalizing learned cues to new environments

Remember that we offer private, one-on-one training as well one-on-one training.

Does your dog bark, whine, pull or stop responding to you when you see a dog at a distance? These classes may be a better fit for you and your dog: Reactive Rover, a virtual training class, or try one-on-one training instead.

Training and Behavior Department Contact
Call us at (503) 802-6729 or send us a message.