Manners Levels 1-4
Manners Training Program On-site
(Levels 1 -4)
These classes are 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.
In the 4 levels you will learn:
- The best way to communicate with your dog
- How to teach sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, polite greetings, go to bed and much, much more.
- How to play games and use simple exercises that really translate well to your home and on walks.
We want you to have fun while training your dog! We’ll play games in class and use simple exercises that are easy to replicate at home and on walks.
Class will be at the Oregon Humane Society in NE Portland. Get directions»
How it works
- You can watch this 2 minute video on how these classes work here: Click here
- We have 4 levels of classes and everyone starts at level 1
- Purchase a pass which best suits your needs (one visit to try it out or a value pack to jump right in – if using a pass, you may attend one class per day and up to three classes per week)
- You can purchase a class pass for 4, 6 or 10 classes, or pay as you go, the choice is yours. No need to attend class at the same time or day each week as you would with a traditional six-week class.
- Starting at level 1, choose from our calendar which level 1 classes you would like to attend and sign up. We recommend you attend at least three or more classes at each level and your trainer will help you decide when it’s time to move up to the next level.
- New skills are introduced at each level but you are always welcome to stay at your current level, or attend classes at a lower level to practice around new people and dogs. Repetition is the key to success! Read more about each level.
How to start
Regardless of your prior training experience, it’s important to watch our 45 minute Intro to Training video before you attend your first class. This video will cover essential training concepts, as well as how to prepare for your class.
After you watch the video, read our class requirements, decide which package of classes you would like to purchase and sign up for a Level 1: Basics class. This class provides the foundation to build on as you work toward your training goals. Your dog will attend class with you. View our schedule and sign up now!
Single Manners Training Class – $40
Manners Training Class Pass 4 Classes – $115
($28.75 a class)
Manners Training Class Pass 6 Classes – $165
($27.50 a class)
Manners Training Class Pass 10 Classes – $250
($25 a class)
If using a pass, you may attend one class per day and up to three classes per week.
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.
- Clients are required to watch a 45 minute video before attending their first class. This video will cover basic training concepts, as well as how to prepare for your class. Watch the video now!
- Clients must wear a mask/face covering to attend this in-person class. If a member of your household is not feeling well (including your dog), 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 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.
We are keeping a limited waitlist for our Levels Class. If you are on a waitlist, be sure to “opt in” for email/text reminders, enabling Mindbody to automatically text or email you when a spot opens up.
Can’t find a class day or time that works for you? Let us know!
Just like a “beginning yoga” class at the gym, you may find that each Level 1 class you attend has slight differences; the instructor may be new to you or the exercises may change. That’s okay! Each class gives you the tools you need to progress. Clients typically repeat a level at least three times before moving on.
Your dog will attend levels classes with you but be sure to attend our Intro to training video before you attend your first class
Manners Level 1: Basics
In this foundation level class you will learn how to use a marker to clearly communicate with your dog, how to get your dog’s attention and how to use “lure and reward” training to begin teaching your dog cues like “sit,” and “down.” We’ll also introduce recall and loose-leash walking. In this foundation level class you will learn how to use a marker to clearly communicate with your dog, how to get your dog’s attention and how to use “lure and reward” training to begin teaching your dog cues like “sit,” and “down.” We’ll also introduce recall and loose-leash walking. Regardless of previous training experience, we ask that everyone start with a Level 1 class. Be sure to watch our Intro to Training video before you attend your first class.
Manners Level 2: Intermediate
Level 2 will help you and your dog build on the skills introduced in Level 1 and will introduce new skills, such as: “leave it,” “wait,” and use more tools to help your dog with greeting guests politely.
Manners Level 3: Advanced
In Level 3 we will introduce many new useful cues like waiting at doorways, “drop it” and “go to bed.” We will also have some fun with teaching our dog a trick or two!
Manners Level 4: Expert
The focus of this Level is to make everything more challenging by asking for more immediate responses with more distractions present. We will practice calmly passing other dogs at a closer distance and settling by your side in more challenging locations. And we will fine-tune fun tricks that you learned in level 3!
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.