Train Your Dog

We’re excited to resume in-person group classes and private lessons, with remote options still available if you prefer. Questions? Email us at

Your dog is your best friend. The Willamette Humane Society Behavior and Training Program is here to teach the skills and confidence to help your pooch be the best dog he or she can be.

Our team of certified canine training professionals believe in humane, safe, and effective training methods that make learning fun for both ends of the leash—whether you are bringing home a new puppy or helping your family dog learn some new tricks.

What Classes Should I Choose?

Willamette Humane Society’s public training classes take place right here at the shelter, giving you access to our fully-equipped facilities and professional staff. We are pleased to offer classes that fit your needs and hours that work with your schedule.

We offer a variety of solutions, including: 

  • Small group classes 
  • Puppy skills, family dog manners, specialty topics, and more! 
  • Private training lessons 
  • Personalized behavior consultations 

Willamette Humane Society now offers AKC’s Canine Good Citizen examinations!  The CGC program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Each exam is $40. Email us at for more information!

Where Can I Get More Help?

Not sure what sort what behavior or training solution is right for your four-legged friend? Access our free public Behavior Helpline at 503-585-5900 (ext. 318) or email us at

When contacting the Behavior Helpline, please include the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your phone number
  • The best time to return your call
  • Type of animal (cat, dog, other)
  • How long you’ve had the animal
  • A brief summary of the problem or question