Dog Obedience

Teach Your Dog Some Great Behaviours!

Ottawa Humane Society obedience classes are a great way to socialize your dog and teach your pet basic commands, etiquette, and more!

26614049841_3005eab714_zThe OHS offers a variety of on-site obedience programs, such as:

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“Great class! I learned a lot of useful tips that will be easy to implement.”

“I truly enjoyed the manner the teacher explained & showed methods of training.”

“The instructor was professional and knowledgeable with lots of energy and enthusiasm.”

“From registration through attending the classes, the experience was great.”

“Our trainer assessed our challenging pet well, worked through a number of exercises and gave us lots of tips on how to work with her.”

“Our favourite part of the program was the welcoming, motivational approach to helping us and our dog succeed.”

“Teachers and instructors were very knowledgeable but also flexible and easy going!”

“Robyn has provided great ideas for us to train our pup. We’ve enjoyed the activities and appreciate the follow-up notes as reminders.”

“I very much enjoyed the evening.  Lots of good tips that helped me to understand where I was not following through enough in my training.”

“The trainer tailored the classes to exactly what we needed help with.”

General OHS Obedience Class Policies

Minimum Age Requirement: All canine participants must be at least four months or older.

Spaying and Neutering: The position of the OHS is that having a dog spayed or neutered is not only an essential component of responsible pet ownership, but also an important civic duty as a responsible citizen. As such, all canine participants of the obedience training classes at the OHS who are eight months of age or older at the beginning of each course must be sterilized. For adolescent and adult dogs, participants must provide proof of sterilization.

Vaccinations: The following vaccinations required for all obedience programs. Participants must provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations for all canines involved in the class.

  • Parvovirus, Distemper, Adenovirus and Parainfluenza (up-to-date)
  • Bordetella vaccine (up-to-date)
  • Rabies vaccine (up-to-date)
  • Owners are not required to provide proof of preventative flea and worm treatment, although it is recommended.

Class Participants: Due to space limitations, we ask that class participation be restricted to the primary caregiver and one family member over the age of eight.

Positive Reinforcement Training: Positive reinforcement training uses praise and/or treats to reward your dog for good behaviour. Rewarding your dog for good behaviour increases the likeliness that they will repeat the desired behavior in the future. All OHS obedience classes use positive reinforcement methods only.

Friendly Dogs: Group classes are suitable for friendly dogs that are comfortable working around other dogs in a group environment. If you have questions about your canine companion’s suitability, please contact our supervisor: programs at (613) 725-3166, ext. 298.

Online registration will immediately guarantee your canine companion a space in the class of your choice. Payment is required upon registration. Proof of up-to-date vaccinations must be provided for all canine participants.

For more information, please contact our supervisor: programs by email at, or by phone (613) 725-3166, ext. 298.