Dakin Dog Training Classes

We offer a variety of dog training classes, from beginner to advanced levels. We teach basic life skills and manners so your dog can become a successful companion and good neighbor. Dogs and handlers will work together on such topics as walking nicely on a leash, settling down when asked, meeting strangers politely, coming when called, and more.

We use a customized approach for our classes based on the needs of the students in each class and make adjustments to our curriculum based on those needs.


Class Locations

Springfield Dog Training Classes are held at the Dakin Adoption Center at 171 Union Street in Springfield, MA.

Hadley Dog Training Classes are held at the Dave’s Soda and Pet City at 335 Russell Street (Route 9) in Hadley, MA.

Leverett Dog Training Classes are held at the Dakin Adoption Center at 163 Montague Road in Leverett, MA.

Class Fees

Dakin (and TJO) Dog Discount

Pay only $100.00 to train your Dakin Dog (for the 6-week basic course). If you adopted your dog from Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control, the fee is $110.00 (for the 6-week basic course). Registration for classes must be within 6 months of adopting the dog.

Online Registration Surcharge

Online registration is convenient, but it comes with an additional fee charged by EventBrite. To avoid this fee, you may register over the phone by calling 413-781-4000 x 129 or in person at our Springfield or Leverett adoption centers during normal business hours.

Sliding Scale

Don't think you can afford the training class fees? We still want you to train your dog. Call us at 413-781-4000 x 129 or contact us by email about sliding scale fee options. A generous donor makes it possible for us to offer some training at discounted rates.

Getting Started

To get started, sign up for one of these family dog training classes:

Contact Us

If you have questions our website can't answer, please call 413-781-4000 x 129 or contact us by email.