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.

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


Discount Codes: If any of these discounts apply, enter them under "Enter Promotional Code" during registration.

ADPT-Dog -10% discount is offered to dogs adopted from Dakin, Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center, or any other adoption agency. Proof of adoption required at first class.

Seniors -10% discount is offered to humans age 65 and up and/or dogs age 8 or up.

USMilitary -10% discount is offered to US Military (Active, Reserve, Veterans, or Retired)

*One discount code per ticket.

Meet Our Instructors

Marlene Layman (Springfield classes)

Caryl-Rose Pofcher (Leverett classes)


Class Fees

Please click on the links below to get information about fees for each class.

Getting Started

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

In Leverett

In Springfield

Dog Training Video

Take a look at Marlene Layman as she explains the advantages of positive reinforcement in dog training.

Contact Us

If you have registration questions - or if there's a class you're interested in that's not on the upcoming schedule - please email kbegnoche@dakinhumane.org