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.

Class Fees

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

Dog Training Discounts

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.

Senior -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, or retired)

*One discount code per ticket.

Meet Our Instructors

Marlene Layman (Springfield classes)

Caryl-Rose Pofcher (Leverett classes)


Getting Started

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

In Leverett

In Springfield

  • Basic Manners for Adult Dogs Dogs learn how to settle nicely, be polite, sit, down, stay and leave items alone
  • Puppy Kindergarten Puppies learn basic obedience, how to be handled, walk attentively on leash, be comfortable with new people and things and play nicely with other pups
  • The Big Three Teaching your dog to come when called, walk politely on leash and say "Hi" without jumping
  • Intro to Scent Work Utilizes a dog's sense of smell, and owners learn to read their dog's body language.


Special Workshop

Certified Professional Dog Trainer Jill Haley Rose of Paws of Nature Family Dog Training will offer a free workshop "Dogs & Toddlers" on Sunday, May 21 from 1-3pm at Dakin's Springfield Adoption & Education Center at 171 Union Street. 

Babies become mobile quickly and toddlerhood is a whole new adventure for any family.  Many dogs become uncomfortable with these rapid changes and increased movements of the baby.  Be proactive and plan ahead for success for both the baby and the family dog.

Pre-registration is requested.  Click here to enroll.  Walk-ins welcome the day of the workshop.

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