Dog Training Referrals

At Dakin, we think that it's important for your dog to learn basic life skills and manners so they can become a successful companion animal and a good neighbor.  

Walks and Wags Dog Training

Hi I'm Marlene Layman, owner & operator of Walks and Wags Dog Training in Belchertown, MA.  I'm a certified dog training, using exclusively positive reinforcement methods.  I current offer group classes for Western Mass & beyond residents.  I train in person in Belchertown and online to enable people to attend classes from the comfort of their homes.  My classes are for all levels - from Puppy Kindergarten to Canine Good Citizen & high-level manners classes, as well as fun, active classes like AKC's Fit Dog.  I've been training for about 9 years after leaving a long corporate career.  My husband & I have recently had up to 3 rescue dogs, but have lost 2 seniors recently and now share our home with our rescue, Jed.

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Paws of Nature

With over 18 years working full time in the training and behavior field, Paws of Nature has the experience and the educational background to help families resolve a wide variety of behavioral challenges with the family dog or cat. We have worked with thousands of families throughout Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut and given them the skill sets to work with their animal, solve problems, and bring harmony back into their home. We offer everything from in-home behavior consults, puppy starter packages, family coaching packages, as well as virtual on-line video consults, new kitty adoption consults and more!

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Animal Alliances

Animal Alliances is a force-free training school in Northampton, MA, offering Puppy classes, Manners classes of all levels, and a variety of fun, non-manners classes such as Tricks, Nosework, Agility, Rally-O, and Dog Parkour, as well as private training and behavior help. Our goal is to help humans and dogs understand each other better, communicate better, and live harmoniously together. We want our dog and human students to have fun training together!  Our students have voted us Best of the Valley for Dog Training (Valley Advocate) every year since 2015, and Reader's Choice for Dog Training (Daily Hampshire Gazette) every year since 2016.

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Sandy Meadow Farm Obedience

Sandy Meadow Farm specializes in family friendly, group dog classes designed to make training user friendly and fun. We offer a variety of classes from puppy kindergarten through advanced and competition obedience, as well as specialized classes including sniffing skills, shaping skills, trick class, CGC, therapy dog training, and social struggler.  With an experienced staff of certified trainers and small class sizes, we offer maximum assistance in a climate controlled facility.

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