Polite Leash Walking -Leverett

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Dakin Humane Society

163 Montague Road

Leverett, MA 01054

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Polite Leash Walking

Does your dog pull on leash? Is it frustrating to take Fido for a walk? Do you sometimes leave him at home rather than bring him along because his leash pulling makes it too hard, too much work, and not enough fun for anyone?

Perhaps Fido walks well on leash most of the time but pulls hard at certain distractions (food in the gutter? unidentifiable items on the trail side? squirrels?). While we can’t run a squirrel through class (at least we hope not!), we will adapt the level of challenge to each dog’s ability, raising the challenge enough for each dog to be learning while still being set up to learn to be successful.

Join us for a one hour class to help you and Fido discover the joys of a loose leash when walking together! Walking sedately side by side isn’t a natural canine behavior but we’ve lots of techniques that will help you and your canine buddy get in synch on your walks.

As with all Dakin training, we will use positive approaches to achieve your goals. You will learn a variety of techniques to start to strengthen your dog’s good leash walking and fortify your teaching skills.

This class is open to dogs of all ages who have some basic training skills and who are dog and human friendly.

Please bring a slightly hungry dog who has had some exercise prior to class. Bring lots of tiny, soft and smelly treats for your dog, your regular 6 foot leash.

Proof of rabies vaccination is required to register.

*For registration questions, please email kbegnoche@dakinhumane.org

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, TJO Shelter, 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, or retired)

*One discount code per ticket.

Dog Training Program Policies


All dogs must be current on rabies and other vaccinations prior to the starting their first class. Puppies are only required to have their first series of vaccines. You will need to show proof of vaccination at your first class.

Class Cancellations

If the minimum enrollment for a class is not met 2 days before the class, the class may be cancelled. We will contact enrolled participants 2 days before the first session to notify of the cancellation. Paid participants will have the option of enrolling in an alternative class, receiving credit toward a future class, or receiving a full refund.

Refund Policy

We will refund your class fee if you cancel in writing 3 days before the class starts. Enrollments within 3 days of the class are not eligible for refunds for any reason. A dog that is overly reactive or unruly during class may be asked to leave class, at the trainer’s discretion. Dogs actively in heat may also be asked to leave class. If either of these scenarios were to occur you may have the option to attend a private session, enroll in a later class, or receive a partial refund.

All refund requests must be made in writing & emailed to our office at kbegnoche@dakinhumane.org or by calling us at (413) 781-4000 x 117.

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