Monthly Archives: June 2017

Coming Soon to The Clever Hound LLC!

Group Classes are now offered at The Clever Hound LLC!  All classes will be held outdoors in a securely fenced area in Leesport, Pennsylvania.  The cost for all classes is $110 for 6 weeks.  Discounts are available for multiple dogs or classes.

Star Puppy is for puppies between eight weeks and twelve months.  We will introduce basic obedience cues like sit, down, come, and leash walking as well as introducing the puppies to new socialization and body awareness experience.  This class will give a great start to your puppy’s training, whether he is destined to be a dog sports star or a great family companion.  Graduates will earn the AKC Star Puppy Award.  Classes are held on Thursdays at 1 pm and 5:45 pm, beginning in July 13.

Clever Dog 1 is for dogs twelve months and older.  No previous training is needed.  We will cover behaviors such as sit, down, stay, come, and leash walking as well as some fun behaviors.  Classes are held on Wednesday at 2:30 pm beginning July 12.  Evening classes may be scheduled.

Clever Dog 2 is for graduates of Star Puppy, Clever Dog 1 or dogs with some previous training.  We will expand upon the skills introduced in earlier classes, with the goal of Graduates earning their Canine Good Citizen and Novice Trick Dog titles. Classes are held Thursday at 2:15 pm, beginning July 13. Evening classes may be scheduled.

Introduction to Dog Agility is for puppies and dogs 12 months and older with a reliable recall.  This is primarily a foundation skills class, but age appropriate introduction to equipment will be included in the later weeks.  Classes are held Tuesday at 1 pm, beginning in August 1.

Progressing Your Agility Skills is for graduates of Introduction to Dog Agility or dogs with equivalent experience. We will focus on sequencing and solid obstacle performance to prepare teams for competition. Classes are held Wednesday at 4 pm, beginning August 2.

The fabulous Chili-dog is my teaching assistant for the online tricks class.

AKC Rally Novice is for dogs 6 months and older who can reliably sit, lie down, and walk on a loose leash.  We will focus on training the behaviors and handling skills required for AKC Rally Novice, with course work included each week.  The foundation behaviors required for Rally Advanced and Excellent will be introduced as well.  Classes will be held on Wednesdays at 5:15 pm, beginning June 28.

Introduction to Scent Work is for dogs eight weeks and older.  We will introduce the dogs to the odors and searches that will be used in the AKC Scent Work program.  No previous training is required.  Classes will be held Thursdays at 7 pm, beginning June 29.

The Clever Hound Tracking group meets on Wednesday morning at 9 am, weather permitting, at various locations. This is a drop-in program only. Cost is $25 per session. No previous tracking experience is needed, but please email Cleverhounddogtraining@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Please email cleverhounddogtraining@gmail.com for more information or to sign up for classes.  Classes sizes are limited so that you and your dog will receive individualized attention.  All classes are taught by Megan Esherick CPDT-KA CTDI using positive reinforcement.

If space is available, drop-in spots are permitted for most classes. Drop in spots are $25. Please email Cleverhounddogtraining@gmail.com for availability if you would like to do this.

Group classes are intended for dogs who are comfortable learning and working in the presence of other dogs.  If you feel that this would be a challenge for your dog, private lessons are always available.

Visit our booth at All About Dogs Day, hosted by the Berks County Kennel Club, on June 24 from 10 am to 3 pm at 836 Ruth Street, Sinking Spring, PA.  Meet The Clever Hounds, sign up for classes, ask training questions, or have your dog evaluated for AKC and Do More With Your Dog Trick titles.