Group Classes are offered at The Clever Hound LLC! See class descriptions for locations. The cost for all classes is $150 for 6 weeks. Discounts are available for multiple dogs or classes.
Wednesday Evening Indoor Classes at 501 Darby Ave, Temple, PA (formerly Muhlenberg Swim Association). All classes begin February 28.
5:30 pm: 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. There is a $10 materials fee for an optional but highly recommended odor kit for practicing at home.
6:30 pm: Clever Puppy/ Clever Dog (mixed level class)
Clever Puppy is for puppies between eight weeks and twelve months and adult dogs with no previous training. We will introduce basic obedience cues like sit, down, come, and leash walking as well as introducing the puppies and dogs to new socialization and body awareness experience. This class will give a great start to your dog’s training, whether he is destined to be a dog sports star or a great family companion. Graduates under 12 months will earn the AKC Star Puppy Award.
Clever Dog class is an obedience and life skills class for dogs with some foundation training. Depending on your dog’s level, you may prepare for Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, and Trick Dog titles. We will focus on leash walking, stays, and recalls with progressing distractions as well as some fun behaviors.
7:30 pm: Clever Graduate class is for graduates of the Clever Dog series of classes or dogs with equivalent experience. Dogs will learn the skills needed to compete in obedience trials, such as heeling, retrieval, and jumping.
Monday Daytime Classes at Godfreys Welcome to Dogdom, 4267 New Holland Rd, Mohnton, PA beginning February 26.
10:00 am or 1:15 pm (times will vary with class location) Clever Hound About Townis for graduates of Clever Dog or well-socialized dogs with the Canine Good Citizen title. This class will include field trips to dog friendly locations in the community to help students to generalize their dog’s skills. Graduates will have the goals of earning their AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen and Advanced Trick Dog titles. Weeks 1, 3, and 5 of class will be held at 1:15 pm at Godfreys. Weeks 2, 4, and 6 will be held at 10 am in various dog friendly locations.
2:30 pm: 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. There is a $10 materials fee for an optional but highly recommended odor kit for practicing at home.
3:45 pm: Clever Dog class is an obedience and life skills class for dogs with some foundation training. Depending on your dog’s level, you may prepare for Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, and Trick Dog titles. We will focus on leash walking, stays, and recalls with progressing distractions as well as some fun behaviors. This class is appropriate for DIF K9 graduates of Puppy Start Right (7.5 weeks-13 weeks old) and DIF K9 “Basic Behaviors” class.
5:00 pm: AKC Rally 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.
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 for more information or to sign up for classes. Class 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 $30. 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.
If you are interested in a class but have scheduling challenges, please contact us to see if the schedule can be modified for future sessions.
Join The Clever Hound Novice Tricks Dog Sparks Team– a free online class where you and your dog can earn your Novice Trick Dog title.