Megan Esherick CPDT-KA CTDI

 

I am  a certified professional dog trainer with many years of experience in a  variety of dog sports.  I founded The Clever Hound LLC in 2016 after 17 years as a service dog trainer.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Small Animal Science and many years of experience training dogs and solving behavior problems using positive reinforcement.  I love working with non-traditonal breeds and helping handlers with all levels of experience to bring out the best in their dogs.

I’m certified through Do More with Your Dog as a Trick Dog Instructor and Canine Fitness Coach and am an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. I am approved by the AKC to judge agility and Junior Showmanship.

I enjoy competing in a wide variety of dog sports with my Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens, Golden Retriever, and Australian Shepherd.

Kristina Schaeffer

 

My name is Krissy Schaeffer and I have been working with dogs since 2001. That’s when I got my first German Shepherd and started training under various instructors. I soaked up everything I could about dog training. I’ve spent time helping rescue groups through fostering, and belong to the local dog training club. I worked at a local private dog park, managing play groups. I met Megan Esherick back in 2003, and started taking classes with her as soon as she opened The Clever Hound, LLC in 2016. I enjoy most fostering the human, canine bond through positive methods. I currently train and show in Obedience, Agility and Scentwork. I am also an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen tester. I am owned by a Rottweiler/Standard Poodle mix named Odin and a Lab/Bassett/Spaniel mix named Hudson.

Stephanie Mays

 

Stephanie Mays is a retired teacher.  She taught children from preschool through fifth grade for over thirty years.  She spent twenty of those years teaching first graders.  Stephanie graduated from Shippensburg University with her B.S. in elementary education.  She earned her master’s degree from Kutztown University.

Shortly before retirement she successfully completed a course, Canine Training and Management offered through Kutztown University’s Lifelong Learning program.  This course was instructed by Susan Bulunda, a worldwide known expert in animal behavior.  It emphasized the importance of teaching your dog through positive training methods and techniques.  Stephanie was so enlightened with this course that she then took and completed “Level II” which focused on Animal Behavior.

Stephanie is a certified Canine Good Citizen  (CGC) instructor and has been teaching the STAR puppy kindergarten program for fifteen years.  She is a member and active participant of Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD), making hundreds of visits to retirement centers, hospitals, schools, libraries, etc. with her dogs.  She has recently become a tester/observer for this organization as well.

Stephanie has always had a passion for dogs.  She currently has two…Addy a Bernese Mt. Dog/Poodle mix and Soarin’ a Silken Windhound.  Both dogs are certified therapy dogs and have received Canine Good Citizen, Community Good Citizen, and Urban Good Citizen titles.  She enjoys participating with her dogs in obedience, rally, and agility activities and has obtained titles in agility, rally, and trick dogs.  However, more than anything else, she just loves taking long walks with them and playing at Godfrey’s. The magnet on her car bumper pretty much sums up her feelings this way…”Life is just better when I’m with my dog(s)”.

 

Linda Groff

 

LINDA GROFF, member of APDT and Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI)

BACKGROUND:
 I started training my first AKC registered Lab for the breed ring in 1976, and subsequently trained and showed my next two Labs for conformation.  In 2002 I got my first field-bred Lab and trained him for competing in agility. From there, I continued competing and putting titles on my next 5 dogs, including a rescue Portuguese Water Dog and two rescue Bull Terriers, in agility, obedience, rally, tricks and barn hunt. 

One rescue dog I adopted was very reactive. It was due to him that I became obsessed with dog behavior – why do they do what they do and how do we help those dogs who can’t easily deal with the environment. I have attended many seminars from some highly regarded presenters, including Sue Ailsby, Suzanne Clothier, Ken Rameriz and others.

In January 2020  I became a certified instructor (CCUI) of Leslie McDevitt’s “Control Unleashed” curriculum, where dogs who are anxious or nervous about their environment become more confident and happy. The patterns and games that make up this program have helped many dogs learn how to successfully cope with situations that cause them to react in ways we view as inappropriate.

I currently own a chocolate Lab (Tanner) and a Border Terrier (TajiMo). Tanner competed in agility, rally and obedience and Taji is currently competing in agility and rally, with plans for other sports in her future.