Video: Clever canines learn new tricks as dog trainer moves to new premises in Grimsby
CLEVER canines and their owners can take part in a range of new classes now a dog trainer has moved to new premises.
Dog trainer Mel Ely's business, Klever K9s, has a new home in Ladysmith Road, Grimsby, and owners were invited to a special open day.
Dogs packed into the new building, which means Mel can train more than 300 clients a week – more than the sessions when they were in Healing.
There are four sessions each evening in agility, barrel racing and flyball, Kennel Club Good Citizen's Awards, and for the first time in Grimsby, doggy birthday parties.
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Mel said: "The parties will be loads of fun – they can invite all of their doggy mates along.
"I'm so excited about this new place – it means we can hold loads more classes, which will be easier for people in Grimsby.
"People often form friendships with people they meet at classes, so I'm hoping this becomes a centre for the dog-loving community."
One person who is thankful for the skills she has learnt is Lyn Hardy, 50, of Killingholme, who appeared on Britain's Got Talent in 2007 with her dog Jerry Lee, along with a team of nine others.
Their dancing dog act, which was in the final, famously reduced Simon Cowell to tears during auditions.
Jerry Lee died five months ago and now Lynne is trying to train her new rescue dog Ben.
"Jerry Lee was a real star and it makes me tearful to talk about it, but I'm glad I have Ben now, he's a lovely dog," said Lynne.
"We're trying to teach him to dance, but he's a bit of a ragamuffin."
Five-year-old Jasmyne has also learnt a lot from Mel, and owner April Alford, 45, of Laceby, is glad of it.
"We've been teaching Jasmyne to dance and she has learnt a lot but she's quite young – there is still much more to teach her," said April.
"This place is great because it is purpose-built for the dogs and we won't have to put everything away afterwards like we did in Healing."
If you are interested in dog training sessions of any kind, call Mel on 07763 182550 or visit www.melskleverk9s.com.
Mel continues to hold sessions in Humberston and Habrough, as well as in her new home in Grimsby.
And to see just how clever these dogs are, visit www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk to watch a few of their party tricks on video.