Classes


At Lucky Dog we provide professional, positive, rewards-based training. All of our techniques revolve around providing consistent, well-timed reinforcement for correct behavior, which creates a dog that loves to work with you and learns quickly. No harsh physical correction methods are ever used or allowed. Positive training achieves excellent results, as it is based on how dogs think and learn. You'll learn in small, easy steps in order to set both you and your dog up to succeed. And we also think that working with your dog should be fun! We encourage play and treats as important rewards for your dog. This also builds the relationship with you.

We offer classes in:

Agility

Obedience

Rally

Puppy Training & Socialization

• And special classes such as
Reactive Dog class and Nose Work Games

We also offer private training and behavior consults, including obedience and agility lessons.


We do Special Events, including seminars, agility run-thrus, and private dog parties.

Want to practice on your time at Lucky Dog?
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About Our Services


The LUCKY DOGma

Positive, reward-based training enhances the bond between you and your pet. We will provide you with the tools to build a more joyful and satisfying relationship with your dog. This clear emphasis on positive reinforcement gives dogs the freedom and confidence to think, learn and experiment throughout the training process. The dog's natural capabilities are encouraged and rewarded rather than being suppressed through the threat of severe punishment or harsh corrections. From your dog's perspective they can solely concentrate on the challenge of learning and trying new things rather than worrying about the consequences of doing something wrong.

Our goal is to provide a place where dogs and their people may play, train and interact in a clean, safe, and pleasant environment, while developing a positive, closer, more bonded relationship.

At Lucky Dog, we partner with dog training professionals who embrace our dog-friendly, positive training philosophy and share our goal of enhancing the dog/human relationship. Classes are meant to encourage stronger relationships, build a foundation for good canine citizenship and create happy, social and well-rounded dogs-- and have fun doing it!

As a member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) we share and uphold their philosophy: All dogs are effectively trained through dog-friendly techniques and therefore are lifelong companions in a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. Want to see what we are all about?

Visit our YouTube channel for some great training, behavior, and other informative videos. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy the video interview below to learn more about us. Also, please check out our video "Enjoy Training Your Dog at Lucky Dog Sports Club for a more complete look at our class offerings.

Please enjoy our video, below. (If it's not visible, please use the YouTube link, above.)


Our amenities include

Fully fenced and landscaped outdoor grassy training field with excellent footing and lighting for night classes and events.

Complete, professional agility and rally equipment

Double-gated (outside) and double-door (inside) access for safety

Pet waste bag station and disposal

Air conditioned indoor training facility with 1/2" rubber floor for safety and comfort. Perfect for training and events.

Rental is available for private dog parties and seminars. The training room is 1200 sf.

Fetch a club membership and use our facility to practice any time you want to (whenever a class is not scheduled in that area of the facility)

Water available for cooling down (outside hose; indoor water fountain).

Bathroom facility

Patio area for socializing before or after classes & events


Meet Our Instructors

 

Mindy Cox B.S., CPDT-KSA , is the Training Director at Lucky Dog. Mindy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KSA), and a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) who has been working with dogs for many years.Mindy Cox and Zander She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and pursued her master's degree in veterinary anatomy from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been a veterinary hospital administrator for over twenty years, and in that capacity has been instrumental in starting programs in pet therapy, puppy kindergarten, and obedience and behavior. She holds a CD obedience title on her German Shepherd dog, Bella, as well as multiple AKC agility titles, and has trained and competed at the Master Agility level. She is now training and competing in agility with her border collie, Decker and her Aussie mix Runi. Her youngest border collie, Zander, has been developing Rally skills,and additionally learning sheep herding with husband, David. Mindy has had the good fortune of training under some of the top agility competitors in the world. She continues to attend continuing education lectures and seminars in dog behavior as has worked successfully with many dog owners in private consultatons to help modify behavior problems.

Cynthia Kean currently competes with two dogs at the highest level in two agility venues, AKC and USDAA. She recently put her 10th Championship on her Shetland Sheepdog, ADCH MACH4 Beau, T2B FX. Cynthia has been playing agility for over 18 years and has trained eight of her own dogs during that time. She has been an AKC agility Judge for more than twelve years. Cynthia has a Masters degree in Education and owned and operated a successful dog training facility when she resided in New York. She is owned by Beau; Tickle, a border collie; Mitzi, a sheltie; and the newest member of the family, Kelty, also a sheltie. Her husband Patrick, supports her dog training and has earned two legs in AKC Herding with Tickle.

Dr. Lisa Radosta: Special Visiting Instructor. Dr. Radosta has been helping owners positively alter their pet's behavior for many years, first as a dog trainer druing her college years, later as a veterinary behavior consultant and currently as a board certified veterinary behaviorist.

Dr. Radosta is a native of Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Following graduation, she completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship. She continued to practice in South Florida as a small animal veterinarian with a special interest in small animal behavior cases for the next 2 years. In 2006, she completed a three-year residency in Behavioral Medicine at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She received multiple research awards during her residency. We are fortunate and honored to have her teaching here at Lucky Dog.
Visit her website to find out more about her practice or to schedule a private consultation.

Cheryl Vanvoorhies Cheryl holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently attending The Academy of Dog Trainers. She works as n Veterinary Behavior Technician at Florida Veterinary Behavior Service with Dr. Lisa Radosta. Her 35 years in education, combined with her current behavior technician experience makes for the perfect combination. Her classes are fun and creative. She has participated in almost every class and seminar scheduled at Lucky Dog to gain knowledge to help her understand and better handle her “challenging” German Shepherd Seele, as well as attending outside dog training and behavior seminars. She is currently participating in tracking and Nose Work where she recently certified her dog on the first Nose Work odor, sweet birch, and certified with another dog on the second odor, anise. Cheryl also shares her home with Buster, a Pekingese, and Chenille, her boisterous Cockatoo.

Robin Billings BA, CPDT-KSA has a long history of dog experience starting with her family's purchase of Canine College of Holbrook, MA in 1968. Robin started her show career at 11 years old in Jr. Showmanship with her Afghan Hound and obtained her first Obedience title at age 12 with her German Shepherd Dog, Pepper. Robin currently shows her Rottweiler and Boston Terriers in Conformation, Obedience and Rally. They all have their Rally Excellent titles with high scores and placements. Greta and Louie have their Championships and obedience CD titles and Louie is working on his CDX. Beamer is currently working on her CD title and obtaining points towards her Championship. Nina, Robin’s newest Rottie pup is currently clicker training and training for Nose Dog Titles. All three of Robin’s adult dogs are Therapy Dogs with Delta Society and enjoy visiting nursing homes, schools and hospitals. Robin was the President of New England Rottweiler Fanciers and VP of New England Working Rottweiler Club and has judged at matches in Obedience and Conformation. Owner trained and handled titles obtained are: CH, BISS, V-1, CD, CDX, CS, RE, BH,WH, Ztpr and high in Trial. Robin is constantly continuing her training education by attending seminars as well as working with other excellent positive trainers.

Anna Lee Sanders: Anna first became involved in dog agility when she was adopted by a 6 month old Australian Cattle Dog mix named Timi Sue, who had a huge problem jumping... on people, on the counter top, over the doggie gate... You get the idea. In her puppy obedience class the teacher told her that she needed to find an appropriate outlet for this pups "bad" behavior, and an agility team was born!

In her first year, Anna and Timi Sue won the award for best dog in their class at the state tournament (Dog Agility Competition of Florida) and were able to claim that title again in 2012. Anna has had the chance to train under some of the best teachers in the world, and continues to grow and learn from the best.

In the non-dog portion of her life, Anna has been teaching Pilates and yoga, both one-on-one and in a class setting, since 2003. From anatomy and physiology, to biomechanics, to performance psychology and motivation, she has found that people and dogs mostly function in the same way, so being a teacher of people has given her unique insights into being a teacher of dogs.

Anna is now also owned by a black lab, Mr. Pickles, who is teaching her all kinds of new behaviors! They are curently competing successfully in agility. Here is a video of Anna's handling skill at a Silas Bookg seminar.




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