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.
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?
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
Patio area for socializing before or after classes & events
Our Instructors •
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.
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 had been a veterinary hospital
administrator for over thirty years,
and in that capacity had been instrumental
in starting programs in pet therapy, puppy
kindergarten, and obedience and behavior. She
is currently applying all of her energies to
making Lucky Dog the best it can be for dog
Mindy attained 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.
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
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
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
website to find out more about her practice or to schedule
a private consultation.
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.
As the sport of agility evolves, Anna Strait
has the tools and passion to train your team
to be successful competitors, or just enjoy
and share the sport with your four-legged companion.
She is a very positive and motivational
Anna was bitten by the agility
bug from the moment she stepped into her first
class at Lucky Dog in 2009.
At her first competition at DACOF (Dog Agility Competition of
Florida) in 2011 on the Lucky Dog team, she
and her mini Austalian Shepherd Violet took
3rd Place in Jumpers. At DACOF 2012 she was
part of the Lucky Dog Team that finished in
2nd Place. DACOF 2013 the Lucky Dog Team finished
in 5th Place; Anna won the 2nd Place in T2B,
and 3rd Place in Jumpers. In December 2014,
Anna & Violet
earned their MACH (Master Agility Championship_
and are over half way to achieving another
MACH. Violet is in the first place standing
of her breed in the nation and will compete
at the 2016 AKC Agility Invitationals.
As a student
of agility, Anna has attended seminars
with top ranked international handlers such
as Jen Crank, Karen Holik, Rhonda Koeske, Tracy
Sklenar, Anne Braue, and Barb Davis. Anna is
a successful and active competitor at the Masters
level with AKC and USDAA. Competing frequently
puts her at the heartbeat of agility and as
such is able to recognize new course challenges
to inject continued excitement into her classes.
Paula Kvarnberg Paula became addicted to agility in 2007 with her then young shetland sheepdog, Duncan. Since then Paula and Duncan have earned his MACH (Masters Agility Championship) in AKC and they still compete in AKC and USDAA. With the ever increasing agility addiction Paula now has 2 additional shelties, Brodie and Rider, who enjoy the sport TOO much with Brodie running at 6-7 yards per second. Paula does not follow an exact handling system but believes in being positive and consistent and doing what works best for each individual dog. Paula enjoys being a student of agility and believes in learning from the best. She has taken seminars with Barb Davis, Loretta Mueller, Jessica Ajoux, Rosanne DeMascio, Kris Seiter, Chris Tucci, Gabrielle Blackburn, Karen Holik and many others. She enjoys teaching agility and has been doing so for the past 3 years and takes great pride in watching her students learn and grow.