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.

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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 like the video "Enjoy Training Your Dog at Lucky Dog Sports Club for an overall look at many of 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.

Mindy 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 owners everywhere.

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 enjoying 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 and learning from some of the top dog experts in the world. She continues to attend continuing education lectures and seminars to expand her expertise in dog behavior, and 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.

Cynthia has been an accredited AKC agility Judge for more than twelve years and her expertise in designing courses that create challenges needed for competing at Excellent/Masters level is a big aid to her students for building necessary skills.

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 M.Ed. CTC Cheryl is a graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers run by Jean Donaldson. The academy offers one of the most rigorous, advanced programs in dog behavior and training in the world. It is regarded by many as the "Harvard of dog training". Cheryl also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.

Cheryl's classes at Lucky Dog are fun and creative. When she is not teaching classes, she works as a Veterinary Behavior Technician at Florida Veterinary Behavior Service with Dr. Lisa Radosta.

Cheryl has participated in many obedience classes and seminars Lucky Dog to gain knowledge to help her understand and better handle her “challenging” German Shepherd Seele. She also regularly attends outside dog training and behavior seminars to increase her knowledge. She is currently participating in tracking as well as and Nose Work where she has certified her dog on all 3 Nose Work odors, sweet birch, anise, and cloves. She has also competed in a NW1 trial.

In addition to German Shepherd Seele, Cheryl shares her home with Buster, an adorable one-eyed Pekingese, and Chenille, her boisterous Cockatoo.

Anna Strait 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 person.

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.

Barb Davis started working with dogs at the age of 15, and finished many champions in conformation and obtained dozens of titles in obedience including OTCH. Her first breed was Wire Fox Terriers and she now is owned by shelties and border collies. In 1995 she began competing in agility and in 1999 won her first national championship. She now has 9 national championship titles in 3 different venues and with 5 different dogs. She has competed internationally since 2000, 9 times with the AKC Agility World Team and multiple times with the European Open team. She has twice placed second at the World Championships. She currently has 47 MACH titles on her many great dogs she has had over the years.

Barb has a Masters degree in Mathematics Education and taught math at a community college for 15 years. In 2007 she started her own business, Stride Ahead Agility LLC, and began teaching agility full time. Barb has a passion for teaching and hopes her students will work hard to become the best teammate possible for their dog. Barb has worked with dozens of the best instructors from all over the world, many of them connected to the One Mind Dog system and she also occasionally traveled to Europe to train under other innovative instructors.

Barb has a passion for being on the cutting-edge of agility and loves passing on the information she learns that she thinks will most help her students. Barb’s many years of working with dogs, and her analytic skills developed from her mathematics training, combined to create a handling system of methods natural for the dog, as well as help her develop an understanding and reason for every bit of communication relayed to the dog. She enjoys working with students to help them develop enough skill that they understand “why” they are doing each maneuver and being able to analyze for themselves when and why the dog misunderstands. This develops the harmony you sometimes see in an agility run where the dog and handler just look like poetry in motion.

Barb currently has 4 dogs, a sheltie “Rock-It” who is the oldest, is twice an AKC National Champion, a USDAA National Champion and an AAC National Champion(Canada). He won 7th at the Agility World Championship with the AKC US World Team and is an ADCH, MACH11 & PACH 4. His son “Skecher” is twice an AKC National Champion, a 3 time AKC Agility World

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.

Kate Powell Kate has been training her own dogs for many years, but has found her way into professional dog training and AKC Obedience competition by way of the dolphin. In 1992 after obtaining dolphin certifications at Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Florida, and Dolphins Plus in Key Largo, she worked at the Miami Seaquarium in education with school groups, taught a Miami-Dade K-3 teacher Continuing Education Workshop, and also volunteered behind the scenes with dolphins and a stranded Sperm Whale. Kate received a BS and BA from Florida International University.

Professionally training group classes for dog owners on and off since 2003, Kate utilizes all senses and physical aspects of the dog for the best training experience for both the dog and the owner. Whether using a clicker or marker word, reward based training is the natural way to achieve or change behavior.

Along with the rest of the Lucky Dog instructor staff, Kate believes that science-based canine education is vital for trainers and pet owners alike. She has Karen Pryor Clicker Basic Foundations Certification and continues to devote time to expand her knowledge base through seminars, workshops, and direct mentor learning. She has stewarded at AKC trials in Florida and Virginia in Rally, Novice, Beginner Novice,Open, Utility and as Rally judge at Rally Run-Thru.

On a whim in 2012, Kate decided to compete with two of her Old English Sheepdogs in Rally and Obedience. In a short amount of time Kate and both dogs achieved AKC titles: RAE’s, high title for Rally and BN’s and CD’s in Obedience; including CGC’s and TDI’s.

Kate is now guardian to two challenging rescued OES, a Tiger striped cat, three turtles, a newly acquired fiesty senior Yorkie and a cement deer that does a forever down stay! Kate enjoys teaching in a fun, non-stressful manner helping dogs and their people develop their training skills, grow and have confidence in their abilities whether it is to compete or just have fun social time in class!




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