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
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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 first MACH (Master Agility Championship)
and since then have earned additional MACHs. 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,
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
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
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
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!