Lucky Dog we proudly offer professional,
positive, reinforcement-based training
to help you create the well-mannered,
attentive and happy dog you want.
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 or force are ever used or allowed.
(We train with our brain, not pain.)
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 and full of joy! 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 are dog training professionals
who embrace a dog-friendly, positive training philosophy and strive to
share our goal of enhancing the dog/human relationship with others. 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 Professional
we share and uphold their philosophy: All dogs
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 Professional 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 border collie,
Zander,(pictured) has been developing Rally
additionally learning sheep herding with husband,
David. The youngest border collie, Bryn, is
also showing great promise as a working sheep
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.
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.
Diana Johnson-Ford, DPT,
MSPT, CFMT is an actively practicing doctor
of physical therapy. She manages and treats (human) patients
at Manus Physical Therapy, Inc. in Jupiter. She has earned
a certification in Functional Manual Therapy and is continuing
her studies in Neural and Visceral Mobilization.
Diana grew up on a farm and has always had dogs in her life. Currently she lives with Mistic who enjoys frisbee, has the Rally Novice title and CGC; Stormy who has her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title and has been TDI, therapy dog certified; Ginger who has CGC, Rally Excellent, Companion Dog (CD), Open Agility Jumpers, Novice Standard Agility, and Novice Fast titles; and Leo who has the NACSW NW2 (nosework) title and the Rally Novice title. Leo also has the pretest certificate for tracking dog (TD). All four have been introduced to obedience, frisbee, herding, agility, nosework, tracking, and rally.
Diana enjoys finding the sport each dog loves in order to bring
out the best in each of them. When her working dogs have fun,
they are more confident and happy. Her training methods utilize
shaping, clicker, positive reinforcement, praise, and drills
built for successful motor skill mastery. Her physical therapy
background has trained a keen eye for body language and position
which are critical for agility and handy for the other
sports as well. Diana has trained under masterful agility competitors
including Barb Davis, Chris Seiter, Kris Tucci, and Anna Strait
and utilizes techniques from Leerburg and Susan Garrett. She
enjoys sharing her passion for dog training with her students.
Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB: 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.