Way back in 2013, Melinda struck out on her own to open "Lucky Dog Training," a positive reinforcement-based training facility that focused on the human side of dog training. The first year was a lot of hard work and a lot of learning, but it paid off! The Lucky Dog family continued to grow as Dresden joined in the spring of 2015, and we eventually outgrew the small building we occupied. In April of 2017, we moved to our new location and rebranded to "Lucky Dog Training Center." In this new facility, we have space to grow and hold more classes, workshops, seminars, and more! Katie, Lauren, and Hannah have joined since and we're so excited to have such a great team.
Interested in growing with us? We're always looking for dedicated, positive people to join the Lucky Dog team! Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Team
Melinda has been training dogs (and their people) since 2010 and has helped over 3,000 clients to date! She teaches a variety of classes, from puppy and manners to tricks and nosework! Her passion for training dogs and helping owners communicate with them is an ongoing education, which is why she's constantly learning and improving her training methods and encouraging the other Lucky Dog trainers to do the same!
Before moving down to Texas, Dresden was nationally competitive in AKC agility with his papillons Lilly and Knight. These days, Dresden happily shares his life with four papillons; Scout, Harley Quinn, Renegade, and Poison Ivy, and a big, goofy GSD mix named Hawke. Dresden recently completed his B.S. in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas and competes in rally, obedience, and agility with his dog squad.
Marketing & Retail Coordinator
Katie is a self-described dog enthusiast who comes from a family of lab lovers. She currently competes in agility and rally with her toller, Jay, and hopes to enter the obedience ring in 2020. She manages Lucky Dog’s marketing, scheduling, and retail center, as well as acting as secretary for most of our events. Katie graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in advertising in May of 2017.
Lauren graduated from the UNT Behavior Analysis department in May of 2017 and joined the Lucky Dog team soon after. She continues learning and staying up to date on animal behavior and training methods alongside her fellow trainers. Lauren believes in the bond that she has with her three dogs Zoe, Scooter and Dream and is excited to help other families to build that bond through positive training.
Hannah graduated from Carroll University May of 2018, having studied Animal Behavior. She grew up surrounded by animals and believes in the bond that one can have with an animal- like she does with her four dogs. She’s primarily focused on puppy and basic manners right now, but plans to continue to learn and grow alongside her coworkers!
Mikayla is an animal lover who discovered the world of dog training when teaching her first chihuahua tricks at 15. These days, Mikayla has a border collie named Aremis that she plans to compete with in agility, rally, and dock diving in the near future.
Ashley began her journey in dog training at 7 years old. Fascinated by dog training shows on Animal Planet, she sought to study the art via positive reinforcement methods. She got into the sport of agility at age 15 with her mother's rescue terrier Abbey. Ashley and Abbey reached the Masters level in USDAA and took 2nd place in the Dog Agility Competition of Florida. Today, Ashley owns two herding dogs that she competes with in multiple dog sports. She loves teaching people how to have fun with their dogs, and believes a great relationship essential to being a winning team.
Susie is bringing her vast experience in conformation and performance sports to Lucky Dog and we're so excited to have her on board. She has been involved in the dog show world since 1975 and through her 20+ years of breeding Belgian Malinois under the Merson prefix, she earned the AKC Breeder of Merit Gold distinction. She was also a licensed AKC conformation judge for 12+ years and has exhibited dogs at the highest level of competition in 9 different countries. Besides conformation, Susie has titled her dogs in agility, obedience, rally and herding and several of her own dogs and dogs she has bred are members of the American Belgian Malinois Club's Hall of Fame.
She has exhibited dogs in all variety groups and enjoys the various challenges each breed requires to be shown successfully. Her classes are structured for beginners to experts and her patient teaching style is suited to assist all dogs and handlers reach their full potential