How it all started...
Melinda’s career started out as a Civil Engineer, but in 2010 her passion for training animals became a dream come true as she ventured into the dog training world. In 2013, Melinda decided to open her own training center “Lucky Dog Training”, a positive reinforcement-based training center that focused on the human side of dog training. In January of 2017, Melinda and her staff moved to their current location and rebranded to “Lucky Dog Training Center”. Melinda is a true believer that “Dreams do come true” when you are dedicated and keep looking forward!
Interested in growing with us? We’re always looking for dedicated, positive people to join the Lucky Dog team! Send your resume to email@example.com.
Meet the Team
Owner/General Manager/Trainer – Puppy, Manners, Nosework
Melinda has been training dogs (and their people) since 2010 and has helped thousands of clients learn to live a better life with their dog! As well as owning Lucky Dog, Melinda also likes to teach some classes, like puppy and manners, advanced and nosework! Her passion for training dogs and helping owners communicate is the joy to success.
Trainer – Puppy, Manners, Tricks and Agility/Retail Store Manager
Mikayla is an animal lover who discovered the world of dog training when teaching her first chihuahua tricks at the age of 15. Most of her recent training experience has been with puppies and overall manners but she also loves to teach all dogs new tricks as well as agility! Mikayla and her Border Collie, Aremis (aka Aero) enjoy running agility and attending trials. She is also interested in other dog sports to include dock diving.
Assistant General Manager
Ciara graduated from Texas A&M University in 2019 with a B.S. in Animal Science. She and her dog, Belle, love training in the agility ring and hope to start competing in the future. She is a firm believer in the power of positive training to help build a lifelong bond with the dog and owner. Ciara manages Lucky Dog’s marketing, scheduling, and retail center.
UNT Grad ABA/Animal Science Trainer - Puppy and Basic Manners
Lea graduated with a Bachelor Degree in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) with a field of study in Animal Science and Behavior Training fromUNT. While she attended college, she was the chairman of O.R.C.A. (Organization of Reinforcement Contingencies for Animals) and taught animal training to other underclassmen. She has been a part of many animal training projects since graduating such as teaching husbandry behaviors for exotic, farm and domesticated animals. Most recently she worked at the Fort Worth Zoo as a zookeeper where she trained armadillos and goats. Lea has always had a love for animals and currently has several pets to include a 14 year old female orange tabby cat named Pumpkin, a 4 year old American Bully named Mac and a 2 year old Blue Heeler/Chihuahua mix rescue named Scarlett.
CPDT-KA Trainer - Puppy and Basic Manners
Joy’s dog training career formally began in the summer of 2007, but she has always had a strong love for dogs and a passion for teaching. Her goal when training is to strengthen the relationship between owners and their dogs by helping owners understand the why behind canine behaviors. Joy has a wide variety of training experience ranging from therapy work to protection sport (IPO), and more recently started competing in AKC Rally with her four year old Rottweiler, Akira. Joy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and she graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Elementary Education. When she isn’t teaching dog training classes, she can be found teaching fifth grade science and social studies for a local school district.
Salem (Heather) Luethy
Behaviorist, AKC evaluator, Trainer
Salem has been professionally training dogs for over ten years. Her passions started at a young age, having been born into a family of dog loving individuals. Even her first ever library book happened to be on puppy training. She has trained dogs across the country, starting at just 18 years old in Colorado where she began working under another trainer. From there, she has dedicated the rest of her life to furthering her training skills and the understanding of positive reward and trust based training, centering her focus on behavioral training and management.
While she can train from puppy to advanced manners, her passion rests in understanding and educating others about reactivity and helping owners understand, manage and overcome fear and anxiety in their beloved dogs.
Salem spent a lot of her time working with her former Border Collie and Therapy Dog, Raphael, who aided in her work with other reactive and fearful pets until his recent passing. Her newest addition, Omen the Golden Retriever, is working hard to take on the work Raphael left behind!
Trainer - Agility Trainer and Specialty Classes
Beth Martin started agility in 1996 with her rescue cattle dog mix Rysa, and very quickly became hooked on the sport. She has been competing and teaching all levels and venues since 1997 in the Atlanta area until moving to DFW in 2019. She has had many successes at a high level with multiple dogs over the years. Most notable are being a 3 time USA world team member with her now retired Sport Mix Keen (twice with USDAA and once with UKI), and has also made semi-finals and finals several times at USDAA's Cynosports and at the UKI US Open with multiple dogs. Keen also was the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Southeast champion in the 30 Weavepole challenge event. Beth is now bringing her 4 year old Jack Russell terrier Yeti up through the ranks, and has already had some good success locally and regionally with him. She has hopes of trying out for the UKI team soon, and competing with him this year at USDAA Cynosports. Beth competes in all organizations , but she really enjoys the training and handling challenges offered by UKI and USDAA.
Teaching others to enjoy agility as passionately as she does has always been important to Beth. She enjoys the challenge of helping people get the most out of their relationship with their own dog, and to be successful at whatever level each team is interested in, whether it's just a recreational activity to do with their dog and compete at local trials, all the way up to being able to being competitive nationally or internationally with their own dog.
Beth also has trained and competed in Nosework, flyball, barn hunt, disc dog, and dock diving, and enjoys the diversity as well as similarities of the training in each sport."
Trainer - Conformation & Rally
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.
Trainer - Agility
Stacy has 20 years of dog training experience and more than 14 years of agility training experience. Stacy has competed successfully with both large and small dogs in various venues over the course of her competitive career and her students range from Border Collies to Labradors to Pugs and many in between.
Kermit is her newest agility dog, a miniature schnauzer imported from Russia. Just starting out in her agility career is already taking 4 venues by storm competing in AKC, USDAA, UKI and ASCA. So far in her young career she has achieved the following, 2017 USDAA Cynosports Grand Prix champion, 2017 USDAA Cynosports Steeplechase Finals 2nd place, completed her UKI championship, MACH4, ADCH, competed in the 2017 UKI US Open, 2018 AKC Agility Nationals in Reno, 2018 and 2019 AKC Agility Invitational.