Open House Fun & Games has been CANCELED

Sunday, March 15th
12:00 – 4:30 PM

Let’s Pawty and raise the woof!

Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon that is open to all dog lovers. All social dogs are welcome too.

Everything is FREE!

We have lots of activities, demos and games planned. Game winners will receive a goodie-filled swag bag, plus a trophy so register now and grab your free spot. (Spots are limited).

Please stop by, see our new space, learn something new and useful, participate in some fun activities, and maybe win something fab.

Download your copy of the Open House Schedule. (Have questions? Let us know.)

Want to be a Lucky Dog Ambassador and volunteer at the event? Scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn more.

Here are the activities we have planned for you (subject to change)…

Games. Join the fun or cheer on the players (dog/pet parent team):

Bucket Brigade

Everyone lines up at the start line with their dog on leash. When the game starts, each person fills a cup from their provided tub of water and holds the cup in the same hand that’s holding the leash.

Each team must walk quickly with their dog to their designated 16-ounce plastic cup across from them and empty the water from the small cup they are holding (in their leash hand) into their larger plastic cup. Return and repeat, until the large cup is full.

Remember, you must use the same hand to both hold both your dog’s leash and the cup of water. The trick is to keep your dog’s attention so that he does not pull on the leash and spill the water.

Lots of praise and engagement with your dog is allowed and recommended. The first dog/person team that completely fills their 16 oz plastic cup with water wins!

Winner gets a prize: a cool swag bag of goodies and a trophy.

Register to save your spot. Limit of 8 dogs. If more than 8 register you will be placed on a wait list. Be sure to come by to see if someone has canceled.

Be the first dog/human team to finish the race to Hollywood and become STUNT MASTER- the most famous animal actor on the planet.

Your dog does not need to know how to do all of these “tricks” in order to play. Many of them are simple commands (with a twist!). Your dog either already know them or you’ll want your dog to know them. They can be easily attempted and learned in the course of playing the game.

Part of the beauty of the game is learning to work as a team with your dog.

You can play as a team of 2 people and a dog. After the timer starts you can help each other with strategy but only one should be working with the dog.


The order of play is determined by the roll of a die. On your turn, pick a card and then the human/dog teams moves forward on the board by successfully performing “tricks” of skill and good manners in this fun game. Each time it’s your turn you can choose your card/trick level: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced and do what the card indicates.

When the team successfully performs the trick (it’s timed; you only get 30 seconds!), you will move the number of spaces indicated by the trick value on the card. You  then follow any instruction listed on the space on the board.

For many of the cards you can’t touch your dog, but you are welcome to use treats to lure your dog to do what the card indicates. Use your ingenuity to figure out how to get your dog to do all sorts of things such as rollover, back up or creep on his belly.

If a player fails to perform a trick, the next player may elect the MY DOG CAN DO THAT! replay option for double the spaces.

Note: if you register to play this game, you will be sent the complete simple rules.

Winning the Game. The first team to perform a trick that puts them on the Stunt Master star at the end of the path wins the game. The game will play for an hour. The round will be completed. If nobody has reached the end, the team who is in the lead wins.

Winning prizes:

Gift basket worth $100 from the sponsor of this game, Harmony Animal Hospital.

Plus $100 gift certificate toward any class or event at Lucky Dog!

Plus a swag bag of goodies!

Plus a trophy that you can exhibit with pride.

Register to save your spot. Limit of 6 dogs. If more than 6 register you will be placed on a wait list. Be sure to come by to see if someone has canceled.

Musical Hoops

This is musical chairs for dogs! While the music plays, handlers walk their dogs around a row of hula hoops. (There is one hoop per dog; no fighting to get to a hoop!) When the music stops, handlers tell their dogs to “sit” (or “down”) so that at least two of their paws are in a hoop and the dog is sitting. Any dogs without two paws in a hoop are excused. The last dog to sit is excused.

Play is continued until there is only one dog left sitting!

Rules: You can’t pull your dog into the hoop and you can’t push them into a sit (no touching your dog). You are encouraged to use treats and praise to work with your dog. The game continues until the last dog is sitting inside a hoop.

Prize: Cool swag bag of goodies and a trophy.

Register to save your spot. Limit of 12 dogs.

If more than 12 register you will be placed on a wait list. Be sure to come by to see if someone has canceled.

Temptation Tower

In this race against the clock, you have one minute to stack as many biscuits as you can into a tower of tasty dog treats.

But there is an added challenge. You must build this tower of treats in front of your dog! If your dog eats any of the biscuits, you must rebuild until your treats or the time runs out. If your tower falls, you can rebuild until time runs out.

Here is the rule: you can talk to your dog (nicely, of course) but you can’t physically touch your dog or hold your dog back with a tight leash. You can use any cue you like including stay, leave it, down, etc.

The winner is the dog and handler team with the greatest number of biscuits in their tower!

Prize for the winner: swag bag full of goodies and fun stuff and a trophy.

Register to save your spot.


Help your dog find his or her inner Pawcasso.

Your dog will paint a masterpiece for you to love and hang at home.

Don’t worry, no paint will get on your dog!

Register to save your spot. Limit of 6 dogs.

If more than 6 register you will be placed on a wait list. Be sure to come by to see if someone has canceled.

Veterinary behavior resident, Krista Sirois. DVM, from Florida Veterinary Behavior Service will be here speaking about barking, a common behavior problem.

Do you know that there are many reasons for barking?

Decode and learn strategies to begin to stop your dog’s barking.

Your dog does not need to know how to play agility to do this fun obstacle course.

You will learn how to get your dog’s attention and work together as a team while doing each fun obstacle on our agility field.

This activity is with instructor Anna Stait.

Sign in when you arrive to choose the order. There will only be one dog at a time on the field.

Do you worry that you won’t know what to do if the unthinkable happens?

Learn  how to perform CPR on your dog with veterinarian Dr. David Cox.

Join us for some tail-wagging fun games that you can learn to play at home to keep your dog occupied and engaged.

These are the games planned with instructor Cheryl VanVoorhies:

Muffin Tin Game

Nose Push & Search for Treats Game

Living a healthy, active lifestyle is not only important for you, the pet parent, but also for your four-legged best friend.  Learn about the benefits of focused exercise for you and your dog and ways you can help each other! This seminar is given by Coach Mandi Garcia.

Bingo Scavenger Hunt.

Search around Lucky Dog to locate each picture on the card.

All of the pictures are hidden in plain sight!

Get 4 across or the whole card for a prize.

Fill in the entire card and be placed in a drawing to pick a random winner of an awesome gift bag with cool goodies.

Post photos to your social media accounts.

During the event, post your pictures with #luckydogtrainingROCKS.

We will be choosing a random winner of a fab swag bag of goodies..

Pet Photos:

Vasi Siedman is a professional, award-winning photographer. She specializes in capturing unique and beautiful portraits of people and their pets.

Come to the Open House and sign up for your photo sitting, either of your dog alone or both (all) of you together.

All photos will be uploaded to her website and you will be able to download the one you want, free of charge for our guests!

Vasi is donating her services. There’s no charge today!

Sign in when you arrive to get your sitting.

Learn how to take great photos of your pets.

Would you like to learn how to take high quality pictures of your pets with your phone? Vasi Siedman, professional pet photographer and founder of PetPIX Academy will discuss angles, lighting, pet posing, and other tips and tricks.

Grab another guest or one of us to use your smartphone camera to take memory-making photos of you and your dog.

We will have fun and funny props for you to use to enhance the whimsy factor.

Kid Stuff. Fun for the young and young at heart.

Become an animal for the day!

Our face painter will turn your little one (or you!) into the animal you choose.

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!

Go fishing! Fish for a fun prize. Or join the competition and see who can catch the most fish in a minute! (These fishies are safe. The colorful plastic fish and rod are magnetized.)

Ring Toss. Get the ring over the bottle or cone to win a prize.

Match the ducks. Find two floating ducks with the same number on their bottom to win a prize.

Be a Lucky Dog Ambassador!

We are looking for 6 volunteers to help during the event.

It will entail coming about 1/2 hour early and leaving 1/2 after the end of the event. Plus there will be one volunteer meeting to familiarize you with the scheduled events.

Volunteers will get swag! You will receive $100 gift certificate toward a Lucky Dog class, a gift bag of promotional items, and a Lucky Dog shirt (if you volunteer in plenty of time to get your size made).

If you’re interested, please contact Mindy at 561-427-6700 or email