Spruce Mountain Dog Training

Spruce Mountain Dog Training

5.0 (9)
1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

Thank you so much for considering me to care your your 4 legged family member! I don’t am a Positive reinforcement certified dog trainer available to give your dog much more then the traditional boarding experience. I believe in making the experience positive and fun while still being beneficial for them and helping them be the best dog they can. My goal is to ease your worries when your on your vacation that your pets are safe, being spoiled, learning , and still having tons of fun!  Just like them going off to summer camp. Here is a little bit more about me, I have been an animal lover my entire life. I absolutely adore them and cherish the connection and experience of having them in our lives. They are truly my passion and I have turned my life into caring for them and helping their parents. I a positive reinforcement trainer with a advanced degree in animal behavior, nutrition and health with over 10 years experience. I love getting to know each dog on a individual level and enjoy building a trusting relationship with them. I know how stressful it can be finding someone you can trust to watch them and I will always treat your fur kids just like my own and enjoy getting to have them in my life. I can provide references from some of my other long term and new clients to help reassure you and I have a flexible schedule to help Accommodate all your trips through out the year and want to be there for them so they don’t have to get bounced around to other sitters. Its just as fun for me to have them come and I miss them when they are gone and look forward to the next time I get to see them. I love all breeds, sizes, ages and getting to know each dog and all their quirks is very rewarding for me.  I want whats best for them and for them to have a positive experience with me. I structure the  days around them and make sure it’s as much a vacation for them as often times you are on vacation!  The overnight price includes a variety of curriculum to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Some examples are Walks, training , Brian work and games , field trips , grooming, t-touch Massage, service dog training, felid trips, play dates, swimming, hiking , tricks or behavioral training , snuggles and much more. ( we always discuss before and I will never do anything with out your permission and knowledge)  I am also home with the all the time and 100% of my time goes to them!  After booking we send a detailed questionnaire to be filled out so we can find out whats normal for your dog, their normal routine/ vet information/emergency contact/ training and behavioral problems. We always encourage you to  bring things from home and special requests are not a problem. Grooming and bath services can also be added as well as we always offer the pet taxi service.  I strive in providing a loving, safe and fun experience for the dogs I’m caring for while also building that trust with the pet parents. I send lots of updates and pictures and have a lot of knowledge in health, amd pet first aid as well as I am dog CPR certified. Please reach out with any questions and look forward to talking with you and getting to your your doggie. 

Below is a list of some of my qualifications and experience 

Experience : 

~14 years working as manager and dog trainer at doggie daycare and boarding facility. 

~dog CPR certified and trained in first aid, health knowledge and nutrition.

~very dedicated and reliable, I really understand the responsibility and dedication it takes caring for them.

~can provide training or behavior modification using reward based methods (positive reinforcement) or Just practice skills that make everyone life’s easier

~can give medication, special feeding, experience with deaf, blind, special needs, seniors and puppies 

~I have lots of positive reviews and loyal customers from over the years and pride myself in building that trust with clients and there canine family members. Happy to share that contact information if you would like to talk to them. 

-all my care includes extras like walks, training, mental and physical exercises, lots of pictures, updates, report cards when the go home amd other custom add ones to make there experience perfect for them.I am home full time with them and request off my other jobs. 

-can complete vet visits or any other appointments they might need to go to and have emergency procedures in place In case 

-can provide bathing and grooming services as well 

-always provide free dog taxi services (pick up and drop off service always free) 

No crates or kennels (unless requested )

Flexible and long term or set schedules available as well as last min trips available 

I don’t work my other jobs so 100% of my time goes to there care and experience

•I have a Fenced in yard with a 6 foot privacy fence

•  I have an SUV so travel is no problem as well as  can take them to dog parks or other field trips.

  • We Keep it as close to their home environment  that I can and follow the same rules and expectations you have at home 

  •Always bring everything you think will make them more comfortable. There are no crazy requests!

Below are some but not limited to the possibilities of what we can do on their stay. 

-Dog parks or fence areas to run, sniff and explore

-pet friendly places like stores and events or parks 

-walks  and or dog or people play dates

-Vet visits for routine health care

-Dog field trips you pick and choose 

-Other appointments 

-Grooming services can transport or provide 

-mental stimulation( treat toys, games like hide and go seek or nose work, agility or tricks training) 

-Positive reinforcement training for any and all things your dog may either enjoy or just need more practice at . Dogs love to learn!!! 

-relaxing and cuddle time , dog t touch message is always a big hit

-Toy play time

-Outside lounge in the sun, pupnics at the park 

Pretty much everything and anything to make your dogs vacation a fun one and all pre discussed before the stay

Thanks again and I can’t wait to meet you and your family!

Getting to know each dog and their families individually and getting to build that trust and friendship with the family. 

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Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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9 Reviews


  • Khrystal J.

    Leona was great! She watched our three dogs while we had an open house and they had a great time! She even worked on some training with one of our dogs that needed it and went the extra mile by giving us print outs of what she worked on so we could continue the training!

  • Aj D.

    Very friendly and dogs seemed to really enjoy their walk.

  • Emily W.

    Leona was great! Super patient with my dog and very nice. Will defiantly be booking again.

  • Bobak R.

    Leona was awesome! My 9 month old dog Aspen, really enjoyed his stay there. When it was time to say goodbye he didn't want to leave her. She was kind enough to send lots of photos, and a thoughtful note at the end with some snacks when I picked him up. Couldn't be more happier, will certainly be taking him back again. Thanks again Leona

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

•Find out what their needs are? 
•learn about the dog
•their end goals

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

-degree in advanced canine behavior and enrichment from the Animal Behavior Institute 

-certification in canine nutrition 

-certified in teach BAT dog training 

-10 years working as manager and dog trainer at doggie daycare and boarding facility. 

- dog CPR certified and trained in first aid, health knowledge and nutrition.

-over 1000 hours of working in the feild mostly training shelter dogs and pet parents 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

It can vary but here a general 

Dog Training Session

Anything from Basic to Advanced Obedience, Puppy, Training, Socialization, Service dogs, Therapy Dogs Work, Aggressive or Reactivity towards other dogs or people , Separation Anxiety, Potty Training, Fears or Phobias, Off Leash Skills, Dogs and Kids, Dogs and other Animals 

First initial evaluation and session 

90 Minute first initial evaluation and training session

Follow up Training Session

1  hour follow up training session 

Obedience only Training Session 

1 hour obedience only training session 

Dog Training Group Classes 

We are now offering affordable group classes and private training using positive reinforcement training methods. Topics included are puppy socialization, puppy raising or common problems dog owners face, basic and advanced obedience and manners, nutrition, and health. We have truly built these classes to give you much more then just basic commands. We believe in helping build bonds and friendships between dogs and their owners that will last a lifetime. Helping owners learn to speak dog. 

Puppy Kindergarten 

6 week class

This class is for puppies between 8 weeks and 5 months in age.  You and your puppy would attend class once a week for one hour for 6 weeks. 

Topics are:

•Socialization and proper play

•Impulse control


•Loose leash walking

•Jumping and nipping

•Drop it and leave it

•Watch me


•Mental enrichment

•Crate training

•Potty training



•Toys and Games

•Puppy nuisance behaviors 

Obedience Good Dog Level 1

This class is for Dogs over 6 months, classes are once a week/one hour for 6 weeks.

Topics are:

•Sit and down

•Watch me


•Mental enrichment/toys/games/dog sports

•Impulse control

•Loose leash walking/no pulling/leash skills 

•Jumping and polite people greetings

•Drop it and leave it

•Wait and stay

•Coming when called and emergency stops

•Settle/Go to place

•Entering/exiting cars and entryways


•Basic first aid and health

•Grooming and vets

•Dogs and babies/kids/other animals

•Fears and phobias

Obedience Advanced Level 2

Must pass Level 1 with us or get approval from trainer. You and your dog would attend class once a week for one hour for 6 weeks. 

While the skills in our Level 2 Advanced class follow some of the material covered in Puppy K-2/Good Dog, this is considered an advanced level class. The goal is to expand on learned behaviors using duration, distractions, and distance as an added challenge. In addition to adding new skills like heel and off leash to their training.

Doggie Tricks and Fun Class 

For any dogs over 5 months, you and your dog would attend class once a week for one hour for 4 weeks.  This fun class is for those that want to teach their dogs some fun or useful tricks. Everything from shake, wave, to roll-over, bow, and spin, touch, back up. Go find it, and more. We also can teach and talk about useful tricks like put your toys away or wipe your paws. 

Cat Training Session

Aggression towards pets/people,Fearful/Feral Kitten Class Biting/scratching Marking/spraying,Socialization with other animals, Potty training, 

First initial evaluation and training session 

90 min first appointment 

1 hour Training session 
Doggie Day School

Doggie daycare that includes positive reinforcement training and enrichment. We do both physical and mental activities. 

Full Day at at your home 
Full Day at trainers home 
Half Day (under 4 hours) 

Can be in trainers home or yours 

Field trips

Depends on what and when but anything from a trip to the lake, vet appointments, grooming appointment, dog park, dog friendly stores, play dates, 

In your home check in’s

In-home visit while your away, I can do anything from potty breaks to play time to watering the flowers.

30 min visit 

In-home visit while your away, walks, potty breaks, play time, feeding the cat, watering the flowers. Services customized to your needs. 

90 min visit 

In-home visit while your away. walks, potty breaks, play time, feeding the cat, watering the flowers. Services customized to your needs. 

Dog Walking
30 minute and 60 minute sessions available 

Dog Grooming 

Full Service Bath and Nails STARTS AT $45, VARIES BY BREED 

We pick up your pup and take to a self serve dog wash, wash, brush out, blow dry, nail trim and ear cleaning. Then we drop them back off at your home 

In your home nail trims

I’ll come to you, force free methods

Full service Grooming 

VariIes by breed 

Overnight Care for dogs, cats, and other pets 

Overnight care in either your home or at the trainers 
At Trainers House Overnight Care

Discounts offered for multi dog families 

Overnight care in your home 


Overnight Care for Cats and other pets $PRICE VARIES CONTACT US FOR QUOTE 

Pick up & drop off services

I’ll drop off and pick up your dogs free of charge for any services

How did you get started in this business?

I love with dogs they truly are amazing creatures and the bond and friendship they have with there humans is amazing to me. Also working with a lot of homeless  rescue dogs Got me more into training 

What types of customers have you worked with?

Pet owners :)