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Are you thinking your dog could use better manners? Listen to what these people have to say about their experiences at Heavenly Dog. Train the Devil Out of 'Em!

Roscoe Suzy has been working with my 4 month old Golden Retriever, Roscoe, for 2 months. She has a kind, but firm technique that has proven to be most effective. Roscoe is completely house-broken and he already understands and obeys ALL of the basic commands like sit, stay, down, heel and come. He even has a few tricks up his sleeve/paw.

- Marla Yetka

Vive What a change in Vive's demeanor since she started training with Suzy at Heavenly Dog! She pays attention and has manners when we go for our daily walks. Three weeks with Suzy was a good investment for all of us. I highly recommend it!

- Suzy Leprino

Princeton We sent Princeton to Suzy for "board and train". It's the best money we ever spent! He is an amazingly well behaved, happy dog, and we thoroughly enjoy him now.

-Kari and Eric McCrady



Riva We hired Suzy to help us train Riva when she was going on 4 months old. She had an incredible stubborn streak, and Suzy taught us how to work her through it, and get her to listen to our commands. She is now 2 years old and we take her hiking off leash in the mountains. Over the summer, Riva spied a bear cub and was about to go after it. I called her, and she turned and came to me, even though she was really intent on chasing the bear! At that moment I realized that had we not taken the time to work with Suzy, our dog very well may have been mauled by a protective mama bear.

- Dan and Laura Droy

Blue We absolutely loved working with Suzy. Our Boxer, Blue, was a wild man before we met Suzy. She taught us how to be the 'alpha' in our pack and we couldn't be happier. Blue is now allowed to go everywhere with us. Even to the in-law's house! He is well-mannered and yet still full of personality. Our only mistake was not calling Suzy sooner.

- Dan and Laura Droy

Lucas Our dog, Lucas, spent two weeks with Suzy and her dogs. Lucas specifically needed training in recall (coming when called). After the two week period, his recall is nearly perfect. He also learned several fun tricks that keep his mind stimulated.

Additionally, Lucas was able to socialize with other dogs under controlled, supervised, safe conditions. Lucas is less than a year old and supervised socialization is very important to us.

I would highly recommend Suzy's training skills and methods. She is professional, knowledgeable, strict, but patient, and compassionate, treating her clients' dogs as if they were her own. Suzy takes the time to work with each individual dog and moves forward based on each dogs' needs, not one set agenda.

Lucas adores Suzy and is happy to see her as he is to see us. I highly recommend Suzy for dog training and will continue to work with her.

- Greg and Kathie Palinckx

Murphy We started bringing Murphy McGee to Suzy at Heavenly Dog to learn basic skills and leash training when he was just a few months old. Suzy is one of those special people who just seem to be able to "Speak Dog Language", and Murphy responded to her right away. Not only did Suzy teach him basic commands (Sit, Stay, Down, etc.), she helped him to learn the canine socialization techniques necessary for all urban dogs. People regularly comment on what a friendly and non-aggressive Jack Russell Terrier Murphy is; Suzy's early behavior modification work made him a wonderful four-legged citizen.

We enrolled Murphy in Suzy's month-long Boot Camp when he was a year old. It was hard to be away from our little guy for so long, but we could hardly believe the positive changes in his behavior when we got him back. He had learned an arsenal of helpful advanced commands, and was more responsive, happier, and eager to please than ever before. Our friends couldn't believe what a little gentleman he had become! We recommend Heavenly Dog Boot Camp to all of our dog-owning friends, our friends-friends, co-workers, and random people I meet in the park. I believe Suzy's programs are essential for raising a happy dog with an even happier owner; her work is worth every penny.

We strongly recommend Suzy!

- Hansen & Bonnie Rada (and Murphy McGee, too!)

Hejduk Suzy is a great trainer. She is very patient with wild pups and their confused owners. Suzy began working with my Old English Sheepdog, Hejduk, when he was 6 months old. Today he is a well behaved 2 year old who weighs 110lbs!

- Linda Whetson

Hoku For many years, we've been saying we need to get a trainer for our dog, Hoku, but at 3 lbs., his bad habits (or lack of authority over him) were a lot easier to ignore than in bigger dogs, so I kept putting off investing in training. Finally, after the birth of our first child, Hoku's aggressive barking at visitors as well as people on the street started to get worse. He was feeling jealous and displaced and was starting to bite people. We were definitely at the point where the situation was negatively impacting our quality of life (not to mention the potential danger to others) and we felt we finally had to do something. We stopped by Suzy's shop and told her a bit about our concerns, as well as what we were willing and able to do to fix these problems. Right away, we felt very comfortable with Suzy, and felt we learned so much just from our consultation with her. She gave us a few options for training, but felt that having Hoku come and stay with her would probably be the most effective. We were definitely reluctant to be without our crazy but loveable guy for a whole month, and also felt it was a little more than we were able to spend. Suzy was flexible, and we were able to figure out a plan that worked for both of us. We could tell that she truly wanted the best for our dog! Hoku stayed with Suzy for 2 weeks and after which we did some training with Suzy at our home. We are SO thrilled with the results, and now have a much calmer, happier dog! I can't even begin to express what a wonderful and easy experience working with Suzy has been. I only wish we had done this 4 years ago!

- (name withheld)

Lola We started Lola training with Suzy at 3 months of age. She was quite a stubborn puppy who we could not even get to leave our yard to take on a walk. Within one session we noticed positive changes and were able to walk her down the street. Suzy understands dogs and trained us to be better owners. Lola is now 10 months old and visits Suzy on occasion when we are out of town. Every weekend that she comes back from Suzy's, she has had the reinforcement of our training which is really beneficial."

- (name withheld)

Lola Last year I brought my Labrador retriever Satchel to Suzy, with Heavenly Dog's obedience training. I was at my wit's end with this hyper little devil, and I had heard she was the best. After Suzy was finished training him, his entire attitude had changed: he was obedient, calm, and about the best companion an owner could ever want. She even tailored her training specifically to my needs! I highly recommend Suzy to anyone that in need of obedience training for their dog. Thanks, Suzy!

- John N. McNamara

Hoku My husband Joe, and I did not know what to do with our 4-month-old yellow lab, Cali -- we had no clue about how to teach her obedience or curb her developing bad manners. We called Suzy as a co-worker recommended her. Based on our first phone conversation with her I already had the confidence that she was going to really be able to help us with our puppy. We chose Suzy's doggie boot camp (boarding and training). When Suzy came to our house to pick up our crazy puppy, Cali got so excited and untied Suzy's shoes, I think, 5 times. Suzy was very good at easing our minds and assuring us all would be ok.

When we picked up Cali after her training, I could not believe she was the same dog. Suzy and her dogs were able to show Cali how to be a proper dog. There was no more crazy licking, running around, or un-tying of shoes. Suzy then showed us all the commands Cali was able to learn (sit, stay, down, heal, wait, leave it, come). Truly, Suzy was able to show us how to communicate with our dog, and was able to show her how to be a good calm dog. We were all happier for it.

It is now almost a year later, and we think Cali is the best dog in the whole world, and we have Suzy to thank for it. I would recommend her training to anyone.

- Joe and Emily Ruhnke



The following reviews can be found on Yelp, they are all 5 Stars.

  • 8/11/2007 Posted by Jelena H.

    This is an excellent spot for both do it yourself and professional grooming, and, as an extra plus, offers obedience classes and sells supplies, also. Grooming is midrange pricewise, but top in quality. The supplies sold at the store part of Heavenly Dog tend to be on the premium side- which is great!

    There are always smiling faces, both human and canine, coming out of training class. I've chatted with an instructor, who seemed very knowledgeable. I always advise folks that the smaller the business training your dog, the better your chances of individual attention and an experienced instructor are, and Heavenly Dog definitely qualifies for this recommendation.

    Great selection of shampoos for every need and in every scent. Dogs walking out look fabulous- ready for their closeup!

  • 1/28/2007 Posted by Megan H.

    This is an excellent spot for both do it yourself and professional grooming, and, as an extra plus, offers obedience classes and sells supplies, also. Grooming is midrange pricewise, but top in quality. The supplies sold at the store part of Heavenly Dog tend to be on the premium side- which is great!

    There are always smiling faces, both human and canine, coming out of training class. I've chatted with an instructor, who seemed very knowledgeable. I always advise folks that the smaller the business training your dog, the better your chances of individual attention and an experienced instructor are, and Heavenly Dog definitely qualifies for this recommendation.

    Great selection of shampoos for every need and in every scent. Dogs walking out look fabulous- ready for their closeup!




The following reviews can be found on City Search - Denver, they are all 5 Stars.

  • Helped me with puppy training 07/17/2006 Posted by denverguy1998

    I brought Fergie here the other day to try the dog wash and walked out with a training reservation. They took care of everything! I would suggest trying some of the tasty obedience treats.

  • Best experience yet 06/27/2006 Posted by henrykirst55

    I have been to them all, and this is by far the best dog wash yet! The staff is inelligent, helpful, and very sweet. The shampoo left my dog smelling great for DAYS. I am a dedicated customer now.

    Pros: shampoo and conditioner, staff, cleanliness

  • Perfect!! 11/07/2005 Posted by adicker

    I am so happy I finally found this place! My Great Dane is too heavy for me to pick up and he hates baths, but the ramps make it really easy for me to get him in and the tub is just the right height for my back! It's so clean and happy, and Brutus smells GREAT!!! Thank you to the wonderful staff at Heavenly Dog for helping me pick a great shampoo and giving Brutus the turkey patties!!!

    Pros: Clean, Friendly , Ramps

  • We'll be back 02/16/2005 Posted by seanandbuster

    What a clean, friendly, happy place! I can't believe you have tubs tall enough for me not to break my back! Buster smells great! As soon as he rolls in poop, we will be back.

    Pros: shampoos, staff, clean

  • The best yet 02/15/2005 Posted by denverdrinker

    I have been to dog washes all over the states and this is by far the best ever. They use premium shampoos and conditioners, are super clean, and very friendly. The ramps to the tubs are sturdy and the tubs are perfect height!

    Pros: clean, top quality, friendly

    Cons: parking

  • Clean and Fresh 12/08/2004 Posted by pajamagirl

    I love how clean and fresh Suzy keeps the shop. And it is in the "Old South Gaylord Street" shopping district so it is real close to Wash Park. This is a nice place to wash my dog.

    Pros: friendly

  • Great place!! 11/10/2004 Posted by bettiespork

    This place is so fun! Not only did my pup come out smelling clean, but I found a great dog trainer too! I love this place!

    Pros: Clean, Friendly, upscale

  • Wonderful 12/15/2003 Posted by ddburkard

    This is the best dog was I have ever used. I have used most if not all of the Denver area dog washes and have found this one to be the cleanest, the friendliest, very moderately priced, and the owners and employees go out of their way to help you as a customer.

    Pros: Clean, Friendly, Helpful

  • Cowboy's favorite spa 12/14/2003 Posted by rodneybowen My dog Cowboy loves going for his baths at Heavenly Dog. The height of the tub makes it easier on my back, and I love not having to clean up after myself. The staff is super friendly and cute too!

    Pros: Clean, Friendly, professional


Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Thursday:
      12:00 - 6:00
Friday - Sunday:
      10:00 - 4:00
Last bath is 1/2 hour before close
303-777-4665
2224 East Tennessee Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80209


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