Our family cannot express how truly grateful we are for Michelle and her expert training at Leasure Ranch K9 Academy! Michelle raised and trained Nova, a Western Show Line German Shepard, as a gluten detection service animal.  Thankfully, we heard about Michelle and Nova and connected with them to see if this might be the solution our family was hoping for – as our son was previously diagnosed with Celiac disease which had a big impact on his health and social well-being.

The level of professionalism and dedication showcased in Nova’s training has been nothing short of remarkable. Nova is not just a pet; she’s a friendly, very well-behaved, and wonderful companion and service dog who plays a vital role in ensuring our son’s well-being. The specialized training given by Michelle has equipped Nova with the skills to detect gluten in food and personal products. Nova does her important work for Ayden expertly in many settings, at home, grocery stores, restaurants, potlucks, everywhere! She has been instrumental in preventing Ayden from consuming gluten unknowingly, thus significantly improving Ayden’s and our family’s quality of life.

Michelle molded Nova to be both a loving pet and a professional service dog. Her training managed to balance the rigorous training required for a gluten detection service dog while ensuring Nova’s playful, loyal and friendly nature remains intact.

Michelle’s expertise, professionalism, and genuine care for Nova have transformed her into a reliable companion and service dog for Ayden. Nova’s training as a gluten detection service dog has not only increased Ayden’s safety and independence but has also really brought peace of mind to our family. We highly recommend Michelle at Leasure Ranch K9 Academy to anyone seeking a professional, well-trained gluten detection service dog for their loved ones.

Jamie Powell, James O'Mara, and Ayden O'Mara

This is where your dog needs to be!!!! ❤️❤️🐶🐾🦴

Michelle and her staff are so great, and I can’t say enough good things about her and Leasure K9 Academy. Michelle is so knowledgeable with over 32 years of experience in training dogs!!! She and her staff are knowledgeable, professional, enthusiastic, and friendly.

Our 5 year old  Alaskan Malamute dog, Jimi, had developed some serious obedience issues that needed some major attention!! He unfortunately had become super dominant over the years (our fault, but also the fault of other handlers at other daycares in Denver that were not trainers, but people who just handled dogs for their activities of daily living while there. As a result, he became more and more dominant and was allowed to get away with too much and had become very potentially dangerous.)

 To make this long story short, he had the potential to bite or hurt someone if they didn’t know how to handle his dominant personality……so, he needed immediate intervention. We enrolled him into her board and train program. Michelle, Derrick and Gabby were amazing!!!! Michelle included both my husband and I in this entire process and helped to “train” us, so that we could be better pet parents. Jimi is doing so much better and it’s totally because of Michelle and her staff and all their hard work. Jimi has adapted well and is happy to please us with his new boundaries and commands. We have continued with her core principles and will follow up with group classes. Jimi has made tremendous strives, and we would recommend Leasure K-9 academy to all dog owners. If you have a puppy, bring him/her HERE!!!! If you have a dog with obedience issues, there is no place better than here. 

 Her K9 Ranch is immaculate and organized with amazingly supportive and complimentary staff. She even accommodated our raw food that we feed to our dogs, so that was a plus! We have been to different daycares/boarding for both of our dogs all over the front range. This is by far the best place!!!! I am in no way related or never knew Michelle before this experience, so no kick backs for me…my husband and I are just so happy with this entire experience. I am forever grateful for Michelle and for all that she and her staff has done for us.❤️

If you love your dog and want him/her in the best hands, this is your place and look no further!!!! 


I brought Luna to Michelle at Leasure Ranch K9 Academy last year around August 11, 2021. We dropped Luna off to board and train with Michelle and staff, while I dealt with a new move to Denver and my husband going through heart surgery. 

Luna stayed with Michelle for close to 3 weeks. It was the first time I had ever left her with anyone, however you came highly recommended by Luna’s brother Teddy. 

I felt very comfortable with Michelle from the moment I met her. I thought the indoor/outdoor boarding facility was great and I knew that Luna would be safe in their care.

Of course, talking to you and seeing pictures of Luna while I was taking care of my husband was invaluable to me and to him. 

I knew it wasn’t always easy to get pictures or videos of her, but the fact that Michelle always got back to me with any questions or concerns I had always made me feel at ease. 

We’re planning on bringing Luna back to Leasure Ranch on March 17th to April 6th for boarding and some training. Knowing she will be in your care will make leaving her a lot less stressful. I never like leaving Luna, but I know it’s also important to have some away time for all of us. She needs to have more playtime and be around other dogs so it’s a win, win situation for all of us. 

This is one of my favorite pictures that was sent me while she was at  Leasure Ranch. I think her smile says it all!

Looking forward to seeing you soon. Thank you!

Lauren, Bert and Luna Solomon

I met Michelle when I was lost on what to do with my pandemic puppy. Sherlock was suffering from severe separation anxiety, hindering his quality of life. After reaching out to Leasure Ranch K9 Academy, I enrolled him in their 4-week board and train program. When he came home, not only had Michelle given him the tools he needed, but she also trained me on how to help him and continue his progress. As a result, he is doing much better when I’m away and learned many valuable skills for various situations.

I would highly recommend Michelle and her program for anyone that owns a dog. It has been a fantastic experience working with them.

Natalie Constancio

I cannot say enough great things about Michelle Abel.

Wrigley went to Leasure Ranch K9 Academy for a 2 week board and train and came back a different (better!) dog.

For those of you that follow him on instagram (tails+_from_wrigleyville), you know what a (very cute) pita he can be.

Because of Michelle’s training he’s going to test for his canine good citizen next week-the first step to him becoming a therapy dog. So, if you’ve got a pup that could use some help, please consider Michelle Abel at Leasure Ranch K9 Academy!

Rebecca Callahan

What can I say about Leasure Ranch K9 Academy? Nothing but good things. My Saint Bernard, Roxy, just turned three years old. She was a COVID dog with little socialization. She became extremely aggressive within the last year and it got to the point where she would not listen to simple commands. She was nipping at friends that she had been around before when they came to the house, and even nipped at my 11 year old nephew. At that time, we had to make the decision to either get rid of her or to give her another chance. That is when I came across Leasure Ranch.

I did my research and decided to meet with Michelle. Our meeting went well. Michelle helped me understand that Roxy is not an aggressive dog and was acting out of fear. We decided that Roxy would benefit most from a four week board and train program. Upon completion of the program, Roxy had learned all of her basic commands and hand signals. When I picked up Roxy from training, Michelle took the time to go through each command with me and gave me guidance on how to continue training Roxy at home. The day after Roxy came home, we were able to walk with my daughter to school, and she did amazing. She listened, she did not pull, and she behaved in a way that I now want to take her everywhere.

We took her to my son’s football game and again, she did very well. She did become anxious when there were kids around, but she let complete strangers pet her. She still needs a lot of work and she is not perfect, but with the training she has received, I know that she will continue to progress into a dog that I can trust around anyone. I am excited to be able to take her camping and to baseball and football games. I am so impressed at the quick turnaround in Roxy’s behavior that our other dog will be starting training with Michelle and her team soon.

The Post Family