Our dog experience enhances your dog's experience

PSFD dog hikes in mountain flowers.

Our Mission

Progressive School for Dog's mission is to be Northern Colorado's premiere destination and trusted authority for the highest-quality dog training, daycare, boarding, and educational experiences for both dogs and their owners. We strive to cultivate a strong sense of community and membership so that our dog members and their owners feel understood, supported, and most importantly like they are at a home away from home. 

About PSFD

Our Progressive School for Dogs members are so loyal to us because we have pioneered a unique progressive approach to dog services based on our more than 35 years of experience. Learning underpins all of our services because we passionately believe that learning fosters overall dog wellness and deepens the bonds between dogs and their owners. PSFD uses a science-based training philosophy grounded in a rewards-based positive approach to learning. Our highly-trained staff focuses on motivational training and socialization for overall dog confidence. Our dog training, daycare and boarding experiences are designed to enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our dog members and help them to successfully navigate the outside world and their home environments.

PSFD staff member trains dogs.

Our facilities are welcoming, private and safe:

  • Our beautiful dog retreat is set on 10 private acres

  • Conveniently located at the junction of Highway 34 and State Highway 257

  • World class indoor 100' x 110' training faciltiy is the largest in the state of Colorado

  • State of the art turf and training equipment

  • Climate-controlled indoor play zones have rubber matting

  • Large outdoor play yards have artificial turf

  • Fun and safe playground equipment, including splash pools in the summer

  • State of the art security cameras

  • Secure double fencing around all outdoor yards

  • Our founder & owner lives on-site to ensure your dog's safety is the highest priority

Excited PSFD dogs come running.

Our members are successful:

  • Over 4,000 PSFD dog and owner students have successfully completed courses, including AKC Star Puppy and Canine Good Citizen

  • Over 500 PSFD dog and owner students have successfully competed in agility competitions

  • PSFD hosts agility competitions, seminars, first aid and dog wellness, including massage therapy

Our team is highly-trained and passionate:

  • Our founder & owner has over 35 years of training and national competition experience

  • Owner and staff consistently teach and participate in classes, camps and seminars of cutting edge training techniques from around the world

Agility puppy plays with toy in PSFD arena.
PSFD Founder Liz Blasio and her dog adventure in the mountains.
PSFD Founder Liz Blasio and her dog earn agility award.
PSFD Founder Liz Blasio and her dogs hike off-leash by a mountain lake.

Meet Our Founder & Director

Liz Blasio is the founder and director of Progressive School for Dogs. She brings over 35 years of hands-on training with dogs and owners. Her training methods are proven, effective and motivational.  She is a current member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). 

Liz's passion and commitment to dogs and their owners is manifested not only in her successful business and loyal client members but also in her contributions to the dog community at large. Liz hosts training seminars to help increase awareness of dogs' amazing abilities and the latest techniques to support their learning and overall wellness. She also regularly supports and helps drive donations to dog charities and rescue groups.

The applied teaching methods Liz uses are well demonstrated in the performance of her own dogs as well as her students. Liz has achieved Agility titles for all her dogs.  The following are highlights:


MACH2 Jazz- #2 AKC Labrador Retriever 2004 (Gone but not forgotten)

Jordy MX/MXJ- Shetland Sheepdog (Gone but not forgotten)

MACH2 Ticket ADCH- 2009 USDAA National Steeplechase & Grand Pix semi-finalist.  2012 USDAA National Grand Prix Semi-finalist 1st place. 4th Place Grand Prix Finals (Gone but not forgotten)

Deuce MX/MXJ ADCH- 2011 USDAA National Grand Prix Semi-finalist 5th Place.  8th Place Grand Prix Finals (Gone but not forgotten)

Sparrow MX/MXJ ADCH- 2016 USDAA Semi-finalist Grand Pix & Steeplechase


Steely Dan- MXJ/MX

Liz was also a former Director and Assistant to:

  • U.S. Professional Dog Trainers Association, Inc.  

  • Huntfield Retrievers  

  • Dick Mallers School for Dogs  

  • Suffolk Academy of Dog Training  

  • Long Island Schutzhund Association  

  • Colorado Women's Retriever Club Member