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Dog Training

New classes starting year round! Check our calendar for dates.  Call 986-7387 to sign up today!



Whether it be through manners and obedience, or fun, crazy classes, we can help you get there!

Because of our dog trainers’ academic backgrounds, we have multiple ways of training new skills and tackling any behavior issue. Most dog training companies only use one training system, such as a remote collar, a clicker, “all positive”, or “all negative”. But, no one method works for every dog, owner, or behavior issue! This is where we excel over the competition; we find the method that works best for you and your dog.

You can contact our trainers by emailing training@dogwoodslodge.com or calling 515-986-PETS (7387).



(Formerly called “Board ‘n Train”)

Dogwoods Lodge specializes in the highest quality professional training. Just drop your dog off and let us do the rest. By the end of the program, you will have a whole new dog. To prep you for a fresh start and solid relationship with your dog, you will receive a “go-home” lesson, so you can learn what your dog has learned and how to use it. We also provide follow-up lessons to go over any issues you may be having at home during the first couple of weeks following training. This helps to ensure that the training “sticks”!

Your dog will learn reliable, useful obedience and be able to do so under a high degree of distraction. The program allows the dogs adequate time to get out of bad habits and into good ones, which is half the battle. The basic obedience skills taught will help counter many of the common behavior problems that occur at home, such as jumping, pulling on the leash, begging at the table, and coming when called.  Lodge ‘n Train can also be used to work on specific problems your dog is having, such as aggression, anxiety, fearfulness, etc. We will provide a free behavioral evaluation for any dog considering Lodge & Train.

Program Specifics

  • Length: 3-5 weeks (depending on the dog).
  • Dogs will be taught (at a minimum) to sit (stay), place (stay), heel, down (stay) and come, all with distractions.  Level of accomplishment is based on each individual dog. However, the majority of dogs in the full program are solid on all elements by the time they complete the program.
  • Each dog will be given 45-60 minutes of Private Training sessions per day, 5 days/wk during their stay.
  • An hour long “Go-Home” Lesson is provided to the owners. This is when the owners are taught what the dog knows, and how to reinforce the behaviors at home.
  • There are also two Follow-up Lessons included to help with any problems/questions the owners may have following the training.


Is your dog under 6 months of age?

Check out Puppy Boot Camp


  1. Have specific skills or problem behaviors they would like to work on.
  2. Prefer 1-on-1 instruction to a group class.
  3. Have a dog that would not do well in a class setting (fearful, aggressive, hyper, etc.).
  4. Want to learn to use a remote collar or other specific training tool.

With Private Lessons, you can teach your dog to do anything!

Class Description
Puppy Preschool
Get started on the right paw with your new puppy with this fun and informative class! Learn how to effectively communicate with your puppy and begin building a life-long relationship. Classes include socialization with people and dogs, problem prevention, introduction to obedience, and behavior solutions.
For puppies 9 weeks-5 months old
**Note: puppies need to be socialized to people and dogs from the second you get them from the breeder/rescue. The window of opportunity closes around 4 months of age, so don’t wait for class to start socializing your pup.
Basic Obedience Learn how to effectively communicate with your dog what is expected of him through obedience training. We use reward-based motivational training to help you bring out the best in your best friend. Class includes practical exercises such as come when called, walk on a loose leash, sit-stay, down-stay, & place (boundary-stay). We also tackle one behavior problem per week, such as jumping, chewing, and barking.
Intermediate Obedience / CGC Prep After creating a solid foundation in Basic Obedience, move on to more complex exercises including off-leash obedience and real-life scenarios. These classes are good for all dog owners, and essential for people who want to turn their dog into a therapy dog or competition dog.By the time you have completed this class, you will be prepared to take the CGC or Therapy Dog test, so you can proudly say your dog is a Canine Good Citizen or Therapy Dog!**Tests are administered at DMOTC. Check their calendar for testing dates CGC/Therapy Dog testing dates.Prerequisite: Basic Obedience or equivalent.

WHAT IS CGC?  The Canine Good Citizen Test was created by the AKC to reflect the measure of a dog’s social ability. It is used as a way to demonstrate responsible pet ownership, tolerance, adaptability and basic good manners for dogs. Proudly show the world that your dog is a Canine Good Citizen!!

Tricks 101 –
click ‘n trick!
Tricks 101 is an amazing way to build a great relationship with your dog, and have fun in the process.  In this class, we will teach you clicker theory, as well as many different tricks that combine into one large trick at the end of the class…such as getting a beer from the fridge, putting their toys away, or other impressive tasks.Prerequisite: None

Coming soon!