515-986-PETS (7387)

Dog Training

Check our calendar for the training class schedule.  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!


We offer a variety of 6 week long classes including Puppy Preschool, Basic Obedience, and Advanced Obedience. Classes are great for those who want an affordable training option, who want to practice around the distraction of other dogs and people, or who just like the social element that group classes provide.

*You can see all of our class schedules on our Calendar page. Click on any class for specific class descriptions.

To register, please submit all vaccinations and complete online registration via our Client Portal button (see top right corner of the web page), then call our front desk at 515-986-7387 to sign up!

Need your dog to burn some energy or lose some weight? Or are you sick of walking your dog in the Iowa elements?

LET US TREADMILL TRAIN YOUR DOG!  This is the gift that keeps on giving.

You can use it at home on your treadmill or we can run him on ours when he is here Day-boarding.