Des Moines Iowa's Premier Pet Resort Lodge

Can anyone really look after your dog as well as you can? Of course not! Dogwoods Lodge aims to be the trusted family you confidently bring your pooch to for grooming, daycare, training, or boarding needs. We are a group of people who share a passion for dogs and constantly educate ourselves on how to improve the care we give. From our academy-trained groomers to our certified trainers, your furry love will stay safe and happy in our care.

In providing a safe environment, cleanliness and supervision are primary focuses within our facility. Common areas were created with rubberized floors or custom dog turf to ensure proper sanitation when we clean meaning your beloved animal will stay healthy during their time with us. Supervision of all dog activities and interactions are done by our trained and certified professionals. Our team is self-motivated in their pursuit of furthering their knowledge of dog care. While a true love of animals is a must, we look for staff members who go the extra mile to have a well-rounded education about how to keep your dog safe and at ease while you are not around. Day after day, dogs show such love and loyalty. Dogwoods Lodge wants to provide the highest quality experience in return.

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Dog Boarding

Thinking of kennel makes one immediate think, cage. We prefer a lodging experience for our overnight guests. The room types you can choose for your dog is between our Cabins or Chalets. The Cabin option comes with a comfy bed, up to 90 sq. ft. of space, and views of the hallway. The Chalet is a slightly more upgrade option including a large plush bed, up to 170 sq. ft. of space, and views of the yard and hallway. Both options come with in-room TVs for background noise and up to 7 outings a day. Some may say these accommodates are excessive, but we say it's welcoming. A big stressor for a dog is not being around their people. Our accommodations are to allow them to be as relaxed and at ease as possible while they are away from you. In turn, the owner receives peace of mind knowing they are safe a truly being looked after. Let's face it. Neither party will truly be happy while away from the other, but Dogwood Lodge is here to help make the time a positive experience!

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Dog Daycare

Daycare is a perfect treat for your furry friend while you are at work or simply have a jammed packed day. Your pup will have access to a multitude of facilities and services. While spending the day with us, your dog could participate in a training class, an exercise filled playgroup, or head to our spa for some pampering. Because puppies respond to different approaches to socialization and training, we offer PupCamp for the young ones. Full-grown dogs of all other sizes and ages are offered our DayCamp service. When group play is concerned, our extensively trained staff will organize the dogs according to size and temperament for ample enjoyment and safety. Live webcams are installed in every one of our group areas for owners to peek in and watch their dog run about with their friends... or sleep on the floor. We don't judge how a dog wants to spend their afternoons. Our outdoor yards are altered according to the season, so when we are in the middle of summer, doggie pools are available for the water lovers. For the non-water dogs, shaded areas are provided within each outdoor yard for maximum comfort. Dogwoods Lodge has no shortage of activities for your happy pup!

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Dog Training

Just as children need to be taught right from wrong or when to pay attention to an adult to stay safe, your dog must be taught the same. Knowing your dog will listen to you at the moment you need them to, is a vital factor in keeping them and others around safe. Puppy obedience and socialization training is, of course, a popular program we have, but our trainers also hold experience in working with dogs of any age. If aggression issues or separation anxiety arise, we have different methods and class types to address those behaviors. We believe that no one method works for all dogs. Behavioral issues can be ongoing or begin out of nowhere for several reasons, so knowing more about your dog's specific history will help our trainers figure out the most effective approach to counteract the behavior you wish to change. Training also isn't just for the dog. We will teach you techniques that properly communicate to your dog what you want them to understand. As much as you may want to be lenient with loving with your furry friend, you could also be sending mixed signals about the type of behavior that is acceptable.

Areas we see the most involve obedience, people/dog distractions, aggression, and lack of attention. After you explain what the behavior issue is, our trainers can help walk you through the variety of classes offered. Primarily for dogs with aggression issues, we offer at-home classes to begin addressing the behavior in an environment where your animal is more comfortable and less distracted. In-lodge options consist of group training or private training with class frequencies ranging from twice a week to a more extensive five-week program. No matter the behavioral change you wish to see in your pooch, Dogwoods Lodge has the resources and know-how to give you and your dog a better life together!

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Where Every Dog
is a Happy Camper