Monday, August 4, 2014
Dog Training in Des Moines: Training a Dog from Start to Finish
Des Moines is a great place to raise a dog or two, but all the land to run can be a safety hazard for your pet. Start dog training early to ensure a healthy, fun life with your new companion.
Training a puppy will aid in socializing with other animals and people. Let's face it, we all admire the pet owner with the well behaved animal. It's easy to get started and there are many professional dog trainers in Des Moines, IA ready to help.
Des Moines Obedience Training Club
1423 SW Army Post RD, Des Moines, IA
Located on the south side of Des Moines, east of the Des Moines International Airport. A group of skilled dog trainers offer classes for beginner, intermediate and field skills. I took my dog to the puppy class to check them out. There was little or no one on one time with a trainer and most was info to work on at home. I would still recommend every first time puppy owner attend the class. There is a wealth of information given about socialization and nutrition for pet owners.
Des Moines Obedience Training Club also offers a tiered training program for those interested in taking dog training to the next level. From beginning, based on training the handler (you), to intermediate to advanced for competition. Remember, field competitions welcome all breeds, mixed or purebred.
Animal Rescue League of Iowa
ARL Main, 5452 N.E. 22nd St, Des Moines, Iowa
Located just outside the city limits, between Des Moines and Ankeny. After adopting a new dog why not sign up for some training classes. Consider signing up before you have the puppy if you are a first time pet owner. With a new multimillion dollar animal shelter and pet education center, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa is a great place to get started. The training programs are still in development.
Pup Start Family Dog Training - owner Dana Fedman
Contact for an appointment: 515-277-8779
Highly recommended by active field trainers and show participants, Dana Fedman has made a name for herself in Iowa. Pup Start offers 1-on-1 personal service at your home. One big difference is the option to meet before adopting a pet to see what best matches your family lifestyle.
Canine Training by Mystic Moon Kennels - owner Tonja Osborn
Call for appointments or more information: 515-287-4809
Owner Tonja Osborn has developed quite a reputation for dog training and 'whispering'. Together with husband Chuck Osborn, they dedicate their lives to animal behavior work. Offering first time puppy classes to advanced training to field training, Mystic Moon Kennels offers an array of packages. In home training is also available for pet owners in dire need of assistance.
Keep in mind that puppy training is really about owner training. Don't be disheartened that a trainer is not teaching pet tricks. The final result should be a calmer home life for the whole family, including pets. Be prepared to pay more for individual attention or at home services. Well worth the extra money, since dogs often have enough distractions when away to not show the disturbing behavior. No matter the problem, know that help is available locally.