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Becky T

We know that Zoey is safe when we leave her here. She loves it here!

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Rhonda M

You guys are the BEST!!

Mikayla Whitney

My dog loves doing daycamp at Dogwoods! He gets so excited in the parking lot when he gets dropped off and doesn’t ever want to leave. He is always super worn out the night after daycamp so I know they do a good job playing with him!

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Jeff & Chelsea D

Couldn’t be happier with how they treat our pup. She comes home very happy after each visit!

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Melissa R

We have been going to Dogwoods for years. Not only does my Vizsla LOVE going I trust them to handle his chronic seizures. I can leave to travel out of state and not worry he will not be ok. The staff is friendly, remember his name, the make…

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Mary S

We had private lessons to help with dog reactivity on walks, attending an obedience class and she goes to lazy dog on Thursday. It has been a positive experience for both of us. And she really seems to enjoy the activities at day camp.

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Jessica Lohry

Best facility in Iowa! Clean, friendly, and my dogs love it 🙂

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Michael (Chad Kennelly) M

Our dog has been going to Dogwoods since it opened. He loves the variety of activities offered in daycamp, and is always excited when it’s a daycamp day. Also a great place for boarding. Staff are attentive to our dog and provide excellent …

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Jackie S

My dog Abbie thoroughly enjoys her time at Dogwood. The staff is great!

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Lyn H

I have been so impressed with the loving care they have given our dog, Tux. He has learned so much in his Puppy Daycamp and I believe that they are part of the reason he has potty trained so quickly. He is so much better with our older dog …

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Karl Vilums

Love Dogwoods!! Hank has been going to day camp for about 4 yrs!! The staff is awesome!! Thanks for all you do!!

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Alycia J

Best day care I use for my very energetic and intelligent one year old German Shepherd/Lab mix. The interactive games with staff, small group play, and facility sold it for me and I’m picky. Lol

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Catherine Thomas

Since our dog Rass was old enough we have been taking him to Dogwoods Lodge (1.5 years) and have utilized all the services they offer. After testing out several places in the area initially, Dogwoods Lodge exceeded our expectations right …

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Natalie A

I take my dog to day camp once a week and she always has a blast! I love knowing she is safe and having a fun time with the staff and other dogs. I also board my dog, dogwoods offers so many amenities to keep your dog happy and active …

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Annie L

I have never been anywhere that cares as much about their doggie clientele than Dogwoods. We always feel like we're family when we bring our retriever mix, Beefsquatch Bob, in for day camp or boarding. They take the time to really get to …

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Emilie D

Our golden gets so excited the minute he sees the building and has a blast the whole day. We start training Soon and we are so excited.

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Lynette Wagner

Addison absolutely loves Dogwood. Whether she is attending dog camp for the day or staying the weekend, she is always well cared for. We appreciate the care and time staff spend with her.

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Joe Sinnwell

This place is the best. They’ve been caring for my dog Trooper for years. Our busy family is always on the go and whether it’s an exhausting doggie daycare day or an overnight stay in their lodging, they always do great. They even offered …

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Laura Swanson

MJ went to Dogwoods for doggy day camp. I loved how staff took their time introducing her to other dogs. She is a friendly puppy but sometimes is overwhelmed around a lot of dogs. Dogwoods sent home a "report card" and also emailed it. It …

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Jill Smith

Our 6 year old lab/boxer mix attended the Lodge n Train program. She loved her time there and she learned a lot!

The "place" command has saved our guests from being jumped on ever since. Not to mention we can take walks without her dragging…

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sinaimeecrob

I have boarded my dog Zoey here since Dogwoods opened. The staff there is incredible, and my dog is always overly excited to visit. Having lived in several cities around the country, I can safely say their facilities are frankly some of the…

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Bryce Carlton

The staff is always friendly and responsive. My calls are returned quickly and I feel confident that my fur baby is being well taken care of. I enjoy reviewing the Lodge Report Card after picking my dog up from her stay.

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Sarah Lauer

My dogs LOVE Dogwoods! They can't wait to get their each week. Dogwoods really pays attention to the dogs' needs and lets families know how their pets' days were with daily report cards.

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Darlene Schipani

Our dog, Buddy, is always so Happy to see his friends at Dogwoods. He gets so excited. He is always wagging his tail and smiling and has to say hello to everyone when we walk through the door. A true sign he loves everyone there and they …

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Travis & Jill Belgarde

Great local business! Caring staff and high quality facilities. Highly recommended!!

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Caryn Barkley

We loved being able to take our dog to Dogwoods. We have been to other daycares and Dogwoods stands out above the rest. They split the dogs into groups based on size/temperament. We actually had to move our dog to another group because he …

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mtkiska

My dog has been going here 1x a week for doggy daycare and occasional lodging for about 2 years. Whenever friends need a place to kennel their dog my first recommendation is Dogswood. They also have THE BEST reputation in town for having a …

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Thank you so much for your review! Would you mind replying or emailing us with your dog's names or your full name? We honor $20 credits to those who leave 5 star ratings with a good review.

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karen schwendinger

My puppy was overwhelmed and a bit shy at first; however he did a couple pack immersion’s (where they introduce other dogs a few at a time) and he has a lot of fun at dogwoods now. I have also boarded my dog here and it was also a great …

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Katy Clark

Fantastic staff and training! Our dogs have spent time there since they were puppies. We have had wonderful experiences with all staff for boarding and training. They all love what they do and it shows in how they treat the dogs.

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Kristin Pike

Our Knight loves to come to Dogwoods. We can barely get the leash on him when we take him to Puppy School! The staff is great and they use up all that puppy energy he has!

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Desirea Solo

Dogwoods is a wonderful place that my family has used multiple times. Our dog Kaz absolutely loves the daycare service and both had great times during their multiple stays there while we’ve been on vacation. With their picture a day option …

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Rachel Binning

My whippets are always excited to go here. I take them both to daycamp and lodging. Dogwoods is professional, super friendly, and the property is clean and safe. Love these guys!

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Jo Cade

We have been sending our dogs to Dogwoods Lodge fir 5 years. It truest is a home from home for our fur babies. Our one dog is very nervous and we hve never been able to use a lodging facility before as she gets too stressed, until we found …

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Shelby Kapfer

I’ve only taken my dog to training here and it was fantastic! I’ve also heard great things about the boarding and day camp here!

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Tave Porto

Good experience for our dog which give us great peace of mind when we travel.

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General Foley

My dog loves Dogwoods Lodge. I cant wait to go on vacation and not worry about how my dog is doing they take such good care of her.

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Thank you so much for your review! Would you mind replying or emailing us with your dog's names or your full name? We honor $20 credits to those who leave 5 star ratings with a good review.

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Brad Small

Great staff, facilities and service. Our dog loves going there.

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Nikki Zacharias

I previously worked here for about 2 years, my parents have been boarding their dogs there for years. Great staff, great atmosphere, and a great boarding/day camp facility for your pups!

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Julia Reinhard

I LOVE DOGWOODS LODGE!

my dog loves all the staff and feels so welcome there

Everyone is really nice

I also

Love how clean they are

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Natalie A

I drive 2 hours for both daycamp/day boarding once a month and all of our overnight boarding. The twins adore the staff and the facility is top notch!! We look forward to every single visit!!

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Thank you so much for your review! Would you mind replying or emailing us with your dog's names or your full last name? We honor $20 credits to those who leave 5 star ratings with a good review.

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Lindsey Slater

Eva loved coming here when I used to work in Des Moines! Patient staff, beautiful clean facility.

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Patricia Stowers

They treat my pup like family.

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Jason Alexander

For the last several months we’ve been taking our dog to Dogwoods once a week for daycamp. Love that we can check in on the webcams throughout the day to see her happily playing and always well supervised. The checkin and checkout everyday …

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Ryan French

Our youngest whippet has been going here over a year now since she was just a little pup. Staff is caring and flexible to meet needs of the owners and dogs. They seem very committed to improving their service and to client satisfaction.

We …

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Gail Barnett

I have boarded my 2 dogs with Dogwoods. To be quite honest, I used to board them elsewhere, but due to one of the dog's behavior, was asked to find somewhere else. I am so happy i found Dogwoods. They took a chance on my dogs and because …

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Liz Gerken

Dogwoods is the only place I will take my dog. She attends day camp regularly and she gets so excited as soon as we pull into the parking lot.

I love being able to log in and see what she is doing during the day.

My dog is like one of my …

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charlie thuente

We’ve been taking our family dog there since she was old enough to go. The staff is always friendly and our dog is always just as excited to see them as she is to see us. They write report cards that always make us laugh, as it shows our …

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Tammy Jensen

My pup loves day camp and boarding at Dogwoods Lodge. , My niece asked me an interesting question: "Does Ellie act scared or reluctant when you pull into Dogwoods' parking lot, like she might at the vet's office?" With no hesitation I can …

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Thanks so much, Tammy! We love you and Ellie!

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Tim McLaughlin

Recently my dog stayed at Dogwoods Lodge and the staff was thorough, caring and reliable. I have no concerns trusting them with my dog. Very clean facility.

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Alyce Nall

I've only had one lesson but I'm happy with what we got out of the one lesson. The prices seem a bit steep. I am looking forward to our next lesson. I'm not sure that I can get the same results that the trainer can get and that is a concern…

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Joy Augustine

Dogwoods has become a home away from home for our pup, Coda. Their staff is excellent and Coda ALWAYS comes home exhausted from her full day of play at Day Camp. We also use Dogwoods as our lodging when we have to go away with our Coda. …

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Megan Fangman

My dog goes to daycamp once a week and she always has a blast! The staff go above and beyond to make sure she is taken care of and enjoying her visit. I appreciate the report cards that get sent home after each visit. This fills me in on …

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Bill Knapp

Great facility and great customer service!

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Katherine Kilkenny

We LOVE Dogwoods for our energetic little dingo, Hazel. We have used the training and boarding services, but our favorite is daycamp. You can watch them play on the webcam – it’s hilarious! The staff is so sweet and the report cards are …

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Abby Henderson

We absolutely love Dogwoods Lodge doggy daycamp! Our dog goes once or twice per week and has such a blast. We love to see her report card to know what she did each day. It is very apparent the staff treats our dog with so much love. It is a…

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Missy Christensen

This place was amazing! The staff was super friendly! I would highly recommend! My dog enjoyed her stay!

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Emily Magel

We love Dogwoods. We don't like to leave the dogs behind when we're out of town, but if we have to, Dogwoods is the go-to. Great staff, great amenities. We know the dogs are well cared for.

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Charles Clow

My Shepard and us both love it they are the best

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Janel H

We have taken our dog to Dogwoods Lodge for a few years for doggy daycare, boarding and have taken a class there. The facility is first class and the staff is top notch! I appreciate how hard they work to mentally and physically stimulate …

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Kelli Carney

We absolutely LOVE this place. We have been bringing our mini golden doodle since she was a pup. When we lived in Grimes, we utilized puppy daycare, the grooming salon and boarding. We left Grimes almost 3 years ago & relocated to Dubuque. …

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Janet Ivers-Weber

My 2 labradoodles love going to dogwood as their “vacation” when we are away. The staff is super friendly and attentive – they love pets and it shows. Thanks for being my girls home away from home.

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Ryan Modracek

Dogwoods Lodge is a nicely kept place, the staff is very friendly and clearly cares. Great experience for our pup so far!! Thank you.

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Matt Lucas

Our two pups love their times at Dogwoods. Usually it’s for a long weekend and they always come back with huge smiles (and exhausted from the extra playtime!).

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Barbara Hawbaker

Harry and Cookie always love lodging at Dogwoods. The staff is greats and they love doggy daycare! Thanks Dogwoods for making Harry and Cookie feel special during their stay! #awesomestaff,#happylodgers, #doggiedaycare,

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Judy Gentry

Dogwoods Lodge is great. Our rescue dog, Fiona, has had a couple of days of fun day camp and had an overnight this past weekend. She was super well cared for by people who love dogs! Thanks, Dogwoods, for taking care of our precious Fiona!

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Katelyn Finocchioli

Our dog Winston is an anxious guy but does very well here. Everyone is very friendly and dog loving. The training classes are helpful too

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Dustin Beener

Great with my pets

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Kara Barnes

Our five month old golden retriever absolutely loves going to Dogwoods! We also love that we can watch him on the webcam while he plays with his friends, and that they have Puppy Camp as an option while he is still young. I’m excited to …

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Jordan Henkenius

Dogwoods Lodge is my go-to for my beloved pup. We've done training here with Jessica and had amazing success and every time my husband and I go out of town (we travel often), we leave our dog with Dogwoods. Knowing that our dog is so well …

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Linda Evans

When we go on vacation, this is the only place we trust to take care of our precious Shannon Emma. She stays at Dogwoods Lodge an average of 3 times a year. The care she receives is beyond perfect. She loves her cuddle times and private …

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Kylie Petty

We’ve had a great experience taking our puppy Lucy to day camp at Dogwoods. The staff is great and really loves dogs, which is exactly what we were looking for. And they know her name when we walk in. I can tell by how excited she gets …

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Stephanie P.

I have taken both of my French Bulldogs to the puppy obedience classes, and I have also boarded them here. The training programs are great and the instructors have tons of great tips to take home with you, plus the facility is SUPER clean! …

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Lisa and Denny Widick

Ozzy loves it here and I love that they take such good care of him! Very courteous staff and super clean facility. When I leave him overnight, I have complete peace of mind!!

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Karen Lauer

Dogwoods Lodge is the only place I would trust to care for my dogs. They love day care, where their individual needs are always considered; and I know they receive the best care when boarding – complete with extra cuddle time and treats!

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Kevin A

Very friendly staff and they obviously love dogs. My dog loves going to Dogwoods!

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Mike Thompson

We have been taking Zoey to Dogwoods Lodge for the past 4 1/2 years. Zoey goes there to play with the other dog and we board her there when we travel. We always know she will be safe.

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Wrobeson Wrobeson

They are absolutely fantastic!!!

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Samantha Banzhaf

My dog, Hank, LOVES Dogwoods! We are so thankful we have the option to take him daycare a few times per week to burn off his puppy energy. The staff is awesome, and if I ever have any questions, they are quick to respond. Wouldn't trust …

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DM Computer Repair

Take great of our dog!!

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Shannon Henson

Good job grooming!

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Dawn Henderson

November 2016

We have been using Dogwoods since we returned to the area a year ago. We selected them based on reviews and location. However, it is has been the excellent specialized care, we received for all three of our dogs, that has kept…

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Michael Sullivan

Our dog loves her trips to Dogwoods for Day Camp. They take great care of her, there are always cameras you can view online to see how your dog is doing, and at the end of each day they give you a report card of how your dog behaved. It's a…

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Jenna Bates

We love Dogwoods! Our dog Harvey has gone to day camp since being a puppy and he absolutely loves it. I trust leaving Harvey at DogWoods. The staff is the absolute best, the environment is clean, and Harvey loves being there!

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Kevin Pearce

Our pup stayed here over the weekend and she loved it! The staff is very professional and organized and the building was very nice and clean. We'll be going back to Dogwoods Lodge again next time we need puppy lodging.

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Brent Page

Dogwoods Lodge is great with Greyhounds and is the only place we trust to take care of our special little one when we go out of town.

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Joy Augustine

My family LOVES Dogwoods Lodge! We have a 2 year old Golden Retriever named Coda and she goes to Day Camp every other Friday. Coda absolutely loves going to Day Camp and comes home exhausted after a fun day. We love that we can sneak a peek…

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Brian Dodson

These folks take amazing care of the Animals and are very observant of the animals well being!! Nice place to let your pet stay.

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Allen Hentscher

We have a special needs dog (she is blind and has other health ailments) and we love love love this place. Staff is friendly and they are real pet people.

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Mike Bowles

Left our 13 year old spaniel on memorial weekend and took very good care of him and reasonable rates. Paid extra for personal time with the staff to be with him. Was very well worth it. Would recommend this lodge to anybody. Thanksgiving …

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Dan Holtkamp

Best dog boarding place in DSM. Staff is always Friendly and our dogs love going there. It's great when we board them that they can have a room to be in versus a kennel. Highly recommended!

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Karen Daniel

My 10 year old Lhsa Apso, Freddie, loves going to day camp. He likes hanging out with the staff and other small dogs. The facility is very clean. The staff is great with the dogs and I enjoy watching him during the day. And love the report …

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Mathew Tapper

Extremely clean dog facility and wonderful staff. This has to be the best dog facility in the whole state of Iowa. The amenities they offer are far surpass any place I have looked into for my dog. They have very good prices also! If you …

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Marissa Lee

This place is great! Our German Shepherd pup loves the staff and the other doggies that he gets to play with at daycamp. The facility is always clean and provides adequate play areas both indoors and outdoors for the dogs to play.

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sue hess

I have been taking my puppy to daycare for a few months now. Dogwoods Lodge is convenient, friendly and caring! Walk ins are welcome, if they have the room, which I think is fantastic! My puppy is much happier, and it has helped her with …

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Sara Anderson

I met the owner of this lodge a few years before she opened this lodge at some puppy training classes, and I was very excited to find out she now owned Dogwoods Lodge. It's a very clean environment, and the staff is very friendly and great …

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Blaine Ostwald

Sam has a lot of energy, as a 1 year yellow lab should, but always gets a lot of exercise and social time at day camp. He looks forward to camp days and is wore out when we pick him up. We have also used Dogwoods for boarding and they have …

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Tori Freeman

The cleanest dog facility around. Staff are always caring and helpful. A luxury stay for dogs of all sizes. Dogwoods Lodge really tries to tailor to your dogs specific needs. Great place for training, doggie daycare or overnight stays!

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Robert Wood Jr

We took our dog, Nala, to day camp for the first time recently. We have taken her to other facilities before, but the moment we walked in it just felt like a fun and caring place for our Nala. The staff was very friendly and everyone was …

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Thomas Tippins

Our dog Cariba loves to go to Dogwoods Lodge for doggy day care !!! She plays in the "Big Dog Day Care" and gets along with all the other dogs.

By 5:30pm on the drive home she is exhausted.

Thanks Dogwoods Lodge for taking such good care of…

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C Walgamott

We recently boarded our two dogs here after researching & visiting a few boarding facilities in the area, and we could not be happier with our decision!! The staff are professional and friendly, the facility is state of the art and visibly …

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Client: Julia Higgins
Dog: George & Sara

Here are ways that Dogwoods Lodge staff has stood out to me as being spectacular:
1. I was touched that my dogs’ eyes were clean. That was one little thing that I did not at all expect.
2. When I was in the lobby, a staff member passing through said hello to my dogs by name, it just melted my heart.
3. The first time my dogs ever boarded at Dogwoods, I expected them to be scared, but they seemed to go quite willingly right to the staff.
4. The staff seemed super keyed in to my dogs’ care.
5. I was so impressed with every single employee there. The gals behind the counter couldn’t be nicer. The employees seem so young, but I’m always blown away by how professional they are and how they just seem to know what they are doing.
I love this place and the staff is awesome!

 

Client: Brooke Klingbeil
Dog: Maverick

I cannot express how much our Maverick loves Dogwoods! The people are great and always so friendly! They are always super responsive when I have questions and I can truly feel confident that Maverick is in good hands. He gets so excited to get to Daycamp that he barks as soon as I tell him we are going in! He always comes home tired and I know he has had plenty of play time. Plus, I enjoy that I can watch and check in on the live cam. I love that he can go socialize in a clean and safe environment. We have also boarded twice and both times have been great. We love the chalets. Thank you, Dogwoods Lodge! You are so appreciated!

 

Client: Daphne Christensen
Dog: Parker & Zoey

At first, I was super nervous to leave my dogs. They both have so much anxiety, and typically we have someone stay in our home with them while we travel. I had run out of options, and booked them at Dogwoods Lodge. I am very happy with the frequency and responsiveness of the Dogwoods staff’s emails. I am very pleased and know I’ll get more and more comfortable leaving them.

 

Client: Jerry & Ann Hardy
Dog: Buddy

We have used Dogwoods Lodge for both Daycamp and Lodging. Buddy, our mini-Aussie, loves being there because of their professional staff. He pulls me in the front door because he is so anxious to see his fellow dog friends and of course the staff. We have recommended Dogwoods Lodge to our friends and neighbors. Buddy always comes home to us in great shape. We appreciate the job they do, because after all our pets are our family.

 

Client: Stephanie Kramer-Myles
Dog: Kassidy & Chevy

I appreciate everyone at Dogwoods Lodge and the care they give my babies! Chevy and Kassidy are always happy to see all of them. They treat my dogs like they are their own. They are a 10 in my book!

 

Client: Jenny & Jeff Markey
Dog: Mac & Macie

Our two puppies have been going to Dogwoods lodge for the past few months for day camp and I cannot say enough good things about this place! The staff, the facility, everything is top notch! They make our dogs feel special and secure. Our family feels blessed to have found this place!

 

Client: Catherine Thomas
Dog: Rass

Since our dog Rass was old enough we have been taking him to Dogwoods Lodge (1.5 years) and have utilized all the services they offer. After testing out several places in the area initially, Dogwoods Lodge exceeded our expectations right away and the facility and staff shine above and beyond in many areas. Rass loves this place and always is excited go to day camp (he goes 1-3 days a week)! They always have fun things for him to do and I have never worried about his health or safety. Here is a quick list of items Dogwoods Lodge & the staff do amazingly well in no particular order:

1. Customer Service: Jessica, the owner, has done an amazing job finding employees. All are very friendly, professional, and personable, know Rass and us by name, and treat Rass as if he was their own. They also have great respect for their customers. They are very flexible with our needs and requests.

2. Cleanliness: This facility is amazingly clean. This includes all areas, indoor & out.

3. Services Offered: A tremendous selection of services offered, from lodging, grooming, training, day camp & more. We have utilized all of these services and have been extremely happy with the results.

4. Affordable: Their pricing is very competitive with other companies, especially for the facility, care and services they offer.

5. Safety and Welfare: At no time have I ever worried about Rass’ safety & welfare. We have left him at the facility for 7+ days while out of town and I think he may enjoy staying more with them then coming back home!

6. Fun: Dogwoods keeps things fun, Easter eggs hunts, awards for their best skills, activities at Christmas, and more. It is a great way to keep owners involved in the fun Dogwoods Lodge has to offer.

My husband and I could not be happier with this facility. Jessica, the owner, is truly running a business she loves and it shows. We would recommend this facility to anyone looking for a lifetime facility relationship for their dog or even just services on occasion.

 

Client: Megan Vandenbos
Dog: Addison

We would highly recommend Dogwood’s Board and Train, Doggy daycare, or any other service Dogwood’s Lodge offers!! My significant other and I recently moved to the Des Moines area with our two-year old German Shepherd, Addy. Prior to moving here, Addy had several behavior problems, mostly surrounding her nervousness and anxiousness, that we hoped DWL would be able to help her with. After talking to friends and family who lived here, Jessica came highly recommended from all. We researched DWL, their website, and their reviews online and were immediately impressed by their professionalism, their love for animals, and their genuine caring nature. Our initial meeting with Jessica was better than could have ever been expected! She exudes passion and knowledge in all manors of behavior when it comes to your pet. We immediately recognized that Jessica and her staff truly invest in all of the dogs that they bring into their building and we knew that they would do everything in their power to help Addy overcome her anxiety and make her truly enjoy a boarding/daycare environment. We enrolled Addy in the 3-week Board and Train Program, in addition to the daily doggy daycare. Initially, Addy was hesitant, but now Jessica might be her favorite person on the planet! It took Addy 3 short days to warm-up, being a generally nervous dog, but she showed drastic improvement throughout the program and that was all due to Jessica’s persistent and caring training with Addy. After the 3 week program, Addy came home a new an improved dog! She now walks well on the leash, listens to all of her commands, and is much more social with other dogs and handlers as well as considerably less anxious. We have no doubt that without DWL and without Jessica’s continued guidance and training, Addy would not be the dog she is today. Addy and her owners would HIGHLY recommend Jessica and the Dogwood’s Lodge staff, we continue to be pleased every day we go in how fantastic the entire staff is and how much fun the dogs have while in attendance! Thank you Dogwood’s Lodge, you’re the best!!

 

Client: Tiffany Torstenson
Dog: Lucey (the Drake Bulldog, 2014)

Dogwoods has become our second home for our dog Lucey. She goes to daycare six out of the seven days a week and gets boarded also when we go out of town. Lucey loves going to daycare in the morning and anxiously awaits by the door so she can go play. Her face truly lights up when she steps foot into their lobby. The staff is great and Jessica, the owner, is a wonderful and amazing trainer. She trained Lucey to wave and sit in a wagon for the Drake Bulldog contest and Lucey won it. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Dogwoods. They truly pamper the dogs and make them feel at home.

 

Client: Tony and Barbara Hawbaker
Dog: Harry

We can’t say enough great things about Dogwoods Lodge! The entire staff at Dogwoods Lodge are professional and very caring. Our little Harry has been a twice a week day camper at Dogwoods sense September 2014. All the small dog counselors are the best! Harry has bundles of energy and really burns off all that energy and comes home completely exhausted. Andrew and all the small dog counselors are very tentative to each little day camper and most definitely love them all as if they were their own! Not only is Harry a regular at day camp he’s also experienced boarding and grooming, and I highly recommend all three! Holly the groomer is awesome! She has really made Harry feel as ease and built a trusting bond with him. Meg, Page, Jena, Morgan, Andrea and all the front desk staff are awesome and always greet Harry by name when I drop him off and love to share Harry’s day and report card when we pick him up. We highly recommend Dogwoods Lodge for all your pet care needs! Thank you Dogwoods Lodge for making Harry feel like it really is all about him!

 

Client: Joyce Dana
Dog: Sundae

Our little pug has been coming to Dogwoods since its opening and we couldn’t be more thrilled! He goes to daycare on a regular basis and has spent many overnights. I love everything about Dogwoods, from his daily report cards, to the extra cuddle time he gets when he spends the night, to the absolutely AWESOME staff. The peace of mind we have knowing our little doggy is in such good caring and loving hands means the world to us! (extra perk: the place is incredibly clean!)

 

Client: Carolyn Koberg
Dogs: Hayden and Wyatt

Thank you Dogwoods Lodge for providing Hayden and Wyatt a fun day on Saturday. We were able to attend the Hawkeye game and the dogs had a super time playing, running and socializing with other doggy friends. Fun day for all.

 

Client: Melanie Johnson
Dog: Murphy

Jessica Lohry, the owner and inspiration behind Dogwoods Lodge, just set the “gold standard” for dog care establishments in the Des Moines area! From the time I walked into the building with my Bichon Frise puppy, Murphy, I sensed this place was different from other dog care facilities. The difference is simple, I discovered – they love dogs and they know we love ours!

Murphy has tried the day camp and grooming services. I highly recommend both. I’ve taken Murphy there almost weekly for day camp. He practically bolts for the front door now to get inside. His tail is wagging as he arrives and he’s eager to get out to the play area. It’s as if he’s returning to his favorite dog social club. He wants to see Wilson, Gatsby, Moose, Izzy, and the other dogs who are there that day.

The caring “camp counselors” who oversee the small dog day camp play areas are fabulous. They welcome Murphy as he joins the pack that is running around already, intervene if things get too rambunctious, and see that the dogs get a midday rest period. I enjoy the daily written recap via the report card they send home. Murphy is truly one “happy camper” when I pick him up. He’s had fun and is tuckered out from all the play with his new dog day camp buddies. I’m delighted because I know he is in a safe environment under the watchful eye of caring people. Jessica, the owner, personally screens every dog for temperament before allowing them to join the day camp. That’s extra peace of mind. Their website now has a live video camera so we can see what’s going on at camp.

Holly the groomer is first rate! My puppy had only been to a groomer twice before meeting Holly. After both occasions he ended up injured and in need of veterinarian care. The first time he got infections in both ears, had to go to the emergency room and was on antibiotics for weeks. The second time he was nicked on his belly and got a staph infection; resulting in another trip to the vet and more antibiotics. It was traumatic for both of us. He needed a positive grooming experience. I talked to Holly before making an appointment. She listened, understood my concerns, and was petting Murphy reassuringly as she placed him on the grooming table as we talked. She developed a plan to ensure that Murphy’s next experience with a groomer was good. It was! He came out looking like a white, fluffy, adorable Bichon. He enjoyed the oohs and aahs he got from everyone as he walked around the front entryway. What a relief to know that a trip to a groomer doesn’t have to result in injury and a trip to the vet. I am grateful to Holly for breaking that cycle. And a special “thank you” to Alice, one of the Dogwoods Lodge mascots who sat with me in the waiting area while Murphy had his grooming appointment. She was very calming!

The time they’ve invested to make this a safe, clean, friendly, and fun place for dogs and their humans is reflected everywhere. Rochelle, Hanna and the other friendly people at the front desk greet me and Murphy by name. Jessica is an involved owner that is frequently onsite. The camp counselors Lindsy, Hadley, Andrew, & Hailey are great with the small dogs.

Next up: Murphy and I have signed up for Janine’s training class. Looking forward to it!

 

Client: Ben Meisner
Dog: Fergie

We have utilized Dogwoods Lodge for both boarding and daycare! We are very impressed with the facilities, cleanliness, and compassion of the staff! Fergie (our Vizsla) has lots of energy and Dogwoods Lodge is the perfect place for her to play and stay! Thanks!

 

Client: Ellen Burford
Dog: Cotton

In early April 2013, we discovered that our four month old mix, Cotton, was fear aggressive towards people. After a referal, we decided to leave him in the care of Dogwoods Lodge for boarding and training while we were on vacation for a week. After the first ten minutes there, I knew we had left him at the right place! Jessica had already been able to make progress with him. I was also pleased with the accommodations and how pleasant the staff was.

Let me tell you, after a week, I was FLOORED! My growly, barky, “I’m gonna eat you” dog became a star with the dogs in day care as well as the staff there. He was WILLINGLY spending time with other people and was so well behaved (automatic sit when the trainer stopped?!?!? WHAT?!?! Are you kidding me?!?!?) The trainers have been awesome! I think I hug them every time I come in to bring Cotton back to day camp (what a great program!!!) The staff know what they are doing and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and are patient to answer all your questions! I will recommend Dogwoods Lodge until my dying day! They have made my once scared puppy, a happy one. Thank you so much!!!!