Pet Training



The ARL offers a variety of reasonably priced pet dog training classes for people and their dogs. All of our classes, from puppy basics to specialty classes, are offered on both weeknights and weekends. The ARL believes in teaching and rewarding your pet for desirable behavior and redirecting undesirable behaviors to appropriate ones. Training should be fun and rewarding for both you and your dog! The goal of our training program is to keep your canine companion in a loving home and to help them become a well behaved canine citizen.

Our knowledgeable instructors use positive based training methods to help you train your dog and build a strong bond. All of our classes are taught using the clicker method. Our instructors regularly attend conferences and education programs to ensure that they provide the most up-to-date and humane training techniques available.

Class Requirements (general)

FEES -  All classes are $100.00. This price includes the ARL's For Love of Dogs book and DVD. Fees for classes are subject to change and NON-REFUNDABLE.

REGISTRATION - Register by clicking on the class dates you are interested in.  You will be stepped through the online registration process. Payment will be through the online registration system.  No registration will be considered confirmed without payment.

VET RECORDS - Please fax your dog's vet records to 515-266-4549 ATTN: Dog Training Classes.  You may also email them to ATTN: Dog Training Classes.  Please have the owner's name, the dog's name and the class dates clearly identified. YOUR PET'S VACCINATION RECORDS MUST BE RECEIVED PRIOR TO CLASS START.

DOG POLICIES - Females currently "IN HEAT" (estrus day 1 - day 21) are not allowed in classes.  If this becomes a concern, please contact the Training Department at

Dogs must be on leash and supervised at all times. Owners must pick-up after their dogs.

Class Discounts

Adoption - valid for dogs adopted from the ARL within 6 months of class registration. Use Promo code ADOPTARL2014 to receive 10% off.

Paws For Patriots - valid for all U.S. Veterans. Use Promo code PATRIOTS2014 to receive 50% off.

Class Locations

  • ARL Main, 5452 N.E. 22nd Street, Des Moines, in the Training and Activity Centers
  • ARL South, 1111 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines, on the west end of Southridge Mall
  • Ankeny Avian and Animal Clinic, 742 S Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Canine Country Club, 2150 Delavan Drive, Suite 1, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Madison County Fairgrounds, 1208 West Summit St, Winterset, IA (behind skating rink)

The first week of Puppy Kindergarten, Adolescent Puppy and Good Manners is orientation only. Dogs do not attend the first week of class.

Class Options