How to Get Connected: Dog-Lovers Edition

From parks and shops to grooming and events, dogs and their owners — that’s you! — can take advantage of regional pet-friendly things to do and amenities across Greater Des Moines (DSM) and get connected with other pup pals.

Did you know you can exhibit your dog here? What pooch wouldn’t love to win Best in Show at the Iowa State Fair? Learn about how your kiddos can show your dog as part of 4-H and also learn to train and act as caretaker for your dog. These and other regional events like the Great Iowa Pet Expo, Winterset Dog Jog, Downtown Farmers’ Market and even the Pride Pet Parade — an invest hosted by Capital City Pride in Downtown DSM — are fun ways to meet other dog owners and interact with other doggo friends in DSM.  

Check out the many ways to get connected to the pup community in DSM, including grooming, park locations, shops and puppy boutiques, training and boarding. No matter where you live in the region, you’ll be able to find what you need with ease, and make sure your doggie’s ‘do is stylin’ and their tail is waggin’.  

Animal Nonprofits & Service Dog Training in Des Moines

 Des Moines Dog Grooming

Dog Parks Around Greater Des Moines

Dog Stores in Greater Des Moines

Dog Training and Boarding Around Des Moines

And while this list is for dog lovers, we just have to mention a few notable cats businesses in the region, including Coffee Cats Café in the Historic Valley Junction area of West Des Moines and Smitten Kitten in Ankeny. Finally, don’t forget to buy for the out-of-town cat lovers you know — or yourself, once you’re calling DSM home! — the “You’ve Cat to be Kitten Me Right Meow” Raygun merchandise!   

Greater Des Moines (DSM) is more than just the place to be for dog lovers. It’s consistently named a top place to live and work and has earned bragging rights as the #1 mid-sized city for Millennials and a top spot for families, too. Unleash your potential and do something greater here. 

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