the Barking Lot

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The Barking Lot is a family owned business providing boarding, grooming and training for both cats and dogs. You can rest at ease when your pet stays with us knowing that we have some of the most experienced staff in the Greater Des Moines Area, and we treat your pet as one of our family; providing care that is tailored to each pet’s unique needs.  
The Barking Lot offers top of the line kenneling suites and care. Our premium suites offer laminate walls and glass fronts that provide your dog with a private, quiet, calming environment. We have 22 premium suites, some with multiple occupancy. Soothing music and a night light help to calm the stresses of being away from home. We have Kuranda beds, bowls, and house food (Purina Pro Plan dog food) available for your pet. You are also welcome to bring anything from home for your four legged friend. Your dog will be walked individually four times a day. The staff member will chart each walk so we are able to keep a close eye on how your dog is adjusting to being in a new atmosphere. We offer playtime for some added fun and social time for your dog.
The cats stay in their own private wing at the opposite end of the kennel to avoid the dogs "chatter". Our kitty condos are spacious, have a bunk bed and a private hide-away. Each condo has a litter box that is scooped several times daily. Your cat will be let out daily for "roam time" in the sunroom, individually or socially, depending on temperament. Our cattery has picture windows that offer a scenic view of the woods allowing your cat to "hunt" the squirrels and birds. The cattery also has a custom-built catwalk on which your cat can climb and walk.
The Barking Lot groomers have over 40 years of combined experience and continue to further their knowledge by attending grooming seminars to learn the newest tricks of the trade. Our groomers are talented, caring and patient. We have no problem working with nervous or difficult pets. We can accommodate all breeds and hairstyles, dog or cat.
The Barking Lot offers puppy training classes as well as private lessons. Our puppy classes are offered on Monday nights at 6:00pm. We keep our classes small so we can offer more individualized care. Classes are forty-five minutes long.
We cover all the beginning basics: sit, drop, stay, come, and walking on a lead. In class, we also go over behavior problems, potty training, basic health care, socialization, grooming basics and any other questions you may have. It is our goal to help you teach your dog to be a good canine citizen so that you and your dog can have a long and happy life together.
Melissa Forneris is the trainer for private lessons, as well as the owner of The Barking Lot. She has been training dogs most of her life. She has shown and titled in conformation and obedience. Melissa is also a certified Animal Behavioralist, as well as a groomer.