Dog walking in Elkhart

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“Experienced with training and patient dog lover!”

I’ve been a lifelong dog lover, but my dedication to pups doesn’t just end there! I have over 14+ years of experience as a dog owner or handler. I wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything! I’ve learned so much in the process, and getting to bring happiness to loving pups is always such an amazing experience.

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience

“It's all about the fur babies big and small!”

My name is Penny Merta.  My love for animals began at a very early age. There hasn’t been a time in my life when pets weren’t a part of it. Pets are my passion! As a pet lover myself I understand the difficulty of finding someone who will care for your pets and respect your home. All pets are unique and deserve undivided attention.If you have a bored pooch and need daily dog walks, I will be there. I will not only treat your pets like my own, but I will ensure they are in good hands!

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Potty training

Dog Walking in Elkhart

Elkhart is located in Polk County, Iowa. Unfortunately, there are not any Fido-friendly restaurants in the area, but 8 miles away in Ankeny you'll find a couple of pawesome places to take your pooch.

The Sports Page is a dog-friendly establishment where they provide eight dog-friendly tables outside. With a varied menu of recognizable dishes from all over the world, you'll surely find something that you like the look of and can enjoy eating.

Cafe Diem, also in Ankeny, is a casual coffee shop that serves up hot cups of caffeine in any way that you like it. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their two pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your morning.

There's no designated dog park in Elkhart itself, but you and your furry friend should still be able to find some pawtastic exercise options. The town has two community parks, Elkhart City Park and Prairie Point Park. Both of these green spaces welcome wagging tails, as long as they stay on-leash. There are trash cans in both parks, but you'll need to remember to take waste bags and water with you. 

You'll find some furrific dog parks, as well as some Fido-friendly hiking options, just a bone's throw away in the surrounding area!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Elkhart

Indianola

48
Population Density
117 per sq. mi.

Indianola

48

Thirty miles may seem like a far drive, but once you see McVay Trail, you will be so glad that you made the trip. This part of the Rails-to-Trails system has been around since 1851, when it was bought by the McVay family. The original views have only been altered by the tests of time. The whole area is kept picture-perfect, and has been lined with asphalt so that it can be easily used by you and your dogs. You will love exploring this mile-long trail again and again. The trees that line the trail make you feel like you’re miles away from the rest of the world.

West Des Moines

36
Dog Parks
1 park

Population Density
1,550 per sq. mi.

West Des Moines

36

Raccoon River Dog Park is little bit under 30 miles away from Elkhart, but it’s definitely worth the drive. This massive dog park has plenty of fenced in areas where Fido can run and play safely. Seating can be found throughout the park, so you won’t have to work up a sweat trying to keep up with your pal. Convenient cleaning stations make it easy to clean up after your best fur-iend. With watering stations throughout the park, you’ll always be able to find drinking water without having to wait. You’ll need a permit to access this park, which you can obtain online or on-site.

Central Ames

24
Dog Parks
1 park

Population Density
509 per sq. mi.

Central Ames

24

If you want to get away for a little while, or maybe just shake up your routine, there is a great dog park just 22 miles from you. Ames Dog Park is set up just so that Fido has somewhere to run and play safely without having to be on a leash. Of course, the locals just bark their praises for this clean and well-maintained dog park. It is built on a hill so that you’ll get plenty of exercise running up and down. Shaded sitting areas make for a comfortable place to rest and watch your pup play.

South Ankeny

12
Dog Parks
1 park

Population Density
1,348 per sq. mi.

South Ankeny

12

It’s time to take the 8-mile trip over to Ankeny Dog Park. After spending all day doing what you want to do, you should take Fido to a space where he can do what he wants to do. Fido is free to romp and run with all his fur-iends at this large dog park. There are separate areas so that the little pups don’t get lost under the bigger dogs’ paws. A nearby pond makes for a cool place to take a dip and let Fido splash with all the new friends he’s sure to make here. Don’t forget to pack a towel!

Northwest Ankeny

0
Dog Parks
1 park

Population Density
1,348 per sq. mi.

Northwest Ankeny

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In as little as 8 miles, you can fulfill your sense of adventure while feeling like you are on top of the entire world. You’ll need to keep your dog on leash at High Trestle Trail because it is 137-feet in the air! As a former rail trestle, this trail is more than just a walk in the park. It is the way to see everything for miles around. There is a tree-lined trail that leads up to it. The way that the trees hide this trestle makes it feel even more awe-inspiring when you do see it.

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