Our hosts are locals that are renting their yards and private land to dog owners
Trust and safety first
Spots are designed for safety and both hosts and guests are reviewed after each visit
No other dogs during your visits
Only you and your dogs are allowed to enter a spot during the time you've booked it
Reactive dogs welcome
Many of the spots we list are designed with sensitive dogs in mind
Many of our dog parks have the option to access member-only benefits with a fixed monthly price
What people say about dog parks around West Des Moines, Iowa
We loved this spot! Rachael was very friendly and let us come last minute on the 4th of July. Our dogs had so much fun, they were exhausted after an hour 🤍🐾
The left side of the yard is next to a Hyvee parking lot, but our dog is very human reactive and it did not affect him once.
We recommend to others and will certainly be back!
This is a great Spot for runners and fetchers. My dogs were able to full-on sprint. I think it’s great in general, but awesome if you use a Chuck-It. It was clean and the fence is very tall. We love this Spot!
We brought our two dogs over here and it was a fun time! Definitely a ton of room to roam, the owner even left out a water dish and water for them! So kind!
I never got to actually use the space as some brave rabbit never left & I was ran into a fence post when he went after it. I will say the space looked wonderful & the entrance is next to the house & not the walkway with the flag. I should have gotten out & looked w/o my dog, but I'm still learning, painfully. I look forward to trying again, after his surgery.
We had a great time and Danny’s yard was huge! This was the first time I saw my dog off leash outside and he had such a great time!
Thanks Danny! We will definitely be back!!
We have a new baby so we haven't given our dogs as much attention as usual. One doesn't share water well with strangers, and the other doesn't like other dogs in his face, so the dog park isn't an option for us. Danny's space was the perfect place for us on a Saturday morning. I haven't seen our dogs run that much in months and our family all got to spend time together outside. There are tons of plants and trees to smell, shaded and unshaded areas, and a table and chairs to use also. What a gift to give our dogs. They'll sleep the whole rest of the day now.
We booked Erica’s space to celebrate our dog’s birthday. He and 7 of best buddies had so much fun in the yard. Erica was so accommodating and made our first SniffSpot experience very enjoyable!!
The size of this yard was amazing for our dog! I loved the seating area and the accessories left out for us as well! I did see some 💩 in the back section and our pup meet another pup in the back corner of the fence but wasn’t an issue. Will definitely come visit here again.
It was exactly what we were looking for! The back yard is even bigger than it looks in the pictures. Very nicely kept and was perfect for our 2 dogs to run their hearts out! Would definitely recommend and will be going again!
Erica’s beautiful yard was fantastic for our pups! They were able to run and play, and the space was huge and fully fenced. We were thankful for the very prompt communication and for being able to accommodate us on short notice. Our huskies were very happy! Will definitely reserve this space again on our next road trip through Iowa!
Very nice quiet area for your reactive doggies to run around in. They even had a little pool I think was for the doggies and my tiny dog was very interested in the chickens
Beautiful space with shaded and unshaded areas, including table and chairs. Our dogs got a little distracted by the chicken and duck enclosure but it wasn't a deal breaker. Fun time!
Zoe had a great time. There are ducks inside the gate (securely penned) she was a little wary of at first. But came home with a tired and happy puppy so a successful visit. Thanks for sharing your yard with us!
Very nice set up! Secure yard and fencing. Privacy screen all the way around. Water and treats were provided too.
Perfect space for dogs of any size to get out and run around! My Boston Terrier loved sprinting around the yard, going through the agility obstacles, and sniffing around. It was nice that the fence had a cover so he couldn’t see out into the other yards. He also especially loved all of the treats that were provided! An excellent spot, we will back!
Yay! We are so happy the dog park is open again for the season! My dogs are big fans. Always clean, lots of toys, lots of running room. Great place.
We missed our favorite sniff spot over the winter! The dogs all had a blast and it was nice to be back. Thank you!
Our girls had so much fun at this Sniffspot! It’s huge so they got plenty of good running in, the privacy screen was very helpful for my rather reactive pup, and they had fun with the toys and equipment. The personalized welcome sign was a very nice touch, too.
Larger than it looks. Our dog had a blast running around. They even had a pool out for her to get in. Will definitely be back!
We'll be back! Loved our personal welcome sign, all the amenities and the big yard for our special boy to run wild!
What other types of private dog parks are available?
Dog water parks
Many hosts have added water features like pools and/or are nearby lakes or rivers.
It is important for dogs to have off leash exercise to sniff and run. But the free and open nature of public dog parks has drawbacks. There could be aggressive dogs, disease transmission and cleanliness issues. For this reason, many dog behaviorists discourage visiting public dog parks and recommend Sniffspot's private dog parks. Sniffspot private dog parks only allow one guest to book at a time and are not open to the public, which solves many of these issues.
Are dog parks safe?
While public dog parks have a number of safety issues, such as aggressive dogs, disease transmission and general cleanliness, Sniffspot dog parks much safer than public dog parks. With Sniffspot all bookings are private for just you and dogs you bring with you and we require all dogs to be vaccinated (or have equivalent titers). All Sniffspot locations are vetted and reviewed by guests so you can find the perfect place for you and your dog. 0% of reviews on Sniffspot visits in the West Des Moines area are 5 stars.
How do I know if a dog park works for my dog?
You can filter Sniffspot dog parks by fencing and distractions. If your dog doesn't have good recall, you can visit one of our 38 fully fenced dog parks in the area. If your dog is reactive to other dogs, you can visit one of our 4 off leash areas where there are no dogs audible or visible nearby. You can also filter locations to avoid other domestic animals and people. We also recommend reading reviews and reaching out to the host with any questions.
Does West Des Moines have any fully fenced dog parks?