About Us

Jon ZunkelWe are Jon and Noel Zunkel, owners and operators of Tri-County Boarding Kennel. More than 20 years ago, we opened a small training kennel north of Boone, Iowa, specializing in breeding, raising, and training sporting dogs for hunting and competition. That business has grown and changed over the years to what it is today – Tri-County Boarding Kennel. Jon has spent the last 25 years training sporting breeds for personal hunting, competition hunting, hunt tests, and field trialing.  With that kind of experience, we know what it takes to care for your dog like he’s one of our own. Our knowledge of dog behavior and best care practices allows us to provide the best kennel experience possible for your dog.

As a business in the Tri-County community, we have donated time and money to area causes such as the Ankeny Dog Park, Mid-Iowa Retriever Club, and different animal shelters and fundraising efforts on the part of local schools and clubs.  Jon has spoken to several groups, including Iowa State Vet Med students, youth conservation programs through Polk County Conservation, FFA classes, and at schools and day care facilities.

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Jon Zunkel, owner of Tri-County Boarding Kennel, has been training and caring for dogs for 25 years.  We know what it takes to give your dog a fun and comfortable kennel stay, including free group play and plenty of outdoor time.

Check boarding rates and kennel hours and then contact us to schedule.