Dog Obedience

Dog Obedience Training

Dog Obedience Training

If your dog’s behavior is leaving you frustrated, we can put you on the right track. Our dog obedience training classes use proven, scientific-based, positive-reinforcement dog training methods to help you communicate with your dog. We’ll help you get the behaviors you need from your pal. Whether you want basic manners or serious off-leash control, our dog obedience training curriculum is designed for your peace of mind.

At the Zoom Room, we offer dog obedience training with a difference. Our dog obedience classes are designed to get you and your dog working on practical, effective behaviors immediately. You will learn all the basics, plus more, so that getting – and keeping – your dog’s attention, even in distracting environments, becomes second nature.

Our obedience classes emphasize fun and positive motivation, not only for your dog, but for you as well! We incorporate games and challenges to help make obedience less of a chore and way more fun.

In our Obedience 1 class, for example, you’ll even get taste of our Agility and Tricks classes, so you can decide if you’d like to continue on to more advanced obedience (culminating in our Therapy Dog class), or if you’d like to move into Agility or Tricks.

To learn more about dog obedience training at the Zoom Room, please read our Dog Training FAQ.

Please select your nearest Zoom Room by clicking on LOCATIONS in the menu.

Dog Obedience 1

Dog ObedienceDescription: This basic manners group class is designed to help you and your dog learn and practice basic obedience training like sit, come, down, go to bed, and loose-leash walking. We’ll focus special attention on good manners like not jumping up.

Prerequisites: For dogs six months and up.

Dog Obedience 2

Obedience TrainingDescription: Advanced dog obedience training skills including extra control around distractions and beginning off-leash work. Perfect for a trained dog who has had some obedience work but needs to brush up. A Canine Good Citizen test is given at the last meeting.

Prerequisites: Basic obedience training including sit, stay, down, and heel. For dogs nine months and up.

Therapy Dog Training

Therapy Dog TrainingDescription: You’ve got the basics down. Now learn how to prepare for the Pet Partners temperament test for therapy dogs. This group class is designed to help you and your dog fine-tune your basic obedience skills by focusing special attention on good manners, control around distractions, introduction to hospital equipment, and therapy dog training tricks.

Prerequisites: Canine Good Citizen test, equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Come When Called

Come When CalledDescription: Does your dog come when called? If not, this is the class for you. We’ll work on establishing a rock solid recall, getting your dog to turn on a dime when he hears his name. This obedience class is essential for the safety and well-being of your dog. Enrollment includes a whistle and a long line training leash.

Age requirements: Six months and up.

Prerequisites: Basic on-leash control of your dog.

Duration: Three weeks

Leash Walking

Leash WalkingDescription: Taking your dog for a walk should be a joy, not a hassle. Do you walk your dog, or does your dog walk you? If you’ve got a pup who pulls, balks, lunges, leaps, squirms, and every verb other than walk when on leash, this class is for you. We’ll work on heeling, leash control and response to distractions.

Age requirements: Six months and up.

Duration: Three weeks

Private Obedience Training

Dog Obedience TrainingPrivate one-on-one instruction covers basic obedience in and around the house, with on and off-leash control. You will learn how to effectively communicate with your dog and solve basic behavior problems like jumping, housebreaking, barking, and nipping. After on-leash skills are mastered, you will learn voice control over your dog from a distance, hand signals, and distraction control. You can choose single sessions to focus on issues of special concern, or purchase a discounted package of four sessions for more comprehensive training.

FAQS about Dog Training Classes

What is dog agility training?

Dog agility is a sport designed for speed. Agility training takes place on an obstacle course where the owner directs the dog off-leash. There are many different obstacles, among them the teeter-totter, the weave poles, A-frame, elevated dog walk, and various jumps and tunnels. In agility competitions, the goal is to complete the obstacles in the shortest period of time over a given dog agility course. Time faults are given for obstacles completed incorrectly. Training for agility, however, does not mean that you have to compete. In fact, most of our members participate only for fun. Dogs and their humans of all ages, shapes, and sizes can succeed at agility!

Why should I do agility training?

Most dogs can benefit from agility training. It improves balance, coordination, and allows you to interact with your dog in a positive and fun environment. Dogs love agility training, and owners often notice that their dog is happier and better behaved when they train on a regular basis. Agility training can often alleviate behavior problems by channeling a dog’s frustration into something productive and fun. Agility training is also a wonderful bonding experience between owner and dog, affording a unique opportunity to develop and celebrate positive communication throughout the agility course.

Can any dog participate in group classes?

We like a safe and happy environment. All dogs must be fully vaccinated, healthy and social with both humans and other dogs to enroll in group classes (if you need us to define "social," chances are your dog is not). If your dog doesn’t play well with others, you can enroll in private lessons or sign up for Private Gym to enjoy the facility all for yourself. Dogs displaying aggressive behavior during ANY class will be asked to leave. If you have questions regarding this policy please speak to one of our trainers.

What if my dog has a problem with aggression toward other dogs?

Your best bet is to call us for a free telephone consultation. You can give us some more specifics, and we’ll be happy to advise you. We will likely recommend Private Obedience Training. If you know your dog is aggressive, please do not enroll in any group classes. Find a Zoom Room near you and there you’ll find all contact information.

My dog is incredibly fearful and hand-shy. Can you help?

We have a class just for your dog: it’s a special type of obedience training called Shy Dog. We’ll help you socialize your pup and help him overcome his fears. Our Shy Dog training is a six-week workshop.

My dog is always bouncing off the walls. Can you help?

Some dogs have a tough time outgrowing their puppy phase. We understand. That’s why we created a special dog training class called “Calm Down!”.  Learn more about our Calm Down! class.

When do your classes meet?

We have locations across the U.S., and each has its own page here on this site. Find a Zoom Room near you, click to visit its page, and there you’ll find links for the current schedule.

Where can I find your schedule of classes?

We have locations across the U.S., and each has its own page here on this site.  Find a Zoom Room near you, click to visit its page, and there you’ll find links for the current schedule.

How big are the classes?

Class size is limited to six dogs for most group classes, and ten dogs for obedience training and Puppy Preschool.

How long are the classes?

Most of our classes are fifty minutes long.

How often do the classes meet?

Most of our classes are offered on an ongoing basis, so you can come as often as you like. We also offer a few workshops which meet weekly for six weeks.

What is levels training?

Levels training is a flexible, personalized approach to dog training designed for the busy owner. You work at your own pace, and graduate to the next level when you and your dog are ready to move up. You can attend class as frequently as you like, or skip a week or two if your schedule changes. You'll never fall behind because everyone in class is at the same level working on the same skills. All students start at Basic Manners after attending the Orientation, and will be "graduated" to the next level when the instructor determines the dog and handler have mastered the skills needed to move on.

How long does it take to graduate from one class to go up to the next level of training?

It really does vary greatly from dog to dog, which is one of the main concepts behind levels training - you will always be in the company of dogs at the same level of proficiency. Generally speaking, there are real benchmarks achieved after four classes, but again this varies greatly. And as a general rule it takes longer to progress in the more advanced classes than in the lower level classes (i.e. it takes longer to get from Agility 2 to Agility 3 than it does to graduate from Agility 1 to Agility 2).

What is an Orientation?

Orientation is a FREE half-hour session that you attend WITHOUT your dog. It is a requirement for taking part in any of our group classes; however, if you sign up for an Evaluation you do not need to attend Orientation. During Orientation you’ll learn how things work at the Zoom Room, as well as how to use a clicker.

What is an Evaluation?

A thirty-minute one-on-one Evaluation will allow us to make the best training recommendations for you and your dog. This will also allow you to jump to the right level of training, if applicable, so that your dog won’t have to start with Basic Manners if he’s already well mannered. If you book an evaluation you do NOT need to attend the Orientation class. And if you have two dogs, they can both attend the Evaluation at no additional cost.

Do I have to start with Basic Manners? My dog already knows all that stuff!

Of course not every dog that comes to the Zoom Room needs to start off with Basic Manners. Many clients have dogs who are extremely accomplished and thus able to jump ahead in the levels. No problem! All you need to do is schedule a thirty-minute Evaluation with us so we can ascertain your dog’s current skill level and make training recommendations.

What is the difference between an Orientation and an Evaluation?

An Orientation is free, in a group setting, and your dog is not present; it’s mostly to introduce you to how we do things, and also to teach you how to use a clicker.  An Evaluation is not free, but is a one-on-one assessment of your dog’s current skill level and training needs. Both are half an hour long.

Do you offer CGC (Canine Good Citizen) testing?

Yes. We offer these to clients already enrolled in advanced obedience classes, as well as to the general public (even if you haven’t taken classes with us). Learn more about the CGC Test.

Do you certify therapy dogs?

No. Our Therapy Dog Training class will prepare your dog for the qualifying test. We will be happy to provide you with referrals to organizations in your area that actually administer the requisite testing.

Do you certify service dogs?

We do not.

I have a disability. Will you be able to accommodate me?

Yes, absolutely.

What kinds of dog training do you offer?

Agility, Obedience, Puppy and a wide range of Enrichment classes such as Tricks, Pup-lates®, Urban Herding, Scent Discrimination, and more. Click on TRAIN in our site's menu for more information about each of these classes.

Do you offer private training?

Yes. Anything we cover in group classes can completely be tailored to you and your dog during one-on-one private sessions. Private training not only gives you full control over the scheduling of your training sessions, but will almost always take far fewer sessions than group classes since you’ll have the trainer’s undivided attention.

Can I do private training with two dogs at once?

Yes, we have special rates for Private Training for Two Dogs.

Can I do private training with three dogs?

It isn’t usually ideal, but we can do it. If this is something you’re interested in, please give us a call or stop on by. Find a Zoom Room near you and there you’ll find all contact information.

How old do I have to be to attend training classes?

Children eight and up may participate in dog training classes with an adult escort. Teens fourteen and up can take part in classes without an adult present.

Can kids take part in classes?

Children are always welcome at the Zoom Room, and we very much encourage the participation of kids! If your child is between eight and fourteen, he or she may take part in training alongside you. Teens fourteen and up can train your dog solo. Children not participating in class must be supervised. We also have a children’s area for little kids – with books, a big chalkboard and sidewalk chalk, toys and games. If you’d like to let your child do the training, you can relax in our Hound Lounge enjoying complimentary coffee, magazines, and free WiFi. From time to time, we also offer handling, agility and other classes specially designed for kids and their dogs, as well as a summer camp for kids.

Do you offer any programs just for kids?

Yes. From time to time, we also offer handling, agility and other classes specially designed for kids and their dogs, as well as a summer camp for kids.

Can I drop off my dog and have you train him?

No. We’re all about deepening the bonds of communication between you and your dog using positive training methods. We train you to train your dog, in the company of wonderful like-minded dog lovers.

Do you offer in-home training or home visits?

We do not. All of our classes are only offered at the Zoom Room.

Will my dog be on-leash or off-leash?

Dog agility training is taught mostly off-leash, except for Agility 1. Obedience training is primarily taught on-leash. In general, all of our advanced classes work toward full off-leash control.

Can I bring both of my dogs to training classes?

Yes, although you may only handle one dog at a time during dog training classes. We recommend bringing a friend or family member to handle your second dog. Or you can also sign up for private classes. We have special rates for Private Training for Two Dogs.

What if my dog is aggressive to other dogs?

If your dog is great around people, but tends to get nippy and aggressive around other dogs, please contact us for a consultation, so that we may advise you of the best course of action. Most likely, we will recommend private obedience training classes. Find a Zoom Room near you and there you’ll find all contact information.

Can I come by just to use the agility course?

Yes! We offer Private Gym for quality exercise time with your dog, whatever the weather. Up to three dogs may attend these sessions, off leash, at times convenient to you. Learn more about Private Gym.

Can I watch a class before I sign up?

Yes, you may come watch a session prior to enrolling, however please call ahead so we can greet you. Find a Zoom Room near you and there you’ll find all contact information.

Do you have classes on evenings and weekends?

We certainly do! Find a Zoom Room near you, click to visit its page, and there you’ll find links for the current schedule.

I want to schedule a private training but it is not showing me anything available at a time that is convenient. What do I do?

We can almost always accommodate your requests for private training outside of the listed time slots. Please just give us a ring. Find a Zoom Room near you and there you’ll find all contact information.

I think my dog might be too reactive for a group class. What do you recommend?

If your dog doesn’t play well with others, you can enroll in private lessons or sign up for Private Gym to enjoy the facility all for yourself. Your best bet is to give us a call or sign up for an Evaluation. Find a Zoom Room near you and there you’ll find all contact information.

What is Urban Herding?

It’s a ton of fun! It’s like herding sheep - which is especially great if you have a herding breed - except it’s indoors, where your dog will be herding exercise balls into soccer goals. Learn more about Urban Herding.

What is Pup-lates®?

Using equipment you’d find in a human gym, your dog will learn core control and develop athleticism, balance, and strength. Perfect for dogs recovering from injuries, senior dogs, or those dogs that could stand to lose a few pounds.

What is Canine Cross-Training®?

This is where you really get in on the action! We combine agility training for your dog with speed, toning and agility training for you. We’ve incorporated fun warm-ups, aerobic exercise, and an engaging series of routines as you and your dog move through a series of stations. We finish off with some gentle play for your pup and a nice cool-down for you.

My dog listens to me, but not to my spouse. What do we do?

This is called Selective Listening, and it’s a common occurrence. We would strongly urge both you and your mate to come together to classes. However, if for whatever reason it’s not possible for both of you to attend together, then the person who is having the difficulties getting the dog to listen should attend classes with your dog.

What are the age requirements for your classes?

When you’re signing up for classes, click on the name of the class to view all age requirements. Age requirements for classes are strictly enforced; this is mostly an issue in our Puppy Classes. Please be sure to read the age requirements carefully before your first class. If your dog is too young or too old, he or she will not be admitted to class.

If I train my dog with treats, will he always demand food rewards?

We believe that training with treats is the fastest and most enjoyable dog training method for both owners and dogs alike. And, once your dog is getting into the swing of things, we always show you how to wean your dog off of the treats so that he eventually only listens to your voice without need of further reward.

Do you use clickers in all of your classes?

No. They are incredibly effective in most puppy, obedience and tricks classes, but are not as useful in most agility classes. We definitely believe that it’s important for all training clients to know how to load and use a clicker, even if they won’t be used in all classes.

What if I don’t have a clicker?

No problem. We’ll be happy to give you one to keep, free of charge.

What is clicker training?

A clicker for training dogs is simply a noisemaker that emits a very distinctive clicking sound when pressed. The concept behind clicker training is simple: a clicker tells the animal “That’s right!” more effectively and efficiently than we can with our voices. The click is different from other common sounds, and easily recognized by animals. When a click is followed by a reward (like a fish for a dolphin or a cookie for a dog), the animal learns very quickly that a click is a good thing, and begins to try to pinpoint what behavior earned the click/reward. Clicker training works great when dogs are learning new behaviors, because it tells them exactly when they are engaging in the right behavior. Dogs only have about 1.6 seconds to match a behavior with a consequence (as in, “Oh! Sitting gets me a cookie!”), so teaching new behaviors can be challenging. If you don’t “mark” the behavior fast enough, the dog may think that he is being rewarded for sniffing the floor, for example, and not for lying down. Clicker training drastically speeds up the learning process by giving your dog precise feedback. Learn more about clicker training.

Do you use clicker training?

Yes, we do use clickers in some classes, but not all.

Where can I read reviews of your trainers?

We have one master reviews page that collects reviews of our trainers from ALL of our locations. But you're probably better off checking out the reviews of the trainers at your local Zoom Room. First, find a Zoom Room near you, click on that location, then click on the link at the top that says Check Out These Reviews.

Are your trainers certified?

Yes, all of our trainers are certified through a rigorous testing procedure that incorporates both theory and practical training. In addition, all of our franchisees are members in good standing of APDT and many head trainers seek advanced certification through the CCPDT.

I have more than one dog. Do you offer discounts?

Many of our locations offer discounts if you're purchasing for more than one dog at a time. Please contact your local Zoom Rom to learn about any special offers.

What if my dog doesn’t meet the prerequisites for a class?

We take our posted prerequisites very seriously; any failure to follow our prerequisites are non-refundable, but you may apply account credit to other classes. Some examples include: enrolling in any class without up-to-date vaccines, enrolling in an advanced class when you haven’t taken the previous classes nor gained instructor approval, or enrolling a dog known to be aggressive in any of our group classes. In such situations, on the first day of class you’ll be asked to enroll in a different, appropriate class, pending availability.

What is positive reinforcement training?

Simply put, positive reinforcement means rewarding a desired behavior in order to increase the likelihood of that behavior being repeated, especially on command. The reward can be treats, verbal praise, petting, or a favorite toy. Positive reinforcement is distinct from other types of training such as punitive training in which a dog is punished for not performing a desired behavior. Positive reinforcement dog training is the most scientifically well-established method for training dogs; in addition to being the most effective, it is also the most humane and can be performed by any member of your household.

What dog training methods do you use?

We use only positive reinforcement dog training methods, including verbal praise and treats. In addition, some classes use clicker training - a purely-positive form of dog training that is widely considered to be an especially quick, enjoyable and effective learning method.

If my dog isn’t learning, can I get a refund?

We find that all dogs can benefit from professional dog training, even if they’ll never make it on Animal Planet. For workshops, refunds are only offered after the first class minus a teaching and administrative fee. Please consult the FAQ regarding refunds for more information.

What are the age requirements for puppy classes?

You can start bringing your puppy to the Zoom Room when he or she is eight weeks old. Your puppy must already have his first round of vaccinations. Please remember to bring a copy of his records from your veterinarian. All puppies attending the Zoom Room must have vaccinations commensurate with their age, and proof will always be required. Puppy Preschool is for puppies between two and four months. Puppy Obedience and Puppy Agility are for puppies between two and eight months. Private Puppy Training is for any puppy two months or older.

If you’d like to learn more about selecting the right age for bringing your puppy to puppy classes, please read what the experts have to say in our article on puppy socialization.

My puppy doesn’t have all his shots? Isn’t that dangerous?

We have created safety and sanitation protocols at the Zoom Room that meet and exceed all industry standards, specifically to foster a safe, healthful environment for all of our guests, especially the wee ones who have yet to have all their shots. We take every imaginable precaution for the health and safety of your puppy. These precautions include:

  • Every adult dog that attends the Zoom Room is fully vaccinated. We require written proof from all owners.
  • The entire facility and all equipment is thoroughly sanitized with veterinary-grade disinfectants immediately prior to all puppy classes.
  • All puppies are required to have verified vaccinations commensurate with age.
  • We regularly swab and test our floors, equipment and reception area surfaces to test bacterial loads, conforming to the most exacting standards. You simply will not find this attention to detail in any other training facility.
  • We require that puppies who attend the Zoom Room do not visit dog parks or dog day cares until they have received full vaccinations.
  • Your puppy is supervised at all times by a qualified dog trainer.

And we do all of this because we firmly believe that early socialization is critical to the healthy, happy development of your puppy. We want your puppy to come Zoom with us – so we pull out all stops to make it as safe as possible for him to do so.

Have all the other dogs at the Zoom Room had their shots?

Yes. We insist upon it and verify each dog’s veterinary records.

What kinds of puppy classes do you offer?

Puppy Preschool, Puppy Obedience, Puppy Agility and Private Puppy Training. The first three are group classes which are ideal as they provide not only instruction but also socialization opportunities. Private sessions are great if you find yourself needing some extra help with obedience or other issues.

What’s Puppy Agility? It sounds fun.

Right you are. Puppy Agility is a chance to socialize your puppy with other puppies, all under the watchful eye of a professional dog trainer, while you and your puppy explore our puppy-sized agility equipment and confidence-building course. There are toys and treats and fun stuff all around the Zoom Room, but we’re pretty sure your puppy will be far too busy making new friends to notice our other amenities. It’s also a great opportunity for scheduling play dates with all your puppy’s pals.

Isn't my puppy too young for agility training?

Our Puppy Agility program is specially designed to focus on balance, coordination and improved communication between you and your puppy. Furthermore, we use custom-designed agility equipment that cannot be found elsewhere; this special equipment allows us to adjust heights. Your puppy will enjoy a fun, safe, low impact form of agility training. We do not recommend serious agility training until your dog has the requisite mental and physical development, which typically begins at one year old. But when he’s still a puppy you can lay down the foundation for excellent agility training with low jumps and the emphasis we place on coordination and communication.

Why is it so important to socialize a puppy?

Early socialization exposes your puppy to a variety of different enrichment experiences at critical periods in his development. This is extremely important to prevent aggression and fear-based behavior problems, with regard to both humans and other dogs, later in his life. Read more about the benefits of early puppy socialization.

Can’t I just take my puppy to the dog park?

Before he’s had all of his shots, it is absolutely not safe to bring your puppy to a dog park or to socialize with strange dogs in any uncontrolled environment. As important as early socialization is, it’s just not safe to put his health in jeopardy. It is also extremely important that your puppy’s first experiences with other dogs be positive ones. Just as exposing your puppy to illness is dangerous, it is highly deleterious to your puppy’s later development to expose him to aggressive dogs, especially those not under their owner’s control. At the Zoom Room, all dogs are individually and professionally screened for aggression and their vaccination records checked. All interactions are supervised by professional dog trainers. For the mental and physical well-being of your puppy now and later in life there is simply no comparison to the dog park.

Can you help me housebreak my puppy?

Yes. Puppy Preschool includes instruction on how to implement a housebreaking plan. But no, we don’t do housecalls if that’s what you were wondering...

Will puppy classes cover crate training? Or getting him to stop chewing my shoes?

Yes, all of that and more. Puppy Preschool includes crate training as well as managing unwanted behaviors such as nipping, biting, chewing, barking and other common complaints.