Welcome to the Zoom Room Philadelphia, providing exceptional dog training and the best in dog retail products for Philly dogs and their owners. We offer positive dog training in group or private classes in an indoor, heated facility. You can also rent the facility for birthday parties, meet-up groups or special events. Or stop by for Private Gym, a chance to get in some quality exercise time with your dog!
Private Gym is like an indoor dog park – one with great music, lots of toys and an agility course, free direct trade coffee, and all of the other amenities you could hope for in a wonderful smelling, spotless, climate-controlled environment! You can even come with your friends – up to three dogs per half-hour session. It’s a great chance to get in some off-leash exercise or play time with your dog, or to practice your agility or other training.
Birthday Parties and Doggy Disco®. You can throw a birthday party for your dog, or for your dog-loving kids, or an anniversary party for the day you rescued your dog. Or just about any other occasion for which you’d love to throw a party with lots of dogs in attendance as well as your friends and family. We can help with all aspects of the event – catering, decor, music, you name it! Our parties include a free mini-agility lesson for all your guests, set-up, clean-up, supervision, plates, cups, cutlery, and of course our famous Doggy Disco® with your choice of music and laser lights on the floor for the dogs to chase. We also have loads of delicious additional options to choose from, including Doggy Donuts, frozen yoghurt, hats, invitations, gift bags and other treats to make the event unforgettable.
We also host events for Meetup groups, rescue organizations, charity fundraisers, companies, civic groups, singles mixers, and so on. If you’re interested in throwing such an event with us, please simply give us a call or visit us in person to discuss the details. You can also read about our incredibly rewarding ongoing work with a wide variety of rescue organizations.
Our weekly Agility League is incredibly fun – great friendly competition with trophies & prizes.
Dog Training Classes
Orientation to the Zoom Room
This 30-minute session allows you to get familiar with the Zoom Room without your dog! We will orient you to our facility and policies, get all of the details in order, and we will cover some basics such as loading a clicker. Orientation is a requirement prior to taking any of our training classes or workshops.
Obedience 1: Basic Manners
Obedience classes at the Zoom Room are designed to get you and your dog working on practical, effective behaviors immediately. You will learn all the basics for getting – and keeping – your dog’s attention, even in distracting environments. Our 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.
Obedience 2: Stays, Walking & Recalls
In Obedience 2 we’ll focus on walking politely on a leash and coming when called, two critical skills for a well-behaved dog! Through fun games, your dog will learn to master more challenging behaviors.
Obedience 3: Canine Good Citizen
Advanced obedience skills including extra control around distractions and beginning off-leash work. This class prepares your dog to take the Canine Good Citizen test.
Designed for the dog with basic obedience training but no agility experience, you and your dog will learn the basics of obstacle management, development of control and confidence.
This intermediate agility training series will help your dog develop more control and fluidity and begin to learn agility coursework and footwork. We’ll also troubleshoot some of the more pesky agility obstacles to develop speed.
Advanced agility training emphasizes footwork and off-leash control to get you ready for agility competition. In this class, agility coursework and precision are emphasized.
Advanced handling and coursework encompassing all obstacles. Speed, attention to detail, and smooth progression through transitions will be emphasized.
We’ve got trophies, we’ve got whistles, we’ve even got a referee shirt. Once you and your dog have completed agility training, you can team up with your classmates for some friendly competition in this weekly Agility League, designed to keep you and your dog in tip-top shape.
Puppy 1: Puppy Preschool
Someday they’ll grow up. Just not yet. In the meantime, you’ll learn how to address housebreaking, nipping, chewing, and jumping problems, all while commiserating with other hapless puppy owners. Includes an introduction to basic obedience, as well as socialization and group play time for the little ones.
Puppy 2: Puppy Obedience
Get your puppy off to the right start with our puppy manners class. We introduce and focus on getting your pup’s attention, sit, down, stay, and polite greetings. We tackle common problem puppy behaviors like jumping, nipping, and mouthing, as well as begin teaching loose-leash walking and coming when called. Our puppy obedience class focuses on age-appropriate behaviors in a fun, relaxed environment, designed to introduce your puppy to basic skills that will set the foundation for later learning. We focus on a set of core skills that every puppy needs to be a happier, more well-behaved dog.
A special class for puppies ages two to eight months, designed to be easy on growing joints and bones. This class emphasizes confidence-building for your puppy, and builds upon the foundation of great communication learned in Puppy Preschool, while also whetting his appetite for Agility.
Tricks 1: Learning Dog Tricks
Every dog needs a few tricks, and some dogs need even more! This class covers the classic tricks like roll over, play dead, and sit up, but also covers more advanced behaviors. This class is great for teaching focus around other dogs.
Tricks 2: Advanced Dog Tricks
In this class you’ll learn how to string together basic behaviors from Learning Dog Tricks to really impress your friends. A great class for the busy dog or the future therapy dog. Your dog will learn how to skateboard, put away his toys, play basketball and more!
Going for a jog with your dog is a walk in the park compared to the workout we have in store for you and your dog. While your dog races and jumps, you will work in tandem in a wide array of physical fitness games, combining aerobic, anaerobic and plyometric exercises. Be prepared to sweat… a lot!
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.
Teach your dog to be a star! This class teaches advanced set work with an emphasis on distance control and hand signals. At the end of class, we will help your dog develop his or her portfolio, with photographs and a YouTube video. Your dog might be the next great Internet sensation!
Calling all noses! Your dog will have a blast working through a variety of challenges designed to further your ability as a Nosework Team. We’ll work on real-life search scenarios as you and your dog find lost keys and cell phones, and play games designed to develop scenting ability. Great for budding search-and-rescue dogs.
DOG TRAINING WORKSHOPS
Come When Called
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. Three weeks.
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. Important: If your dog barks uncontrollably at other dogs while leashed, please call us before enrolling, as this may not be the right class for you. Three weeks.
Is your dog a wallflower? If your dog is nervous meeting new people or new dogs, we’ll show how to help your dog overcome his fear and anxiety in a controlled environment. Perfect for rescue dogs. Six weeks.
Therapy Dog Training
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 tricks. Six weeks.
Does your dog get rambunctious, excited and uncontrollable? This class teaches self-control techniques to calm your dog around distractions. Perfect for adolescent dogs.Please note: This is not a class for aggressive dogs. Six weeks.
You and your dog will learn fun scent games that you can play to engage your dog AND burn off some energy! We’ll teach your dog how to sniff out objects hidden around the house, like your cell phone. Perfect for dogs that are high-energy or home alone all day, we’ll get your dog thinking and using his sniffer. Six weeks.
Urban Herding (also known as Treibball) is the newest sport for the Zoom Room – think of it as herding without the sheep. Instead, dogs herd large exercise balls into a goal, using their noses to push the balls in the right direction. Any dog can do it and it’s tons of fun! It also develops an incredible bond between you and your dog and develops off-leash obedience and self-control. We’ll teach the basics of urban herding including distance control commands to get you started in this fabulous new dog sport. Six weeks.