Pet Training for Pets in Zimmerman, Elk River, Princeton, MN & Surrounding Areas

Behavioral-related issues are one of the most common frustrations for pet owners. The good news is that behavioral changes can be addressed with proper training and positive reinforcement. At ZimmVet Pet Training School, we offer everything from puppy classes to therapy dog training and much more. These classes are designed and taught by our experienced training staff, and offered year round in our indoor exercise facility and outdoors in our dog park.

New Classes start every 5 weeks

  • Puppy Obedience: Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm, Saturday 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Obedience 1: Tuesday 7:45pm-8:45pm, Saturday 1:45pm-2:45pm

Class Start Dates:


  • October 24th, 2017


  • TBD

Our Pet Training School classes include:

Introduction to Puppy Obedience Training: 5 week course for $150

  • Puppies must be 8 weeks to 15 weeks old at the start of class.
  • Basic skills learned: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Leave it, Watch me.
  • Special skills learned: Walk on a leash, On/Off Scale, Play Time, Target/touch, Relax on your mat, Rollover.
  • Handling skills learned: Nail Trim, Teeth Brush, Grooming, Ear Cleaning, Safe Restraint, and Discuss life skills such as potty training, biting and jumping.
  • Owners will learn how a dog thinks and learns, this class is not just about individual skills but learning to connect emotionally with your dog.

Canine Obedience 1: 5 week course for $150

  • Dogs must be 16 weeks or older at the start of class, no previous training classes needed to attend.
  • This class will build on skills learned in Puppy Obedience class and is a good starting point for older pets that have not had formal training before.
  • Basic skills learned: Review of Puppy Obedience, Heel sit, Come around, Walk forward, Leave it with distractions, Sit-stay-walk around pet both directions.
  • Special skills learned: Greetings, Stay for a duration, Relax on your mat, About turn, Come to front.
  • Handling skills learned: Review of Puppy Handling Skills, Advanced handling techniques.
  • Owners will learn how a dog thinks and learns, this class is not just about individual skills but learning to connect emotionally with your dog.

Private training: $20 per 30min session

  • Open to all dogs staying in Daycare or the Pet Hotel.
  • Available Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays.
  • Session topics based on individual requests.

Training classes are offered periodically throughout the year and are on a first-come basis. Please contact us to join a training class.Class size is limited to ensure the best experience for your pet. To reserve your spot a training form must be completed and payment received at least 48 hrs before the start of class. Class fees are not refundable and missed classes will not be able to be made up.

ZimmVet partners with Amy Sandmann to offer dog training classes. Amy has a wealth of professional experience handling all types of dog behavior issues, Amy has the experience, expertise and compassion to help you and your dog without the use of force or punishment. Amy subscribes to the findings of modern behavioral science and uses only positive reinforcement and force-free methods, thus ensuring that you and your dog build a bond based on mutual trust, respect and love. Learn more about Amy by visiting her website

Requirements for Admission to Training Classes


  • Up-to-date on vaccinations including: Rabies, Bordetella (kennel cough), Influenza and Distemper Combination (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus). Leptospirosis and Lyme vaccinations are recommended, but not required (owners should discuss the risk with our veterinary staff). Puppies must be current on vaccinations appropriate for their age. Veterinary records are required prior to admission.
  • Current on Flea prevention. At check-in, we will ask you to record medication and date when last dose was given.
  • General Dewormer or Negative stool sample within the last 30 days (most heartworm preventatives include a dewormer).

If your pet needs any services updated, an appointment must be made with our ZimmVet Clinic prior to admission.

Pet Training Admission Form

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Client Testimonials

Last Saturday was our first time there and our experience was a 5! Everyone was very informative and welcoming! Thank you!

— Carole Lefebvre

Bringing both of our dogs to be cared for, we are extremely pleased with the care they are receiving. Sadie, Willow and I thank you all.

— Sue Lenz

I really appreciated the way the doctors at the clinic cared for Diamond. Over fifteen years of love with my wonderful dog and the quality of regular care she received at the clinic made it possible. I was especially touched by the sympathy card I receive after sadly having to put her to sleep, it shows they really care.

— Darryl Anton

After recently moving to Minnesota we researched many veterinarian options and we chose the Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic. The staff was honest, thorough and genuinely caring. Their follow-up on our pets care was outstanding. Itís worth the trip for your petís care.

— The Connorsí Family - Rich & Amy Maximus, Petie, Buster, Bandit, Shadow, Kodibear & Sammy

We have taken our pets to the Zimmerman Vet Clinic for 20 years. Even when our visit was a sad one, we were treated with kindness and courtesy. The staff has always been professional and friendly. We highly recommend Zimmerman Vet Clinic to anyone who loves their pet.

— Bratsch

The staff at Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic has taken care of my dogs since 1979. I am especially pleased with the care of my last companion/friend, Ruby Mae. She received the best care I could have expected. The staff gave her loving care and attention during her whole lifetime. I canít thank them enough for being there for support. I will continue to use them with my new friend, Baily Sue.

— Sincerely, Dale Cannon

We love Zimmerman Vet! They give the best care & have a wonderful staff!

— Laurie Gansen Cramer

Thank you all for being such amazing people & taking such great care of my little man Bentlee! You will never know how much I appreciate all your information, fast actions & the care you put forth to all animals that come to your office! Thanks Again!

— Dani George

Iíve had dogs all my life and this is by far the best place to take your pet for their veterinary needs!!! Great service from the entire staff, they really care about the wellness of your pet, and my Gauge gets a little extra TLC (he is a senior now).

— Bonni Placek Cook