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: 2 sessions on Wednesdays from 5-6pm or 6-7pm
  • Obedience 1: 2 sessions on Tuesdays from 5-6pm or 6-7pm
  • Obedience 2: 2 sessions on Thursdays from 5-6pm or 6-7pm

Class Start Dates:

  • Puppy Obedience Start Dates: May 2nd, June 6th, July 11th, August 22nd, September 26th & November 7th
  • Obedience 1 Start Dates: June 5th, July 10th, August 14th, September 18th & October 23rd
  • Obedience 2 Start Dates: June 7th, July 19th, August 30th, October 4th & November 8th

Our Pet Training School classes include:

Introduction to Puppy Obedience Training: 5 week course for $125

  • 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 $125

  • 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.

Canine Obedience 2: 5 week course for $125

Private training: $45 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.

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.

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Client Testimonials

Wonderful Care! We have been bringing both dogs to ZimmVet for years. We always get great care and everyone is friendly. Our Lab gets so excited when she gets there. Our other dog suffers from great anxiety and they treat her so well. They know the personality of both so well and know how to treat them.

— Lee D.

I would not know of any other veterinarian that has a more caring staff that are patient with us and take the time to listen about our three Pomeranians. Zimmvet knows how important our girls are to us and I would not take a chance on bringing them anywhere else.

— Ken G.

Our vet honored our desire to keep expenses down by providing us with estimates of the treatment we could choose from while trying to find out what was wrong with our very sick puggle. No cost was hidden. On top of all this, our dog was given excellent care. We love Zimmvet.

— Carisa M.

I have and will continue to recommend ZimmVet to others. The staff is personable and professional on all levels, both to the human clients and the animal patients. It is reassuring to me to know that I can count on them for any assistance I may need in caring for my pets now and in the future.

— Lou S.

We love Zimmvet! And most importantly, Handsome loves everyone at Zimmvet! We use their vet services and pet hotel and couldn't be happier with both. Highly recommend!

— Leigh C.

Our experiences over the years are always positive, even if the outcome isn't. The doctors and staff are warm and friendly. They are also very professional and thorough. We feel strongly that we get great value for our dollar, as well as wonderful pet care.

— Laurie C.

ZimmVet Pet Hotel has provided extended stay care for our German Shepherd and Black Labrador twice in the last two years. They did a great job of caring for them both during a two-week trip - not only catering to their needs but their concerned owners with email updates and photos. We can't say enough good things about ZimmVet Pet Hotel!!

— Curt V.

ZimmVet has well trained and competent professionals, but even more important to me is that they are sincerely 'good' people. They care about you and your pets - you're just not another record. In addition to the great staff, they offer a very broad range of services - even day care and training classes!

— Suzanne F.