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

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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 obedience 2 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.

Meet our Trainer

Darian

Darian has been working with dogs professionally since 2010 in the forms of obedience training, trick classes, sport training and rescue. She uses skills learned from almost a decade of experience in training, handling and fostering dogs to help set your canine companion up for success. She is passionate about positive reinforcement style training to help every dog and puppy feel comfortable and confident in their obedience journey. Darian's group classes will not only give your dog or puppy a strong foundation in obedience, it will give you the tools to help shape your furry friend into the best family member possible.

New Classes start every 5 weeks

  • Puppy Kindergarten: Contact for availability.
  • Obedience 1: Contact for availability.
  • Obedience 2: Contact for availability.
  • Therapy/Canine Good Citizen Prep: Coming soon!
  • Canine Good Citizen Tests: Contact for Details
  • Saturday Classes: Scheduled as needed

Upcoming Class Start Dates

  • Puppy Kindergarten Start Dates: December 12th (6:15pm), January 7th (6:15pm)
  • Obedience 1 Start Dates: December 4th (7:15pm), January 7th (7:15pm)
  • Obedience 2 Start Dates: December 9th (6:15pm), January 13th (7:15pm), January 29th (6:15pm)

Our Pet Training School classes include:


Puppy Kindergarten: 5 week course for $125

  • Puppies must be between 8 weeks to 6 months old at the start of class.
  • Skills learned: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Leave it, Drop it, Watch me.
  • Special skills learned: Walk on a leash, On/Off Scale, Play Time, Target/touch, Rollover, Shake hands.
  • Handling skills learned: Nail Trim, Teeth Brush, Grooming, Ear Cleaning, Safe Restraint.
  • Discuss life skills such as potty training, nipping, jumping, and socialization.
  • 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 and give you the tools to be a trusted partner in your dog's obedience.

Canine Obedience 1: 5 week course for $125

  • Dogs 6 months of age and older at the start of class. This class is the foundation of your dog's obedience and is a good starting point for older pets that have not had formal training before.
  • Basic skills learned: Review of Puppy Obedience, Line Up, Walk forward, Leave it with distractions, Come when called with distractions, Sit-stay-walk around pet both directions.
  • Special skills learned: Greetings, Stay for a duration, Relax on your mat, Feet on the Floor.
  • 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 and give you the tools to be a trusted partner in your dog's obedience.

Canine Obedience 2: 5 week course for $125

  • Dogs must have taken, or successfully perform all behaviors from either a Puppy Kindergarten or Canine Obedience 1. No age limit for this class.
  • Behavior skills learned: Heel with movement & change of speed/direction, Down Stay, Wait at door/for food dish, Stand, Stand Stay.
  • Special Skills learned: Added distractions/distance/duration, more focus on consistency of learned behaviors, minimizing food rewards.
  • This class continues to build on previous learned skills, and helps maintain the bond and focus throughout your dog's life.

Private training: $45 per 30min session

  • Private lessons offered both in clinic, as well as in home. In home cost depends on distance from clinic. In home cost starts at $50 for a 30 minute session.
  • Available on an as needed basis 7 days a week.
  • Session curriculum is customized for individual needs and requests.
  • Contact us to check availability and set up a session.

Therapy/Canine Good Citizen Prep: 5 week course for $125

  • Dogs must have taken, or successfully perform all behaviors from Puppy Kindergarten/Obedience 1 and Obedience 2. No age limit for this class.
  • Behavior skills learned: Heel past other dogs, Socialization with people/objects, Controlling situations, Reading body language, Walking through a crowd, and more!
  • Special Skills learned: Tailored to the 10 steps of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test, and Therapy based on Pet Partners Therapy Test
  • This class continues to build on previous learned skills, and helps maintain the bond and focus throughout your dog’s life.
  • Please contact the clinic if you are unsure if this is the class for you and your pet.

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. Payment is due 48 hours prior to the class to ensure your spot and can be collected via phone or in person during ZimmVet's operating hours. Class fees are not refundable and missed classes will not be able to be made up.

Requirements for Admission to Training Classes

Dogs

  • 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.