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

pet training at Zimmvet

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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 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.

Meet our Trainer

Sam has been practicing her passion for canines as a professional trainer since 2010. She loves spending everyday improving their lives and helping them become the best possible family members. In her spare time, Sam enjoys spending time with her own pack, which includes Huskies, Malamutes, and a Pit Bull. With her K9 companions in tow, she volunteers with her therapy dog, competes at canine confirmation shows, and practices her dog sled skills. She also loves spending time with her Arabian horses.

Sam’s approach to dog and puppy classes will have you and your best friend learning new behaviors every week of training. Her positive and personal approach will help you and your canine become the team you strive to be daily. Sam would love to spend some time getting to know you and your dog, and to better assist you with your needs.

New Classes start every 5 weeks

  • Puppy Kindergarten: Sessions on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7:15 pm
  • Obedience 1: Sessions on Thursdays from 6:15 – 7:15pm
  • Obedience 2: Sessions on Fridays from 6 – 7pm
  • Therapy/Canine Good Citizen Prep: Scheduled as needed
  • Canine Good Citizen Tests: Scheduled as needed
  • Saturday Classes: Scheduled as needed

Class Start Dates

  • Puppy Kindergarten Start Dates: June 18th, July 10th, July 30th, August 21st, September 10th
  • Obedience 1 Start Dates: June 27th, August 15th
  • Obedience 2 Start Dates: July 12th

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.

Canine Obedience 1: 5 week course for $125

  • Dogs 6 months of age and older at the start of class.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, 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 learn. This class is not just about individual skills but learning to connect emotionally with your dog.

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 Sam if you are unsure if this is the class for you and your pet.

Clients Choice Night: 1 Session for $35

  • Open to all dogs
  • Trainer will cover common behavioral concerns
  • Session topics will vary based on individual requests
  • A minimum of 4 dogs is needed for each session

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.