Zoom Room Opens First Richmond-Area Location

Zoom Room, the indoor dog training facility, recently celebrated the grand opening of its first Richmond-area location at 3450 B Lauderdale Drive in Short Pump on January 21, 2023. The event, covered by the Richmond Times-Dispatch on January 10, 2023, included discounted agility classes, a pet photo booth, caricature artist, games, giveaways, and more.

Zoom Room is a national franchise that focuses on the people who love their dogs, rather than just training the dogs themselves. The company’s step-by-step process is designed to build confidence and translate classroom teaching into pet owners’ homes.

“Zoom Room has brought much-needed innovation to the field of dog training by creating a business model that dog owners absolutely adore,” said Zoom Room CEO Mark Van Wye. “We are a true lifestyle brand for dog lovers that centers on socialization and the human experience.”

Small group classes or private training sessions use positive reinforcement methods for training in obedience, dog agility, puppy training, and enrichment classes. The climate-controlled dog gym is also available for playgroups, private gym sessions, or dog birthday parties.

The rapidly-expanding franchise currently has 33 locations open nationwide with plans for nearly 70 more listed as “coming soon” on its website. The Richmond location will be run by its local owner Shemeck Piatek.

Van Wye said the company’s fast growth is due to investors being attracted to the company’s profitable model, driven by excellent reviews, and solid client retention. The company’s stability also comes from a recession-proof space and has a well-organized support structure, Van Wye said.

For more information about Zoom Room, visit https://zoomroom.com/. For those interested in learning about franchise opportunities: https://zoomroom.com/franchise/.



Founded in 2007, Zoom Room® is a venture-backed and revolutionary indoor dog training gym with locations across the U.S. With an emphasis on socialization, positive reinforcement, human education and the value of interactive learning, the company aims to strengthen the bond and communication between dogs and their owners. Zoom Room’s key revenue streams include dog training classes, socialization events and retail products. Zoom Room celebrates responsible pet owners who love to socialize with their dogs and embrace positive dog training methods in a fun, friendly environment for working out with your dog. They are the authors of the best-selling dog training book, Puppy Training in 7 Easy Steps, and Ultimate Puppy Training for Kids. Rooted in the belief that it’s important to give back to the community, Zoom Room works closely with animal rescue and welfare organizations both locally and nationwide. Learn more at https://zoomroom.com/.