Welcome to Zoom Room Dog Training in Richmond, providing exceptional dog training classes using only positive reinforcement. Small group classes or private training sessions allow our expert dog trainers to teach obedience, dog agility, puppy training classes and enrichment workshops in our indoor climate-controlled dog gym.
You can also get in some exercise during a Playgroup or Private Gym session, or throw your dog a birthday party! We're available for fund-raisers for rescue groups, too, as well as meet-ups, or other canine social events.
If you're looking for the best dog trainers in Richmond, please stop on by or give us a call.
– Jennifer Scheller and Sadie Scheller
At the Zoom Room, we don’t train dogs. We train the people who love them. We’ve redefined dog training, with classes specially designed to build confidence and success as dogs master skills in a simple, step-by-step process.
We utilize only positive dog training methods, which your entire family can easily master and embrace. You will be actively engaged in your dog’s training, working as a team as you learn to communicate more effectively with your dog. So what you learn at the Zoom Room doesn’t have to stay at the Zoom Room. Behaviors will naturally transition to life at home with your dog.
Our indoor dog training gym offers small group classes in agility, obedience, puppy and socialization classes with the best dog trainers in Richmond, VA. Private, one-on-one training scheduled to your convenience is also available.
Your dog training journey always begins with either an Orientation or an Evaluation.
Scheduled at times convenient to you, this is ideal if:
Half-hour private sessions via live video chat are beneficial if:
The Zoom Room wrote the book on puppy training. Literally. “Puppy Training in 7 Easy Steps: Everything You Need to Know to Raise the Perfect Dog” is the best-selling dog training book in America.
Luckily for you and your puppy, you live in Richmond and can enjoy early socialization and puppy training classes right here at your local Zoom Room!
With an emphasis on socialization including group play time for the puppies, this introduction to puppy obedience addresses common challenges with raising and training a puppy. (Ages 2-4 mo.)
Start smart with puppy manners: get your puppy’s attention, sit, down, stay and leash walking. Plus, enhance communication and build confidence with puppy agility, tricks, and Pup-lates®. (Ages 4-8 mo.)
Dog obedience training at Zoom Room Richmond begins with basic manners. You’ll work as a team, using positive reinforcement to effectively communicate the desired behavior. Further classes incorporate distractions, off-leash work, and more advanced handling.
We use only positive reward based training methods as these are both the most effective as well as easy to master by every member of your family. We weave innovative games into the curriculum for maximum engagement.
In Basic Obedience, you and your dog will learn and practice basic manners and obedience skills. Trainers will coach you at your dog’s skill level with games and individual instruction in a group environment. Once you and your dog have demonstrated proficiency in the above skills, you will be approved to move into the Advanced Obedience class.
Advanced Obedience builds upon the skills learned in Basic Obedience. In Advanced Obedience, we help you transfer those basic manners skills to real world applications. Classes focus on fun ways to practice skills in new locations and learning how to generalize behaviors in preparation for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test. As you progress through Advanced Obedience, you may even find yourself working on additional skills to prepare you for Rally Obedience classes or Therapy Dog Workshops!
Every dog can enjoy dog agility training at the Zoom Room – any breed, size or age. Agility is an exhilarating dog sport that relies on close teamwork. You’ll be amazed at how it deepens the bonds of communication as you work your way through our obstacle course.
When you participate in dog agility training, you will experience immediate results not just on the course, but at home with a more relaxed, confident and well-behaved best friend. And if you get really hooked and proceed through the advanced levels, you can join our incredibly entertaining Agility League!
In Basic Agility, you and your dog will be introduced to all of our beginning agility equipment. This class focuses on building your dog’s confidence on all obstacles and improving your handling skills. To move on to Advanced Agility, the dog should be able to work off leash through a short 6-obstacle course without any food lures.
In Advanced Agility, we take the foundation skills from Basic Agility and add distance and height. We focus on improving handler skills so the dog can take the obstacles more independently. While Basic Agility focuses a lot on the dog’s skills, Advanced Agility builds upon the handler’s skills to help build a stronger, smoother Human-Dog Team.
Keep your dog active with innovative dog training classes you won’t find anywhere else in Richmond. Great for dogs that need more – or perhaps better – hobbies. Beyond sit and stay, there’s still so much to learn!
Most workshops tackle a specific subject matter in a six-week curriculum (three weeks for a few). Enrichment classes such as Dog Tricks are ongoing group classes you can fold into your weekly training plan.
Share your dog’s love and comfort with those who need it most. Prepare for the temperament test for therapy dogs, paying special attention to control around distractions such as hospital equipment.
Is your dog nervous meeting new people or dogs? We’ll help your pup overcome fear and anxiety in a controlled environment. This transformative workshop is perfect for rescue dogs.
Does your dog come when called? Establish a rock solid recall, getting your dog to turn on a dime when she hears her name – essential for the safety and well-being of all dogs.
Taking your dog for a walk should be a joy, not a hassle. Put an end to the tug-of-war in three weeks with a focus on heeling, leash control and response to distractions.
Put that remarkable nose to work in a workshop that teaches your dog to discriminate scents with engaging search games. Perfect for dogs that are high-energy or home all day.
Work together as a team with your dog on real-life search scenarios to find lost items and play games that develop scenting ability. Great for budding search-and-rescue dogs.
Dog tricks are excellent for learning focus around other dogs. We’ll cover classic dog tricks like roll over, play dead, and sit up, as well as more advanced behaviors.
Learn the art of sequencing to string together the behaviors learned in Tricks 1. Your dog will learn how to skateboard, put away his toys, play basketball and more.
Dogs use their noses to herd balls (not sheep) into a goal in this wonderful dog sport that’s not just for herding breeds. Watch your dog master off-leash obedience.
Develop core control, athleticism and balance with gym-quality equipment. Perfect for dogs recovering from injuries, seniors, or those who could stand to lose a few pounds.
Does your dog get rambunctious, excited and uncontrollable? This workshop teaches self-control techniques to calm your dog around distractions. Perfect for adolescent dogs.
Turn nail trims, grooming, teeth and ear cleaning into positive training opportunities, not dreaded anxiety-producing tasks, as your dog learns to be calm and comfortable.
Zoom Room trainers are also registered AKC Evaluators. We offer a wide range of testing services for you and your dog.
The Canine Good Citizen test simulates real world situations. Dogs are held to the highest standards in how they react in such scenarios.
Prepare your dog to take the Urban CGC test, administered in the final session, with a focus on real world environments and distractions.
For those who already have their CGC, this highly advanced course prepares your dog to take the Advanced CGC test in the final session.
Is your dog the life of the party? These five tests (Novice to Elite) provide you with the perfect opportunity for official bragging rights.
Fine tune obedience skills, control around distractions like hospital equipment, and master a few tricks to prepare for the temperament test.
The Zoom Room is a dedicated canine event center. We have an incredible array of special events and gatherings, all designed to present you and your dog with an unprecedented opportunity for socialization. Because we all love a good time, but your dog needs socialization for long-term development. Exposure to novel sights, sounds, smells, people, and other dogs in a safe, clean, expertly-supervised environment is key to a dog’s well-being and happiness.
Enjoy friendly competition in our weekly Agility League. Stay active while enjoying camaraderie among like-minded dog owners. Each week we’ll challenge you with a different dog agility course.
Each run is timed and scored, culminating in an Awards Ceremony with trophies and bragging rights.
Enjoy the agility course, our awesomely-stocked toy chest, and the company of other great dog owners in our indoor dog park for safe, sane and supervised off-leash socialization with other dogs.
An experienced dog trainer supervises and all dogs are screened for sociability and current vaccinations.
Get in some quality off-leash exercise with your dog and have the gym to yourself for 30 minutes, including access to our agility course and chest of dog toys.
Indoor, squeaky clean, climate-controlled, no worries about interactions with other dogs – this is our safe alternative to the dog park.
The Zoom Room is the perfect place for dog birthday parties, adoption anniversaries, kids’ parties or any time you want to celebrate in the company of dogs.
We also host parties on Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and other special occasions that provide a good excuse for throwing an unforgettably dog party.
Run a local business, community organization, or meet-up group in Richmond? Treat your team to an unforgettable, highly instagrammable event in our indoor event space.
Guests can socialize along with their dogs. We can turn on the disco ball, serve refreshments, and even provide mini agility lessons.
The Zoom Room is committed to raising funds and awareness for dog rescue groups, animal shelters, humane societies and animal welfare organizations.
We throw unforgettable charitable fundraisers for a growing list of amazing groups here in Richmond. Please reach out and let us know how we can best serve you.
Seeking the perfect spot for your rescue group to hold its next dog adoption event? We can assist with marketing and special discounts on training and supplies to further encourage all visitors to open their homes to their new best friend.
We’d love to include you among our meaningful community partnerships.
Invite your dog and crew to party like rock stars in our Doggy Disco with revolving mirrored ball, professional lighting effects and a great sound system.
Exposure to novel cues aids in socialization and your dog’s long-term development. So enjoy the party, while your dog socializes with some new friends.
We offer a thoughtfully-curated selection of Made in America dog supplies – specializing in all-natural treats and chews, eco-friendly toys and challenging puzzles, collars, leashes and harnesses, dog grooming tools and supplements, and the best solution-oriented training gear you can find anywhere in Richmond.
All the dog products we carry are Trainer Approved – so you won’t find funny sweaters or cute greeting cards – but you will find quality products with real, practical benefits.
At the Zoom Room, you’ll find more than great products for dogs – you’ll encounter staff with incredible product knowledge, delighted to make personalized recommendations for you and your pet.
Need some help getting that harness to fit? No problem! We’ll provide a fitting right on the spot. Our professional dog trainers can even show you some great out-of-the-box ways to use your new toys to maximize your dog’s enjoyment.
You'll also discover our famous Cadaver Bar: row after row of jars of delectable body parts (but no rawhide!) sure to make your dog's tail wag. You might feel you're in a mad scientist's lab, but your dog will feel like a kid in a candy store!
And be sure to try one of our delicious Doggy Donuts, which we freshly bake each day – no gluten, additives or preservatives.