Not your average doggy training school

CEO Jamie Van Wye on how Zoom Room is training center for dogs that is also a canine social club.

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Teach Your Dog to Fetch… a Beer

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Small Business Spotlight: Zoom Room 

Who: Jaime Van Wye, founder and CEO, @ZoomRoom

What: A social club, gym and therapy training course for dogs

Where: Los Angeles, California

When: 2007

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How: Van Wye started the business to provide urban dogs with a dedicated indoor space to train, socialize and for their owners to shop. Today, the Zoom Room has 13 locations in seven states, with nine new spaces opening in the next six months.

“We don’t train dogs—we train the people who love them,” Van Wye said. “Owners are with their dogs the whole time, which means families, couples and kids can all get involved and stay active.”

The Zoom Room offers agility and obedience classes, as well as trick classes, which teach dogs how to do things like fetch a beer for their owners.

Quote from the owner: “Some locations even have doggy happy hour on Friday nights,” Van Wye said. “We do a lot of events, birthday parties. People like to celebrate with their dogs.”