World's First Dog Agility Training Franchise 'Zooms' into Market

Business-Savvy Dog Trainer Launches Zoom Room®: First Company to Embrace Social Aspect of Pet Ownership

June 09, 2010 // Franchising.com // Los Angeles, CA – A forward-thinking pet franchise is encouraging canines and their owners to trade in dog parks and walks around the block for a social, sporty gym that offers agility training and innovative group classes in a hip, modern place for owners and dogs of all breeds to come together.

The Zoom Room®, the only brick-and-mortar dog training franchise in America and the first dog agility training franchise in the world, focuses on the bond between the owner and their dog by offering an array of classes and activities for mainstream consumers in a modern, social atmosphere.

Unlike most other dog-related businesses, the Zoom Room® requires owners to be present with their dogs at all times – not only promoting relationships between the dogs and their owners, but reducing liability issues for a franchisee. At the Zoom Room®, owners will learn how to teach their dog everything from agility, obedience and therapy dog training, to scent tracking, Pup-lates™ and skateboarding, giving not only the dog a workout, but the owners as well.

The original Zoom Room® opened in Culver City, CA in 2007 and converted to the first franchised location in 2009. The second location is set to open this summer in Austin, TX and the third, company-owned flagship location will debut in September, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

"We train owners to train their dogs, which helps to create a meaningful bond with their pets," said Mark Van Wye, the Zoom Room's® Chief Operating Officer. "The Zoom Room® offers endless programs at an affordable price for all dogs, which is what keeps our members coming back."

According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, nearly 40 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog. Knowing dog owners are always looking for new activities to enjoy with their pets, dog training expert Jaime Van Wye started the Zoom Room® as an exciting new place that encourages lasting friendships with other like-minded pet owners. As a sporty, eco-friendly and fresh approach to dog ownership and training, the Zoom Room® is a promising new addition to the $48 billion pet segment.

As a leading pet business consultant, Jaime Van Wye has helped dozens of entrepreneurs start their own businesses before founding the Zoom Room® in 2006. She is also the national Boarding Chair for the Pet Care Services Association (PCSA) and has written several books, including the satirical self-help book, How to Have an Ill-Behaved Dog.

The Zoom Room® franchise requires an initial investment between $95,000 and $171,000 – significantly lower than other brick-and-mortar pet franchises currently on the market. Company executives are confident in the demand to open more than a dozen locations across the country by the end of 2011.

"Someone with no experience training dogs can easily become a Zoom Room® franchise owner after going through our extensive training program. Not only will they become a certified expert, but they'll be offering the highest level of dog training in their city," said Mark Van Wye. "We're already fielding requests from hundreds of people across the U.S. who want to open their own Zoom Room® – and we can't wait to bring this opportunity to dog lovers nationwide."

About Zoom Room®

The Zoom Room® is a dog training center and canine social club specializing in dog agility. Founded in 2006 by expert dog trainer Jaime Van Wye, the Zoom Room® offers dozens of classes teaching dog owners how to train their dogs, in addition to hosting events such as dog birthday parties, Bark Mitzvahs, breed meet-up groups and fundraising events.

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