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Dog Training Center Coming To North Bethesda

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 1/25/2013, 2:00pm  ET

A national company of dog training and exercise centers is coming to North Bethesda, its first franchise location in the D.C. area where staff will offer to literally teach any dog new tricks.

Zoom Room’s list of programs includes obedience training, puppy training, agility classes, social events for dog owners, dog birthday parties and classes to teach your dog the basics (how to roll over, play dead, sit up) and some stuff you’d probably never imagine:

Advanced Dog Tricks

In this class you’ll learn how to string together basic behaviors from Learning Dog Tricks to really impress your friends. A great class for the busy dog or the future therapy dog. Your dog will learn how to skateboard, put away his toys, play basketball and more!

D.C.-based Steve Mulder will run the center (11771 Rockville Pike) and said a well-established population of dog owning families plus an expected surge of apartment dwellers in White Flint made the location attractive.

“In Montgomery County, there’s a great demand for it,” Mulder said. “It’s young and up-and-coming people but it’s also very established families. We’re a family business. We want to be a family-friendly business. We want kids to be involved in the training.”

The North Bethesda Zoom Room will also serve as a donation center for dog toys, blankets and other accessories. Mulder, who said he volunteers at the county animal shelter, is partnering with the Humane Society and dog rescue organizations to donate those toys and to work on other programming.

A grand opening celebration is scheduled for noon on Friday, Feb. 15, complete with free demos, dog treats and lunch provided by nearby Bagel City. Zoom Room is asking any who plan to bring their dog to RSVP on its website.

The event will serve as a fundraiser for Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and Zoom Room will donate $10 for every advance RSVP received, plus 10 percent of the day’s retail and class sign-up sales.

The center, in the ground floor of an apartment building, will have nine dedicated parking spots, one of the reasons Mulder chose North Bethesda over other potential sites in Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill.

The center is set to open on Feb. 16.

Photo via Zoom Room