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Nobody knows dogs better than the staff at WOOFS! Between all 18 of us, we have 130+ years of experience training and looking after dogs—and more professional certification letters after our names than you can shake a bully stick at.

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Pug with leashWOOFS! is a full-service training, boarding, and daycare facility with two locations in Arlington, VA. We offer dog daycare, overnight & vacation dog boarding, a range of classes including puppy kindergarten, basic to advanced obedience, Rally-O, and Agility, as well as puppy socialization, private dog and puppy training lessons, aggression consultations, and board & train.


  • Free Workshops at Your Dog's Friend

    July 29, 2015:

    Your Dog's FriendWOOFS! owner Laura Sharkey and senior trainer Erica Pytlovany are scheduled for talks this fall at Your Dog's Friend in Rockville Maryland.  Come on out -- we'd see some of our familiar, friendly faces!

    Dog Training Myths: the good, the bad and the ugly
    Saturday, Sept 19, 2:00 – 4:00pm
    Speaker: Laura Sharkey, KPA CTP

    We all have questions about our dogs, but there is so much confusing advice out there. In this workshop, we will help you better understand and train your dog by clearing up some of the most popular dog myths. Come hear what research in dog cognition and behavior has to say. It may just change how you look at the dog(s) in your life.

    Teaching Tricks to Soothe the Savage Beast
    Saturday, Oct 3, 1:30 – 3:30pm

    We often put animal training into two categories: serious training (like down, stay and heel) and fun training (like agility and tricks). To our dogs, these are all the same thing! Learn how you can use ‘silly’ tricks to help with aggressive behavior, anxiety, or other behavior challenges.
    Speaker: Erica Pytlovany, KPA CTP

    All workshops are free of charge but advance registration is requested.  Your Dog's Friend is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose goal is to help keep dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting their humans.


  • Wags and Whiskers on Sat August 22

    July 29, 2015:

    Wags and WhiskersMark your calendars -- WOOFS! Dog Training will again be a sponsor of Wags and Whiskers pet-oriented street festival in Shirlington Village.  The event is free and friendly dogs are welcome.  

    From the Shirlington Village website:
    "Wags n’ Whiskers is a community-oriented event for animal loving shoppers of all ages to spend an afternoon at The Village at Shirlington with their pet. The event features 60+ onsite exhibitors ranging from pet services and accessories to onsite adoptions. In addition to the onsite exhibitors, Wags n’ Whiskers hosts pet photos ($5), live music, and children’s activities such as face painting, balloon art, strolling entertainment and more."

    Date:  Saturday, August 22, 2015
    Time:  10am-4pm
    Location:  The Village at Shirlington

    Come visit our booth!


  • Shirlington power out Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    July 28, 2015:

    Alert for Tuesday, July 28, 2015:

    Power is out at the Shirlington campus and the surrounding area due to a downed power line on George Mason Drive. This means we have no air conditioning until the power is restored and we do expect the building to get warm.

    • Agility classes: All Shirlington classes are cancelled tonight
    • Daycare dogs: We recommend early pick up if possible
    • Boarding dogs: We will monitor the building temperature and provide all dogs with plenty of water. If it gets warm we will offer cooling treats like kiddie pools or ice cubes. We do not anticipate an extended outage.

    Please email info@woofsdogtraining with any questions, or call the Ballston campus at 703-526-0218.

    UPDATED 6:00PM:  Power is back!  Thanks to everyone for your flexibility.

  • Agility Classes Posted

    July 6, 2015:

    agilityThe next agility schedule has been posted!

    Agility I, Puppy Agility and Flyball are now open for registration.  All upper level classes (Agility II and above) will be handled by random draw lottery.  

    The schedule for the draw:

    Draw opens to current students:  July 20 (9:00am)
    Draw closes:  July 26 (midnight)
    Draw notification date:  August 3
    Open registration for all students:  August 5 (9am)
    Payment due date:  August 7

    Classes begin the week of August 16.

    The agility draw entry form will be available on our website on Monday, July 20 at 9:00am. All entries MUST come through our web page.

    Please contact us at info@woofsdogtraining.com with any questions.

  • Daycare closed to new dogs

    July 2, 2015:

    Due to capacity restraints, WOOFS! daycare is not currently accepting new daycare or boarding dogs over the age of 6 months to either the Ballston or Shirlington Campus.  We are still accepting  puppies under the age of 6 months at the Shirlington Campus. 


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