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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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Academies beginning at WOOFS!
in 2017!



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  • Non-Holiday Closings March 2017

    March 20, 2017:

    Please take note of the following non-holiday closings as many of our trainers and managers will be attending the educational event ClickerExpo in Stamford, CT: 

    Ballston Campus daycare will be CLOSED on Wednesday, March 29th, through Friday, March 31st.
    Shirlington Campus daycare and boarding will remain OPEN. Ballston dogs are always welcome at Shirlington!
    Adolescent Playgroup and Puppy Party will be CLOSED on Saturday, April 1st. All other classes will run on regular schedule unless you have been explicitly notified otherwise by your instructor.
    Please call (703-536-7877) or email if you have any questions.

  • Winter Storm Stella

    March 13, 2017:

    *** UPDATED 12:15 pm Tuesday, March 14th *** 

    * Due to the snowy and icy road conditions, all classes at both Ballston and Shirlington campuses will be CANCELLED on Tuesday, March 14th. Please check your email for updates on makeup classes.

    * Ballston Campus daycare will be CLOSED today, Tuesday, March 14th. Shirlington Campus daycare will remain OPEN. Ballston dogs are always welcome at Shirlington Campus!

    * Due to predicted blizzard conditions, all classes at both Ballston and Shirlington campuses will be CANCELLED on Monday, March 13th. Please check your email for updates on makeup classes.

    We hope you and your dogs stay warm and safe!

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  • New Puppy Kindergarten Class

    March 6, 2017:

    Due to popular demand, WOOFS! has opened another Puppy Kindergarten class! Puppy Kindergarten is now available during four time slots on Thursday evenings:

    * 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (new!)

    * 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

    * 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    * 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm

    Your puppy's socialization window starts to close at 16 weeks. Before then, your puppy must be positively introduced to all manners of people, dogs, sounds, textures, sights, and situations - not to mention get a foundation in house-training, crate training, bite inhibition, and manners. WOOFS! is here to help with our open-enrollment Puppy Kindergarten class (join any time!) and FREE weekly Puppy Parties, so you can give your puppy the best start in life. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommends that puppies start socializing in safe environments as early as 8 weeks of age as long as they have had their first round of vaccinations.

    Register your puppy for class online!


  • Fun Dog Show 2017

    February 27, 2017:

    Come join us at the Fun Dog Show to benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria!  The fundraiser is a dog-friendly and kid-friendly event featuring a doggy costume contest and a St. Patrick's Day Parade.

    Animal Welfare League of AlexandriaSaturday, March 4:  Alexandria's Fun Dog Show
    Location:  Alexandria's Old Town Market Square
    Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Features:  Doggy Irish Costume Contest - prizes for Most Outrageous, Most Creative, Dog-Owner Look-Alike, and Luckiest Dog. The Ballyshanners Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off at 12:00 pm after the contest ends.

    Register online today!


  • President's Day Weekend 2017

    February 16, 2017:

    In observance of President's Day Weekend 2017, we have the following notices regarding the schedule:

    *  Adolescent Playgroup and Puppy Party will be OPEN on Saturday, February 18th.
    *  There are NO CLASSES at Ballston Campus on Saturday, February 18th through Monday, February 20th.
    *  There are NO CLASSES at Shirlington Campus on Saturday, February 18th through Monday, February 20th.
    Ballston Campus daycare will be CLOSED on Monday, February 20th.
    Shirlington Campus daycare will be OPEN on Monday, February 20th.
    Shirlington Campus boarding will be OPEN regular hours all weekend (9:00 am to 7:00 pm).
    Please call (703-536-7877) or email if you have any questions.  Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!


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