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Non-Holiday Closings March 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017 09:28

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

Monday, 13 March 2017 12:09

*** 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

Monday, 06 March 2017 10:10

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

Monday, 27 February 2017 09:08

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

Thursday, 16 February 2017 12:42

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!



Team Members Named Karen Pryor Certified Training Partners

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 09:48

KPA 216x133WOOFS! would like to congratulate three team members who have graduated with distinction and been named Certified Training Partners by the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior: Apprentice Trainer Marti Friedman, General Manager Cynthia Robertson, and Agility Trainer Melissa Bishop. 

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior is an innovative institution committed to educating, certifying, and promoting the next generation of animal trainers.  Certified Training Partners participate in an extensive educational program culminating in a detailed assessment of their technical ability and hands-on skill teaching pet owners and training pet dogs. Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training PartnerSuccessful candidates must complete the program, earn the equivalent of an A on each component of the assessment, and pledge to uphold the high standards and practices of Karen Pryor Academy.

We are incredibly proud of this achievement, and of Marti, Cynthia, and Melissa's continued dedication to world class animal training!



Inauguration Day 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017 10:15

Due to many road closures planned and the high volume of traffic expected for Inauguration Day and the Women's March, the following closings will take place:

* Obedience and Tricks classes on Friday, January 20th, and Saturday, January 21st are CANCELLED. An additional class will be added to the end of your session to make up for this missed class. We apologize for any inconvenience this change has caused.   **Nosework and Agility classes will run as scheduled**
* Adolescent and Puppy Party will be OPEN on Saturday, January 21st.
Ballston Campus daycare will be CLOSED on Friday, January 20th.
* Shirlington Campus daycare will be OPEN on Friday, January 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 weekend!



Pass Sale

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 14:59

Between Saturday, January 14th and Friday, January 20th, all daycare passes are 10% off and these daycare days will have no expiration date

Sale is limited to 60 days per dog.  Sale ends at midnight on Friday January 20th, 2017.  
Call, email or come in to purchase!


K9 Nosework seminar Jan 22, 2017

Friday, 30 December 2016 13:31

WOOFS! is pleased to host a K9 Nosework seminar by Jacy Kelley (Canine Copilots) on Sunday, January 22. Topic is Container Mysteries: "This full day workshop is geared towards those that are trialing and having struggles with containers, distractions, or anything else that can cause problems."

Limited working spots are $100:  Working spots are now full

Auditor spots (unlimited spaces) are $50:  Register at https://woofsdogtraining.dogbizpro.com/public/registration/events.aspx?event=2502



Ballston Daycare CLOSED 12/21/16

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 12:22

NOTICE: Ballston Campus daycare will be CLOSED tomorrow (Wednesday, 12/21) as there will be a power outage in the area as Dominion Power does electrical work.

* Ballston dogs are always welcome at Shirlington Campus! *

As of now, evening classes will still run as scheduled. We will notify you if there is any change!


Schedule for Christmas and Winter Break 2016

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:27

The following schedule will be in effect for Christmas and the the winter holiday break:

*  BALLSTON DAYCARE is CLOSED from Friday, December 23rd through Sunday, January 1st.  We re-open on Monday, January 2nd.  Ballston dogs are welcome at Shirlington on the days that Shirlington is open for daycare.

*  SHIRLINGTON DAYCARE is on the following schedule. On days that daycare is closed, we are open 9:00am to 9:00pm for boarding pick up and drop off.

Friday, December 23
Saturday, December 24
Sunday, December 25
Monday, December 26
Tuesday, December 27
Wednesday, December 28
Thursday, December 29
Friday, December 30
Saturday, December 31
Sunday, January 1

*  There are NO CLASSES from Friday, December 23rd through Sunday, January 1st.  Classes resume as scheduled on Monday, January 2nd.

*  Puppy Party and Adolescent Playgroup will be CLOSED on Saturday, December 24th but will be OPEN on Saturday, December 31st.

*  Boarding is nearly full, make your reservations now!

Psst! Boarding dogs have ALL DAY PLAY 
even when daycare is closed!


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