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Labor Day 2015 holiday schedule

Friday, 28 August 2015 13:45

Happy Labor DayIn observance of Labor Day, we have the following notices regarding the schedule:

*  Ballston daycare is CLOSED on Monday, September 7th.  Shirlington daycare will be OPEN regular hours (7:00am to 7:00pm).

*  Adolescent and Puppy Party are CLOSED on Saturday, September 5th. 

*  There are NO CLASSES on Saturday, September 5th through Monday, September 7th.  Classes will run as scheduled on Friday, September 4th and resume on Tuesday, September 8th.

*  Update 8/31:  Labor Day boarding is FULL.  We are no longer accepting reservations for this weekend.

Please call (703-536-7877) or email if you have any questions.  Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!


Free Workshops at Your Dog's Friend

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:47

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

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:41

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

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:18

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

Monday, 06 July 2015 18:47

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

Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:51

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. 



Daycare closing early / Agility Workshop

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 19:08

Two related announcements:

SHIRLINGTON DAYCARE: Shirlington campus daycare will close at 3:00pm this Saturday, June 20. Daycare dogs must be picked up by 3:00pm. Boarding dogs will start their evening routine early and be back out around 8:00pm. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Have you ever been curious about USDAA Snooker and Gamblers classes? Hesitant to sign up because you’re not quite sure about the rules? Would you like to improve your strategy for these fun games? Join us for a Snooker & Gamblers seminar presented by USDAA vice-president Andy Hartman! Workshop is from 4:00 - 7:00pm on Saturday, June 20.  There are still a few working spots available and auditors are welcome.  



Puppy Party is FULL

Saturday, 13 June 2015 00:00

PuppyUnfortunately, due to capacity restraints, we are not accepting any new puppies to our Saturday morning Puppy Party until further notice.

You may join our waitlist and we will notify you if space becomes available. We cannot guarantee we will have space before your puppy reaches 16 weeks old, which is the age limit to join puppy party.



Schedule for Memorial Day 2015

Friday, 15 May 2015 17:59

Memorial DayIn observance of Memorial Day, we have the following notices regarding the schedule:

*  Ballston daycare is CLOSED on Monday, May 25; Shirlington daycare is OPEN regular hours (7:00am to 7:00pm).

*  Adolescent and Puppy Party are CANCELLED on Saturday, May 23rd. 

*  There are NO CLASSES on Saturday, May 23rd through Monday, May 25th.  Classes will run as scheduled on Tuesday, May 26th.

Please call (703-536-7877) or email if you have any questions.  Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!



13th Anniversary Pass Sale

Monday, 04 May 2015 17:32

partyHelp us celebrate 13 years of WOOFS!  Between May 1 and May 8th, all daycare passes are 10% off and these daycare days will have no expiration date. 

Sale is limited to 60 days per dog.  Sale runs Friday, May 1st through Friday, May 8th, 2015. Call, email or come in to purchase.



Carrie Williams certified by CCPDT

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 15:37

ccpdt-logoWe are pleased to announce that trainer Carrie Williams has been awarded CPDT-KA certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

CPDT-KA stands for Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed. Applicants must complete 300 hours of client training before trainers are eligible for an extensive semiannual test. Certificants must demonstrate ongoing education and professional development to maintain credentials. CCPDT offers the only international, standardized certification for professional dog trainers that is both science-based and independent of any course of study.

With this accomplishment by Carrie, WOOFS! Dog Training Center boasts eight trainers that have been credentialed by the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers.  Congratulations Carrie, and thanks for your continued dedication!


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