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Holiday Closings Through End of 2014

Saturday, 08 November 2014 19:56

christmas 100UPDATED 12/13/2014: The following schedule will be in effect for the winter holidays.  

When daycare is closed, Shirlington boarding is open from 9:00am to 9:00pm.  Make your reservations early!


Shirlington AND Ballston daycare closed on the following days:
Wednesday, 12/24
Thursday, 12/25
Friday, 12/26
Saturday, 12/27
Sunday, 12/28
Monday, 12/29 - Ballston daycare CLOSED, Shirlington daycare open
Tuesday, 12/30 - Ballston daycare CLOSEDShirlington daycare open
Wednesday, 12/31
Thursday, 1/1 
Friday, 1/2 - Ballston daycare CLOSEDShirlington daycare open 

 ** Is your dog staying with with us over the holidays?  Boarding dogs have ALL DAY PLAY on the daycare floor even when daycare is closed to non-boarding dogs!


Labor Day Class and Daycare Schedule

Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00

In observance of Columbus Day, we have the following notices regarding the schedule:

*  All daycare (Ballston and Shirlington) is OPEN on Monday, October 13th.

*  Adolescent and Puppy Party are OPEN on Saturday, October 11th.

*  There are NO CLASSES on Saturday, October 11th through Monday, October 13th.  Classes resume on Tuesday, October 14th.

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


Agility Classes Posted

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

agilityThe next agility schedule has been posted!

Agility I and Puppy Agility are 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:  September 15 (9:00am)
Draw closes:  September 21 (midnight)
Draw notification date:  September 29
Open registration for all students:  October 1 (9am)
Payment due date:  October 10

The agility draw entry form will be available on our website on September 15 at 9:00am. All entries MUST come through our web page.

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


Ballston Daycare is Accepting Dogs

Saturday, 28 June 2014 00:00

The WOOFS! Ballston campus has reopened to new dogs.  If you previously requested to join the waitlist, you can expect to hear from us over the next few days. 

Schedule a FREE evaluation:  call 703-536-7877 or email info@woofsdogtraining.com.  Appointments are scheduled between 11:00am–4:00pm (Saturdays and Sundays at Shirlington only).  Bring a copy of your dog’s up-to-date vaccination record.

Please email info@woofsdogtraining.com with any questions!


Laura Sharkey Writing Column for ARLnow

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 15:57

ARLnowWOOFS! is currently sponsoring The Local Woof for ARLnow, our Arlington local news source.  The Local Woof will cover a variety of topics relating to dog ownership, training and behavior.  Articles are written by WOOFS! owner Laura Sharkey.  

Check out Laura's first two pieces:

>> On Leash Greetings
>> Dining Out with Fido

We are excited for the opportunity to provide this information to our local community!


Conference Presentations by Ariana Kincaid

Monday, 12 May 2014 11:33

Ariana presents at Family PawsAs well as being a WOOFS! trainer, Ariana Kincaid, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP is the founder and owner of Operation Socialization, an organization to promote the importance of early, positive puppy socialization.  Ariana recently spoke at two big events.

Ariana's first presentations were at Berner University in Virginia Beach, VA on April 7 & 8,2014.  Ariana spoke to crowds of breeders and dog enthusiasts on the topics "Socializing Your Puppy Right" talk and "Socialization Tips for Breeders".

Ariana's next stop was the new Family Paws Conference in Cary, NC on May 9 - 11, 2014.  She spoke to dog trainers on the subject "Socializing Puppies to Children".

Congratulations Ariana!


12 Year Anniversary Pass Sale

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:58

partyWOOFS! Anniversary Daycare Pass sale begins today. Help us celebrate our 12th (!!!!) Anniversary and get some savings at the same time. Passes are 10% off and these daycare days will have no expiration date. Sale is limited to 60 days per dog.  Sale runs Wedsnesday, April 9th through Friday, April 11th. Call, email or come in to purchase.


Laura Sharkey to Speak at ClickerExpo 2014

Monday, 24 March 2014 06:41


WOOFS! owner Dr. Laura Sharkey will speak at ClickerExpo in Norfolk, VA on March 29 and 30, 2014.  Her first talk, "Shh! Tagging, Targeting & Tranquil Training", explains how to teach human students more effectively with non-verbal communication.  Her second is "Give Pups a Chance: Working with Aggressive Puppies" which shares case studies and protocols for puppies with true aggression as young as 8 weeks old.

This is Laura's second year as a speaker at ClickerExpo.  It is a terrific honor that she shares billing with Karen Pryor, Ken Ramirez, Dr. Susan Friedman, Kathy Sdao, and many more amazing behavior experts and trainers.



Ballston Daycare Closed March 17th

Monday, 17 March 2014 02:49

snowDue to weather conditions and Federal government closing, WOOFS! Ballston Campus will be CLOSED for daycare on Monday, March 17th.  

WOOFS! Shirlington Campus will be OPEN for daycare.  Come on by if you need us, and stay warm and safe at home if you don't!



2014 Price Increases for Classes

Thursday, 30 January 2014 14:11

Dollar signThe price for all classes will increase on February 15th.

Beginner classes increase from $205 to $225
Includes: Puppy Basic, Adult Basic, Agility I, Puppy Agility

Intermediate: Focus on CGC increases from $195 to $215 (CGC test included)

Other Intermediate, Sport and Agility classes will increase from $185 to $205
Includes: Agility II and higher, Rally Obedience, Competition Obedience, Nosework, Tricks and Flyball and more.

Puppy Kindergarten will remain at $120 and Puppy Kindergarten students still receive $25 off registration for Puppy Basic.

Planning to register for a class? Register before February 15th to receive our old prices!


Agility Schedule (& More) Posted

Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

agilityThe next agility schedule has been posted!

Agility I, Puppy Agility and Flyball are all 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:  Feb 16
Draw closes:  Feb 22 (midnight)
Draw notification date:  Mar 3
Open registration for all students:  Mar 3
Payment due date:  Mar 13

The agility draw entry form will be available on our website on March 16. All entries MUST come through our web page.


We have a number of other new classes posted under Sports & Specialty, including Rally Obedience, Nosework, Novice Competition Obedience, Tricks, Flyball, and Drive & Motivation for Dog Sports.  Please note that there has been a name change in the Rally classes:  Rally I is now called Intermediate: Focus on Heeling, Rally II has been removed from the schedule, and Advanced Rally is called Advanced Obedience: Rally.  The prerequisites and class curriculum for each will be unchanged.

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


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