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Upcoming Holiday Closings

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:49

SnowmanIn observation of Christmas and New Year's Day, no classes will be held from Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, January 1st.  Classes will resume on Thursday, January 2nd.  This includes all obedience classes, agility classes and Puppy Party.

Ballston daycare will be closed from Tuesday, December 24th through Wednesday, January 1st.  We will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd.

Shirlington daycare will be closed from Tuesday, December 24th through Friday, December 27th.  We will reopen for daycare on Saturday, December 28th.  Daycare will again be closed on Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st.  

Shirlington boarding will be on holiday hours from Tuesday, December 24th through Friday, December 27th, which means that we will be open for pick up and drop off between 9:00am and 9:00pm.  

We thank you for your understanding, and all of us at WOOFS! wish you a safe and joyful holiday.


Brand New Classes Available

Monday, 18 November 2013 21:41

New!Three new specialty classes now available!

Competition Obedience starting Sunday, January 5 at 5:30pm

Training Tricks starting Sunday, January 5 at 4:00pm

Nosework starting Friday, January 10 at 5:30pm

Register online or call 703-536-7877 for more information.


Agility Schedule Posted

Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

agilityThe next agility schedule has been posted!

As before, all classes (EXCEPT Agility I and Flyball) will be handled by random draw lottery.

The schedule for the draw:

Draw opens to current students:  Dec 2
Draw closes:  Dec 8 (midnight)
Draw notification date:  Dec 16
Open registration for all students:  Dec 16
Payment due date:  Jan 3

IMPORTANT!: The agility draw entry form will be available on our website on December 2. All entries MUST come through our web page.

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


Winter Workshops Announced

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:00

WOOFS! Dog JumpingThree new workshops have been announced for November and December. Dog must have completed (or be currently enrolled in) a WOOFS! class.

Prepare Your Dog for the Holidays
Friday, November 22 from 6:00 - 8:00pm
The holidays bring exciting new experiences for our dogs: holiday guests, holiday decorations, gifts and presents, holiday foods… Teach your dog how to greet guests appropriately, to ignore holiday decorations, and to give back presents that weren’t intended for the dog.

Jumping Replacement Therapy - FULL
Friday, December 6th from 6:00 - 8:00pm
Have an enthusiastic greeter?  Is your dog so excited to meet new people that he just simply can’t contain himself?  Help your dog control that urge to jump up to say “Hello” with our Jumping Replacement Therapy.

Loose Leash Walking
Friday, December 13th from 6:00 - 8:00pm
Tired of being dragged down the street by your dog?  Teach your dog that it pays to walk politely by your side, and learn about management tools to prevent your dog from pulling you.

All workshops cost $40 and will be held at the Ballston campus.  Limit 8 dogs per workshop.  Register online or call 703-536-7877.


Erica Pytlovany named Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner

Saturday, 26 October 2013 18:21

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training PartnerWOOFS! Senior Trainer Erica Pytlovany has graduated with distinction and been named Certified Training Partners by the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. 

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. Successful 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 acheivement, and of Erica's continued dedication to world class animal training.


New Obedience Classes Posted

Friday, 25 October 2013 08:56

beagle-1180609-m smWinter and Spring Obedience & Manners classes are now online and ready for registration.  

Updated classes include Puppy Basic, Adult Basic, Intermediate CGC & Manners, and Intermediate with Rally I and Intermediate with Rally II.


Ballston Reopens on August 1st!

Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:12

clover100Ballston daycare is ready!  Daycare will reopen at the Ballston Campus on Thursday, August 1st at 7am and we are excited to welcome back all of our former daycare clients.  The new daycare space is located completely downstairs so we have a little less room available than before. This means that we are currently NOT accepting any new dogs at this location. We invite everyone to come and see our new space on opening day.


Desiree Lomer-Clarke and Melissa Bishop Certified by CCPDT

Saturday, 13 April 2013 10:12

ccpdt-logoWe are pleased to announce that trainers Desiree Lomer-Clarke and Melissa Bishop have 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 Desiree and Melissa, WOOFS! Dog Training Center now boasts eight trainers that have been credentialed by the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers.  Congratulations Desiree and Melissa, and thanks for your continued dedication!


Rebekah and Desiree To Speak At Breakfast With Bullies

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 20:47

AWLA Pit CrewWOOFS! trainers Desiree Lomer-Clarke and Rebekah Klemm, CPDT-KA, are the featured speakers for the March Breakfast with Bullies hosted by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington Pit Crew.  Their topic is the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) exam, including how to prep for the test and what you and your dog can do once your dog has earned recognition as a Canine Good Citizen.  This is a FREE event, and breakfast will be provided.  Humans only, please!

Sunday, March 17, 2013
10am to 11am 

Please visit the AWLA Pit Crew Facebook page for more information or to RSVP.


Laura Sharkey to Speak at ClickerExpo 2013

Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:48

clickerexpo-logo-new-125WOOFS! owner Dr. Laura Sharkey will speak at ClickerExpo in Stamford, CT on Sunday, March 10th, 2013.  Her short "Stop Talking, Start Looking" once again presents the Tranquil Training method she developed for our classes at WOOFS!.  Congratulations Laura, and break a leg!


Ariana Kincaid Featured by Karen Pryor Academy

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 18:13

Karen Pryor AcademyWOOFS! trainer and Private Training Director Ariana Kincaid is the Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner of the Month for March 2013.  Karen Pryor Academy is a rigorous education program for experienced dog trainers; it is a mark of distinction to simply become a Certified Training Partner.  We are very proud of Ariana for this additional recognition!

Read Ariana's KPA profile


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