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  • Agility Schedule Posted Nov 2016

    October 11, 2016:


    The next agility schedule has been posted!

    Please note the following changes to agility registration:  we are opening agility classes for registration tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct 12 at 7pm. We are NOT doing a random draw lottery this session. Instead we will allow current students to register first. This means that all current students will get first choice of the classes they want.

    Tomorrow at 7 pm you will receive an email with a password to allow you to log in to a private web page to register. This "members only" registration will be open to you for two weeks. Registration will be public at noon on Wednesday, Oct 26.

    If you are a current student and have not received this information as a direct email, please contact us at info@woofsdogtraining.com so we can make sure you're on the list for tomorrow.

    We hope you will find this process to be easier than the draw, and we anticipate that everyone will be able to register for the classes they want.

    Registration open to current students:  Weds Oct 12 @ 7pm
    Registration open for all students:  Weds Oct 26 @ 12pm


  • Winter Workshops Announced

    October 7, 2016:

    Three new workshops have been announced for December. Dogs must have completed (or be currently enrolled in) Puppy Kindergarten or a Basic Obedience class at WOOFS! or a comparable positive reinforcement training center. All workshops will be held at our Ballston campus.

    Saturday December 3rd & 10th, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
    Does your dogs come to you every time you call them, without fail? This two week intensive workshop will focus on teaching your dog a reliable recall, so that when you call him, he happily comes bounding over to you.
    Workshop #1: Saturday December 3rd, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
    Workshop #2: Saturday, December 17th, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
    Do you have an enthusiastic greeter? Are you afraid to allow your dog to meet people for fear that he might knock them over? Join us for this one day workshop to teach your dog to sit politely for greetings.
    Saturday, December 10th & 17th, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
    Does your dog pull you down the street on your walks? Or does he constantly stop and sit down? This workshop is a two-week intensive focus on teaching your dog to walk politely on a loose-leash at your side.
  • Columbus Day Weekend 2016

    October 3, 2016:

    In observance of Columbus Day Weekend 2016, we have the following notices regarding the schedule:

    *  Adolescent and Puppy Party will be OPEN on Saturday, October 8th.
    *  There are NO CLASSES at Ballston Campus on Saturday, October 8th through Monday, October 10th.   **Intermediate Obedience at 1:30 pm will run as scheduled**
    *  There are NO CLASSES at Shirlington Campus on Saturday, October 8th through Monday, October 10th.
    Ballston Campus daycare will be CLOSED on Monday, October 10th.
    * Shirlington Campus daycare will be OPEN on Monday, October 10th.
    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!


  • Puppy Parties Closed October 1st, 2016

    September 26, 2016:

    Puppy Parties and Adolescent Playgroup will be CLOSED on Saturday, October 1st as WOOFS! will be hosting an educational event at our Ballston Campus this weekend.

    * Please call (703-536-7877) or email if you have any questions. *

  • Free Workshops at Your Dog's Friend

    September 26, 2016:

    WOOFS! 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!

    Your Dog's Friend

    Teaching Tricks to Soothe the Savage Beast
    Saturday, Oct 1, 1:30 – 3:30pm

    Saturday, Oct 1, 1:30 – 3:30pm
    Speaker: Erica Pytlovany, KPA CTP

    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.


    Advocating for Your Dog with Family, Neighbors, Veterinarians, and Even Strangers
    Saturday, Nov 5, 1:30 – 3:30pm
    Speaker: Laura Sharkey, KPA CTP

    If you have a sensitive dog (shy, fearful, reactive) or one with a specific training plan, you know how difficult it can be to communicate your dog's needs to other people in a way that they will respect. A stranger, saying that all dogs LOVE her, insists on approaching your shy dog. When your dog barks for attention, your spouse caves in and gives him treats, just to keep him quiet. Your neighbor lets her dog run to your because her off-leash dog is "friendly". Your vet rushes through your appointment without explaining your dog's medical condition. Or a friend insists that using a prong collar would solve all your problems. In this workshop, we will go over many different situations and provide you with ideas to help you be your dog's best advocate.


    All workshops are free of charge but advance registration is required.  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. Register online at: http://yourdogsfriend.org/workshop-registration/

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