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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.


Laura Sharkey Featured by Karen Pryor Academy

Thursday, 05 December 2013 23:04

Karen Pryor AcademyWOOFS! owner and Training Director Laura Sharkey has been named the December Certified Training Partner of the Month by the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior.  Laura has been recognized for her years of experience with puppy rearing and socialization and her expertise with aggressive puppies.  Laura will speak about the subject at Clicker Expo in March 2014 in her presentation Give Pups a Chance: Working with Aggressive Puppies, and will also talk about the groundbreaking methods we use in WOOFS! training classes in her talk Shh! Tagging, Targeting & Tranquil Training.

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 very proud that Laura has received this featured recognition.  You can read Laura's featured profile on the Karen Pryor Academy website.


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.


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