Fenzi TEAM Titles for Advanced Obedience Training

Ready for advanced obedience training and want ideas for what to do next?  Let’s look at one option:  Fenzi TEAM Titles (http://fenziteamtitles.com). TEAM stands for Training Excellence Assessment Modules, and is made up of 6 levels of video “tests” for foundation through advanced obedience training skills.  Levels 1 – 3 are Sport Foundation, and build… Read more »

Suzanne Heenan certified by CCPDT

We are pleased to announce that WOOFS! trainer Suzanne Heenan 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 semi-annual test. Certificants must demonstrate ongoing education and… Read more »

Choosing a great dog walker

You’re a busy professional. You’re juggling more balls than you care to count. Getting a little help can make a big difference, and these days many dog owners turn to dog walkers to take that daily task off their plates. But in light of a recent tragedy involving the death of six dogs left in… Read more »

Ballston daycare closing June 30th

This was a tough decision to make. For 15 years WOOFS! has been offering daycare at our Ballston location. There is where WOOFS! started. It was here, in 2002 that I was able to follow my dreams and jump from science to a career in dog training. Since then I have learned a lot. I… Read more »

Race to Your Space!

Does your puppy go to his crate at nap time?  When visitors arrive?  When you need to leave for work, or when it’s time for bed?  The crate provides a safe, quiet space for your puppy.  But does he run into the crate with wild abandon, at your request?  If he doesn’t, why not?  Here’s… Read more »

Trainer Spotlight: Erica Pytlovany

Get the scoop on our positive reinforcement trainers at WOOFS! This month, meet Erica Pytlovany, a senior trainer and behavior consultant who has been WOOFing for 10 years! 1. Did you have a background in working with dogs (or other animals) prior to working at WOOFS? I started working with horses and riding when I… Read more »

Trainer Spotlight: Marti Friedman

Get the scoop on our positive reinforcement trainers at WOOFS! This month, meet Marti Friedman, an apprentice trainer at WOOFS! since May 2016. Marti recently graduated with distinction and was named a Certified Training Partner by the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. 1. Did you have a background in working with dogs… Read more »

Marti, Cynthia & Melissa named Karen Pryor Certified Training Partners

WOOFS! would like to congratulate three team members who have graduated with distinction and been named Certified Training Partners by the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior: Apprentice Trainer Marti Friedman, General Manager Cynthia Robertson, and Agility Trainer Melissa Bishop. Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior is an innovative institution committed… Read more »

Anxiety and Arousal

Originally published on ArlNow.com I’ve been having a lot of conversations with people about their dogs getting into trouble. Not little trouble like chewing up a shoe or stealing a sandwich. That’s easy stuff.  I’m talking about big trouble. Like biting the neighbor’s dog while on a walk or biting a friend who is over… Read more »