On-leash greetings

Originally published on ArlNow.com  Urban living can be tough on our dogs, and one of the toughest situations our dogs encounter is meeting other dogs on leash. Dogs meeting on leash is a completely artificial situation for them. The leash and the resulting close quarters means that dogs can not greet each other in a natural… Read more »

Dining out with Fido

Originally published on ArlNow.com  One of the best ways to enjoy the warm weather in Arlington is to enjoy a meal outside at one of the many restaurants that offer patio seating. But what about bringing your dog along? Unfortunately, it’s not always a good idea. In most cases, restaurants require that the dog be… Read more »

Moving? Help Fido transition smoothly, too

Moving can be a stressful, challenging time for you, but it can be even worse for your dog.  Dogs thrive on routines and stability to feel secure.  Moving disrupts both, and removes the familiar.  It can seriously unsettle them; however, here are a few helpful hints to help your best pal transition a bit more… Read more »

Laura Sharkey to speak at ClickerExpo 2014

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… Read more »

Erica Pytlovany named Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

WOOFS! 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… Read more »

Desiree Lomer-Clarke and Melissa Bishop certified by CCPDT

We 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… Read more »

Laura and Ariana named Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners

WOOFS! owner Laura Sharkey and Private Training Director Ariana Kincaid have graduated with distinction and 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… Read more »