In-person classes are resuming! Please note the following policies as of 7/1/2020:

All students will be required to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver.

Each class will have max size of 6 dogs, with a maximum of two people per dog.

We have increased the time between classes to 30 minutes to avoid overlap in the lobby and parking lot and to allow time for disinfecting between classes.

All students and trainers will be required to wear a mask during class and remain six feet apart.

All students will be required to sanitize hands at the beginning of class.

Not ready to come back? Virtual classes will continue to be available.

See you in class!

Puppy Chat

trainer chat

New puppy? Need help? WOOFS! owner Laura Sharkey will answer some of your most pressing questions about your newest little family member.

Don’t have your puppy yet? Bring your questions too!

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS

For new and prospective puppy parents

Where and when:

Tuesdays at 6:00pm via Zoom

Class tuition:

Free!

Puppy Socialization Day Camp

day camp drop-off

Is social distancing putting a damper on your puppy’s socialization? We have the solution. Drop your pup off at our Shirlington Campus for an afternoon of trainer-led activities like new noises, strange surfaces, unusual objects, new humans and more. Plus, of course, lots of playtime with other puppies!

Organized camp activities run from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, and puppy playtime in daycare is available from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Tuition is $50 per visit for daycare and all activities. For pups 10 weeks to 5 months of age.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS

For pups 10 weeks to 5 months of age

Where and when:

Organized camp activities: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Daycare: 7:00am to 7:00pm

Class tuition:

$50 for camp activities plus daycare

Puppy Party

socials

Guaranteed the cutest hour of your week, Puppy Party is a free socialization event for puppies, and great entertainment for puppy owners. Guided by our experienced puppy trainers, your pup will romp and play with fellow puppies while learning the Ps & Qs of polite canine social interaction. She’s sure to go home tired and ready to give you a few hours’ peace.

We regret that we are unable to host Puppy Parties at this time given the challenges for social distancing. We hope to resume in 2021. In the meantime, you might consider Puppy Socialization Day Camp (above) as a socialization option for your pup.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS

For puppies 9 – 14 weeks old at the time of their first party.

Where and when:

Every Saturday from 9-10am at our Ballston WOOFS! Campus
(Please see our holiday schedule and check our Facebook page to make sure you don’t come to party when we’re not here.)

Prerequisites:

Puppies must bring proof of their first round of distemper and parvovirus vaccinations (DAPP) to their first puppy party.
Please keep your puppy home if she is sniffling, sneezing, coughing, has a runny nose, or shows other signs of illness.

Class tuition:

Puppy Parties are always free
(online registration required)

Puppy Kindergarten - IN PERSON

group manners training class

Our Puppy K class makes life with your puppy easier now while also setting you up for a lifetime of enjoyable companionship. Get relief from house training accidents, puppy biting, and all that endless energy. Your puppy will learn how to relax in her crate for a little downtime (for her and you!), keep her needle-sharp teeth to herself, potty in the right places, respond to her name, and settle when you ask. Guided by experienced puppy instructors she’ll also learn to interact and play politely with fellow canines—an important skill to carry into adulthood, and one best taught young.

Puppies must begin Puppy Kindergarten by age 14 weeks old or younger. Due to high demand, your puppy may not be able to get a space in Puppy Kindergarten before 14 weeks of age, in which case we recommend that you start with Puppy Basic Obedience.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS

For puppies 9 – 14 weeks old on their first day of class

Prerequisites:

Puppies must have their first round of distemper and parvovirus vaccinations (DAPP).
Please keep your puppy home if she is sniffling, sneezing, coughing, has a runny nose, or shows other signs of illness. 

Class tuition:

$200 for 6 weeks of class
+ $25 off your Puppy Basic Obedience tuition
Please plan to attend all classes. Make-ups are not available.

Puppy Kindergarten - VIRTUAL (Zoom)

group manners training class

Want a dog that is well-mannered and friendly for life? Then your puppy needs early training and socialization. Our comprehensive and fun Puppy Kindergarten class gives you everything you need to get your puppy started on the right paw.  We will cover house-training, crate training, socialization, puppy mouthing, voluntary attention, handling, restraint, and lots more. Our small class size means lots of personalized attention.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS

For puppies 9 – 14 weeks old on the first day of class.

Where and When:

Classes take place via Zoom

Class tuition:

$200 for 6 weeks
+ $25 off your Puppy Basic Obedience tuition
Please plan to attend all classes. Make-ups are not available.

Puppy Basic Obedience - IN PERSON

group manners training class

As puppies get a little older, basic manners becomes the name of the game. Using clickers and a unique method we call Tranquil Training, we’ll transform your boisterous puppy into a polite member of society. Your pup will learn to sit and lie down when asked (and to stay put, too!), come when called (imagine that!), walk politely on leash, and to sit (rather than jumping!) as a socially acceptable way to say hello to family members, friends, and strangers.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS

For puppies 15 weeks to 6 months old on the first day of class

Prerequisites:

Puppies must bring a current vaccination certificate to their first class.
Please keep your puppy home if she is sniffling, sneezing, coughing, has a runny nose, or shows other signs of illness.

Class tuition:

$275 for 7 weeks of class
($250 for puppies who have attended Puppy Kindergarten with us)
Please plan to attend all classes. Make-ups are not available.

Basic Puppy Obedience - VIRTUAL (Zoom)

group manners training class

As puppies get a little older, basic manners becomes the name of the game. Using clickers and a unique method we call Tranquil Training, we’ll transform your boisterous puppy into a polite member of society. Your pup will learn to sit and lie down when asked (and to stay put, too!), come when called (imagine that!), walk politely on leash, and to sit (rather than jumping!) as a socially acceptable way to say hello to family members, friends, and strangers.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS

For puppies 15 weeks to 6 months old on the first day of class

Prerequisites:

Classes take place via Zoom

Class tuition:

$275 for 7 weeks of class
($250 for puppies who have attended Puppy Kindergarten with us)
Please plan to attend all classes. Make-ups are not available.

Why train at WOOFS!

Experienced, professional puppy trainers

We don’t just love puppies—we understand how they tick. Our instructors are highly certified puppy trainers with many years’ experience and a commitment to ongoing education in our field.

Skilled classroom instructors

We’re also committed to good teaching, employing active classroom instructional and management strategies to ensure a fun, effective experience for all puppy and human students.

Science-based, puppy- and people-friendly methods

In an unregulated industry we use only the most up-to-date, humane, scientifically researched training methods. We want you to feel good about how you get your training results.

Real-life results

Speaking of results, what good are they in the classroom if you can’t replicate them at home and out in the world? Our curriculum sets you up to live happily with your puppy—and the adult dog she’ll soon become.

Socialization:

Paws-down the most important part of puppy training

We understand that an end to potty accidents and puppy biting is probably top of your puppy training goal list. You wouldn’t mind a puppy who responds to requests like “off!” and “sit” and “stay,” too. Our programs are designed to help you reach these goals. But our curriculum also places a premium on puppy socialization.

Why? Because socialization, the systematic process of introducing puppies to the wide world around them (strangers, animals, and the sights, sounds, and experiences of life in a big city) is the key to a laid back, friendly adult dog you can take anywhere. And while basic manners training can happen anytime in a dog’s life, socialization is by far most effective during puppyhood when your dog’s personality and stance toward the world are forming. Under-socialized puppies too often grow up into fearful and aggressive dogs—a tragedy for dog and owner alike.

Socialization is so important to the raising of a behaviorally healthy dog that the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommends beginning in safe environments as early as 8 weeks old (so long as pups have had their first round of vaccinations).

Ready for puppy relief?

Schedule your spot today!