Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Walk for the Animals 2016

Come join us at one of two, yes TWO, wonderful Walks for the Animals to benefit the Animal Welfare Leagues of Arlington and Alexandria!  Both events are important fundraisers, and both dog-friendly events feature vendors, goodies, demonstrations, and kid-friendly activities.

Puppy Challenge #1: House Training

By Laura Sharkey
Originally Published on ArlNow.com

So you have a cute new puppy? Congratulations! But now what?

Puppies naturally bite, cry, poop and pee. Then we get them in the house and immediately want them NOT to bite, cry, poop or pee. It’s a pretty tall order for an 8 week old. So here are a few tips on how to gently mold your tiny new best friend into the awesome dog you know she can be.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Jane and Frankie Win Regional Championship

Congratulations to WOOFS! trainer Jane Saunders and her Papillion Frankie for their performance last weekend at the USDAA 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships!  Jane and Frankie won the Regional Championship for 8" Performance Masters Challenge Biathlon, came in 3rd place the 8" Performance Triathlon, and made it to the finals for all events. And on top of all of that, Frankie was top 10 for 2015 in both Standard and Snooker for Masters 12" dogs!  Way to go!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

New! Puppy Prep School

By Laura Sharkey

You have GOT to meet Lucy.  Lucy is our first Puppy Prep School student and she is adorable. Lucy is an 8 week old mini dachshund who started Prep School on April 5th. I will be chronicling her progress here. We have a lot planned for this little girl.

We immediately started working on Lucy's crate training. Her owners reported some seriously pitiful crying when she was crated, including an episode of getting her teeth stuck on the crate bars which was terrifying for everyone. Our goal is to have her willingly crating without protest by the time she goes home so today we started to teach her to go into her crate on cue.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spencer Smith Named Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

WOOFS! daycare supervisor Spencer Smith has graduated with distinction and been named Certified Training Partners by the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.

Upcoming Community Events: April 2016

By Cynthia Robertson

Check out some fun dog-related events in our area!

4/9: NOVADog's Pet Photography 101 Class

4/9-4/10: Humane Society of Loudon County's 50th Anniversary Fundraiser

4/16: K-9 Heroes Day & the Pooch Pursuit 5k

4/23: Washington Humane Society's Fashion For Paws 10th Annual Runway Show

4/23: NOVADOG's Pet Photography 201 Class

4/23-4/24: Dog Days Bloom Festival

4/27: CGC Exam at WOOFS! Ballston Campus

4/30: Washington Animal Rescue League's Pasta for Pets

Meet the Daycare Team: April 2016

By Cynthia Robertson

WOOFS! has an awesome staff. So who are these people who choose to spend their days with the dogs? This month we are featuring Andre.