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.

The next thing we did was switch Lucy from a large metal crate to a small plastic crate. There were reports of her urinating in her crate so we wanted to make sure the crate was the proper size.   She will absolutely sleep in her crate every single night. No exceptions. No sleeping in the bed. Last night she cried for about 15 minutes before going to sleep. We are hoping for similar results on night two. Her crate will be right next to the bed. Close enough that I can put my fingers through the bars to comfort her if needed. I expect she will wake me up once or twice in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Totally normal for her age and size.

Lucy had a busy day today. In between sleeping and training, she spent most of her day in the WOOFS! front office hanging out with some other dogs.  In the evening she went on a field trip to ProFeed to get some puppy supplies where she met at least 5 new people and was passed around for lots of loving. Yay socialization! Then it was home to my house to meet the big dogs, play some tug and crash out on the couch.

Can't wait until tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016