Pet Guide Extras 2011

Everything you need to know about obedience training, alternative medicine, pet daycare, and more

By: Gwendolyn Purdom

Obedience and Behavior

All About Dogs, 14885 Persistence Dr., Woodbridge; 703-497-7878; allaboutdogsinc.com. Four training levels and memberships with unlimited classes; also private lessons in your home.

Canine Training Association, 6822 and 6826 Distribution Dr., Beltsville, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Rd., Davidsonville, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis; 301-937-1431 for all locations; caninetrainingassociation.org. This nonprofit has been helping owners learn how to train their dogs since 1950. Teaches obedience, agility, and more.

Capital Dog Training Club, 2758 Garfield Ave., Silver Spring; 301-587-5959; cdtc.org. Obedience and agility training plus ball-retrieving classes and a club team for dogs.

C&C PALS, 7790 Willow Point Dr., Falls Church; 703-876-0284; positivek9training.com. Carole Peeler and her staff lead group classes at Dogtopia in North Bethesda and McLean as well as Just Fur Pets in Springfield and Falls Church and offer private lessons in your home.

A Click Above, 19277 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg; 540-955-9987; aclickabovellc.com. Uses positive-reinforcement methods in classes such as "puppy kindergarten," obedience, and agility.

Companion Animal Behavior, 703-327-7205; petbehaviorist.com. Animal behaviorist Yody Blass and her colleagues provide in-home consultations for dogs, cats, and rabbits.

Cooperative Paws, 1009 Frederick St., SW, Vienna; 703-489-6452; cooperativepaws.com. Husband and wife Ken Oberle and Veronica Sanchez teach private obedience training for dogs in customers' homes and at their home office in Vienna. Also behavioral-problem consultations.

Dog Sense Unlimited, 601-10 Dover Rd., Rockville; 301-340-8766; dogsenseunlimited.com. Group and private obedience training plus a three-week program in which your dog lives with a trainer.

Good Dog DC, Northwest DC; 202-341-5302; gooddogdc.com. Owner Michelle Yue offers private in-home sessions, day training, group classes, and free puppy playtime sessions at City Dogs in DC.

Greenbelt Dog Training, 301-345-6999; greenbeltdogtraining.com. "Uncle Allie" Lee has been training dogs for more than 35 years.

KissAble Canine, 703-574-3383; kissablecanine.com. Trainer Lisa Colón Tudor comes to your home for private training. Also offers animal-education workshops and out-of-the-classroom sessions.

Liberty K9, 301-789-1193; libertyk9.com. Award-winning trainer Butch Henderson and his team offer in-home obedience lessons, puppy programs, and lifetime training support for graduates. Also offers training camps.

Olde Towne School for Dogs, 529 Oronoco St., Alexandria; 703-836-7643; otsfd.com. Carlos and Sandy Mejias have run their highly regarded obedience school for 35 years. Services include "Puppy Head Start," private lessons, and daycare training, in which dogs visit parks and shops in Old Town.

Opportunity Barks, class locations at Animal Welfare League of Arlington (2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington) and Dogtopia of Herndon (720 Jackson St., Herndon); 888-672-2757; opbarks.com. Private in-home lessons, behavior consultations, group classes, and "boarding school."

Potomac Dog School, 7326-B Westmore Rd., Rockville; 301-217-0010; potomacdogschool.com. Graduates of day, boarding-school, and other classes can take advantage of an optional monthly follow-up class for life.

Marsha Reich, Silver Spring; 301-384-3900. Reich, a veterinary behaviorist, makes house calls to help with issues such as separation anxiety and aggression in dogs or cats.

Spot On Training, 508 H St., NE; 202-629-2967; spotondogtrainingdc.com. Heather Morris offers private and group training, behavior and phone consultation, and workshops such as "Baby Prep." Also offers "puppy playtime."

Training by Julie and Associates, 443-852-4912; trainingbyjulie.com. Julie Jacobus and her team teach group obedience classes at six Southern Maryland locations as well as private lessons throughout the Washington area.

Unleashed Abilities, Falls Church; 703-371-9800; unleashedabilities.com. One-on-one training at your home by Keri Putonen plus small-group classes. Also programs aimed at teaching kids how to do basic obedience with the family dog.

Veterinary Behavior Clinic, 9039 Gaither Rd., Gaithersrburg; 301-947-3333; veterinarybehaviorclinic.com. Dr. Kathryn Meyer combines behavior modification and, if necessary, medication to treat a range of behavioral problems.

Your Dog's Friend, 11401 S. Glen Rd., Potomac; 301-983-5913; yourdogsfriend.info. Nonprofit for dog owners that offers training classes, behavior tips, and free workshops such as "Four Skills Every Dog Should Know."

Zenwise K9, 703-999-3825; zenwisek9.com. Darin Sellers takes your dog for a training-focused walk while you're at work or on vacation. Also offers obedience lessons in groups or at your home.


Alternative-Medicine Resources

Animal Wellness Center, 8827-E Centre Park Dr., Columbia; 410-992-7087; acuvet.com. Veterinary acupuncturist Dr. Scott Sanderson uses herbal, chiropractic, homeopathic, nutritional, and glandular remedies in addition to conventional medicine.

Ashburn Farm Animal Hospital, 43330 Junction Plaza Blvd., Sutie 172, Ashburn; 703-726-8784; ashburnfarmvet.com. Combines Western veterinary medicine with techniques such as acupuncture, homeopathy, and herbology.

Fairfax Animal Hospital, 5914 Seminary Rd., Falls Church; 703-820-2557; fairfaxanimalhospital.com. Dr. Harold Alterman, a veterinary acupuncturist, treats animals in your home or at referring clinics.

Holistic Pets, Silver Spring; 301-221-3412. Karin Serejski, who specializes in veterinary acupuncture, treats muscular and skeletal conditions and promotes wellness in dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, ferrets, and birds. Also makes house calls.

Home Veterinary Service, Woodbine, Md.; 410-461-9969; carinrennings.com. Dr. Carin Rennings combines conventional care with touch healing, reiki therapy, and other techniques. She treats cats and dogs at their homes in Howard County.

Paws to Heal Veterinary Clinic, 360 Maple Ave. W., Suites A and B, Vienna; 703-938-2563. Dr. Kim Danoff's practice uses acupuncture, underwater treadmill therapy, reiki, and other alternative methods to help dogs, cats, birds, and exotics. Also prosthetics, wheelchairs, and hospice care.

Performance Animal Services, Leesburg; 703-777-7985; pasmassage.com. Anne Hennessey provides customized massages for dogs and horses, at home or in the barn.

Singing Stones Animal Wellness Centre, 9224 Bear Mountain Dr., Marshall, Va.; 703-206-0197. Using chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, and water therapy, Dr. Carol Lundquist treats dogs, cats, and horses in Fauquier County.

SouthPaws Holistic Medicine, 8500 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax; 703-752-9105; southpaws.com. The holistic-medicine department uses homeopathy and Chinese herbal medicine. Dr. Jordan Kocen's acupuncture services are popular.

Veterinary Holistic Care, 4820 Moorland La., Bethesda; 301-656-2882; vhcdoc.com. Dr. Monique Maniet promotes holistic health care through nutrition, healing crystals, acupuncture, herbology, and more.

Daycare

Always There Pet Care, 130 W. Jefferson St., Falls Church; 703-237-5522; alwaystherepetcare.com. Cageless daycare and boarding for dogs and private "condos" for cats. Also dog-walking services in Northern Virginia.

Cleverdog, 2621 Garfield Ave., Silver Spring; 301-587-5820; cleverdog.net. Multiple rooms for dogs with different styles of play plus grooming, overnight boarding, and Web cams.

A Dog's Day Out, 403-B Swann Ave., Alexandria; 703-739-2336; 2800-A Gallows Rd., Vienna; 703-698-3647; adogsdayout.com. Six play areas feature live and artificial trees as well as separate spaces for dogs of different temperaments and sizes. Also boarding, grooming, and free "play days" around Washington.

Happy Paws, 4904 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-363-7297; happypawsdc.net. Daycare for dogs offering cushioned window seats, open play areas, and daily walks. Also grooming and cage-free boarding.

Little Rascals, 601 S. Stonestreet Ave., Rockville, 240-403-9663; 5917 Georgia Ave., NW; 202-669-0170; littlerascalsdogpark.com. Three play areas for daycare clients, customized boarding options, and Web cams; DC location has an indoor, leash-free dog "park."

Maddie & Ellie's House, 13944-B Willard Rd., Chantilly; 703-263-7252; maddieandellieshouse.com. Traditional daycare and boarding for dogs plus massage, birthday parties, and a "running club."

Planet Pet, 1711 Florida Ave., NW; 202-986-6301; loveplanetpet.com. Formerly Dogs by Day & Nite and recently relocated to larger quarters, it offers daycare, cageless boarding, and eco-friendly retail. Late-night pickup available.

Sniffers Doggie Depot, 7300-1 Westmore Rd., Rockville; 301-738-6781; sniffersdoggiedepot.com. Group and private daycare for dogs with six Web cams that clients can stream. Also boarding and training.


More Services

Alexandria Medical Arts Pharmacy and Compounding Lab, 315 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-549-4350; amapharmacy.com. Pets' prescription medications are customized by size, flavor, and form at this lab for animals and humans.

Center Pet Pharmacy, Northwest DC; 888-260-0801; centerpetpharmacy.com. Bacon and fish chowder are among the flavor choices at this pharmacy that creates capsule, liquid, and gel forms of your pet's prescriptions.

DoodyCalls, 800-366-3922; doodycalls.com. Poop scooping, deck and patio deodorizing, and spot treatment for lawns.

Gunny's Rainbow, 7221 Pyle Rd., Bethesda; 202-460-5377; gunnysrainbow.com. Old, injured, arthritic, or postsurgical dogs get private, warm-water therapy sessions, by appointment only. Laurie Plessala Duperier also offers reiki treatments.

Northern Virginia Animal Swim Center, 35469 Millville Rd., Middleburg; 540-687-6816; nvasc.com. Rehabilitation, conditioning, and recreational swimming for dogs and horses. Open year-round.

Performance Dogs, 24223 Gum Spring Rd., Sterling; 703-585-5765; performancedogs.net. Workouts, obstacle courses, dock diving, swimming, pack walks, and more at this outdoor fitness and training facility for dogs. Also weight-loss programs.

Vet Taxi, 202-276-5744, 301-372-1684; vettaxi.com. Veterinary technician Ilkim Boyle will take your pet to the groomer, kennel, and other places and report back to you on your animal's health after vet visits.