Events and Specials



 2017 Obedience Training Class – Starts 3/16~

Our Obedience Dog Training class is starting March 16th and takes place each Thursday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm! This 7-week class is open to puppies and adults that need an introduction to the basics. Sit, down, wait, stay, plus other basic commands and some games will be included.  We have a new trainer, Mollie Norville, who is certified through Animal Behavior College.  Mollie has studied and practiced positive reinforcement training.

First class is an orientation and NO DOGS attend this session.  A minimum of 6 dogs are required to hold a class, with a maximum of 10 dogs in total.  We want to be able to provide quality attention to you and your pet during the training session.  The cost is $150.00 per dog.  Please note that the second to last class will be offsite (field trip!) in a local pet friendly setting.  This will allow your dog to show off some new skill sets he has learned in the prior weeks.  Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the training.

*As always, spaces are limited and registration and prepayment are required.


 

 2017 Crate Training and Games!  One Time Class:  Saturday, March 25th

We are excited to introduce this fun class to you!  It will take place on Saturday, March 25th from 10am to 11am.  The cost is $25.00 per dog.  There is a minimum of 6 dogs are required to hold a class, maximum of 10 dogs in total.   Our new trainer, Mollie Norville, who is certified through Animal Behavior College.  Mollie has studied and practiced positive reinforcement training will be teaching this class.

*As always, spaces are limited and registration and prepayment are required.


2017 Valentine Boarding Special

Plan a romantic getaway and feel comfortable in knowing that your dog is in good hands at DogServices!

Just to add to the sweetness of things!  For the entire month of February we are offering 1/2 off the 3rd consecutive boarding day!

You can make your reservation online now and be sure to mention the special to receive the discount.


2016 Tacky Sweater & Holiday Photo Event

DogServices will hold it’s 3rd Annual Tacky Sweater Contest on December 13th!

Tacky Sweater Photos will be taken in front of a festive background and posted on Facebook. The dog from each DogServices location with the most LIKES by the contest deadline of December 31st will win a FREE BATH.

Holiday photos will be taken the same day in front of a fun, decorated background and we will be emailing them to the participating dogs’ parents.

If you would like for your dog to be included, please make sure to sign up in advance!

Entry fee for each will be one donated item for the animals at  Richmond Animal Care & Control.  Richmond Animal Care & Control (RACC) was established as the first city pound June 5, 1902 and since then it has served as the only open admission public shelter in the City of Richmond.  They provide humane care for more than 3,000 stray, injured, abused and relinquished pets a year. Suggested donation items include Friskies pate cat food, meat flavor baby food, cat and dog toys, cat litter, gently used blankets-towels-bedding, collars and leashes and crates (used or new).


The Lucky Field of Poop

A very unique fundraiser from non-profit Friends of Richmond K9 is coming up! The “Lucky Field of Poop” is lined with 1,500 squares. The square K-9 Nick decides to go in wins that lucky raffle holder $1,000. Plus additional raffle tickets will be drawn for cash & other prizes. One lucky winner will receive 3 FREE days of Doggie Daycare at DogServices! Tickets can be purchased from any DogServices location – just ask the receptionist! You do not have to be present to win.When: Monday August 1st, 2016 at 6:30pm Where: Roy B. West Park, 4200 Piney Rd., Richmond Cost: $5 for 1 ticket, $20 for 5 Prizes: $1,000, $300, $200, plus additional prizesFriends of Richmond K9 is a non-profit dedicated to helping the police K9 unit including retired active duty K9s. For more information visit www.rvak9.com.


2016 Mother’s Day/Father’s Day Boarding Specials

To celebrate Mother’s Day & Father’s Day, we’re offering 10% off dog boarding for a 3-day boarding stay that includes either holiday (Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th or Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th). You can make your reservation online now and be sure to mention the special to receive the discount. All customers are welcome to take advantage of either discount. Please note the discount applies to the boarding cost only and does not apply to baths, walks, TLC sessions, or any other services.

 New Dog Training Class & Updated CGC in January

Our new Beginner Basic training class is starting January 14th! This 7-week class is open to puppies and adults that need an introduction to the basics. Sit, down, wait, stay, plus other basic commands and some games will be included. We’ll also have a new structure for our Canine Good Citizen training class starting January 7th. The class will be divided into two groups: the CGC Intro group for dogs to learn each skill individually, and the CGC Prep group for dogs to put the pieces together and prepare to take the test at the end of the class. Visit the Dog Training page on our website or call 804-288-3647 for more details on these classes. As always, spaces are limited and registration and prepayment are required.


Tacky Sweater Contest

DogServices will hold it’s 2nd Annual Tacky Sweater Contest on December 8th and 9th. Photos will be taken in front of a plain background and posted on Facebook. The dog from each DogServices location with the most LIKES by the contest deadline will win a FREE BATH. Entry fee will be one donated item for Richmond Ruff House (RRH). RRH is a new non-profit rescue group dedicated to improving life for dogs waiting to find their forever home. While the RRH founders were fostering for another rescue group and volunteering at RAL, they saw the need for more help. Cindy Larkin of RRH says “we pretty much turned our backyard into a doggy paradise and want to provide rescue/foster dogs a fun, safe environment while they wait for their forever home, not just a crate, food, and water. We want to combine the best parts that we saw in all the rescues. Our goal is to eventually have a physical location but with more of a daycare feel than a shelter feel.” What a great mission! We’ll be collecting donations for RRH for the Tacky Sweater Contest and from anyone else who would like to donate throughout December. Suggested donation items include toys, treats, and laundry detergent. See our RRH Wishlist handout for more ideas on what you can donate.


Holiday Photos

Also on December 8th and 9th we will be taking Holiday Photos in front of a fun, decorated background and emailing them to participating dogs’ parents. If you would like for your dog to be included, make sure to sign up in advance! Spaces are limited. $5 fee to participate.


 

Halloween Dog Costume Contest 2015

Congratulations again to the winners of DogServices’ 9th annual Halloween Costume Contest. We had a great time taking photos and it was incredibly tough to select the staff pick winners because, like one Facebook fan pointed out, all of the dogs had something unique and awesome about them. Check out the winners, and their costumes, below! Dogs in costumes - Facebook winners Staff-pick-winners-15-short


 


Wine & Whiskers at Willow Lawn

DogServices is sponsoring a very fun event on June 19th. Wine & Whiskers is an annual event for families and four-legged friends held every Summer. This dog-friendly event features wine tasting, food sampling, free giveaways, pet-friendly activities and live music from 80’s Cover Band Party McFly! Wine & Whiskers is free and open to the public. Wine tasting tickets are $12 in advance and $20 at the door. Plus, the event will benefit one of our favorite local animal non-profits, FETCH a Cure! Visit the Wine & Whiskers event page for more information and to purchase a wine tasting ticket in advance. Make sure to stop by our booth at the event.


25th Anniversary Party25th_anniversary_Ribbon

Come on out to DogServices West on Saturday, May 9th!  We’re hosting a family-friendly, dog-friendly event from 11am – 3pm that’s free and open to the public to celebrate our 25th year serving Richmond dogs and their families. We’ll have face-painting, contests, adoptable dogs, animal-focused organizations like Friends of Richmond K-9, Blind Dog Rescue, and more! Outside of DogServices West 4545A Pouncey Tract Road Glen Allen, VA 23059 We’ll also have a raffle to benefit FETCH a Cure, so make sure you buy tickets to support a great organization and have a chance to win some cool prizes! Let us know you’re coming by clicking Join on the event page on Facebook.


Dog Training Classes

Canine Good Citizen Training Class – Back by popular demand! DogServices will be hosting an 8-week Canine Good Citizen training class to prepare you and your dog for the Canine Good Citizen test. The class will meet starting Sunday, April 12th 4pm – 5pm with subsequent classes every Sunday evening through May 31st. Dogs should have a general knowledge of basic obedience, being able to sit and listen prior to the class.

Skills that will be taught are: meet and greet a stranger, body handling, loose leash walking, down-stay, sit-wait, come when called, walking through a crowd, meet and greet a strange dog, reaction to distraction, and three minute separation from owner. The Canine Good Citizen test will be given at the end of the 8 weeks and successful dogs will receive the esteemed CGC certificate, which proves your dog is well-behaved under various circumstances, may be persuasive to landlords who do not usually allow pets, and can even be the first step in becoming a therapy animal. For information on future dog training classes at DogServices visit our dog training page.

Community Canine Training Class – This new 6-week training class teaches social skills and manners to dogs at all skill levels, from beginners to advanced dogs, including Canine Good Citizen graduates. The class will meet starting Sunday, April 12th 5pm – 6pm with subsequent classes every Sunday evening through May 17th. Social Skills that will be taught include: polite greeting, waiting & patience, four on the floor, interacting with other dogs, interacting with people, and reaction to distraction.Both Dog Training Classes will be held at DogServices – 4800 Thalbro Street, Richmond, VA 23230The fee for the Community Canine Training class is $130 The fee for the Canine Good Citizen Training class and test is $175. There is a $50 cancellation fee for cancellations with less than 1 week notice. Class size is limited so you MUST register in advance and prepay. To participate in dog training classes, please call DogServices at 804-288-3647. For information on future dog training classes at DogServices visit our dog training page. These classes are led by training instructor Katie Locks of Luck Dog Training and More. Katie is an Authorized Mentor Trainer from the Animal Behavior College and has over a decade of experience in dog training.


Daycare Discount at DogServices Westdogs cuddling

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’re offering a special Daycare Discount every Tuesday for customers at DogServices West in Glen Allen. You can sign up for a full day of daycare any (or every) Tuesday in February for the discounted price of $14. PLUS, if you refer a new customer in February, your friend will also receive a day of daycare for $14, and you’ll earn a $5 credit on your account. Make sure to mention the special rate when you make your reservation, and have anyone you refer tell us who sent them! You can make a reservation on our website or give us a call at (804) 360-8082. This special is only valid on Tuesdays in February at DogServices West – 4545 A Pouncey Tract Road in Glen Allen.


Valentine’s PhotosValentines dog

We LOVE our customers! As our Valentine’s gift to you, the staff at DogServices will be taking Valentine’s photos on Friday, February 13 for those who are interested. A digital photo will be provided to those who participate at NO COST and photos will also be displayed in our lobbies for all to see. Please sign up at the front desk if you would like your dog’s photo taken.


 Canine Good Citizen Training ClassCanine_Good_Citizen

DogServices will be hosting a 9-week Canine Good Citizen Training Class with dog trainer Katie Locks of Lucky Dogs Training to prepare you and your dog to pass the Canine Good Citizen test. The class will meet starting Sunday, January 11th with subsequent classes every Sunday evening through March 8th. Dogs should have a general knowledge of basic obedience, being able to sit and listen. Class will be held: Sunday, January 11th 4pm – 5pm (first session will be an overview for pet parents and will not include dogs) Sunday, January 18th 4pm – 5pm Sunday, January 25th 4pm – 5pm Sunday, February 1st 4pm – 5pm Sunday, February 8th 4pm – 5pm Sunday, February 15th 4pm – 5pm Sunday, February 22nd 4pm – 5pm Sunday, March 1st 4pm – 5pm Sunday, March 8th 4pm – 5pm

Skills that will be taught are: meet and greet a stranger, body handling, loose leash walking, down-stay, sit-wait, come when called, walking through a crowd, meet and greet a strange dog, reaction to distraction, and three minute separation from owner. The Canine Good Citizen test will be given at the end of the 9 weeks and successful dogs will receive the esteemed CGC certificate, which proves your dog is well-behaved under various circumstances, may be persuasive to landlords who do not usually allow pets, and can even be the first step in becoming a therapy animal.The fee for the Canine Good Citizen Training class and test is $175. Class size is limited so you must register in advance and prepay. There will be a $50 cancellation fee for cancellations with less than 1 week notice. Call (804) 288-3647 to register!

For more information about the valuable Canine Good Citizen training and certificate, founded by the American Kennel Club, click here.


Tacky Dog Sweater Contest Winners We held our first Tacky Sweater contest to benefit the Henrico County Animal Shelter on Wednesday, December 10th. The entry “fee” for the Tacky Sweater contest was one donated item for the Shelter, and we received dozens of donated items from both customers and staff to make the shelter animals’ holiday a little brighter. Below are the contest winners, who won 2 FREE days of Boarding at DogServices. Additionally, our winners at DogServices and Little DogServices received a dog-friendly gift basket compliments of For the Love of Chocolate in Carytown, and our DogServices West winner received a $25 gift certificate compliments of RedRidge Pet Market on John Rolfe Parkway. CONGRATULATIONS to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated!

Dudley at DogServices

Dudley – Winner at DogServices

Woody at Little DogServices

Woody – Winner at Little DogServices

Gracie at DogServices West

Gracie – Winner at DogServices West

 


2014 HOWL-O-WEEN Costume Contest Winners! We had a lot of fun at our 8th Annual HOWL-O-WEEN Costume Contest! The Halloween Daycare package was just $32 and included one day of doggie daycare, a Halloween bucket filled with treats and a toy, and a keepsake photo of the participating dog in costume. Two winners by popular vote on Facebook won a Grand Prize Pack which included 2 Free Days of Boarding at DogServices, and two additional dogs for “Staff Pick” received 3 Free Days of Daycare at DogServices. The costume contest was fun, as always! A special thanks to For the Love of Pete, Fido’s Park Avenue Dog Boutique, River City Dog Excursions, and Friends of Richmond K-9 for providing prizes for our winners, as well as Clementines Munchies for baking delicious treats for all of our participants. Photos at Little DogServices were taken by manager Phyllis Harris, and photos at our flagship DogServices location were taken by Mike Mulligan of Mike Mulligan Professional Photographic Services. Our Facebook Winners

Facebook Winner at Little Dog - Ripple

Ripple

Facebook Winner at DogServices - Sasha

Sasha

Our Staff Pick Winners

Staff Pick Winner at DogServices - Honi

Honi

Staff Pick Winner at Little DogServices - Huck

Huck