Dog DayCare, Boarding and Training


Come Visit us at our  Dog DayCare, Boarding  and Training Facility just west of Blacksburg on Route 460 (8889 Virginia Avenue, Newport)

540 544 WOOF (9663)

Private training is also available; visit or email


Winter classes will begin January 16th, 17th & 20th!


All January classes are full! 

Please email to be put on the waiting list or to be notified of Spring class dates (most likely starting at the end of March).


BASIC MANNERS 1 -- Open to dogs and puppies 11 weeks and older at the start of class (puppies must have had their second round of Distemper (DHP) vaccinations by the start of class).

The owners will learn:

  • clicker training basics
  • management techniques
  • tools to build a strong relationship of mutual respect with our canine companions
  • important socialization information

Together we will teach the dogs:

  • hand targeting
  • "sit," "down," "stay"
  • techniques to establish a reliable "come" command
  • "leave it," “drop it”
  • stop jumping on people
  • loose leash walking

7 Weeks -- $90 payable the first night of class to the instructor, Stephanie Wilcke, by cash or check.

Sundays at 3:15PM for dogs of all ages, January 16th - February 27th  (FULL)

Sundays at 4:30PM for dogs under 1-year-old, January 16th - February 27th   (FULL)

Mondays at 6:15PM for puppies under 6-months of age, January 17th - February 28th  (FULL)

Thursdays at 6:15PM for dogs of all ages, January 20th - March 3rd  (FULL)




BASIC MANNERS 2 -- Open to dogs and puppies 16 weeks and older at the start of class.  This class is intended for those dog/owner teams that have already mastered “sit,” “down,” “stay” for short durations and short distances and have moderate leash control.  This class does not address socialization for the dogs.  We will build on the skills you and your dog learned in Basic Manners 1 and begin to add more distractions.

In this class, we will focus on:

  • improving leash walking
  • increasing distractions during “stay”
  • building a reliable “come” in different environments
  • strengthening various aspects of our friendly greetings

7 Weeks -- $90 payable the first night of class to the instructor, Stephanie Wilcke, by cash or check.

Mondays at 7:30PM, January 17th - February 28th   (FULL)

Thursdays at 7:30PM, January 20th - March 3rd    (FULL)




To register, email this questionnaire to    




PRIVATE TRAINING – Do none of those options fit your needs?  Our trainer, Stephanie O’Connell Wilcke, offers private training for just $50 per session (student discount and packages for multiple sessions are available).  These sessions can address any training issues or behavioral concerns including problems such as leash reactivity, separation anxiety, fearfulness, etc.  Stephanie teaches clicker training and uses the latest science of positive reinforcement. We will never use choke chains, prong collars, shock collars, electronic collars and other devices that may hurt your dog.  Stephanie is independently insured and CPDT-KA certified.  CCPDT is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession worldwide.

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