Frolick Dogs, a canine sports club opened June 2014 in Alexandria, VA, provides a friendly, safe and positive environment where owners can bring their dogs year-round to keep fit, have fun, strengthen their bond and reinforce good behavior.
We offer a range of services including gym memberships, day boarding, agility classes, self-grooming, wellness seminars, and space rental for special events. Our building at 3208 Colvin St provides 4800 square feet of dog-friendly space including an agility ring and a sun-lit mezzanine for our day boarding dogs to enjoy.
This family-owned and operated business is run by a husband-and-wife team, benefiting from the expertise of Kevin Gilliam, a top-rated dog trainer at the Olde Towne School for Dogs for 7 years, and the management experience of Kim Gilliam, with an Ivy League MBA and background in business.
Kevin Gilliam, Co-Owner & Obedience Trainer
Kevin brings 7 years of experience as a dog trainer at the prestigious Olde Towne School for Dogs in Alexandria where he worked with over 500 area dogs and their owners on everything from puppy socialization to obedience to off-leash training. He has a deep understanding of canine behavior and is knowledgable in numerous methods and approaches for working with dogs, on-hand as an invaluable resource and skilled dog handler.
Kim Gilliam, Co-Owner
Kim is excited to combine her life-long passion for animals with 10+ years of management experience and an MBA from Cornell University. Her primary focus is on marketing & communications to ensure the successful launch and operations of the business, but she is also skilled at working with various dogs and their owners to ensure they get the most out of their gym time!
Sherri Fries, Agility Trainer
Sherri has been competing in agility since 2003, showing her dogs in both AKC and USDAA agility where she has competed at both Nationals. Her first agility dog, Cleo, was Hawaii's first MACH (Master Agility Champion). Sherri currently competes with border collies Wiki Wiki (fast fast in Hawaiian) and Wiki's puppies Raptor and Spitfire who have just begun their agility careers. Sherri supports positive reinforcement training and more than anything loves to see dogs and their owners having fun!
MACH2 Cleo MSG MJC MXP MJP OF / USDAA: AD, SS, SJ, SSA
Conant's Air Supremacy ALCM (Wiki Wiki) MX MXJ MJB MXF, Master Bronze Jumper / USDAA: MAD, Relay Champion, Gamblers Champion, Tournament Master Bronze
Spitfire Mark 25 Merlin High Performance Fighter NA, NAJ, OA, OAJ
Wiki's Thrust Vectoring High-G Supercruiser (Raptor) First competition JWW 1st place
Linda Keens, Agility Trainer
Linda got started in agility in 2011 thanks to her Novice A (first) dog, a shy rescue-mix named Amber. Linda signed Amber up for their first agility class because “it sounded like fun!” They never expected to be competing at the highest level after just a few short years. In 2015, Amber earned her Championship title in NADAC, in 2016 she earned her Championship title in AKC, and in 2017 she qualified and attended AKC Nationals. She is currently one Super Q away from her Championship title in USDAA. Linda loves introducing new teams to the world of agility. She says there is nothing more rewarding then watching a new team learn and grow together.
Rusty O'Connor, Events Manager
Rusty is thrilled to combine twenty years of events planning and ten years of agility training into the greatest job ever - throwing parties for dogs and the people they love. She looks forward to making your Frolick event fun for both ends of the leash. When she's not Frolicking, Rusty can usually be found knitting something or running agility courses with her enthusiastic but not exactly gifted dog, Scooter.
Brian Umbach, Fitness Coach & Obedience Trainer
We have known Brian for a while -- he led an outstanding Pet First Aid & CPR training for our staff -- but officially welcomed him to the Frolick team in March 2018. In 2012 he retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service. The majority of his career he was a military working dog handler, trainer and trainer supervisor. Brian attended the Military Working Dog Handler Course in 1998, was selected as the Top Dog Graduate and attended the Kennel Master Course in 2006. He was stationed at Joint Base Andrews and traveled throughout the world providing explosive detector support for the presidential mission. He started obedience training for friends in 2004 and decided to continue training dogs upon his retirement from the Air Force.
Colin Muir, Fitness Coach
Colin moved to the US from the UK in June 2015 and has the accent to prove it! He has 2 1/2 years experience of working with dogs of various breeds and sizes in a daycare environment. He enjoys learning more about our clients’ dogs and having the chance to work with them in smaller groups and one-on-one at Frolick. Colin adopted a rescue dog through his previous job; a beagle mix named Dana. He also has a huge cat called Dean.
Justin Ashby, Fitness Coach
Justin joined Frolick three days a week in July 2018 as the newest member of the dayboarding staff, bringing 4 years of hands-on experience at area dog daycares where he quickly moved into management roles. He also works at VCA Alexandria as an emergency coordinator, is a volunteer firefighter with Fairfax County, and is an avid fisherman. Justin has two dogs of his own at home, husky-mix Reese and lab Trout.
Kaitie Hourahan, Fitness Coach
Kaitie started at Frolick March 2018 as a fitness coach three days per week. She loves getting to know the dayboarding dogs as she exercises them in the agility gym. Kaitie brings valuable expertise from her work at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, where for 3.5 years she has been an integral member of their 24 hour emergency services staff. She also gained extensive dog daycare experience working at A Dog's Day Out for 5.5 years. Kaitie adopted two rescue dogs, each of whom came to her in need of extra care. Swit & Cara were welcomed with open paws by Shaun & Scout, a brother and sister duo excited to expand the family!
Kimberlee Grimes, Fitness Coach
Kimberlee (Kim) joined us in December 2018 as a fitness coach. She happily greets the dogs arriving for dayboarding each morning and works hard to ensure they stay safe while playing in the gym. Her 4+ years of experience working with dogs — at boarding facilities, animal shelters, and as a dog walker — has given her deep insight on dog behavior and body language, making her a strong addition to the team. Kim has a German Shepherd named Gracie and a dog-like cat named ODogg.
Danny Gibson, Saturday Gym Manager
Danny is the newest member of the Frolick Dogs team, taking over management of the gym on Saturdays. He comes to us with 4 years of dog daycare experience — highly recommended by his former colleague Colin — where his calm, even-keeled demeanor served him well. During the week, Danny works for a local home staging company, keeping him active and physically fit. He has a sweet senior pit mix named Dari who was a failed foster (was only fostered for about an hour before she won them over) and a goofy basset hound named Lucy who has a big personality to match her long ears!
3208 Colvin St
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 957-8946
Evaluation & reservations required
Monday to Friday 7am-7pm
Gym & Self-Grooming
Drop-in, no evaluation or reservation needed
Monday to Friday 11am-7pm
Sunday closed except for agility classes & private events -- contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about parties or space rental.
Frolick Dogs is closed each year on:
Memorial Day Weekend
4th of July Weekend
Week leading up to Labor Day
Week of Christmas Eve through New Year's Day