About Us

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. 

Our Team

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!

Sherri's Dogs:

  • 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
     

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.

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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.

Andrea Holmes, Fitness Coach

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Andrea has a background in animal care with years of experience as a veterinarian assistant. Prior to that she worked as a ranch-hand, and also spent a summer wrangling horses at a guest ranch in Utah. She grew up in a home that rescued dogs and continues the tradition with her own family. Their newest addition is Maxx, a lab mix with a big personality. Her love of working with dogs truly shows when Andrea greets the dayboarding pups as they arrive first thing in the morning!

Colin Muir, Fitness Coach

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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.

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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.

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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!

Frolick Dogs offers a new and engaging way to keep dogs happy and healthy!
— Kim Gilliam, Owner

Learn more about our philosophy.

Location:
3208 Colvin St
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: (703) 957-8946

Hours:
Day Boarding

Evaluation & reservations required
Monday to Friday 7am-7pm
Saturday 8am-4pm

Gym & Self-Grooming
Drop-in, no evaluation or reservation needed
Monday to Friday 11am-7pm
Saturday 9am-4pm

Sunday closed except for agility classes & private events -- contact us at frolickdogsevents@gmail.com to inquire about parties or space rental.     

 

Annual Holidays...

Frolick Dogs is closed each year on:

  • Memorial Day Weekend

  • 4th of July

  • Week leading up to Labor Day

  • Thanksgiving Weekend

  • Week of Christmas Eve through New Year's Day