Free Workshops

We offer many free workshops for dog parents throughout the year. They are presented by our favorite positive dog trainers and other dog-related professionals in the area. So, keep reading below the workshop for adopters. Our workshops are a great way to learn a lot about dogs quickly, and they’re free!  We also have a variety of dog toys and training products for sale at every workshop, with proceeds benefitting Your Dog’s Friend.

Advice for Adopters – monthly guidance for adopters, potential adopters and fosters

adopterworkshop

Come pick our brains!

  • Sat, May 14, 11:45 am – 1:45 pm

Learn how to make life with your adopted dog easier and more fun! Come hear a trainer discuss dog training and behavior, helpful pet products, and the many common issues that dog adopters face. There is also time to discuss your individual concerns. This workshop is a must for new adopters, but will also help those of you who have lived with your dog longer. Potential adopters and foster parents are welcome.

Presented by Sarah Stoycos, KPA-CTP (www.laughingdogacademy.com); Lisa Arant (www.smallandtalldogtraining.com); or Susan Sanderson, PMCT (www.joyfuldogllc.com).

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Location

YDF Training Center
12221 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD

“Tough Love” – what we can learn from top trainers and behaviorists

Saturday, April 30, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Come watch the 35-minute film “Tough Love” and hear some of the most well respected experts on dog behavior—Sophia Yin, Alexandra Horowitz, Karen Pryor, and Bob Bailey among them—talk about some of their most gratifying successes and heartbreaking failures. There is something intensely personal about watching a behaviorist cry over the dog she couldn’t save or a trainer distraught when her dog ran from her. We will then discuss this thought-provoking film and what it can teach us about the most effective and rewarding ways we can interact with our own dogs.
Speaker: Sarah Stoycos, KPA-CTP(www.laughingdogacademy.com)

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Location

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
6030 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD

Four Skills That Every Dog Should Know – Watch Me, Touch, Wait & Leave It

Saturday, May 14, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Learn how to teach your dog four behaviors that will make your life easier. Wait will teach your dog patience and keep him from running out the door and into the street. With Watch Me, you’ll be able to hold your dog’s attention, whether you’re training or need focus outside. Touch is a fun way to distract your dog when he’s at the vet’s, around strange dogs, or chewing his leash…plus it will help you teach your dog some neat tricks. With Leave It, your dog won’t touch that dead squirrel, deer poop, trash, or whatever else he thinks he can’t live without.
Speaker: Michelle Mange(www.yourdogsfriend.org)

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Location

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
6030 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD

It Must Be Magic – simple solutions to common problems

Saturday, May 21, 1:30 – 3:30pm

You probably think of training as the solution to all your dog’s issues. But here’s a secret: Trainers don’t. There are just too many behaviors that can be prevented, or even remedied, with a little thought and no training. Come learn tips that will save you a lot of time, money, and stress.
Speaker: Pam Nashman, CPDT-KA(www.allaboutdogsinc.com)

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Location

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
6030 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD

The Shape of Things to Come – teaching your dog new behaviors

Saturday, June 11, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Trainers talk about luring, capturing, and shaping, with shaping the best training choice for more complex behaviors – like going to a mat and settling there. Shaping involves breaking down behaviors into smaller, more manageable steps and rewarding these steps along the way. Since trainers use a clicker (or sometimes a word) to mark each behavior, this workshop will include a short clicker demo for those of you not familiar with clicker training. Come learn this fun and effective way to train your dog.
Speaker: Beth Joy, PMCT(www.unleashedjoy.com)

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Location

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
6030 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD

Treating Separation Anxiety

Saturday, June 25, 10:00am – noon

Tonya Wilhelm, trainer, speaker, and author of Please Stay – Help for a Dog With Separation Anxiety is coming from Toledo, OH to share her tips on dealing with separation anxiety – tools to help you safely leave your dog, details needed in any long-term plan, and natural ways to help your dog feel more relaxed. You already know how gut-wrenching it is to watch your dog’s extreme fear when you leave. Now, learn some ways to help.
Speaker: Tonya Wilhelm(www.globaldogtraining.com)

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Location

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
6030 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD

“But I Want It NOW!” – how to improve your dog’s impulse control

Saturday, July 9, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Does your dog start leaping on you the moment you show him the leash? Does he pull toward every exciting thing he sees on a walk? Does he bolt out of your front door? Impulse control is an important skill for our dogs to learn, especially for safety reasons. During this humans-only seminar, learn fun and simple techniques to teach your dog how to wait for the resources he wants, instead of being pushy and demanding.
Speaker: Juliana Willems, KPA-CTP(www.doglatindogtraining.com)

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Location

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
6030 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD

Nutrition for Your Pet

Saturday, Aug 20, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Dry, canned, cooked, raw, in a bowl or toy? Our speaker will discuss these choices, as well as the basics of reading dog food labels and the differences between ingredients. We will also learn about the nutritional needs of dogs at different ages and stages of health and safety issues to keep in mind when choosing your dog’s food and treats.
Speaker: Pennye Jones-Napier, co-owner, The Big Bad Woof (www.thebigbadwoof.com)

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Location

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
6030 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD

“Copy That” – training by imitation

Saturday, Aug 27, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Do you ever feel as though your dog is watching your every move? Maybe contemplating how to do a behavior you do – like opening a cabinet to get his own treats or “helping” dig in the garden? Maybe he is! We are learning that dogs CAN learn to do behaviors by watching humans! Come hear about the exciting new training method called “Do As I Do”, created by Italian PhD ethologist Claudia Fugazza. Lisa and her dog Spumoni will demonstrate this “Copy” training technique, as interpreted by author, speaker and nationally known trainer Pat Miller.
Speaker: Lisa Marino, PMCT, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA (www.headoftheclassdogtrainingllc.com)

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Location

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
6030 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD

Questions?

New workshops are added regularly, so bookmark this page and come back to check out our new listings. You can also join our mailing list to get new workshop announcements and other valuable tips for living a great life with your pets. Email us at administrator@yourdogsfriend.info if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!