Free Workshops

We offer many free workshops for dog parents throughout the year. They are presented by our favorite positive dog trainers in the area. They are 100% free and we offer a variety of dog toys and training products for sale 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 17, 11:45am – 1:15pm

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, KP CTP (www.laughingdogacademy.com); Lisa Arant (www.smallandtalldogtraining.com); or Joyce Loebig, KP CTP (www.rewardsdogtraining.com).

Please click to register in advance so we have enough handouts for everyone. Thanks!

Location

YDF Training Center
12221 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD

Upcoming Workshops

Book Club Selection:

Naughty No More - change unwanted (cat) behaviors through positive reinforcement by Marilyn Krieger

Sat, April 26, 10:00 – 11:30am

The Dog-Eared Book Club is going to the cats this spring! Join us to discuss Naughty No More by Marilyn Krieger, certified cat behavior consultant. This easy-to-read guide will teach you how to use positive behavior modification to solve cat behavior problems. You will learn to teach your cat to: sit and stay, instead of darting out of doors; stop scratching the furniture; stay off the table and counters; get along better with you, your guests and other cats; have a stress free association with the cat carrier and the vet’s office; and much more! Please try to read most of the book beforehand.

Discussion led by trainer Kelly Spring, CPDT-KA (www.springtrainingfordogs.com)

Please click to register in advance so we have enough handouts for everyone. Thanks!

Location

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

“I Just Can’t Live Without You” – dealing with your dog’s separation anxiety

Sat, May 10, 1:30 – 3:30pm

In this workshop, our speaker will share with you what she has taught trainers in her webinars on separation anxiety. She will discuss: the various types of separation anxiety; how to build your dog’s confidence; the tools that can help reduce stress; what kind of training to use; and how to help your dog feel “comfortable in his own skin” when left alone. In a few cases, when the anxiety is mild, there may be some relatively simple solutions. But if your dog has suffered from intense separation anxiety for a while, you may have a long road ahead. In the end, though, it will be worth it for both of you. 

Speaker: Jules Nye, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP (www.sitstayandplay.com)

Please click to register in advance so we have enough handouts for everyone. Thanks!

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 alsov join our mailing list to get new workshop announcements and other valuable tips for living a great life with your pets. Email us at register@yourdogsfriend.info if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!