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, Nov 15, 11:45am – 1:45pm

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, CPDT-KA (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

Trainer Jeni Grant is running workshops for adopters at two other locations and times. Check www.helpmyadopteddog.com for the schedule at: Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center, 7315 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood, MD and Washington Humane Society, 7319 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, DC.

Doggie Crafts for the Holidays

(materials fee required)

Saturday, December 6, 1:30 – 3:30pm

upcycled

Christmas and Chanukah are on the way, which means it’s time to think about gifts. Do you have dogs or dog lovers on your list? How about a “homemade” gift? Come join us for a fun afternoon of crafting! Under the supervision of our crafts expert, Gie Kim, you will be able to create cool toys, a plush dog bed, or a useful settle mat.

Please bring:

  • A good pair of scissors

If you would like to “upcycle” your own materials into fun dog crafts, please bring any of the following:

  • Old (non-feather) pillows
  • Tennis balls
  • Old tee shirts and/or denim jeans
  • Old fleece blankets

Kids interested in crafts are welcome to join their parents. We will provide all supplies (except scissors!) for $10-20 depending on how many things you make during the workshop. If you bring your own materials to upcycle into crafts, your fee would be less.

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

Location

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

Winter Brain Games

Saturday, January 24, 1:30 – 3:30pm

We know dogs like and need physical exercise, but what about mental exercise? Our dogs love spending time with us, but many need more mental enrichment and challenges to keep them happy. Providing a few “brain games” is not only fun for dogs, but tires them out as well (and that’s good for their people!) Join us and learn how to use games, tricks, interactive feeding, and more to add mental enrichment to your dog’s life. These are great activities for your dog anytime, but especially when it’s too cold, wet, or hot to get outside. Speaker: Joyce Loebig, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA (www.rewardsdogtraining.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

How Aggression Grows – from puppyhood on

Saturday, January 31, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Did you know that most dog bites happen when a dog is between 2 – 5 years old? Many of these dogs started showing signs of aggression years earlier, even as puppies. Our speaker will discuss what warning signs to look for and how to turn aggressive tendencies around. Come learn how some of the newest research on aggression can help you and your dog. Speaker: Laura Sharkey, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA (www.woofsdogtraining.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

Dog-Eared Book Club

Does My Dog Need Prozac? Musings and sound advice on living with a shy, fearful, anxious or reactive dog by Debbie Jacobs, CPDT-KA and Leslie Swieck 

Saturday, February 14, 10:00 – 11:30 am

In this collection of articles, author and trainer Debbie Jacobs explores the challenges many dogs face as they struggle to become happy, pet dogs and the struggles of the people trying to help them. Does My Dog Need Prozac? provides sound advice and compassionate approaches to training these “special needs” dogs. Debbie Jacobs has helped her own fearful dog make tremendous strides, and has become a national expert on living with and training fearful dogs. Take a look at her website at www.fearfuldogs.com. Please try to read most of this book before the discussion. 

Discussion led by: 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

A Holistic Approach to Health and Behavior Issues – an afternoon with Pet Sage owner, Terri Grow

Saturday, February 21, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Has your easy going puppy become fearful? Are you frustrated with your adult dog’s over-the-top activity? Do you lose sleep because of your elderly dog’s restlessness at night? These and other behavior challenges can be correlated to health problems, such as food allergies or skin diseases. At the same time, behavior problems or behavioral changes can be early warning signs of developing health risks, such as cardiac disease or vaccine reactions. Speaker Terri Grow draws on her Traditional Chinese Medicine training and holistic pet care experience to help you understand and use holistic methods to care for your pet. Case studies demonstrating how foods can be used as therapies, the benefits and cautions of medicinal herbs, and other natural remedies will be discussed. Speaker: Terri Grow, Pet Sage, Alexandria, VA (www.petsage.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 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 register@yourdogsfriend.info if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!