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, Feb 13, 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).

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Location

YDF Training Center
12221 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD

Fearful to Confident

Saturday, Feb 20, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Some of us have dogs that are afraid of strangers … or vacuum cleaners … balloons … trucks … We could go on and on. Just like humans, dogs react to different things in different ways. A few hide. Others look away. Some growl. What they all have in common is that they depend on us for help. Come learn what signs to watch for, how to help your dog feel safe, and what you can do to reduce your dog’s fear.

Speaker: Yody Blass, Director, Companion Animal Behavior (www.PetBehaviorist.com)

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Location

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

How Dogs Interpret What We Do … And Why It’s Important

Saturday, Feb 27, 1:30 – 3:30pm

We all want our dogs to be happy companions, who love being with our children, neighbors and even strangers – no matter what. But often, our dogs are uncomfortable with what we see as friendly gestures. Tolerant dogs may not always enjoy the interaction, while less tolerant dogs may snap, growl or bite. Our speaker will help you see the world through your dog’s eyes. You will learn what we humans do that feels threatening to our dogs, the various ways dogs let us know, and how to advocate for your dog.
Speaker: Colleen Pelar, CPDT-KA, CDBC; trainer, national speaker and award-winning author of Living With Kids and Dogs … Without Losing Your Mind (www.LivingWithKidsandDogs.com)

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Location

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

At-Home Fun for Kids & Dogs – getting through spring break 😉

Saturday, March 12, 1:30 – 3:00pm

There is so much your child can do with your dog – games, tricks, training – and we have our Kids & Dogs classes and camp instructor to share her ideas. These are at home, easy-to-do, free activities that will be fun for both your child and your dog. They’re great for spring break, but they’re just as good for any time of year. Your children, over 6 years old, are welcome to come with you to this workshop. Please leave your dog at home, though.
Speaker: Hedda Garland, PMCT-2, CPDT-KA, KPA-CPT; licensed Family Paws presenter (www.schoolofdogs.com)

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Location

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

Helping Your Reactive Dog

Saturday, April 9, 2:00 – 4:00pm

If you have a dog that’s reactive, you know the nightmare of walking your dog around the neighborhood, going to the vet’s office, or watching your dog “go off” at what they see through your window. Would you like to know why it happens? How to predict when it will happen? And what you can do about it? Join us for two hours, and leave with help for your reactive dog.
Speaker: Julie Jacobus, CPDT-KA (www.trainingbyjulie.com)

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Location

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

The Shape of Things to Come

Saturday, May 14, 1:30 – 3:30pm

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

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

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!