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, July 11, 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • Sat, Aug 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).

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Location

YDF Training Center
12221 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD

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

Saturday, June 20, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Learn about: different 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 alone.
Speaker: Michelle Yue, CPDT-KA (www.GoodDogDC.com)

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Location

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

Surviving the Teenage Years – How to Turn Your Crazy Adolescent Into a Superstar

Saturday, July 18, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Is your 1 year old dog jumping on people, easily distracted, and just plain driving you crazy? Do you feel like your 15 month old dog has forgotten everything learned in puppy kindergarten? Dogs between the ages of 6 months and 2 years are canine adolescents, exhibiting new and challenging behaviors. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help you better understand and guide dogs in this age group. Learn how to use positive training, games, and simple management to prevent annoying “teenage” dog behaviors from becoming life-long bad habits.
Speaker: Juliana Willems, KPA CTP (www.DogLatinDogTraining.com)

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Location

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

Four Skills Every Dog Should Know

Saturday, Aug 1, 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.info)

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Location

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

Communication 101

Saturday, Aug 22, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Sure, we talk about training all the time, but what about communication? If you don’t know how to communicate with your dog, training won’t help. If you do, you can figure out how to solve all sorts of problems yourself. Come learn about the most and least effective ways to communicate, and then watch your dog’s behavior improve.
Speaker: Sarah Stoycos, KPA CTP (www.LaughingDogAcademy.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!