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

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Come pick our brains!

  • Sat, Sept 17, 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • Sat, Oct 15, 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • Sat, Nov 19, 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, 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

Nutrition for Your Pet

Saturday, August 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, August 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

Listening to Your Dog’s Body Language

Saturday, September 24, 1:30 – 3:30pm 

This may be one of the most helpful workshops you attend all year, whether or not your dog has “issues”. Dogs talk to each other and to us all the time, but most of us don’t understand what they’re saying. Dogs or people can get hurt, we can create or prolong behavior issues, or increase our dog’s stress when we can’t recognize when dogs are anxious, ready to snap, or just playful. Think of it as learning a second language, and like any language, this one has its own gestures and nuances. If we learn their language, our dogs will be so relieved.
Speaker: Pam Nashman, CPDT-KA; owner, All About Dogs (www.allaboutdogsinc.com)

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Location

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

Teaching Tricks to Soothe the Savage Beast

Saturday, October 1, 1:30 – 3:30pm 

We often put animal training into two categories: serious training (like down, stay and heel) and fun training (like agility and tricks). To our dogs, these are all the same thing! Learn how you can use ‘silly’ tricks to help with aggressive behavior, anxiety, or other behavior challenges.
Speaker: Erica Pytlovany, KPA-CTP; WOOFS! Dog Training Center (www.woofsdogtraining.com)

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Location

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

The A, B, Cs of Aggressive Dogs – an afternoon with veterinary behaviorist Dr. Amy Pike

Saturday, October 22, 1:30 – 3:30pm 

Dr. Amy Pike is the new (Board certified) veterinary behaviorist in town, and she will spend time with us explaining all you want to know about aggressive dogs – why aggression occurs and what we should and should not do to help our aggressive dogs.
Speaker: Dr. Amy Pike, DACVB; Veterinary Behavior Medicine of Northern VA (www.vetehaviormed.com)

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Location

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

Advocating for Your Dog with Family, Neighbors, Veterinarians and Even Strangers

Saturday, November 5, 1:30 – 3:30pm 

If you have a sensitive dog (shy, fearful, reactive) or one with a specific training plan, you know how difficult it can be to communicate your dog’s needs to other people in a way that they will respect. A stranger, saying that all dogs LOVE her, insists on approaching your shy dog. When your dog barks for attention, your spouse caves in and gives him treats, just to keep him quiet. Your neighbor lets her dog run to yours because her off-leash dog is “friendly”. Your vet rushes through your appointment without explaining your dog’s medical condition. Or your friend insists that using a prong collar would solve all your problems. In this workshop, we will go over many different situations and provide you with ideas to help you be your dog’s best advocate.
Speaker: Laura Sharkey, KPA-CTP; owner, WOOFS! Dog Training Center (www.woofsdogtraining.com)

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Location

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

How to Choose the Best Day Care, Boarding or Pet Sitting for Your Dog

Saturday, November 12, 1:30 – 3:30pm 

With winter and holidays approaching, we know you want to feel good about leaving your dog in someone else’s care. Robin Bennett is a trainer, day care consultant, and author who speaks on day care and dog play topics around the country. Her philosophy is clear: “If you are in the pet care industry, the dogs you care for should leave you and your facility behaviorally better (and certainly not worse!) than when they came to you.” This makes Robin the perfect person to explain how to find good quality and safe pet care – whether you use day care, boarding, or pet sitting.
Speaker: Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA; author of All About Dog Day Care and Off-Leash Dog Play (www.robinkbennett.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!