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 19, 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • Sat, Oct 17, 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • Sat, Nov 21, 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

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)

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Location

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

Dog Training Myths: the good, the bad and the ugly

Saturday, Sept 19, 2:00 – 4:00pm

There is so much confusing advice out there! So, join us as we look at some of the most popular dog myths. Learn what makes your dog tick, and then use that knowledge to help solve problems and improve training results. This workshop may just change how you look at the dog(s) in your life.
Speaker: Laura Sharkey, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA (www.WoofsDogTraining.com)

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Location

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

Teaching Tricks to Soothe the Savage Beast

Saturday, Oct 3, 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 (www.WoofsDogTraining.com)

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Location

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

STRESS and Your Dog’s Behavior – an afternoon with Dr. Leslie Sinn

Saturday, Oct 17 , 2:00 – 4:00pm

Most of us don’t realize how stress affects our dog’s behavior – contributing to even serious issues, like aggression, reactivity, and fear. Join Dr. Leslie Sinn, who is both a veterinary behaviorist and trainer, as she discusses:

• the effects of both short –term and cumulative stress on the body
• how to identify stressors in your dog’s life
• using management and behavior modification to decrease or eliminate common stressors
• reducing stress through mental stimulation, relaxation exercises, and physical exercise

Once you can recognize and reduce your dog’s level of stress, you’ll see how much better your dog will be able to cope with those everyday activities that are now challenging to both of you.
Speaker: Dr. Leslie Sinn, DVM, CPDT-KA (www.BehaviorSolutions.guru)

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Location

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

Listening to Your Dog’s Body Language

Saturday, Oct 24, 1:30 – 3:30pm

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 being 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 (www.AllAboutDogsInc.com)

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Location

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

Holistic Care – an option for your pet’s health
a discussion with holistic veterinarian, Dr. Kitty Raichura

Saturday, Nov 7, 2:00 – 4:00pm

As a pet parent, understanding your options can help you make more informed choices about your pet’s health. So, we have asked a holistic veterinarian, Dr. Kitty Raichura from Holistic Veterinary Healing, to explain what holistic care is and how it could help prevent, heal, or reduce the discomfort of various medical issues your pet may face. Whether used for your pet’s primary care or to supplement your veterinarian, holistic medicine has a lot to offer.
Speaker: Dr. Kitty Raichura, DVM, CVA (www.HolisticVeterinaryHealing.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 register@yourdogsfriend.info if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!