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 14, 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • March 14, 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

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.

Winter Brain Games

Saturday, January 24, 4:00 – 6:00pm  Please note that this is a new time.

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)

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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)

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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
(Note: This is a morning workshop.)

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)

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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.)

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Location

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

A From Fear to Calm

Saturday, March 14, 1:00 – 3:30pm
(Note: This is 1/2 hour earlier than usual.)

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 signals to watch for, how to help your dog feel safe, and what you can do to reduce your dog’s fear. Remember – Your dog is depending on you. Speaker: Jeni Grant, CPDT-KA, Train Your Best Friend (www.trainyourbestfriend.com & www.helpmyfearfuldog.com)

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Location

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

Dogs At Play – at dog parks, day care, or your own neighborhood

Saturday, March 21, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Trainer Robin Bennett is co-author of the book “Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun”, a consultant to doggie day cares, and developer of a website that educates pet professionals about dog safety. So, who better to explain how dogs communicate with each other (and us) when playing? Robin will show videos of dogs at play, while pointing out polite and rude greetings, breed-specific play styles, social gestures, and emotional states. You will learn how dogs say “back off” or “I don’t want to be here”; how dogs feel if a fight breaks out nearby or a new dog wants to join in; how to tell if dogs are just playing hard or bordering on aggression. She will give advice on how to choose the best day care, when it’s time to leave the dog park; and, most importantly, how to keep your dog safe at play.
Speaker: Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA; co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun; noted speaker about dog play; consultant to day care centers (www.robinkbennett.com, a training & behavior blog for the public)

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

It Must Be Magic – simple solutions to common problems

Saturday, April 25, 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, a training & behavior blog for the public)

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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

Sunday, May 3, 1:30 – 3:30pm
(Note: This is a Sunday workshop.)

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 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 & Dogs … Without Losing Your Mind (www.livingwithkidsanddogs.com

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Location

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

Dog-Eared Book Club

The Bark Stops Here by Terry Ryan, CPDT-KA  

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am
(Note: This is a morning workshop.)

This short book, followed by our group discussion, will help you figure out why your dog barks too much and what to do about it. Author and trainer Terry Ryan provides examples and describes a range of helpful ways to deal with your dog’s barking. Please try to read the 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

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!