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, June 13, 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • 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

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)

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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, May 16, 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)

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Location

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

Aggression – what it is and what it isn’t

Saturday, June 6, 2:00 – 4:00pm

We will talk frankly about barking, growling, lunging, snapping and biting – how to prevent these behaviors from developing, ways you can manage and calm a prickly dog, and how you can identify and avoid truly dangerous situations. Learn new perspectives and strategies that will help you live with your own cranky companion.
Speaker: Laura Costas (www.1on1DogTraining.com)

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Location

Hyattsville Municipal Center
4310 Gallatin Street
Hyattsville, MD
Just off Route 1 near Busboys and Poets and The Big Bad Woof in the Gateway Arts district.

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

Saturday, June 20, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Our speaker will share with you what she has taught trainers in her webinars on separation anxiety. 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: Jules Webber, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP (www.SitStayandPlay.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)

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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!