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, Aug 13, 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).

Please click to register in advance so we have enough handouts for everyone. Thanks!

Location

YDF Training Center
12221 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD

Nutrition for Your Pet

Saturday, Aug 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)

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

“Copy That” – training by imitation

Saturday, Aug 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)

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

We will be adding our schedule of fall workshops in a few weeks!

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!