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, March 14, 11:30am – 1:00pm NEW TIME
  • Sat, April 18, 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • Sat, May 9, 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).

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

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.

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)

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

Dogs At Play – at dog parks, day care, or your own neighborhood
This workshop, originally scheduled on March 21, has been moved to Sat, May 16, 1:30 – 3:30pm. Please read the description farther down this page.

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)
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

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

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

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

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)

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!