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, August 16, 11:45am – 1:45pm 
  • Sat, Sept 13, 11:45am  1:45pm
  • Sat, Oct 18, 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • Sat, Nov 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 (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.

The Shape of Things to Come

Sunday, Sept 7, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Trainers talk about luring, capturing, and shaping, with shaping the best training choice for  more complex behaviors – like going to a mat and settling there.  Shaping involves breaking down behaviors into smaller, more manageable steps and rewarding these steps along the way.  Since trainers use a clicker (or sometimes a word) to mark each  behavior, this workshop will include a short clicker demo for those of you not familiar with clicker training. Come learn this fun and effective way to train your dog! Speaker: Beth Joy, PMCT (www.unleashedjoy.com)  *Please note that this is one of our few Sunday workshops.

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Location

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

Listening to Your Dog’s Body Language – a vital skill for all of us

Saturday, Sept 27, 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

Nutrition for Your Pet

Saturday, Oct 11, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Dry, canned, cooked, raw, in a bowl or toy? Our speaker will discuss these choices, as well as the basics of reading pet food labels and the differences between ingredients. You 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)

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Location

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

Dog-Eared Book Club

Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out – training crazy dogs from over the top to under control by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, KPA CPT  (buy on Amazon)

Saturday, October 25, 10:00 – 11:30 am

We are bringing back one of our favorites. Do you have a dog so frantic, aroused, or reactive that he can’t think or listen, but instead, displays behaviors that are hard to understand? If so, you will appreciate the author’s advice on how to calm your agitated dog, so that stress no longer overwhelms and controls him. 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

When to See a Vet, As Well As a Trainer – a talk by veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Leslie Sinn

Saturday, Nov 8, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Dr. Leslie Sinn is both a veterinary behaviorist and a certified trainer. So, who better to distinguish the difference between training issues and medical problems? This difference is not always clear, especially since training/behavior problems and medical concerns often overlap. Find out how to research the most effective help for your pet, as well as why, when, and where you should seek professional help. Speaker: Dr. Leslie Sinn, DVM, CPDT-KA (Behavior Solutions for Pets – Leesburg, Purcelville & Haymarket, VA; Facebook: Behavior-Leslie Sinn, DVM)

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 alsov 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!