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 workshops 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, August 16, 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).

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.

Breed-Specific Dog Training

Saturday, July 26, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Yes, we know that each dog is an individual, but there are also breed tendencies that can affect their training. Do you know if these tendencies describe your breed?

  • Sensitive
  • Distracted by movement
  • Independent
  • Gets along with other dogs
  • High-strung
  • Less food-motivated
  • Less interested in toys
  • Alert  in a new environment

Come find out how these and other breed tendencies affect your dog’s behavior and training.

Speaker: Michelle Mange (www.rightstartmaryland.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

Communication 101

Saturday, August 2, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

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, KPCT (www.laughingdogacademy.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 Dog Trainer’s Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet (buy on Amazon)

by Jolanta Benal

Saturday, August 9, 10:00 – 11:30 am

summerbookThis summer, the Dog-Eared Book Club will be diving into Jolanta Benal’s delightful book, The Dog Trainer’s Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet. Whether you’ve just welcomed a new puppy into your life, or are facing some struggles with an already beloved family member, Jolanta’s warm, funny tone and encouraging conversational style delivers the sound advice and practical solutions you need. If you want to raise a happy dog who loves to play and cuddle, but still comes when called and doesn’t chew up your shoes, this is the book for you.

Please try to read most of this book before the discussion.

Discussion leader: 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 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!