Our training center in Rockville is currently closed for all in-person classes due to flooding. Online classes, Out & About, and webinars are not affected.

Free Webinars

We offer many free webinars for dog parents throughout the year. They are presented by our favorite positive dog trainers and other dog-related professionals in the area.  Our webinars are a great way to learn a lot about dogs quickly, and they’re free!  

ALL WEBINARS ARE EASTERN TIME. 
WE ALSO OFFER  CLOSED CAPTIONING.  JUST CLICK ON CC DURING THE WEBINAR.

Advice for Adopters & Puppy Parents

Learn how to make life with your new dog easier and more fun! Come hear a trainer discuss dog training and behavior, helpful pet products, and the many common issues that new dog parents face. There is also time to discuss your individual concerns. Although designed for new dog and puppy parents, this webinar will also help those of you who have lived with your dog longer. Potential adopters and foster parents are also welcome.
Speakers: Lisa Arant, CPDT-KA (www.smallandtalldogtraining.com); Susan Sanderson, PMCT3, KPA-CTP (www.joyfuldogllc.com); or Marnie Montgomery, PMCT4, CPDT-KA (www.joyfuldogllc.com)

Dog Sociability – a veterinary behaviorist explains why unsocial dogs aren’t abnormal at all!
Saturday, May 21, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
We all want dogs that are friendly with other dogs and people all the time, but there is a range of sociability in dogs, just as in people. Our speaker, veterinary behaviorist Dr. Amy Pike, will explain how your dog’s sociability affects your dog’s behavior and how it should affect your response.  Speaker: Amy Pike, DMV, DACVB; Animal Behavior Wellness Center
Please register in advance so that you receive the info you’ll need to join the webinar. Thanks!

Engage the Brain, Tire the Body
Saturday, June 18, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Studies have shown that doing interactive games and activities with your dog for 15 minutes is as exhausting as walking 1 mile. But how can you incorporate brain games into your dog’s life? Our speaker will discuss fun, purposeful activities that provide appropriate outlets for innate drives and instincts, while also teaching life skills. We will talk about the importance of sniffing, playing games, making choices, and even experiencing failure as ways to enhance your dog’s life, build confidence, set him up for success in the world…and tire him.  Speaker: Stefanie Strackbein, What Dogs Want Academy
Please register in advance so that you receive the info you’ll need to join the webinar. Thanks!

Resource Guarding – how to help the dog who doesn’t share
Saturday, June 25, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Does your dog guard food or toys? The couch? The dog bed? You? Come learn about techniques for peaceful coexistence and successful sharing. Speaker: Sarah Stoycos, KPA CTP, Laughing Dog Academy and Marnie Montgomery, PMCT4, CPDT-KA, Joyful Dog
Please register in advance so that you receive the info you’ll need to join the webinar. Thanks!

Grieving – coping with the recent or anticipated loss of your pet
Saturday, July 16, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
It’s hard to think about our pet’s eventual death. However, there comes a point when we realize that our time with them is limited, whether due to illness or old age. Grief for a pet is a painful process, unlike any other due to their unconditional love. Friends may not realize how real and deep your loss is, making you feel even more alone. In this webinar, our speaker will provide helpful suggestions for making the most of your time with your pet and coping with the feelings of both anticipatory grief and pet loss. Speaker: Sandra Grossman, certified Pet Loss Specialist, End-of-Life Pet Doula, Compassion Fatigue Educator, and author of “End-of-Life Pet Loss Study”, Pet Loss Partners
Please register in advance so that you receive the info you’ll need to join the webinar. Thanks!

Health & Behavior 
Saturday, July 23, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Maybe, you have noticed a change in your dog’s behavior. Or your dog’s habits have changed. You are seeing aggression or cognitive disorder or even a compulsion disorder. There can be a number of reasons, but there’s one that is often overlooked. Behavior veterinarian Dr. Amy Learn will explain the link between systemic illness, pain, gut health, and behavior. Speaker: Amy Learn, VMD, Animal Behavior Wellness Center, Richmond, VA
Please register in advance so that you receive the info you’ll need to join the webinar. Thanks!

Nowhere to Go! – leash reactive dogs in crowded spaces
Saturday, August 6, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Learn about managing leash reactive dogs in the most difficult environments from elevators to dense city neighborhoods. Our discussion will include how we manage our expectations and adjust our lives to provide the best life possible for our feisty canine companions. Speaker: Stephen Lewis, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, Maniac Mutts
Please register in advance so that you receive the info you’ll need to join the webinar. Thanks!

Home Alone – understanding and addressing separation related problems
Saturday, August 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Did you know that separation anxiety is only one type of separation-related problem? Are there subtle signs when we leave the house telling us how our dog will do when alone? What are the motivations that drive these problems, and how can you help your dog not just hold it together, but actually relax while you’re away? Our speaker, a trainer specializing in separation issues, will answer these questions and more. Speaker: Alexandria Dilley, MA, Animal Behavior, CPDT-KA, Separation Anxiety & Beyond
Please register in advance so that you receive the info you’ll need to join the webinar. Thanks!

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 [email protected] if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!