Outdoor Classes – In and Around Rockville, MD
Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) Prep
The AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen program requires dogs to demonstrate CGC skills in a more urban setting that includes traffic, crowds, noises, smells and other distractions that are present in a city or town. This class meets outside in different locations each week.
Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA) Prep
Take your dog’s CGC skills to the next level by teaching them skills in real-life settings. In this class, you’ll practice calling your dog past a distraction, walking through a real crowd, and even teaching them to “leave” food that may be found on a sidewalk. This class meets outside in different locations each week.
Out & About
Put your obedience skills to the test when you work as a team with your dog in the distractions of the outside world.
Play and learn with puppy friends. You pay for only the dates you register for.
In your one-on-one guided session, learn how to help your puppy explore new items and build confidence.
Puppy 1st Grade
Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten. This class is also appropriate for puppies who have completed Advanced Puppy and Puppapalooza.
Basic, Foundations Classes
Adolescent Dog Class
Start teaching your adolescent dog, 5 months to 1 year old, basic good manners; learn how to deal with typical adolescent challenges; and practice training exercises to help prevent future fear and aggression issues.
Learn to speak “Doglish” and build a bond between you and your dog while learning valuable skills like Come, Sit, Wait, Leave It, and loose leash walking.
Beyond the Basics Classes
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep
Fine-tune your dog’s obedience skills as you prepare for the ten exercises required to pass the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test.
Sports & Enrichment Classes
Novice Tricks Prep
Have fun learning the tricks you’ll need to prepare for either the AKC or the Do More With Your Dog Novice Tricks Test!
Intermediate Tricks Prep
Learn the tricks you’ll need to prepare for either the AKC or the Do More With Your Dog Intermediate Tricks Test!
Rally – Novice
You’ll follow signs and practice important behaviors in a fun way with increasing distractions. We’ll be using AKC Novice signs, treats, and praise.
Agility Skills for All Levels – In Person
This class is for all levels – from those who have never taken agility before to those who have been in Agility 3. Due to COVID, we will focus on skills you can train your dog without the humans having to huff and puff and run.
This is a chance for puppies and non-reactive adult dogs to explore agility equipment. Have a fun time practicing several pieces of equipment together, or troubleshoot sticky spots!
Nose Work 1
Your dog will get to use their natural instincts to sniff and chase while being physically and mentally challenged. You and your dog can continue through the levels and compete along the way.
Class fees help support the free programs and services provided by Your Dog’s Friend, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and supporting dog parents.