We are asking for your help this spring. Donate to Your Dog’s Friend during National Pet Week and your gifts will be matched. We are delighted to share that each day, one of our sponsors will contribute a $500 grant to match your gifts to Your Dog’s Friend, making every gift go further. Also look for a new training tip every day. We are so grateful for our sponsors, supporters and you!
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Sponsors and Training Videos
Training time should be rewarding for both people and their dogs! Behavior United LLC trainers use reward-based, force-free training to create a more perfect union between you and your dog. We provide in-home private training and group classes in parts of Montgomery County & DC. United we train!
Molly Carter, REALTOR, SRES, PSA with Long & Foster Real Estate is your Neighborhood Realtor for DC, MD & VA: Full Service Agent, Professional Advice Start to Finish, Results.
Training tip: Polite Greetings with Jackie Moyano, PMCT, CPDT-KA; Behavior United.
Do you want your dog to stop jumping on guests? Here’s a quick and easy way to teach it.
Dog Latin Dog Training teaches people and dogs through positive reinforcement, using principles rooted in the science of learning. Dogs actually learn during training — staying engaged, developing predictable behavior and building confidence, while strengthening human-dog bonds. And, dog owners become creative in their teaching, too. Private in-home tutoring in the metro area and puppy classes in Bethesda.
Training tip: Capturing Behavior with Juliana Willems, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA; Dog Latin Dog Training
Whether you have a puppy or an adult dog, here’s how to teach behaviors you want by rewarding them when you see them.
Georgetown Piano Bar, on M St, NW, is a cozy, below street level venue for entertainment, drinks, and a light menu of appetizers, salads, and desserts. Open every day of the week at 5pm, Georgetown Piano Bar is built around live piano every night beginning at 7pm and dueling pianos every Friday and Saturday beginning at 9pm. Hear two world-class local pianists, or try your own solo. Sing along is also welcome in this inviting and fun atmosphere.
Training tip: Attention Games with Marnie Montgomery, PMCT3, CPDT-KA; Joyful Dog
Your dog can’t listen if he’s not paying attention. Learn fun games to help your dog focus on you.
Harlow School for Dogs uses a positive reinforcement approach to dog training to improve your pet’s behavior while strengthening the bond between you and your dog. We are here for you – from puppy training and basic manners to leash reactivity and aggression.
Training tip: Leash Walking with Sarah Stoycos, KPA CTP; Laughing Dog Academy
Tired of being pulled on walks? Learn how to enjoy more pleasant walks, even around distractions.
Holistic Veterinary Healing is an integrative veterinary clinic in Germantown, near 270, that offers a broad range of conventional and holistic care for your pets. We spend the time needed to review and discuss the options available so that each pet receives compassionate, high quality care.
Training tip: “Leave It” and “Drop It” with Lisa Arant, Small and Tall Dog Training
“Leave It” tells your dog to stay away from the pill you dropped or the dead squirrel on a walk. “Drop it” means spit it out … now. Both are vital cues for your dog to know.
Loyal Companion combined some of the best brands in the business, including Kriser’s, Especially For Pets, Bark!, Dogma, Pet Source, Pet Life and Whole Pet Central, to form one new company dedicated to holistic pet wellness. Loyal Companion is a community of nutritionists, behaviorists, educators and groomers offering everything you need under one virtual and physical roof. Raw food. Healthy treats. Supplies. Grooming. Daycare. Training. Vet services. Advice. And one killer, comprehensive loyalty program.
Training tip: Coming When Called with Susan Sanderson, PMCT
Coming When Called is more than a convenience. It’s a skill that could save your dog’s life.
Muddy Branch Veterinary Center, in Gaithersburg, MD, uses positive methods to reduce each pet’s stress when visiting the veterinarian. All three veterinarians and many of the vet techs are certified fear-free – meaning that they have passed eight different behavior modules and are concerned about the pet’s emotional, as well as physical, wellbeing – in the car, waiting area, exam rooms, and during procedures. The clinic sees dogs, cats and fish for routine care, acupuncture, and a variety of surgeries, as well as grooming and boarding.
Training tip: Targeting (“Touch”) with Michelle Mange, Right Start Maryland
Teach your dog one of the most useful “cues” in training – “touch” – and learn the many ways to use it.
Caring Hands offers open and transparent pet care, using only fear-free techniques. Caring Hands Animal Hospitals are open 7 days a week with convenient hours. Locations in Rockville, Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Bristow, Centreville, Clarendon, and Merrifield.
Thanks to the following for helping with National Pet Week: Gary Waugaman, John McConnell, Nudh Suanpan, and Rachel Guzzione, as well as the terrific trainers who shared their training knowledge.