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.

Websites for Every Dog’s Needs

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Choosing your Dog

www.petfinder.com – Read the articles on finding the right pet before looking at available dogs. Choosing a dog from a local shelter or rescue is a better idea than adopting a dog you haven’t met and don’t know much about.

www.theshelterpetproject.org – Helps you find the shelter or rescue pet in your local area that’s a good fit for you. Sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, and the Ad Council.

www.yourdogsfriend.org/before-you-adopt/ – Our website walks you through what to consider before adopting, choosing a puppy or rescue dog, and preparing your home for your new pet.

Training and Behavior

www.whole-dog-journal.com – a monthly publication, e-books on a variety of topics, online classes, and free subscriptions to behavior, training, and health articles delivered to your email

https://www.youtube.com/user/kikopup/videos – over 350 free dog training tutorials/videos by internationally known trainer, Emily Larlham

www.facebook.com/rescuedbytraining/– training videos on all sorts of problem behaviors – like resource guarding, jumping on people, and reactivity. The trainer works at a shelter to help dogs become more adoptable.

https://peaceablepaws.com/faqs/ – articles by Pat Miller, training editor of “The Whole Dog Journal”, author, and trainer at Peaceable Paws, near Hagerstown, MD

www.patriciamcconnell.com/solving-behavior-problems – articles, blogs, and videos, available for free, by Patricia McConnell, known worldwide for her books and seminars

https://wildewmn.wordpress.com/ – blogs, seminar videos, and books by Nicole Wilde; subscribe to receive blogs or weekly training tips

www.aspcabehavior.org – numerous articles on behavior and training; access to an online behaviorist for free advice

www.dogwise.com – training, behavior, and sports books and DVD’s

Understanding Your Dog 

www.DiamondsInTheRuff.com – easy-to-read articles on all things dog

www.silentconversations.com – a website that teaches about dog body language

www.iSpeakDog.org – a website helping dog “owners” understand the emotions behind a dog’s body language, so we know how to react

www.avsab.org/resources/position-statements/ – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior position statements on socializing puppies, punishment, and dominance

www.dogstardaily.com – download books by Ian Dunbar, “Before You Get Your Puppy” and “After You Get Your Puppy”.

https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/p/animal-book-club.html – Companion Animal Psychology’s monthly book club discussing books promoting humane treatment of animals and scientific approaches to the human-animal bond; join on Facebook

Specific Issues 

www.fearfuldogs.com – how to help your fearful dog; books, webinars, blogs, and resources on fearful dogs

www.julienaismith.com – free separation anxiety guide, app for group training, and podcast

www.fearfreehappyhomes.com – directory of fear-free trainers, veterinarians, and groomers; articles, videos and more to help you and your fearul pet

www.careforreactivedogs.com – a free online plan for helping reactive dogs

www.facebook.com/groups/reactivedogs/ – a Facebook group for “owners”, trainers, or those who rescue, shelter or foster reactive dogs

www.muzzleupproject.com/resources/  – how to choose a muzzle and acclimate your dog to wearing it; includes a video demonstration

www.deafdogs.org & www.deafdogsrock.com – advocacy and tips for deaf dogs

www.blinddogtraining.com – training tips and videos for blind dogs

www.petsit.com – find professional pet sitters and dog walkers with pet care training, who are certified, insured and bonded

www.pawboost.com – lost pet alerts on the PawBoost Facebook page in your area or join the local “Rescue Squad” and receive emails about lost pets nearby

Exercise & Enrichment

Books and DVD’s on dog sports are listed at www.dogwise.com under “specialized training and competition”.

www.DoMoreWithYourDog.com: online site that teaches tricks; can join teams and test for titles, if you want

www.DogsCanDance.com: an online Freestyle (dog dancing) training site

www.FenziDogSportsAcademy.com: online sports courses using force-free methods intended to encourage a partnership in competitive sports; includes “Management for Reactive Dogs” and “Dealing with the Bogey, man – Helping Fearful and Reactive Competition Dogs”

www.fearfuldogs.com/training-games-for-shy-dogs: training games for shy dogs

https://www.sniffspot.com/ – rent safe and private play space hosted by locals

www.outdoor-dog.org: videos and titling programs in hiking, walking, swimming, boating, and more

www.totofit.com: fitness and conditioning products and advice

www.facebook.com/groups/canineenrichment/about/: facebook group to share canine enrichment activities

Children & Dogs

www.LivingWithKidsandDogs.com – advice, articles, and order the book, “Living With Kids & Dogs … Without Losing Your Mind” by Colleen Pelar

www.DogGoneSafe.com – body language flashcards, games, stories, and coloring books on dog bite prevention

www.FamilyPaws.com – programs & articles for expectant parents and parents of babies and toddlers; DOG & BABY SUPPORT HOTLINE: 1-877-247-3407

www.thefamilydog.com– tips, videos, and online training program for kids. Our featured video (https://yourdogsfriend.org/featured-video/) on body language is from The Family Dog.

www.yourfamilydogpodcast.com – a podcast on issues affecting families with dogs

www.GoodDogInABox.com– SAFE dog bite prevention and safety program for kids; videos, ebooks & games

www.awionline.org– “Pablo Puppy’s Search for the Perfect Person”, a book for 4 – 8 year olds; board game, matching game, and coloring pages for kids


www.GoodRx.com  and www.blinkhealth.com  – two sites that guide you to less expensive medications in your area

www.FearFreePets.com – Find fear free certified veterinarians and other pet professionals who have passed eight exams on methods to reduce anxiety and stress in dogs

www.consumersadvocate.org/pet-insurance – Information on ten pet insurance plans

www.VeterinaryPartner.com – Clearly written articles on various pet illnesses; “ask a vet”

www.undertheweatherpet.com  – bland diet for pets made with all natural ingredients

www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control – ASPCA 24 hour poison control advice at 888-426-4435; information on toxic plant, food, and household products; free mobile app

www.householdquotes.co.uk/keeping-pets-safe – Tips and invaluable resources to help you keep your home safe for your pets

www.crittercozy.com– Pet safety, special needs, and First Aid supplies and training

www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps– helps you identify symptoms and suggests appropriate medical action, with step by step instructions and video, until you can get to a veterinarian; download from the app store or google play

www.dogfoodanalysis.com – information, reviews, and ratings

www.srdogs.com – Health tips and resources from The Senior Dogs Project

https://www.purinainstitute.com/sites/g/files/auxxlc381/files/2018-08/DISHAA.pdf – Purina Institute’s Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome Evaluation Tool

www.iheartdogs.com/category/health-behavior/senior-dogs/ – Tips to help senior dogs live a more comfortable life as they age

End of Life

www.petlosspartners.com – virtual pet loss support groups, weekly chat rooms, and individual sessions for pet parents who have lost a pet or are anticipating a loss

www.aplb.org – chat room & resources when your pet dies; local support groups

www.peaceandcomfortvet.com – euthanasia for your pet in your home with Dr. Kathy Meyer, a veterinarian since 1986 and former veterinary behaviorist, who has devoted her practice for the past few years to helping pets at the end of their lives.

www.2ndchance4pets.org – information about preparing for your pet’s care if your pet outlives you


https://www.dogsridecertified.com/ – a website with Center for Pet Safety certified seatbelt and carrier advice and explanations of how to use them

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ebi8Mlh-2zLMwj3ptrIHREpDy8aYnjgM/view – travel anxiety advice

www.BringFido.com: Pet-friendly destinations worldwide; toll-free number to speak to a pet-friendly travel agent

www.PetHospitality.com: Travel books, supplies, lodging & deals

www.DogFriendly.com: Pet travel guides; online store includes travel e-books

www.PetsWelcome.com: Pet-friendly hotel chains, lodgings that welcome big dogs, available services and activities

www.TakeYourPet.com: Hotel and rental car discounts; newsletter

www.PetTravel.com: Comprehensive guide to domestic and international pet travel

www.PenderAir.com: a highly rated, pet-friendly operation for relocating pets from the Washington, DC area to other places around the country or the world

Local Pet Stores
with Quality Food and Positive Only Training Supplies

www.thebigbadwoof.com: The Big Bad Woof in Takoma Park/Washington, DC; in store, online, and delivery of raw and premium diets and treats

www.loyalcompanion.com: stores in Olney, Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, Arlington, Tysons, Vienna, Clarksville, Washington, DC, Baltimore and surrounding areas; Columbia & Annapolis

www.frommfamily.com: Pet Parents in Bethesda; Fromm Family all natural pet food and treats; delivery or curbside pick-up

www.profeedpet.com: Pro Feed in Alexandria

www.clubwags.com: Club Wags in Silver Spring; free delivery for orders over $40

www.wyliewagg.com: Wylie Wagg (now Kriser’s Natural Pet) in Woodley Park, Cathedral Commons, Arlington, Fairfax, Tysons, and Middleburg

www.twopawsup.biz: Two Paws Up in Frederick

www.centraldawgma.com: Central Dawgma in Frederick

Your Dog’s Friend sells puzzle toys, slo-bowl feeders, no-pull harnesses and head halters, single and double-clip leashes, treat bags, snuffle mats, and more at our training center in Rockville or at our workshops in Bethesda. Since our training center is only open when we have class, contact us in advance for an appointment. Write to [email protected].