Websites We Recommend

Choosing your Dog – 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. – 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. – 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 – 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 – over 350 free dog training tutorials/videos by internationally known trainer, Emily Larlham– 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. – articles by Pat Miller, training editor of “The Whole Dog Journal”, author, and trainer at Peaceable Paws, near Hagerstown, MD – articles, blogs, and videos, available for free, by Patricia McConnell, known worldwide for her books and seminars – blogs, seminar videos, and books by Nicole Wilde; subscribe to receive blogs or weekly training tips – numerous articles on behavior and training; access to an online behaviorist for free advice – training, behavior, and sports books and DVD’s

Understanding Your Dog – easy-to-read articles on all things dog – a website that teaches about dog body language – a website helping dog “owners” understand the emotions behind a dog’s body language, so we know how to react – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior position statements on socializing puppies, punishment, and dominance – download books by Ian Dunbar, “Before You Get Your Puppy” and “After You Get Your Puppy”. – 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 – how to help your fearful dog; books, webinars, blogs, and resources on fearful dogs – free separation anxiety guide, app for group training, and podcast – directory of fear-free trainers, veterinarians, and groomers; articles, videos and more to help you and your fearul pet – a free online plan for helping reactive dogs – a Facebook group for “owners”, trainers, or those who rescue, shelter or foster reactive dogs  – how to choose a muzzle and acclimate your dog to wearing it; includes a video demonstration & – advocacy and tips for deaf dogs – training tips and videos for blind dogs – find professional pet sitters and dog walkers with pet care training, who are certified, insured and bonded – 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 under “specialized training and competition”. online site that teaches tricks; can join teams and test for titles, if you want an online Freestyle (dog dancing) training site 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” training games for shy dogs – rent safe and private play space hosted by locals videos and titling programs in hiking, walking, swimming, boating, and more fitness and conditioning products and advice facebook group to share canine enrichment activities

Children & Dogs – advice, articles, and order the book, “Living With Kids & Dogs … Without Losing Your Mind” by Colleen Pelar – body language flashcards, games, stories, and coloring books on dog bite prevention – programs & articles for expectant parents and parents of babies and toddlers; DOG & BABY SUPPORT HOTLINE: 1-877-247-3407– tips, videos, and online training program for kids. Our featured video ( on body language is from The Family Dog. – a podcast on issues affecting families with dogs– SAFE dog bite prevention and safety program for kids; videos, ebooks & games– “Pablo Puppy’s Search for the Perfect Person”, a book for 4 – 8 year olds; board game, matching game, and coloring pages for kids

Health  and  – two sites that guide you to less expensive medications in your area – Find fear free certified veterinarians and other pet professionals who have passed eight exams on methods to reduce anxiety and stress in dogs – Information on ten pet insurance plans – Clearly written articles on various pet illnesses; “ask a vet”  – bland diet for pets made with all natural ingredients – ASPCA 24 hour poison control advice at 888-426-4435; information on toxic plant, food, and household products; free mobile app – Tips and invaluable resources to help you keep your home safe for your pets– Pet safety, special needs, and First Aid supplies and training– 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 – information, reviews, and ratings – Health tips and resources from The Senior Dogs Project – Purina Institute’s Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome Evaluation Tool

End of Life
 – Ohio State University Quality of Life Questionnaire – virtual pet loss support groups, weekly chat rooms, and individual sessions for pet parents who have lost a pet or are anticipating a loss – euthanasia for your pet in your home in the Washington, DC area with Dr. Kathy Meyer, a veterinarian since 1986 who specialized in behavior, who has devoted her practice for the past few years to helping pets at the end of their lives. – information about preparing for your pet’s care if your pet outlives you

Travel – a website with Center for Pet Safety certified seatbelt and carrier advice and explanations of how to use them – travel anxiety advice Pet-friendly destinations worldwide; toll-free number to speak to a pet-friendly travel agent Travel books, supplies, lodging & deals Pet travel guides; online store includes travel e-books Pet-friendly hotel chains, lodgings that welcome big dogs, available services and activities Hotel and rental car discounts; newsletter Comprehensive guide to domestic and international pet travel 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 The Big Bad Woof in Takoma Park/Washington, DC; in store, online, and delivery of raw and premium diets and treats Pet Parents in Bethesda; Fromm Family all natural pet food and treats; delivery or curbside pick-up Pro Feed in Alexandria Club Wags in Silver Spring; free delivery for orders over $40 Wylie Wagg (now Kriser’s Natural Pet) in Woodley Park, Cathedral Commons, Arlington, Fairfax, Tysons, and Middleburg Two Paws Up in Frederick 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].