Your Dog's Friend
Rating: 5 stars 63 63 reviews 1,204
11401 South Glen Rd Attn: Debra Ekman Potomac MD 20854 USA
Our goal is to help keep dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting their humans. Please read "About Us" at http://www.yourdogsfriend.info/About-Us.html
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Our free workshops are mostly in Bethesda, MD and our positive classes in Rockville, MD. We have people attending both from throughout the DC metroplitan area.
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Your Dog's Friend has enabled me to help my rescue dog blossom. I have attended many workshops (at no cost) which provided me with invaluable information and my dog and I have benefited greatly from basic manners classes, confidence building, play, nose work and canine good citizen training. My dog gets very excited when I pick up our 'go to class' bag - she loves the stimulation and it carries over from class to a wide range of locations. The trainers have all been most helpful and I greatly appreciate the positive approach to training-- it helps build a healthy relationship with my dog. For dog owners looking for guidance and training, I always tell them this is THE PLACE.
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have more classes available mid week
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If you live with a dog, you'll find many ways to use Your Dog's Friend in Rockville, MD. YDF offers training classes ranging from puppy socialization to advanced pet training, including pet level agility and the fun new sport of K-9 Nosework. YDF hand picks top trainers who use rewards based methods only. YDF's web page offers lots of information that benefits new and experienced dog people. Best of all, the free workshops scheduled throughout the year on many weekends cover a wide range of topics ranging from training, health, managing problem dog behaviors and responsible dog parenting. This place should be cloned and found in every community. Hats off to Debra Ekman who puts her heart and soul into this non-profit.
Your Dog's Friend is dedicated to supporting dog owners so their pets can be lifetime companions. All dog training classes are taught by professional trainers committed to science based, positive training methods. In addition to group classes, Your Dog's Friend hosts free workshops with speakers talking on a wide array of topics of interest to the dog owner. This grass-roots non-profit that just gets better every year.
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I can't say enough good things about Your Dog's Friend! I have attended many of the FREE, yes, FREE, seminars on a variety of dog related topics and a monthly seminar aimed at new dog parents. The seminars are open to the public. All one needs to do is sign up. No gimmicks, no pressure to purchase anything; just positive, practical ideas and methods to help adopters and dog families. The speakers are professionals who are well versed in their areas of expertise. They always include time for questions and even stay after the program is over to answer personal questions. I also enjoy the email newsletters that come out every few weeks. They are informative, positive and practical. YDF offers a wide variety of classes from basic manners to fun and games.
I participated in a program called Foster Dog Alliance for many months. That program was truly a life saver for me and my foster dog!!! She came to me frantic, fearful and dog reactive. Although I had worked with many different dogs in a variety of volunteer capacities, including 21 other foster dogs, I didn't know how to reach this dog. With the assistance of the wonderful trainers we were able to find positive methods that worked for her. After fostering her for over 11 months, and seeing her returned from a failed adoption, we decided to adopt her. I continue to have contact with the trainers if I have questions. Although we have not conquered all of her issues and fears we continue to work with her using the methods and fun games that we learned in class. She is so much more relaxed, fits nicely in our family and we are delighted to have her. I could not have done this without the assistance of the Foster Dog Alliance.
I have been so impressed with Your Dog’s Friend from day one—this non-profit is truly dedicated to keeping dogs out of shelters and about educating owners using positive training methods. It doesn’t get any better than this!
I have attended numerous “free” lectures at Your Dog’s Friend and have been amazed at the quality of the speakers and of the variety of topics all so relevant to pet dog owners. Each and every time I have come home with helpful kernels of information. The Shelter and Rescue Dog Book, written by Debra Ekman, is handed out free at all of these occasions and at other events. This is a gem of book and covers everything a pet dog owner should know and it includes tons of helpful references.
I have attended an Adopters Workshop offered monthly by Your Dog’s Friend. The room was full of dog owners who had question after question---the presenter, a dog trainer, answered every question and more! This non-profit works so hard to educate owners about dogs. This year my dog and I took a triebball class at the center---the instructor was highly qualified, the class was structured and so much fun that I am signing up for a follow-on class.
Running an exceptional non-profit like Your Dog’s Friend takes a village of dedicated staff and volunteers. This requires 100% dedication and tons and tons of work! Your Dog’s Friend ROCKS!
I can't tell you how impressed I am with this organization and its staff. My puppy Hugo has just recently has become over reactive to other dogs ( he's only 7 months old -- maybe it's an adolescence thing). The customer care from this group is amazing! I am in the Agility Games Class right now and the teacher has been exceptionally caring. She wrote me the MOST AMAZING email yesterday with great ideas, options and links. And today Debra has come back to me with this incredibly helpful list of websites and links. She offered to assist me in getting into a reactive dog class or finding a personal trainer to work with. I can't tell you how great it is to have this kind of support.
We took our newly adopted dog to the reactive dog class, and it was an amazing transformation for our dog and our family! Without the tools which assisted all of us when walking our dog in an urban area, not sure we would still have our dog. He is a great addition to our family we love him, and we love the staff and volunteers who work for this wonderful organization!
We took our newly adopted dog to the basics training class offered by Your Dog's Friend and found it to be extremely useful and the trainers very helpful. The organization provides a variety of classes and fun programs for dog owners, as well as useful information through the newsletters. Best of all, they offer FREE workshops to the public, an invaluable resource to those looking for help for their canine friends. Although I haven't tried any of the other services offered, I will be sure to try a class with them again soon.
Took a Ttouch class with my shepherd mix to learn a method to calm her down. The class was taught warmly and professionally. The facility was open and airy. Each dog was separated from the other dogs so he or she would not be disturbed by the other dogs. This worked well for my dog. The instructors knew the information and were able to teach the Ttouch to me. I would recommend a class with these instructors and this organization.
All of the training we have received for our two dogs through Your Dog's Friend has been nothing short of exceptional. They have been a trusted resource, and have helped us through tough times with our dog-reactive dog, as well as introduced us to various courses to help our dogs excel and remain sharp, such as agility. We are so grateful to have found this organization and recommend them to all our dog-loving friends!
As a relatively new dog owner, Your Dog's Friend has been incredibly valuable to me. Their newsletter is packed with helpful information - I can tell that much thought goes into creating it. I also appreciate the community of teachers and practitioners and dogs and dog owners that they have built. It is clear that they share a common philosophy and have a lot of respect for each other.