Your Dog's Friend

Rating: 5 stars   64 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 11401 South Glen Rd Attn: Debra Ekman Potomac MD 20854 USA

Mission:
Target demographics: Our goal is to help keep dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting their humans. Please read "About Us" at http://yourdogsfriend.org/about-us/.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 745 workshop participants, 1700 students
Geographic areas served: 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-5148687
301-983-5913
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
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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.

 
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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!

 
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I have been working with Your Dog's Friend in a number of capacities for about 2 years. I'm currently assisting with Puppy Kindergarten and Puppy 1st Grade classes. I am so impressed by the caliber and commitment of the trainers at YDF. All are committed to using only scientifically-based, force-free, positive reinforcement methods....and they work!! It's so exciting to see the reaction of dog parents when they realized that they don't have to punish their dog in order to teach them manners. Training should be fun for both dog and human, and it is with the fantastic trainers at YDF. I also work with a local animal recue organization, and I strongly encourage all of our new adopters and foster parents to avail themselves of the many terrific resources available through YDF.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the size of the training center....or better yet, add another training center in upper Montgomery County or Northern Virginia.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Your Dog's Friend is an absolutely outstanding resource for all things related to dog training and behavior. The reference materials on the website are written by professionals in the respective areas and are full of helpful information about common behavior issues, as well as great info for those who are just considering bringing a dog into their lives. And the free workshops are absolutely incredible!! I've learned so much invaluable information from the trainers and experts that Deb brings in. I have worked with a dog rescue group in the past, and the Foster Dog Alliance is an incredibly rich source of information and support for those who are providing temporary care for rescued dogs that may have issues that are keeping them from being adopted. I have been so impressed by my experiences with YDF that I now volunteer with them. And I'm finally acting on a long-dormant desire to study animal behavior and am now taking classes on becoming a clicker trainer.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Talk about an unbeleivable site and resource for your dog! Whether a puppy or an senior citizen, this is the place to go for help and advice. I also volunteer for a local rescue and have 2 rescue dogs of my own. Because of the direct help I recieved 2 years ago, we were able to get a special dog adopted to wonderful parents who were able to further work with the dog. Thank you, Your Dog's Friend!

 
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Your Dog's Friend has changed my life and the life of my dogs for the better. I particularly recommend the Reactive Dog class which is totally awesome. If you have a dog who hates other dogs and barks like a maniac at the end of the leash, this class will teach you how to help your dog learn that other dogs are not terrible. It is truly wonderful. Also, the puppy classes are awesome.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More classes.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Your Dogs' Friend is a wonderful non-profit organization that focuses on helping dog owners get the training and information they need to be better dog owners, particularly of rescued dogs. Their training location is convenient to Rockville and their director is always willing to answer questions and help out with advice.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Your Dog's Friend is a unique resource for dog owners. The organization offers extremely practical workshops that address issues that often cause dogs to be surrendered by owners who are at their wit's end. As a volunteer and client of this organization, I am touched by the genuine concern for both people and animals that everyone shares. The organization has brought together some of the best dog trainers in the area that realize that working together to educate pet owners not only benefits their clients but also their businesses. And making sure that a dog is not taken to a shelter because of a problem that can be solved with some expert advice and commitment not only makes people and dogs happier, but it also helps reduce the drain on shelter budgets and staff. The workshop and classes offered help give people better canine companions and a community resource for advice and support.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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