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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The goal of your dogs friend, inc. Is to help keep dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting their humans. We offer behavior and training advice; sponsor free workshops; run positive dog training classes; wrote and gave to adopters: "the shelter and rescue dog book;" refer dog "owners" to positive trainers, walkers and vacation care; send an e-newsletter with behavior & training articles; and maintain a website with announcements and information educating dog "owners" and professionals.

Results: In 2018: 1000 workshop attendees, 3000 students, 57,000 newsletter opens. Maddie's Grant has enabled us to start videotaping some of our workshops for broader distribution.

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: 1000 workshop participants, 2000 students, 56,000 newsletter opens

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.

Programs: Dog training classes and free seminars

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mj S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 4 year old lab came to me via Lab Rescue. He lived his first 3 years in a domestic violence situation and easily startles. I have learned about his fears, how to help him and how to help me be a better dog parent. Thank you Your Dog's Friend for being such a great resource. Also, as an Adoption Coordinator with Lab Rescue, I refer adopters to your website and classes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dog's Friend over the years has provided me and many others with a wealth of information about raising our pets to be healthy, happy, and well-behaved family members. For many of us pets are our favorite family members. The expert speakers and very informative handouts provide significant guidance about dealing with behavior and health issues. This is all provided for free. I happily donate to this nonprofit organization well run by Ms. Debra Ekman because I want it to be around forever.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog living with reactivity and I have taken a couple of classes here. The instructors advocate for dogs with issues and their people to set everyone up for success!

1 Anna B.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Your Dog's Friend has some of the best trainers and resources out there! My 16-month old dobie mix has anxiety and leash-reactivity, and both her and I have benefited from the 'Distracted Dog' and 'TAG Agility' classes. I've become much more savvy about dog behavior and about how to manage both of our stress levels. I also devour the YDF newsletter immediately when it arrives in my inbox - the advice is practical and no-bullshit! Seriously, this is an awesome organization.

Lisa M.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the wonderful workshops and classes provided by Your Dog's Friend. They've helped us learn how to communicate with our rescue pup and how to help her understand us better, too. Our dog is also reactive and without Your Dog's Friend, we would have been at a total loss on how to help her.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Your Dog's Friend is an amazing organization! Our rescue pup has anxiety problems, we've benefited a great deal from the workshops organized by Your Dog's Friend. It's remarkable that they are willing to offer such high quality workshops to the general public for free. The volunteers are wonderful as well, friendly and clearly care about dogs. Wonderful organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dogs Friend has truly been a blessing beyond measure! When we got our cute puppy, she was cute but also quite wild!! I don't know what we would have done without Your Dogs Friend. We interviewed another training facility. They used force. We loved the fact that your Dogs Friend is a no force training institution that sets out not only to train dogs but to teach and educate owners. Half of the equation is learning how to communicate with your dog.Maggie advanced quickly and farther than we could have ever imagined. And she LOVED going to training classes. She didn't want to leave after class! I can't say enough about Your Dogs Friend. The trainers are second to none.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The workshops they offer are awesome. The recent on dog aggression expanded my understanding of how to deal with this. And the people who run Your Dog's Friend are so helpful and encouraging. I picked up their 'Help Sheet' on helping dogs who are terrified by thunderstorms. I thought I knew a lot on the subject, but there was much I had not known such as the role of static charge and the availability of shirts to mitigate that. My dog will have a less anxious summer!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dogs Friend is a fabulous non profit! It has terrific positive training classes, wonderful free seminars by nationally known dog trainers and a super helpful website. My dog and I have taken many classes including Nose Sniffing and T-Touch. I have attended many seminars. All are first rate!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had many of my dogs benefit greatly from their classes. They also offer amazing free lectures on everything from reactive dog training to nutrition. They have a free class for people who have adopted or are planning to adopt. They serve as a wonderful service for dogs and dog owners.

Client Served

Rating: 4

We got Gracie when she was 2 years old. She was fearful and didn't understand how or why her life had changed. She had several issues that required immediate attention - walking on a leash, jumping on people and going to the bathroom in the house. The first workshop I went to was Advice for Adopters. I have since been to several more. All the workshops are free. Gracie and I did Basic Manners training a year ago. We have both improved. No matter how many dogs you've had (and I've had quite a few), you always learn new and important things. Your Dog's Friend is the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dog’s Friend is a FANTASTIC organization, one that lives up to its name and its goal. We’ve taken two of their classes with our most recent rescue and attended numerous Saturday workshops. The classes provide practical, hands-on experience with experts. And the workshops are practical, useful, and fun. All have proved invaluable. I wish that I could have had such a wonderful resource for all of the dogs in my life.

Shebasmom

Client Served

Rating: 5

I owe YDF ongoing appreciation for all of the help, information, and stimulating classes for my rescue dog. From nose work to agility to confidence building and canine good citizen, Sheba and I have grown to be great team mates. The free workshops are jammed packed with relevant information to enable me to be a knowledgeable dog owner.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great group! I've taken the basic manners class with my rescue dog, Jelly. Excellent instructors and staff who take the time to help you "get-it"! Your Dog's Friend offers something for every doggy parent and pooch.

Looking forward to taking agility games and many more classes!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful resource for positive dog training! Recommend YDF to anyone needing knowledgeable, experienced, and effective trainers who care about your success. Your Dig’s Friend is simply great!

Alisa J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dog's Friend is a wonderful resource providing practical training addressing the behavioral issues that make a "bad" dog. I learned how to shape my problem dog's behavior using positive methods that work much better than punishment. YDF is helping to revolutionize the relationship between dogs and humans.

Nancy D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great group! I go to their free classes every few weeks and every time I learn so much from some of the best in the field! I have met a Vet behaviorist, a homeopathic Vet and multiple great trainers! I have also taken several of their paid classes and I am sure I have a happier and better behaved dog thanks to them!

Michelle W.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your dogs friend is one of the only resources for those of us with rescued dogs that are shy or reactive and can’t afford private training! I’ve learned so much, and my furry baby loves learning and blossomed under their training classes. She will always be shy and reactive, but now I have the resources to help her safely enjoy life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As first time dog owners with a 10 week old Australian Shepherd we realized we had no idea what we were doing! Finding Your Dog’s Friend was the BEST thing that could have happened to us. We started in the Puppy Play sessions - what a great, safe way for us and our new dog to learn about each other and the language of Dog Play. We’ve since graduated from Kindergarten, 1st grade, Platform Class and the super useful Out & About walking class and plan on trying Agility, Tricks, and Treibball in the future. The entire training staff is wonderful - they’ve offered positive, practical, no-nonsense, doable advice that works. Our puppy is now 8 months old, happy, healthy, well-rounded, and well behaved. We could not have done that without Your Dog’s Friend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Your Dog's Friend! The instructors check in with each family and dog at the start of each lesson. They can read Annie (how she responds to different cues) - our dog - and help make sure the classes are as productive as possible. They offer insightful advice and make the classes fun for the folks that come with the dog. I really suggest that you try them first. We went to two other puppy kindergartens first - and tried this one last on the advice of our vet - and our Vet was totally spot on. This place is wonderful.