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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 dog owners. 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; and maintain a website with announcements and information educating dog owners and professionals.

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.

Programs: Dog training classes and seminars

Community Stories

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot stress how amazing this group is. We adopted a year old Akita and went through basic manners and reactive dog training. The instructors are so knowledgeable and helpful but more importantly, they really support you!! They believe in what they do and I wouldn't have made it through without them. I cannot recommend any training facility higher, they truly were there for me and my dog at every step, even after graduating. Love this place and the trainers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a super place to get positive training tips for your dog. It's great to have a resource that you can depend on to always use positive reinforcement. I have not been able to actually go to their location but I have benefited from their articles and podcasts. They reach a wide audience by having their information accessible two people who cannot make it into their location. Definitely enjoy reading and learning from them

megslp88

Client Served

Rating: 5

We brought our dog to Your Dog's Friend for basic training classes and really enjoyed it. The trainers were extremely knowledgeable and always willing to answer our questions about the skills or any other issues we were having. Shortly after, we rescued our other dog who had severe separation anxiety. I sent our trainer a panicked email and she wrote back that same night with a lengthy and personalized response filled with ideas, strategies and support. I can't say enough good things about this organization and would highly recommend them to anyone!

Nancy K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Your Dog's Friend is based in Maryland; I live in Columbus, Ohio, and volunteer at the Franklin County Dog Shelter. I have followed them on Facebook and used their resource page for years. Specifically, I have often referred to their recommended reading list and their "Before You Adopt" page. Recently, the group started streaming some of their workshops on Facebook--providing a wonderful educational opportunity to a vast audience. I only wish we had a similar group here in Ohio.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dogs Friend is awesome! My dog and I have attended many classes. All the instructors emphasize positive training and are patient and understanding. There is also a wonderful website which provides loads of great information. I love all the free seminars given by sone of the best dog trainers in the field.

Elizabeth T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dog’s Friend has changed my family’s life for the better. My husband and I rescued Ally when she was 12 weeks old. We took her to another dog school on several recommendations. It made her fearful and aggressive. We found Your Dog’s Friend and they taught us the RIGHT way to train her. Her demeanor, behavior, and overall life changed so much. Family members noticed, neighbors stopped us on the street to compliment her, it was amazing. Your Dog’s Friend is still there for us whenever we have a question or concern. We will always recommend them and wish we had found them first.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we adopted our dog as a puppy four years ago, the shelter recommended Your Dog’s Friend (YDF) as a resource. I will be forever grateful for that advice. We have learned and benefited from--and had fun at--every single class at YDF, ranging from puppy kindergarten to TTouch to agility. Each teacher has been knowledgeable, caring, and supportive. In addition, the free workshops consistently provide useful information.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

YDF has become and essential organization in the area. The classes that are offered and the workshops that are presented are of great quality and content. I frequently attend the workshops because of the great contents and speakers. I have also taken my dogs to classes at YDF, especially puppies for the sake of socialization in a supervised environment. I also offer classes and summer camps for kids and their dogs at YDF. This is a way of teaching the next generation of dog owners. We get them off to the right start in their dog training endeavor and help them build a respectful relationship with their canine companions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dog's Friend is a fabulous resource to people involved with dogs. I recommend them to all dog owners. Anyone can benefit from their vast knowledge and expertise of dogs and dog behaviors. Their level of care and concern about your dog and the issues faced is phenomenal. Your dog is as important to them as their own dog. All training is positive reinforcement. No old school, mean, barbaric choke chains, yelling or demeaning techniques are used. From the free workshops to group classes-in person or online everyone is friendly, welcoming and helpful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Whenever I meet people who are seeking training for their dogs, I always and immediately refer them to Your Dog's Friend. I took my two Jack Russells here for puppy kindergarten and puppy first grade. We also did a nose work class when they were older. I plan to bring them here for more classes.
My instructors taught me how to train my dogs using positive reinforcement and gave me helpful tools and tips for practicing at home. My dogs loved coming to Your Dog's Friend! They knew it was a happy place with trainers who cared about them.
I was able to take my knowledge with me to continue my training and take it to the next level into trick training. The positive rules still apply and I have Your Dog's Friend to thank for showing me the ropes right from the beginning. However, it's never too late! If you've found a place that isn't using positive methods for training, you should seriously think about switching to Your Dog's Friend!