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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

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As first time dog owners, we really appreciated the information and education we received (as well as the personal attention from the director) as we learned how to handle our high-energy dog. Great idea--help dogs by educating their people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

heydelray

Client Served

Rating: 5

I volunteer for a local rescue, foster and have two dogs of my own. I'm always learning about dogs. I am a forever student in how to better love and care for them. Your Dog's Friend is my #1 recourse for dog training in all metro DC--and they're a 40 minute drive away for me. I recommend them all the time. I take my own dogs there. I've used their Foster Alliance program. I attend their workshops. I completely trust all the trainers and speakers they bring in.

Barbara167

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with Your Dog's Friend in Rockville was....simply incredible! We are so, so thankful for their help with our Lucy. Lucy is a rescue from KY, and had not been at al easy since we'd adopted her December of 2012. Since her Basic Manners class, she has become such a love! The positive training that we learned in the class has made all the difference in the world - the level of trust and love, both ways, has been wonderful. I can never thank the staff at YDF enough!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My pup and I have taken multiple classes with Your Dog's Friend over the years (basic maners, basic maners II, reactive dog and agility). The classes and trainers changed our lives and behavior in positive ways (and by positive methods)! In addition to boosting my pup's confidence, the folks at YDF boosted mine by being available in/out of class for any/all questions. This is a wonderful organization that fully supports dogs and thier humans!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a senior poodle mix who proved to have many puzzling behavior problems. The folks at Your Dog's Friend took the time to answer my questions on the phone and in e-mails. They directed me to the New Dog Adoptor class, which was very helpful. I also attended the Dog Body Language class as well. The teachers were funny, informative, and encouraged discussion among all the class members-lots of shaggy dog stories! It's good to know that you and your buddy aren't the only one with issues. Your Dog's Friend helps humans and their canines forge better bonds. My and my Buddy Keebler are saving up to do a Bark Box with Your Dog's Friend. Thanks, jefkeeb

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization. I have attended several of the free workshops and found them all useful in daily life with my 3-year old mixed-lab rescue. Speakers have been knowledgeable and resource material helpful. This is a group of dedicated folks committed to their mission. I am much better equipped to address my dog's needs, which makes for a happier dog and a happier family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently took a reactive dog class with Your Dog's Friend and I can't say enough positive things about this organization. The individual attention (with "coaches" assigned to each owner/dog pair) was something that was truly special about this class. It is evident how much the teachers and trainers care about the pets and improving their lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't have the privilege of living in the Maryland area, but was sent a web link, that took me to Your Dogs Friend. I was in need of training advice & even knowing that I lived in a different region of the country, they spoke to me several times on the phone, directed me towards other websites with answers that related to my questions, provided additional support by having some of their breed specific trainers directly contact me, provided book information & lastly, connected me with trainers in my area that best suited my needs. If I received such outstanding customer service & live 6 hours away, I could only imagine the level of professionalism when you actually get to be apart of such a helpful & dedicated organization. What an impact they make in their community, in the lives of their clients & most importantly the exceptional life for dogs they help provide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great group! I adopted a Great Pyrenees who is a lovely rescue, but I had some back issues that effected my control of the dog on walks and had a near disaster when I fell and the dog got away from me. I called Your Dog's Friend and got immediate help, caring, and genuine concern for my dog and me. I was worked in for a harness fitting within a day and got loads of encouragement, advice and a practical perspective when I felt overwhelmed. The harness is far superior to what we had, and costs no more than we paid for the first one on Amazon, and it works! It is clear My Dog's Friend is not in this for the money. They love dogs! My sweet Pyrenees and I are now working on being a success story and are on the waiting list for training with Your Dog's Friend. This group is marvelous because the people who make it work are marvelous!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dogs Friend is a fabulous organization. They provide terrific free seminars, classes, on line resources and stress positive training. My dog and I have taken the Nose Sniffing class, the T Touch class and the Reactive dog class. All were excellent and taught me how to work with my rescue pup.

Anne68

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can't say enough wonderful things about YDF and all the people involved with this group. Amazing that this is a non-profit -- their free seminars, donation-based training classes and endless online resources are invaluable for all dog owners. Of course, I would have paid much more for their Reactive Dog training. I am so grateful that a former volunteer/Petsmart trainer suggested that I contact YDF, Debra Ekman and Michelle Mange about the training they offered for Reactive Dogs. I didn't even know what a Reactive dog was let alone that I had one -- and a jumbo one at that. My Great Dane is the sweetest, smartest dog I've ever owned, But....she became hysterical whenever we got within sight or smell of another dog on our walks. Same thing with the sound of dog tags jingling in a backyard. Or the slam of a front door. Or a bunch of people talking in their frontyards. In just 7 months we are now able to get by most dogs and situations with ease -- and a lot of positive distraction. The seminars given by professionals in the area are great, too. I have attended -- and dragged family members to a number of them. We were all very happy we had gone. Most importantly, Michelle Mange, Debra Ekman and numerous volunteers are always available by email to jump in and help everyone. If you have ANY issues with man's best friend, DO NOT HESITATE to contact Your Dog's Friend. You will save big money on private trainers and even more importantly, you will learn things and get problems solved you might not know you have. There are no bad dogs -- just people who don't understand them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dog's Friend is a very good organization. They have free workshops on many topics that are presented by knowlegeable professionals. I reccommmend them to anyone whho wants to learn more about dogs or who has problem with their dog.

They offer many classes geared toward specific dog behavior problems. It is difficult to find these kind of classes elswhere.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Your Dogs' Friend has wonderful workshops and classes to help the public learn positive training skills for both human and the dog. I refer new adopters to YourDogsFriend to help them become better and responsible dog owners. I have learned so much from YourDogsFriend and I continue to learn new ways to strengthen the bond with my dogs. At every workshop there are handouts that provide valuable training and resource information.


I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about being a dog owner but to understand the many different ways that people and dogs communicate

It does not matter what kind of behavioral or any other problem one may have with their dog, YourDogsfriend is always there to provide assistance. I think maybe the organization should change the name to YourDogsandPeoplesFriend too.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dog's Friend had a great free seminar last weekend on "Overcoming Your Dog's Fear of People" by Jeni Grant. This was the second free workshop that I have attended. This organization and those who come to lecture are providing a hugely important service to the community. If they could only replicate what they are doing in thousands of under-served communities in the nation we might make a dent in the homeless dog/shelter population. While there are lots of people in the DC metropolitan area who are benefiting from the help they are providing in learning to live with our dogs (and they with us) there are so many other places in the country where events like these are sorely needed. I am going to contact Bark Magazine or Dogtime or one of the online or in print dog magazines and get them to write a story about what this organization is doing. If more people knew about this organization I bet that they'd get a lot of interested people trying to re-create what they have done in the DC area. I have been really impressed at how many people show up for these free events. I am a big fan of this organization and I think many more like it are needed around the country.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended about 95% of the workshops given by Your Dog's Friend over the past several years, and have learned something new at EVERY ONE of them! The speakers are very knowledgeable on their topics, most provide useful handouts, and many brings dogs to demonstrate techniques. Beyond the lectures, the website is loaded with helpful information, and the founder is always available to answer specific questions. Your Dog's Friend has filled the educational void for people who adopt dogs from shelters and then face problems they cannot handle. I am happy to say that I recommend Your Dog's Friend to everyone who adopts from our rescue, knowing they will receive good information on positive training and the best resources for handling any problems that might arise.
Jackie Threatte
Secretary/Treasurer
Chocolate Chip Dalmatian Assistance League

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dog's Friend (YDF) is the only reason that I was able to keep my dog. My wife and I adopted a dog and were very surprised to find that it was reactive. Thanks to YDF we were taught how to recognize when our dog is uncomfortable and how to avoid these situations altogether.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your Dogs Friend helped me tremendously with my 4 year old adopted dog that had 'issues' from his past. There were many relevant workshops offered and those that I attended all had competent, caring instructors. The handouts, newsletter articles and other 'tid-bits' of information that is relevant to dog owners is fantastic (and to imagine most of it is free!) Thank you for caring for the dog's of the world (or at the very least caring for the dogs of Maryland!)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became aware of Your Dog's Friend when i signed my foster dog up for classes through their Foster Dog Alliance. These classes are a fabulous way to get a foster dog training from the time you bring them home. I've also enjoyed and learned from YDF's free workshops for new adopters and others. Their mailings and website are packed with useful information. I'm also a donor, as I would like them to prosper and continue their good work with dog's and dog owners.'