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Your Dog's Friend

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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 webinars; 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 2020: nearly 3,000 webinar attendees with another 6,000 people watching our webinars on YouTube; 4000 students, 83,000 newsletter opens.

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: nearly 3,000 webinar participants with another 6,000 watching our webinar videos on YouTube; 4000 students; 83,000 newsletter views

Geographic areas served: Our positive classes are both online and in Rockville, MD. We have people attending both from throughout the DC metropolitan area and from other states. Our free webinars are attended by people from all over the world.

Programs: Positive, force-free dog training classes and free webinars

Community Stories

134 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

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.