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!
We took our newly adopted dog to the basics training class offered by Your Dog's Friend and found it to be extremely useful and the trainers very helpful. The organization provides a variety of classes and fun programs for dog owners, as well as useful information through the newsletters. Best of all, they offer FREE workshops to the public, an invaluable resource to those looking for help for their canine friends. Although I haven't tried any of the other services offered, I will be sure to try a class with them again soon.
Took a Ttouch class with my shepherd mix to learn a method to calm her down. The class was taught warmly and professionally. The facility was open and airy. Each dog was separated from the other dogs so he or she would not be disturbed by the other dogs. This worked well for my dog. The instructors knew the information and were able to teach the Ttouch to me. I would recommend a class with these instructors and this organization.
All of the training we have received for our two dogs through Your Dog's Friend has been nothing short of exceptional. They have been a trusted resource, and have helped us through tough times with our dog-reactive dog, as well as introduced us to various courses to help our dogs excel and remain sharp, such as agility. We are so grateful to have found this organization and recommend them to all our dog-loving friends!
As a relatively new dog owner, Your Dog's Friend has been incredibly valuable to me. Their newsletter is packed with helpful information - I can tell that much thought goes into creating it. I also appreciate the community of teachers and practitioners and dogs and dog owners that they have built. It is clear that they share a common philosophy and have a lot of respect for each other.
Your Dog's Friend is one the best resources on the internet for positive training, about kids and dogs, to be able to recognize when a dog is stressed, dog behavior and so much more. Debra Ekman is a very caring and knowledgeable person that she is willing to answer any question you may have or refer to someone who may specialize in training a dog with a particular type of behavior. She has been instrumental in helping me learn the many things I never knew about dogs.
When someone is a first dog owner, I always refer them to YourDogsFriend web site so they can learn on how to be a responsible owner but to make that permanent commitment.
Thank you Debra!
I have been a dog owner for many many years. That said, I find the Your Dog's Friend newsletter extremely helpful. The information is always helpful and practical - no pitches to buy expensive stuff or spend unrealistic amounts of time trying to "fix" problems.
I also have taken classes through the organization and I think the classes were extremely helpful - again, very practical advice.
Staff seems very dedicated and thinking of welfare of both the animals and owners.
Committed people working toward a needed goal -- keeping owners from surrendering their dogs! Everyone in the group is progressional, passionate and helpful. Since finding this resource, I have suggested it to many other new dog owners.
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.
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.
We took our extremely anxious, bonded pair of Labs, Lola and Toby to Your Dog's Friend for their "Reactive Class" convinced that we were the only people with dogs that acted like wild beasts on walks. We were pleased not only by the amount of personalized attention given to our dogs, but by the amount of sympathy and understanding we received from all of the trainers. Michelle and Debra are fantastic leaders, and we wanted to extend a special thanks to our personal dog trainers Jeff and Jill for supporting us with everything we needed to curb their wild and anxious behaviors.
The class uses positive reinforcement and game techniques that not only squashed my anxiety on walks, but strengthened the confidence of two overly anxious Labs. I don't panic taking them out anymore, thank goodness. :D