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!
As a first time dog owner, I had (well, still have) a lot to learn about dogs. As such, I have taken several of Your Dog's Friend's adult classes as well as taken my dog to training at their facility. All the classes are top notch and have been tremendously helpful. Further, the resources they provide on their website and email newsletters are great whenever I need answers for dog-related questions. I highly regard this nonprofit and think they are an amazing resource for dog lovers everywhere (not just in our community).
Your Dogs Friend is one of the best non-profit organizations who help dog owners learn positive reinforcement in training their dog. YourDogsFriend encourage families to participate in training so everyone can learn the correct ways in teaching the dog appropriate behaviors. Plus free workshops to new adopters, holistic care, nutrition and much more. On the web site one can find a list of positive dog trainers, groomers, books, organizations who can help with vet bills and recommended web sites that also provide valuable information on training, etc.
If you live with a dog, you'll find many ways to use Your Dog's Friend in Rockville, MD. YDF offers training classes ranging from puppy socialization to advanced pet training, including pet level agility and the fun new sport of K-9 Nosework. YDF hand picks top trainers who use rewards based methods only. YDF's web page offers lots of information that benefits new and experienced dog people. Best of all, the free workshops scheduled throughout the year on many weekends cover a wide range of topics ranging from training, health, managing problem dog behaviors and responsible dog parenting. This place should be cloned and found in every community. Hats off to Debra Ekman who puts her heart and soul into this non-profit.
Your Dog's Friend is dedicated to supporting dog owners so their pets can be lifetime companions. All dog training classes are taught by professional trainers committed to science based, positive training methods. In addition to group classes, Your Dog's Friend hosts free workshops with speakers talking on a wide array of topics of interest to the dog owner. This grass-roots non-profit that just gets better every year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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I adopted a cocker spaniel and needed some assistance with the dog we had getting along with the new dog. I attended a workshop the Your Dogs Friend had and it was absolutely wonderful, I learned so much about how dogs communicate. I would highly recommend any of their workshop, they are well done and they take time to answer all questions. They are wonderful.