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Review for Your Dog's Friend, Rockville, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After we adopted our 1st dog Cheddar, we found out he was adopted & returned to the same rescue 4 times the past year. We learned he was leash-reactive to other dogs, joggers, buses, etc., high energy, & very smart. Being our 1st dog, we made a lot of mistakes in the beginning, trying to find what would help. I came across Your Dog’s Friend, & learned all about positive reinforcement training—That was exactly what he needed! 3 years later, he has blossomed into a wonderful dog, & we could never imagine giving him up.

Just over a year ago, we got our 2nd dog Blue. A Belgian Malinois, we knew she’d be high energy & a breed for dedicated & experienced dog owners, but we didn’t know JUST HOW MUCH attention she’d need. It was during the pandemic, so the breeder didn’t let us meet her parents, & only let us pick her up at 14 weeks old minimum. We found out she was very fearful of everything new, & ALSO leash-reactive. By this time, we had dog training skills in our toolkit after having Cheddar for a couple years, but we newly learned all about having a puppy. We couldn’t find a dog trainer that would train her (& was positive reinforcement) in the new city we moved to, so we delved into online training with Your Dog’s Friend—Wow, did it help! Zoom training sessions tired her out, she learned so many new skills (our favorite is hand targeting), & helped her bond more with Cheddar, since we practiced what we learned with both of them. She’s now a confident Malinois, & we know how to satisfy her playfulness on a daily basis, while maintaining our busy schedules (& our sanity). :-)

With Your Dog’s Friend’s help, we learned to love our reactive dogs—& it’s no longer daunting to manage them. They live full lives, know lots of commands / tricks, we walk them at odd times of day, & always bring treats so we can avoid their triggers. We take them hiking & camping in the wilderness where they can be happy often, & they’re truly living their best lives. We’re so fortunate for organizations like Your Dog’s Friend that provide so many online resources for those of us not in the local area. Thank you, YDF!

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