Group Classes

All classes listed are held at online or at  Canine Prep School training center located at  11701 Prices Distillery Road,  Damascus, MD 20872

PRIMARY PUPPY CLASS -  for puppies 8 weeks - 18 weeks - CLICK HERE to register

Teach your puppy the skills they’ll need to thrive in their new world.  With a focus on socialization, you’ll help build their confidence as they learn to navigate new and different obstacles. You’ll also teach them basic skills like coming when called, leave it, drop it and leash walking. 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  -  for all dogs 5 months and up - CLICK HERE to register

This class helps you and your dog learn to work together as a team. In this class you will learn how to communicate with your four-footed companion while teaching him all of the basic skills like coming when called, leave it, drop it, loose leash walking and more.  

SECONDARY SCHOOL - for Primary Puppy and Elementary School graduates or with instructors permission- CLICK HERE to register

Bring your training to the next level.  In this class you and your dog will be building and strengthening the skills you've learned, and some new ones, by practicing them in "real life" scenarios. 

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (CGC) PREP CLASS -  Starting in May 2023! - CLICK HERE to register

The AKC canine good citizen program was developed to test a dog's disposition as well as the dog's and handlers skills.  The CGC test is a great goal for everyone to have weather you're going on to become a therapy team, compete in dog sports and even "just because".   A test will be scheduled by Your Dogs Friend shortly after the class is complete.   The AKC's Canine Good Citizen - What it is                                                    

OUT & ABOUT  -  No class scheduled at this time

Take the skills you've learned in Basic Manners or Puppy class and work with them out in the real world.  Class meets at 4 different locations while we practice leash walking, and other real life skills. 

Let's Be Brave! -  - CLICK HERE for more information

Build your dog's confidence by teaching them how to explore different objects and scenarios. You'll learn how to read their body language and let them know you've got their back.  You'll also learn cooperative care skills for your dog to take part in handling and husbandry procedures

We will also help your dog develop positive associations with strange, moving things – like kid-sized cars and carts – as well as with someone using a walker or crutches. This class is good for puppies, budding therapy dogs, and timid dogs that need a little help learning that the world isn’t such a scary place. It is not for reactive dogs or for extremely fearful dogs.

"[Our dog] used to go to the vet and was so anxious she wouldn't even take treats.  The last couple of times we went, she accepted LOTS of treats, and even wagged her tail.  Simply saying "good girl" seems to be enough for her to want to explore 'scary' things. "


Teaching tricks is a great way to have fun with your dog, exercise his brain and body, build your bond, practice the training skills you already have and learn new ones.  This 4-week class will be individualized to help you find the tricks that your dog likes and is best able to do, from old stand-bys like rolling over or giving a high-five, to skateboarding.  You can also earn your way up the different levels of the AKC’s Trick Dog Titles.

FEARFUL DOG CLASS   -   No class scheduled at this time - Please see the Online Fearful Dog Class

This class is appropriate for fearful dogs that are ready to try a class environment, but need a controlled, calm setting. We will include conference calls, outside of class, to discuss your dogs’ issues, so that in class your dog won’t be listening to a “strange” person in the middle of the room and you can fully focus on your dog. Before registering, please call the me to see if this is the right class for your dog. 


In this class, you will learn how to pinpoint the signs your dog is worried. You’ll gain some strategies to minimize your dog’s exposure to the things that trigger his anxiety and learn a process to work through your dog’s fears, changing your dog’s emotional response from “Oh no!!” to “Okay!”. In return, your dog will gain confidence and learn to trust that you’ve got his back.

Class consists of four webinars. Registration in the course also includes access to a Facebook discussion group where you can pose specific questions about you and your dog.

No class scheduled?  Grab a few friends and create your own in your own backyard!  See Services and Rates  for details.

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