All classes listed are held at online or at Your Dogs Friend training center located at 12221 Parklawn Dr, Rockville, MD
PUPPY KINDERGARTEN NOW IN PERSON!!! -
Saturdays 8:45am - 10:00am - CLICK HERE to register
Puppy Kindergarten classes have rolling registration. That means that your family and puppy can join the class you choose as soon as space opens. In Puppy Kindergarten, you will start teaching your puppy basic good manners (like sit, come, loose-leash walking, wait, leave it, attention, settle); learn how to deal with typical puppy challenges (including mouthing, house training, jumping); watch your puppy socialize with other puppies in a controlled environment, as your instructor explains how pups communicate; and practice training exercises, like “drop it” and handling, to help prevent future fear and aggression issues.
PUPPY FIRST GRADE - CLICK HERE for more information
Continue the fun and the training! This class is for students whose dogs have graduated from our Puppy Kindergarten classes and are ready to advance what they've learned. Playtime will be included when possible.
BASIC MANNERS - CLICK HERE for more information
Tuesdays, Nov 30, 21 - Jan 11, 22 @6:45pm - Class is full
Fridays, Dec 10, 21 - Jan 28, 22 @10:00am
Saturdays, Nov 20, 21 - Jan 15, 22 @ 12:00pm - Class is full
Sundays, Dec 5, 21 - Jan 16, 22 @ 9:30am
You and your wonderful 4 footed companion will have fun while learning the basics. We'll work on Loose Leash Walking, Come, Sit, and more.
INTERMEDIATE MANNERS - Click Here for more information
Expand upon what you've learned in Basic Manners. Keeping your dogs attention longer around more distractions, stronger recalls and more!
CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (CGC) PREP CLASS - Click Here for more information
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 - CLICK HERE for more information
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.
CONFIDENCE BUILDING - Click Here for more information
This class will teach your dog three important lessons: 1) You and your dog are a team and he can trust you to protect him; 2) New and unusual situations can be fun; and 3) What’s unfamiliar can make treats happen. You will encourage your dog to go through tunnels and hoops, walk on different surfaces, and try some of the smaller Agility equipment. Puppies will do only what's safe for their developing bodies, and small dogs will work on the lower levels of our adjustable equipment. 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 - CLICK HERE to be on the waitlist
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.
ONLINE FEARFUL DOG CLASS - CLICK HERE for more information
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.
PLAY AND GAMES FOR SMALL DOGS (Single Sessions) - CLICK HERE for more information
Here is a chance for your small dog to run agility (don't worry - we'll keep it easy and fun) without the big dogs looming over them. We'll also play some games like Find-It, Catch the Corn, and Tic-Tac-Toe. Class is for dogs under 20lbs that get along well with other dogs.
"Nellie and I had a blast"
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