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National Pet Week - Training Tips & Matching Grants
You’re passionate about your dogs. You attend workshops, check the website, contact us for advice, and read the newsletter articles. In other words, you’re the type of person who appreciates Your Dog’s Friend’s free services.
National Pet Week starts TODAY, Sun, May 5 – Sat, May 11, and we have seven sponsors, one for every day, that are each contributing a $500 matching grant. Each day, we will post a short training video too! 
  • Polite Greetings
  • Capturing Behavior
  • Attention Games
  • Leash Walking
  • "Leave It" and "Drop It"
  • Coming When Called
  • Targeting ("Touch")
Our wonderful sponsors are: Behavior United; Dog Latin Dog Training; Georgetown Piano Bar; Harlow School for Dogs; Holistic Veterinary Healing; Loyal Companion; and Muddy Branch Veterinary Center. Caring Hands Animal Hospital is a supporter, donating $250 to get us started.
You may wonder what our free programs cost. Here are just a few items:
  • $2,600 pays the rent for one year of free workshops.
  • $548 pays for 200 copies of “The Shelter & Rescue Dog Book”.
  • $1,804 pays for one year’s printing of dog behavior and training handouts.
  • $1,020 pays for one year of Mail Chimp, the service we use to send out our newsletters.
  • $1,348 pays for one year’s web maintenance.
  • $1,600 would pay for two more workshop videos after our grant money runs out.
You can donate, watch a short training video, and follow our progress all week at https://yourdogsfriend.org/national-pet-week/

Matching each day’s $500 challenge is a tall order, but one that we think we can achieve together. Hopefully, you agree that the free services offered by Your Dog’s Friend are worthy of this fundraising effort.
Thank you so much for your trust and support!
​Debra Ekman  
Your Dog's Friend

Did you know that these recommended websites are on our website?

Choosing your Dog

www.petfinder.com – Read the articles on finding the right pet before looking at available dogs. Choosing a dog from a local shelter or rescue is a better idea than adopting a dog you haven’t met and don’t know much about.

www.yourdogsfriend.org/before-you-adopt/ – Our website walks you through what to consider before adopting, choosing a puppy or rescue dog, and preparing your home for your new pet.

Training and Behavior

www.youtube.com/user/kikopup– training videos by international known trainer, Emily Larlham

www.facebook.com/rescuedbytraining/– training videos on all sorts of problem behaviors – like resource guarding, jumping on people, and reactivity. The trainer works at a shelter to help dogs become more adoptable.

www.peaceablepaws.com/articles.php?type=Pat – articles by Pat Miller, training editor of “The Whole Dog Journal”, author, and trainer at Peaceable Paws, near Hagerstown, MD

www.patriciamcconnell.com/solving-behavior-problems – articles, blogs, and videos, available for free, by Patricia McConnell, known worldwide for her books and seminars

www.whole-dog-journal.com – a monthly publication, e-books, and free subscriptions to behavior, training, and health articles delivered to your email

www.aspcabehavior.org – numerous articles on behavior and training; access to an online behaviorist for free advice

www.dogster.com – tips on training and behavior, grooming, senior dogs, and health; subscribe for free, informative articles sent to your inbox

www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/blog/category/pet-training/dog-training/ – positive training and behavior advice and insights from Fanna Easter, formerly of Dog Training Nation and now part of Animal Behavior College’s blogs

www.dogwise.com – training, behavior, and sports books and DVD’s

Understanding Your Dog 

www.DiamondsInTheRuff.com – easy-to-read articles on all things dog

www.silentconversations.com – a website that teaches about dog body language

www.avsab.org/resources/position-statements/ – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior position statements on socializing puppies, punishment, and dominance

www.dogstardaily.com – download books by Ian Dunbar, “Before You Get Your Puppy” and “After You Get Your Puppy”.

https://groups.yahoo.com/group/DogRead – cyber book club featuring a different dog book each month; the authors join readers to discuss their books and answer questions

https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/p/animal-book-club.html – Companion Animal Psychology’s monthly book club discussing books promoting humane treatment of animals and scientific approaches to the human-animal bond; join on Facebook

Specific Issues 

www.fearfuldogs.com – how to help your fearful dog; books, webinars, blogs, and resources on fearful dogs

www.careforreactivedogs.com – a free online plan for helping reactive dogs

www.facebook.com/groups/reactivedogs/ – a Facebook group for “owners”, trainers, or those who rescue, shelter or foster reactive dogs

www.muzzleupproject.com/resources/  – how to choose a muzzle and acclimate your dog to wearing it; includes a video demonstration (You can find a wide variety of muzzles and sizes at www.morrco.com.)

www.raisingpetsnaturally.com  – natural pet product reviews

www.yourpitbullandyou.com  – training & enrichment ideas and blogs specifically about pitbulls

www.deafdogs.org & www.deafdogsrock.com – advocacy and tips for deaf dogs

www.blinddogtraining.org – training tips and videos for blind dogs

www.petsit.com – find professional pet sitters and dog walkers with pet care training, who are certified, insured and bonded

www.pawboost.com – lost pet alerts on the PawBoost Facebook page in your area or join the local “Rescue Squad” and receive emails about lost pets nearby

www.aplb.org – chat room & resources when your pet dies; local support groups

www.2ndchance4pets.org – information about preparing for your pet’s care if your pet outlives you

Exercise & Enrichment

Books and DVD’s on dog sports are listed at www.dogwise.com under “specialized training and competition”.

www.DoMoreWithYourDog.com: online site that teaches tricks; can join teams and test for titles, if you want

www.DogsCanDance.com: an online Freestyle (dog dancing) training site

www.FenziDogSportsAcademy.com: online sports courses using force-free methods intended to encourage a partnership in competitive sports; includes “Management for Reactive Dogs” and “Dealing with the Bogey, man – Helping Fearful and Reactive Competition Dogs”

www.whatdogswant.org: subscription to monthly box with enrichment games and directions, treats, and toys

www.fearfuldogs.com/training-games-for-shy-dogs: training games for shy dogs

www.facebook.com/groups/canineenrichment/about/: facebook group to share canine enrichment activities

www.itunes.apple.com/us/app/dog-park-assistant/id566034379?mt=8: i-phone app to help you pay better attention to your dog at play; includes short videos showing “red alert” behaviors

Children & Dogs

www.LivingWithKidsandDogs.com – advice, articles, and order the book, “Living With Kids & Dogs … Without Losing Your Mind” by Colleen Pelar

www.DogGoneSafe.com – body language flashcards, games, stories, and coloring books on dog bite prevention

www.FamilyPaws.com – programs & articles for expectant parents and parents of babies and toddlers; DOG & BABY SUPPORT HOTLINE: 1-877-247-3407

www.thefamilydog.com– tips, videos, and online training program for kids. Our featured video (https://yourdogsfriend.org/featured-video/) on body language is from The Family Dog.

www.yourfamilydogpodcast.com – a podcast on issues affecting families with dogs

www.GoodDogInABox.com– SAFE dog bite prevention and safety program for kids; videos, ebooks & games

www.awionline.org– “Pablo Puppy’s Search for the Perfect Person”, a book for 4 – 8 year olds; board game, matching game, and coloring pages for kids


www.GoodRx.com  and www.blinkhealth.com  – two sites that guide you to less expensive medications in your area

www.FearFreePets.com – Find fear free certified veterinarians and other pet professionals who have passed eight exams on methods to reduce anxiety and stress in dogs

www.VeterinaryPartner.com – Clearly written articles on various pet illnesses; “ask a vet”

www.undertheweatherpet.com  – bland diet for pets made with all natural ingredients

www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control – ASPCA 24 hour poison control advice at 888-426-4435; information on toxic plant, food, and household products; free mobile app

www.householdquotes.co.uk/keeping-pets-safe – Tips and invaluable resources to help you keep your home safe for your pets

www.crittercozy.com– Pet safety, special needs, and First Aid supplies and training

www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps– helps you identify symptoms and suggests appropriate medical action, with step by step instructions and video, until you can get to a veterinarian; download from the app store or google play

www.dogfoodanalysis.com – information, reviews, and ratings

www.healthypets.mercola.com – Health-related articles and products from holistic veterinarian, Dr. Nancy Becker

www.srdogs.com – Health tips and resources from The Senior Dogs Project

www.iheartdogs.com/category/health-behavior/senior-dogs/ – Tips to help senior dogs live a more comfortable life as they age

www.petchance.org – Crowd-funded online site to help raise funds to cover medical care for pets


www.BringFido.com: Pet-friendly destinations worldwide; toll-free number to speak to a pet-friendly travel agent

www.PetHospitality.com: Travel books, supplies, lodging & deals

www.DogFriendly.com: Pet travel guides; online store includes travel e-books

www.PetsWelcome.com: Pet-friendly hotel chains, lodgings that welcome big dogs, available services and activities

www.TakeYourPet.com: Hotel and rental car discounts; newsletter

www.PetTravel.com: Comprehensive guide to domestic and international pet travel

www.PetAirways.com: Airline to transport dogs and cats in the main cabin

Our Next Free Workshops

Workshops are from 1:30 - 3:30pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda. Only demo and service dogs are allowed. 

Sat, May 18: Learn to Speak Dog!
Sometimes, it can be hard for families to really read their dogs. We tend to be very verbal with our communication, but dogs are much more visual. They discuss their emotions through body postures and facial expressions. Not only will you learn to better understand your pup, we'll also discuss some real life situations that might make your dogs uncomfortable and what you can do to help them cope.
Speaker: Jessey Scheip, KPA CTP, trainer for veterinary behavior therapist Dr. Amy Pike at Animal Behavior Wellness Center

Sun, May 19: Advice for Adopters - monthly guidance for adopters, potential adopters & fosters
Learn how to make life with your adopted dog easier and more fun! Come hear a trainer discuss dog training and behavior, helpful pet products, and the many common issues that adopters face. There is also time to discuss your individual concerns.
Presenter: Sarah Stoycos, KPA-CTP, Laughing Dog Academy 

Register for workshops at https://yourdogsfriend.org/free-workshops/

Summer Workshops

June 23, July 14, Aug 18: Advice for Adopters

June 15: Conflict! When Your Dog Isn't Your Neighbor's Best Friend

June 22: "What are YOU doing here?" - helping your dog cope with visitors

July 13:  Dog Training Essentials: loose-leash walking and coming when called

July 27:  Surviving the Teenage Years - hot to turn your crazy adolescent into a superstar

Aug 17:  That's a ... CHICKEN!      

Free Workshop Videos

 Don't forget to check out the workshops we have been able to   videotape already, thanks to Maddie's Fund®. Please let other dog   
 lovers know about them too!
  • PTSD in Pets with veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Amy Pike
  • Fun Enriching Activities for Your Dog with Eager Beagle trainer, Karen Baragona
  • Helping Your Fearful Dog Navigate the World with Dog Latin trainer, Juliana Willems
  • "Help, My Dog is Reactive!" with veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Leslie Sinn                     And there are more coming!                                          

You can catch all of these videos in the Workshop Videos section on our website at https://yourdogsfriend.org/videos/ There's a lot of great information, and it's FREE! #ThanksToMaddie 

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