Online courses that teach you how to navigate the challenge and adventure of life with your dog


Free: Dog Speak 101

Dogs have a complex communication system. Being able to understand it is an important skill for anyone who owns or works with dogs. This course will give you a basic, yet detailed, introduction to the wonderful world of canine body language and communication. And it's completely free to join!

Puppy Survival School

Learn how to raise a happy, well-behaved puppy without losing your mind! Our most comprehensive program ever, it includes 64 videos, plus lots of written lessons (and now includes an option to add virtual coaching!). It’ll walk you through pretty much every aspect of training and socializing a puppy. So you can spend less time Googling, and more time making progress with your pup.

Focus & Come When Called

Get your dog to pay attention to you in public and reliably come when you call them, with just 15 minutes of training per day.

Dog Introductions Demystified

All about techniques for safe and happy dog introductions, plus a deep dive into the body language and “rules” of dog to dog interaction. Consider it our advanced Dog Speak class. The Gold Edition includes an extra course called Dog Parks Demystified and other bonus content.

New Offer: The House Training Course

Making potty training as simple and drama-free as possible. This course will give you a step-by-step plan that works for dogs of all ages. Even ones who've had a lot of accidents!

Until now, this course was only available as part of the Puppy Survival School package. We've decided to offer it up on its own, for folks who don't need the big program.


Dog training consults from the comfort of your couch

Want to video chat with us and get some personalized advice? Now you can! We just opened up a limited number of coaching spots.


Erin Buvala and Jake Buvala (a husband-and-wife team. Adorable, I know)

At, we’ve been helping dog owners feel less lost since 2009.   

I (Jake) started 3 Lost Dogs to provide simple, effective, and non-judgy dog training information to dog owners. For the last twelve years, I’ve been producing articles, videos, and ebooks that help people make it through the crappy parts of dog life, and get to the good parts.  

After helping out “part time” for a couple years, Erin officially joined 3 Lost Dogs as my business partner in 2021. With degrees in science and journalism, as well as a long shelter volunteer career, she’s been a boon to this project. She makes sure the advice we give is up-to-date by digging through the latest canine scientific research. Sifting through the endless sea of information so you don’t have to.

This Academy is the next evolution in the 3 Lost Dogs project, and it’s been a labor of love. We’re proud to be able to provide detailed video courses that show you exactly how to put the principles we’ve been preaching into action. 

The dog training methods I use today are not the same ones I started my career with; I’m always learning and improving, finding better ways to help dogs and their humans. Erin and I are big believers in continuing education, and our idea of the perfect date is attending dog behavior/training conferences together.⁣⁣


Terianne writes: Dear Jake, I just want to thank you so much for starting the 3 Lost Dogs Academy. My Husband found your courses and pointed them out to me when I was losing my mind. We recently adopted a 5-6 month old Blue nose pit mix and he was a touch more than a bargained for. When I thought 'This is it? What was I thinking?' He found your academy and it has given me a clear way forward to understand Kevin and better meet his needs. It's nice to finally be bonding with my boy and not be endlessly frustrated with him. So thank you again, really.
Susan writes: Jake, you and Erin are fabulous - thank you for all these great resources. I plan to use all of them and am so happy I found 3 Lost Dogs. Also, congratulations to you and Erin - what a wonderful team/couple you make! Best, Susan and Molly