Raise a happy, well-behaved puppy without losing your mind

Do any of these sound familiar?

If any of that sounds like you, don’t worry: You CAN train your puppy, you CAN build a really strong bond with them. Even if you feel like you have no clue what you’re doing.

You can still live happily ever after. 

Puppy Survival School will show you how. We’re here to help you break through the chaos, and actually enjoy life with your puppy.

Imagine having a puppy who:


You'll learn how to get your puppy to:


A comprehensive online program for the overwhelmed puppy parent (or puppy parent-to-be)

Puppy Survival School

We know you’re exhausted. You don’t have the time or mental energy to sit through a bunch of dog training theory – you need to know what to do, now!

We start by teaching you a simple strategy you can use to quickly get problems under control and be a lot less stressed.

When you’ve implemented the strategy and gotten out of crisis mode, we’ll teach you everything else you need to know to raise a puppy you can be proud of.

We’ll walk you through pretty much every aspect of training, socializing, and caring for a puppy. So you can spend less time Googling, and more time making progress.

Puppy Survival School is designed for puppies up to five months of age. (Meaning your puppy can be up to five months old at the time of starting the program)


This program contains NINE courses. Including:

Get obnoxious behavior under control and prevent bad habits from developing


This will help you quickly get problems under control. (Haven’t brought your pup home yet? Foundation will help prevent problems and establish good habits from the beginning)

  • The core strategy for successfully raising a puppy
  • How to exercise your puppy in a way that actually wears them out, instead of making them MORE hyper
  • How to train your puppy to love their crate
  • The Puppy Taming Game: a training exercise that gets puppies to calm down and stop being obnoxious
  • How to teach your puppy to politely “say please” when they need something

Potty train your pup with a simple plan that actually works, even if he's had a lot of accidents


Make the potty training process as simple and drama-free as possible.

  • A flexible, step-by-step plan that works for all work schedules and all living situations
  • What to do if you’re at work or school longer than the puppy can “hold it”
  • What to do about accidents

Get those razor-sharp little baby teeth under control


Learn how to survive the crazy biting phase.

  • How to interact with a puppy in a way that reduces biting
  • How to control the factors that make biting worse
  • What to do when your pup goes into “Hyper Attack Mode”
  • The difference between normal puppyhood biting and aggression
  • What to do about the puppy biting your kids

Learn how to understand your puppy, so you can communicate clearly and reduce frustration


All about puppy body language and behavior.

  • What to expect from your puppy
  • How to tell when a puppy is stressed
  • Everything you need to know about how puppies play
  • How to tell if your pup is more fearful than normal – and what to do about it

Help your other pets adjust to the new puppy (and get the puppy to stop terrorizing them)


All about creating a harmonious multi-pet household, so you can stop feeling guilty about inflicting a demon puppy on your older dog or cat.

  • Introduce the new pup to your resident pets
  • Help your older dog accept the puppy
  • Get the puppy to be calm around the cat
  • Learn what to do if the older dog corrects the puppy
  • Foster a positive relationship between the pets

Teach your puppy important "life skills" that will save you time and help you get your freedom back


The skills your puppy needs to have in order to exist peacefully in their human household.

  • Get your puppy to stop whining when you leave the room
  • Get them to sleep through the night
  • What to do if they cry at night
  • Prevent food aggression
  • Trim your puppy’s nails with no drama

Train your puppy to listen to you and follow cues


Video tutorials for teaching your puppy cues and basic manners that will make life easier, using fun games and puppy-friendly methods. Learn how to teach your puppy the following skills at a beginner level:

  • Focusing on you
  • Ignoring a distraction
  • Walking on a leash
  • Not stealing food
  • Sit, Lie Down, Drop It, Leave It, Come When Called
  • Plus: footage of my puppies practicing their skills in real-life situations, so you can see how it all comes together in the real world

Teach your puppy about the world in a way that's fun, builds your bond, and turns her into the best dog she can be


You know your puppy needs to “be socialized,” but what does that even mean? And how do you do it without becoming a giant ball of stress?

  • A chilled-out socialization program
  • How to help a shy puppy overcome their fears
  • What to do about a puppy who barks at strangers or other dogs
  • How to avoid making common socialization mistakes that teach puppies bad habits
  • Plus: River’s “socialization adventure vlogs” that show you how to put all this theory into practice

Make it through the times when self-doubt starts eating you alive


A guide to the critical but often-ignored mental and emotional side of raising a puppy.

The “What The **** Was I Thinking” phase is something that many puppy parents go through. It’s the part where everything is terrible and you think you made a huge mistake by adopting this puppy.

I’ll talk about my own personal experience with this phase, and teach you how to survive it.


We have some extra elements to enhance your experience in the program

ACHIEVEMENT BADGES – Raising a puppy can be dull, thankless work. People go nuts over the flashy dog training stuff like tricks or agility, but no one seems to care when you get your puppy to FINALLY sleep through the night, or have fewer potty accidents this week than last week.

Well. WE care.

We know you work hard for this stuff, and it’s just as big an achievement as Roll Over and Play Dead, darn it!

With badges, we aim to give you a fun way to track your progress and celebrate all your wins along the way.

FORUMS – Where you can brag about your achievement badges, vent about the WTFWIT phase, ask questions, and discuss course content.

TWICE-MONTHLY LIVE Q&A SESSIONS: where we hang out with everyone on Zoom and talk dogs.


For a one-on-one, customized course experience

Don’t want to go it alone? Want me to give you direct advice and feedback? The private lessons option might be right for you! 

This package includes access to the complete Puppy Survival School program, plus:

Goodbye self-doubt and information overload, hello peace of mind!

As a self-study program, Puppy Survival School has all the information you need to raise a great puppy. With the coaching package, you’ll gain even more clarity. I’ll be there to guide you every step of the way and show you exactly what to do with YOUR unique puppy, and make things work for your life and family.


  • Knowing exactly what to do and when.
  •  Being able to send your coach (me!) clips of your puppy’s behavior, and getting an answer on whether it’s normal or not.
  •  Not having the nagging voice in the back of your head asking “am I ACTUALLY doing this right, or am I going to ruin my puppy forever?”
  • Having the encouragement and support of someone who’s been there, who gets it, and who will never judge you for having moments of wishing the demon puppy would just disappear.
With me as your coach, you can stress less and just focus on enjoying life with your new pup.

Only for puppies who are under six months old at the time of sign-up. 
How does it work?

Just like with the All-Access Pass, the private lessons package is a monthly membership. You get two virtual coaching sessions per 30-day period, which you can schedule whenever you’d like.

At our first session, us humans will chat (your puppy doesn’t need to be present). We’ll ask you lots of questions so we can give you the most accurate advice possible, we’ll answer your questions, and create a personalized training plan. 

After each session, I’ll send you your customized homework. Over the month, you can text us (via SMS or through messaging built into the Academy site), and send us videos of your puppy’s behavior and/or training so we can give you pointers. 

What does it cost?

$199 per month. Prices are in USD.

There’s no commitment required. Stay for one month and then cancel, or keep renewing for as long as you need.

Some of our clients find that they only need coaching for 30 days, just to get them on track. If so, that’s great! Our goal is to give you the tools you need to become your own expert.

You may cancel your membership at any time and you’ll still have access to it for the remainder of the 30 days, and then it won’t renew. You can also downgrade to the normal All-Access Pass.

Questions about whether the private lessons package is right for you? Email us at contact@3lostdogs.com.

Please note: This coaching package is designed for puppies who are under six months old at the time of sign-up. If you have an older dog, please apply through this page.

Feedback from our students:

Danielle writes: Hi Jake! Thank you so much for your time video chatting with me last week. I wanted to follow up and let you know that adding the mental stimulation has worked wonders for Ollie! He is doing so well with the Baby Obedience training, it's amazing how quickly he learns. Thank you again for your help - I would recommend 3LostDogs to anyone with a new puppy! You guys are amazing and have saved our sanity...Ollie is definitely growing into a well behaved and under control puppy! Of course he had his wild moments, but it's so much more enjoyable to play with him during these times when they last for a little while, and not all day long. Thanks again and I will be in touch if we get stuck again!!
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.
Heather writes: Jake & Erin You guys are the best! Went to REI earlier today and picked up the Ruffwear front range harness. With the technique in the training video, roasted chicken and the lick mat, I was able to successfully put Odin's harness on with out any biting or fussing. He was calm and not panting! Thank you so much. We are looking forward to getting started on the rest of our homework 😀 Have a great weekend!

Training designed for real life, developed in real life, filmed in real life


This project started when I adopted River, a four-month-old Belgian Malinois.

Beginning on day one, I filmed everything I did with River. House training, problem solving, socializing, playing, adventuring, etc.

A few months later, I decided that River needed a friend, so I went back to the shelter and adopted Hazel, a three-month-old lab/pit bull mix.

I filmed everything I did with her, too.

All this footage became the Puppy Survival School.

As real-life as it gets!

River hazel play fight

This is no fancy studio production. These videos were recorded in my messy house, with my noisy housemates, with a resident cat who liked to wander into the shot.

You’ll see these puppies learning, making progress, and growing. I’ll even point out my mistakes.

You won’t have to use your imagination to figure out how all these lessons fit into real life, you’ll get to watch them happen in real life.

Gain the knowledge to confidently tackle puppy raising

 My aim is to help you feel less like a giant ball of anxiety. (I know some of us will always feel like a giant ball of anxiety no matter what, woohoo #mentalhealth, but still)

I won’t lie, this stuff does take work. Raising a puppy is never exactly a breeze, no matter what. But if you follow the program, you’ll be amazed at the progress you can make.

And I can’t promise that your puppy will become the “perfect dog,” because all dogs are individual, unique living beings, not robots from the Perfect Dog factory.

But if you put in the work, things will get easier, you’ll be less stressed, and you and your dog will be ready for a lifetime of adventures together.

If this sounds like a good fit for you, scroll down and hit the “join now” button, and you can start making progress with your puppy today. 

Get Puppy Survival School when you sign up for the Academy All-Access Pass

No commitment! Easily cancel at any time. Click here to learn more about the All-Access Pass

All-Access Pass

$ 24 per month
  • All eight Puppy Survival School courses
  • All our other courses
  • Forums
  • Twice-monthly live Q&As with Jake and Erin
  • New content added monthly

The Private Coaching Package

$ 199 per month
  • Everything in the All-Access Pass, plus:
  • Two one-hour video chats with Jake
  • Personalized training homework
  • The ability to send us your puppy training footage and get feedback
  • Support via text or email. We'll respond to your messages within one business day


We’re Erin Buvala and Jake Buvala, a husband-and-wife dog training team. We’re all about providing non-judgy, effective, modern training information to dog owners. 

Fun fact: we met because of 3 Lost Dogs. I (Jake) had been running 3LostDogs.com solo for years. Erin adopted a particularly challenging dog (seriously – ask us about the time he ate an entire couch). She emailed me to get my thoughts on the situation, and 70 emails later, we decided to get married and also work together. Totally normal, right?

We’ve spent time in the dog ownership trenches ourselves. We know what it’s like to feel fed up, exhausted, and even angry when it comes to our dogs and their “issues.” We’ve both had those moments of thinking, “maybe getting this dog was a bad idea,” and “wow I’m literally the worst dog owner on the planet. I suck at this.” 

We know what it’s like, so we’re dedicated to helping other people make it out of that trench of despair, and get to the good parts of dog life.


Up to roughly five months of age, meaning your puppy can be up to five months old when you start the program.

We get this question a lot! So we added a new feature to help you adapt the puppy program to your adult rescue dog. More on that below.

But the short answer is: Possibly. While the program is designed for young puppies, it can also help an older dog with things like house training, crate training, basic obedience and manners, and getting settled into their new home.

Raising a puppy and a rescue dog are similar, but different experiences. What all you folks with a new adult dog really need are bits and pieces of ALL the Academy courses, not just the puppy program.

Good news – when you sign up for the All Access Pass, you get access to all our courses, plus a new feature:

The Rescue Dog Roadmap. This will show you exactly which lessons to take from each course, so you can get your new dog settled in. 

Puppy Survival School is not designed to help adult or adolescent dogs with problems related to: fear, aggression, reactivity, resource guarding, pulling on leash, poor socialization history, or predatory behavior toward other pets. If you’re still unsure, email me at contact@3lostdogs.com, and I’ll let you know if the program is appropriate for your dog.

That’s up to you! This isn’t like a puppy class with a set schedule or end date. Work through the courses at your own pace.

There’s enough training material to guide you through at least the next three months of your puppy’s life.

The All-Access Pass is a monthly membership. When you sign up, you’re covered for 30 days, and then your membership will renew automatically unless you cancel

Nope! We, too, hate subscription services that make you do things like fill out a form, print it, bury it in a crossroads at midnight and then wait two weeks for them to consider your request.

To cancel, just go to “view/edit membership” in the navigation menu, and hit the cancel button. You’ll have access to the Academy for the remainder of the thirty days, and then it won’t renew.

Nope! This is a set of online courses with lots of videos, as well as written lessons. Access it with your username and password from anywhere, on any device.

Yep! The design is fully responsive, for a great experience on any device. Take the courses on your computer, phone, and/or tablet.

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