Core Skills: First Steps In Obedience 

Fun and effective, HEEL, SIT, COME & STAY training

For Dogs & Puppies From 12 Weeks Old 

Core Skills is all about establishing important skills such as 'heel', 'sit' and 'come'. It's a comprehensive introduction to basic obedience, created by international best-selling author Pippa Mattinson.

Short, structured, games lead you along the path to success. And you'll have the support of our training team throughout!


Here’s What You’ll Get When You Enroll

You'll receive top quality content, videos, training instructions, support, and discounts on further courses. Your dog will learn to listen to you, and you'll rediscover the fun of spending time with your best friend!

Videos And Step-By-Step Instructions

Video demonstrations accompany all the training exercises in the course. All the lessons include clear and detailed written instructions. 

6 Months Access To Expert Tuition

You'll have 6 months access to course materials. The information throughout is written by Pippa Mattinson, author of the Happy Puppy Handbook and Total Recall.

Personal Support In Our Training Group

Every Core Skills student has access to support from our team in the Dogsnet Training Group on Facebook. The group is packed with information on dogs and dog training, and our friendly staff are on hand to answer your questions.

6 Modules - up to 10 Week's Training

You'll have access to five training levels, equivalent to up to ten weeks' training, through your Student Dashboard. You'll be able to track your journey with our progress monitor. 

Here’s What People Are Saying About The Courses

The Dogsnet Online Training Program was launched at the end of 2019 and has had a fantastic reception. You'll find testimonials like these on all our registration pages.


Puppy Parenting

Fun And Satisfying

"Blue and I are absolutely loving the course. The games are great fun and so satisfying. Four days in and she's wonderful at sitting to say please and pausing for food."

EMMA & spaniel woody from scotland 

Core Skills

Loving The Course!

“we are loving the course - the structure to the training is so helpful and the training games are fun and we look forward to them!”


Foundation Skills

Win Win All The Way Around

“Having this online option allows us to train at our pace, in our preferred environment and when it best suits our puppy!  Nothing but a win-win all the way around.”

What’s In The Course

The Core Skills course consists of an introductory module and five training modules. The objective is to establish the basic foundations of important behaviors including: heel, sit, and come. Most of the lessons are taught indoors and distractions are added in a controlled manner to ensure success. Check out the contents below:


Introducing Core Skills

This is where we explain how the course is laid out, how to use the lessons and videos. And what to expect in the way of results! 


Training Level 1

In training level 1 the focus is on positions. This is all about how you get your dog into a sit, or onto a bed, or next to you, without pushing, pulling or using a leash! You'll find plenty of games, and lots of information to help you get fast results


Training Level 2

Training level 2 is all about duration. We show you how to get your dog to hold a position for a few seconds and how we build up duration in easy achievable stages. We'll talk about cues or commands, and introduce a sit cue. 


Training Level 3

In level 3 we show you how to avoid common problems as we introduce distractions and restraint into our training games. You'll make progress on each of your core skills and introduce your dog to release cues and the heel cue. 


Training Level 4

This is where your heelwork starts to really take shape, without any restraints or force your dog will be moving around at your side. More distractions are added to the sit-stay. And we also introduce some distance into our stations games at Level 4


Training Level 5

At training level 5 the important focus is on listening to you and discriminating between different cues. You'll also be combining your sit and heelwork together into a simple routine. And adding some leash work. Your dog will learn to sit patiently while you attach a collar and leash and then walk calmly at your side as you set off together.

About The Course Teacher, Pippa Mattinson

The Dogsnet training program was designed and written by British author Pippa Mattinson. Her best sellers "Total Recall" and "The Happy Puppy Handbook" have been translated into many different languages and sell around the world.

Pippa designed the UK's Graded Training Scheme for Gundogs and her books have thousands of wonderful reviews on Amazon. She's widely known for her ability to present dog training exercises in a fun and easy to follow way.

You'll love watching Pippa's demonstration videos and her lessons are packed full of fascinating dog facts and quality training advice. 

People Love The Dogsnet Program

Core Skills is a wonderful start to your dog training journey. But it is just the start! There is so much more fun ahead.


with Moby

My Dog Is So Attentive!

“Loving the course, we're both having so much fun...whenever I go to the room I train him in he bounds after me and sits attentively ready to start!”


with 4 rescue dogs

Fun, Short, Achievable Sessions

“Me and my 4 are loving this course, it’s fun with short achievable sessions which in this busy life makes you want to train, as it isn’t a chore.”


with Gwenni

So Helpful Having My Questions Answered

“I’ve learnt so much already about dealing with successes and failures”  and “I’m benefiting from and enjoying the forum too and it’s sooo helpful having my questions answered.”

GAIL & labrador Maia FROM SCOTLAND 

Core Skills

Training For Humans Too

“Really enjoying the course - it's interesting for me, learning more/understanding more about what is happening as we go through it. You're fairly training this human through the different courses”


Puppy Parenting & Foundation Skills

Love Your Positive Style

"Our puppy, Ginny, is 12 weeks old and is doing great, thanks in large part to your wonderful training program! We finished Puppy Training and are halfway through the Foundation Skills program. I just love your positive style."


Core Skills

Detailed And Thoughtful

“the detail and thought you have put into it is very clear and much appreciated”

The Fun Starts Here

Most people are excited to begin obedience training, but so often it becomes a battle of wills that puppy and human begin to dread. It doesn't have to be this way.

Core Skills builds your dog's obedience skills up step-by-step, without force or fear. The lessons are such fun you'll look forward eagerly to each one.

Learning through play doesn't mean your dog getting their own way. Modern training methods are highly effective. And game-based training teaches your dog that you are fun and worth listening too.

You can start today,  building your dog's obedience skills in gentle layers. One skill ,and one step, at a time. 



Establishing Obedience Skills


  • Heelwork and leash walking 
  • Sit and stay
  • Come when called
  • Combination drills 
  • Videos & games
  • Online support 


100% Satisfaction Guarantee for 7 Days

We think you'll love Core Skills, but if you don't, just let us know within 7 days and we'll give you a full refund.

Let's Get Training!

A Message From Pippa:

"This is the course I take all my puppies through from about three to four months old. It makes sure each puppy has fun learning key obedience positions in easy, gentle stages.  And it helps me follow a structured path and construct strong foundations on which to build advanced skills.

I'm so excited to share this course with my students.  I think you'll have hours of fun, working through these simple and effective games!"

Pippa Mattinson

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Email us: [email protected] if you have any more questions, or go ahead and enroll today!