Foundation Skills: Be Your Dog's Best Teacher
Learn how to change your dog's behavior without fear or force
For Dogs & Puppies From 12 Weeks Old
The Foundations Skills online dog training course is a comprehensive introduction to dog training, created by international best-selling author Pippa Mattinson.
It's a great way to form a training bond with an adult dog that's recently joined the family, or hasn't done much formal training before.
Training sessions are short, structured, and very detailed. And you'll have the support of our training team!
NOW OPEN: THE FOUNDATION SKILLS COURSE IS OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
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.
4 Months Access To Expert Tuition
You'll have 4 months of access to course materials. The information throughout is written by Pippa Mattinson, author of the Happy Puppy Handbook and Total Recall.
Membership Of Our Support Forum
Every Foundation Skills student has access to our support forum for a full year. The forum is packed with information on dogs and dog training, and our friendly team of staff are on hand to answer your questions.
4 Modules - 4 Week's Training
You'll have access to four modules, equivalent to four to eight weeks' training, through your Student Dashboard where 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.
STEPHANIE WITH BLUE FROM UK
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."
SYLVIA WITH GINNY FROM USA
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."
JENNIFER & STEVE FROM CANADA
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 Foundation Skills course consists of four modules. Check out the contents below:
Module 1: Putting The Fun Back Into Training - 10 Lessons
We begin by making training fun! Out with long dreary sessions of drilling, trying to be the stern boss, and constantly repeating yourself.
We'll teach you how dogs learn and show you how to start shaping and changing your dog's behavior without using any force, by helping you teach your dog to hop on a mat to earn some tasty treats. It will be fun for you, too!
Module 2: Getting Your Dog's Attention - 8 lessons
It's a wonderful feeling, having a dog that only has eyes for you! You can have that feeling by training your dog to focus on you and pay attention to you. So if you'd like a dog that says 'please' instead of just grabbing stuff, this is a week you'll love!
As well as expanding your mat games, you'll teach your dog to make and hold eye contact with you, to 'say please', when you have something they want.
Module 3: Telling Your Dog What To Do - 7 Lessons
This is the part where we teach you how to introduce commands, in a way that your dog will be able to understand. We'll show you how to avoid the common mistakes most people make, so that you don't end up with a dog that doesn't listen to anything you say.
You'll 'name' your training mat, and teach your dog the 'watch me' cue.
Module 4: Building Reliable Behaviors - 8 Lessons
This is where we show you how to start progressing the behaviors you want your dog to carry out, and making them more reliable. We'll show you how to add duration and simple distractions, and to help your dog really understand what you want him to do.
You'll add a nice polite sit to your dog's 'please', and add a release cue to your mat stays, so your dog knows when they can leave - and waits there for a couple of minutes, until you release them!
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
Foundation Skills is a wonderful start to your dog training journey. But it is just the start! There is so much more fun ahead.
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.”
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.”
The Fun Starts Here
All dogs need some training if they are to enjoy living in our human world. Every dog owner, is a dog trainer. You don't get to choose.
Your dog is learning from you whenever you are together. Foundation Skills is all about building a training bond with your dog, and building your skills as a trainer so that you can be the teacher your dog deserves.
Learning how to change your dog's behavior without force could save you hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in training class fees or behavioral consultations.
And the best part is that you'll both be having fun!
Be Your Dog's Best Teacher
100% Satisfaction Guarantee for 7 Days
We think you'll love Foundation Skills, but if you don't, just let us know within 7 days and we'll give you a full refund.
It's time to become the center of your dog's world
A Message From Pippa:
"This is the course I wish I had had when I started learning how to train dogs without force. Even if you have used old fashioned methods for years, it's never too late to make the change.
I'm so excited to share my knowledge with you using the Dogsnet Online Training Program. It allows me to include so much more than I could ever put in a book. And I think you'll have hours of fun, putting these simple and effective strategies into practice!"
Frequently Asked Questions
When Does The Course Start?
Foundation Skills is now open for enrollment, and you'll receive access to the course within minutes of enrolling.
Do I Have Time?
The training games are short and sweet. Most only take a couple of minutes or so to play. They can easily be slotted into a busy schedule.
Is My Dog Too Old / Old Enough?
Foundation Skills is great for adult dogs of any age. And for puppies over 12 weeks old. If your puppy is much younger than this, you can make a start with Puppy Games, or our full Puppy Parenting course. Puppy Parenting is the best option if you are having problems with potty training, biting, or night waking. Or if you have never raised a puppy before.
What Happens If I Get Stuck?
You'll be able to chat to other students in the private forum and our training team will be on hand to help. However, the steps are so detailed and structured that you should be covered! And we update course content regularly with popular questions and their answers.
What Is The Student Forum?
Our private members' forum is a great place for students to get help from our support team or simply hang out with other students. There are hundreds of interesting threads to browse and a comprehensive collection of FAQs for each training course.
Do I Need Any Equipment?
You will need a few inexpensive items such as a clicker and a treat bag. There is some optional equipment that you might want to buy such as a mat, but you can make your own out of an old blanket if you prefer.
Can I Access The Whole Course At Once?
The modules are released at one week intervals starting with Module 1 on the day of purchase.
How Long Does My Course Access Last?
You'll have access to the course for 3 months and to the forum for a full year.
How Does The Guarantee Work?
We'll provide a full refund anytime in the first seven days after purchase. That gives you time to look through the first lessons and make sure that the course is the right one for you.
What Does It Cost In My Currency?
The course prices are in US dollars because 60% of our visitors are in the USA. However you can pay in any currency. Exchange rates vary from day to day but you can calculate today's rate with an online currency converter .
Do I Need Previous Experience?
The course is suitable for complete beginners to dog training. You don't need any prior experience and neither does your dog.
Is The Course Suitable For Experienced Trainers?
The course is suitable for experienced traditional trainers wanting to cross over to force free training. It is unlikely to benefit experienced positive reinforcement trainers.