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Life Skills for Good Dogs

Dogs don't come to you knowing the life skills needed to be a Good Boy or Girl. Just like young children, they need you to show them the way.

They may have lived with us for thousands of years but we can’t ignore the fact that once upon a time they were once wild scavengers — and still enjoy hobbies like bin raiding, people drag racing and legging it after squirrels!

Who is this for?

If you've been through your first few weeks of house-training and other puppy basics (if not, click here for Puppy Home School) this will help you build on that great foundation.

If you have a rescue dog or an adolescent needing a refresher in good dog behaviour this is for you.

Or you need help training an older dog with behavioural 'quirks' that only you appreciate!

If you're worried because your dog pulls on the lead, snatches food, can't settle quietly and jumps up at people (or would do when not socially distanced) Dog Home School is definitely for you 

What will your dog learn?

This is where you show your dog how to be the goodest boy or girl your family could wish for including:

  • Sitting and staying when asked
  • Settling and chilling when asked
  • Coming back — yes, even when there are squirrels!
  • Walking with the person on the end of the lead — not pulling them like the huskies they saw on TV
  • Practising to be the best and fastest dog at fetch in the park (yay!)
  • Leaving stuff — especially when it's a tasty snack in the hands of a human puppy
  • Listening to your every word
  • Doing simple tricks to prove to your friends and neighbours they really are the cleverest pup in town (or possibly the universe)

Of course this will require a little effort from you too.

Like any parent now home schooling, showing your dog the way is the key to your dog graduating from Dog Home School.

In this course we have squished lessons into short five minute daily sessions Monday – Friday for six weeks. (Don't worry, if you have to take a break, all the classes are there for you at any time.)

Commit to just five minutes a day and marvel at the results.

Here's just a taster

Meet your trainers and discover all that you and your dog will learn in just a few weeks.



What's Included?

Six week course with five lessons each week for you and your dog to complete at your own pace and in your own home.

Week on week you'll be building a foundation for life.

Mobile friendly — free Apple or Android app included

Why your dog may be barking – and how to stop it!

showing you exactly how to do each exercise, what might go wrong, and how to fix it.

with step by step guidance.

from Vicky Carne,
The Dog Coach in our dedicated Facebook group.

"This course is amazing. I love how daily lessons are informative, short and easy to follow!"

Elena Petrova
Alisa the Corgi

"Really enjoying all the different exercises and your trainers are so good at explaining and demonstrating things so we are optimistic!"

Clare Wright
Molly the Labrador

"We are just completing the first week and we are already seeing amazing progress. Minty has picked up on hand touch and her recall and lead walking have improved. For this lockdown time and any other time this is a great course."

Keith & Di Rowe
Minty the Cockapoo

Welcome, I'm Vicky Carne, The Dog Coach

We may already have met via my online courses for new puppy owners.

In the current extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves, many more owners are of course turning to online training. I launched Dog Home School in response to this. This course is the first of a number I'll be publishing by leading dog trainers, all designed to introduce dog owners to the many ways in which they and their dog can still train and have fun together — even when life is otherwise very restricted.


I'm delighted to introduce Jo Rosie Haffenden, Nando Browne and Dean Nicholas who will be taking you through Dog Home School 1 training. 

Between them, they teach you everything you need to train your dog in the essential skills — and it's all online where you need it now. I'll be dropping by via our Facebook group to answer any queries and provide additional tips and advice.


The Dog Home School course helps you teach key skills applicable to a dog of any age. You may be starting out on training with an older puppy, looking for a much needed refresher for adolescent or rescue dog or to help you solve a particular behaviour problem your older dog has developed.

Yes, as soon as you buy the course you'll be able to login and access any and all of the lessons at any time.

Effectively, yes. You have 7 days to change your mind. I want to make buying the course and getting on with training your dog as easy a decision as possible. If, within 7 days of buying it, you decide this course isn't for you, just email to ask for your money back and you'll be refunded. No questions asked. (Of course, you'll no longer be able to access Dog Home School.)

I'm a big fan of learning online. I believe it offers so many advantages.

Obviously, it's available at a time and place to suit you. And you can repeat it as many times as you want.


This course is designed to build up over 6 weeks. But you have it for life so if life gets in the way and you have to take a break, just come back to it when you can.

The videos are short and succinct with very clear video demonstrations, so that you can get on with the fun of training your own dog.

You can go through them at your own pace and, of course, at a time to suit you. 

Every video lesson is accompanied by printable notes.

Your Six Week Course

Day 1 — Hand Touch
Day 2 — Come When Called
Day 3 — Lead Walking
Day 4 — Eye Contact
Day 5 — Spin


Day 1 — Sit Stay
Day 2 — Lead Walking
Day 3 — Come When Called
Day 4 — Settle
Day 5 — Leave It

Day 1 — Lead Walking
Day 2 — Sit Stay
Day 3 — Leave It
Day 4 — Come When Called
Day 5 — Hand Touch

Day 1 — Lead Walking
Day 2 — Fetch
Day 3 — Sit Stay
Day 4 — Spin
Day 5 — Come When Called

Day 1 — Lead Walking
Day 2 — Settle
Day 3 — Fetch
Day 4 — Find It
Day 5 — Come When Called

Day 1 — Lead Walking
Day 2 — Spin
Day 3 — Leave It
Day 4 — Settle
Day 5 — Find It

Learn first how to find out why your dog is barking – and then put the appropriate training in place to stop it.

7 Day Money Back Guarantee
I want to show as many owners as possible how to have the relationship with their dog. But I understand that an online course may seem like a risk. So, to remove that worry, if for any reason you decide it's not for you, just email [email protected] within 7 days of purchase and you'll be refunded straightaway. No questions asked. Consider it your 7 day trial, completely risk-free. Vicky Carne, The Dog Coach

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