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3LD is an online resource for dog owners.

It’s a guide to choosing a dog, solving behavior problems, and doing cool stuff with your very own Man’s Best Friend.

Dogs are awesome. Raising a dog can be one of the most worthwhile things you ever do.

But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. It’s not always fun. Sometimes taking care of a dog is really, really difficult.

Dog ownership often comes with a lot of challenges that make you want to tear your hair out: The puppy who won’t stop biting. The rescue dog who freaks out when you leave her alone for five minutes. The teenage dog who keeps himself entertained by destroying the house.

3 Lost Dogs wants to help you deal with that kind of stuff. We’re here to guide you through the rough patches and help you build a solid relationship with your dog. We’ve got tutorials, articles, and an online academy full of practical advice that you can start using right away.

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About the Author

Hi! I’m Jake Buvala, a dog trainer and writer. As of 2020, I’ve been running 3LostDogs.com for more than ten years.

I’m the creator of Puppy Survival School, an online course designed to help you raise a happy, well-behaved puppy without losing your mind (catchy tagline, don’t ya think?). Puppy Survival School is built around footage I took raising my own real live puppies, River and Hazel.

I got started in dog training as a teenager, competing in agility with my dogs. I have a total of eleven years experience volunteering in animal shelters: over the years, I held the titles of litter box scrubber, dog walker, dog trainer, people trainer, and adoption counselor. (I’m taking a break from shelter work. The burnout is real)

To continue my professional education, I attend seminars and conferences like Clicker Expo, and keep up with the current scientifical understanding of dog behavior. Sifting through the endless sea of information so you don’t have to.

I live in Arizona with my dogs Merlin the border collie, River the Belgian Malinois, and Hazel the lab/pit bull mix. We have many wacky adventures, which you can follow on Instagram.

The original three lost dogs

Not all the furry teammates who started this journey are still with us. 3 Lost Dogs is named after:

Friday the German shepherd mix, 2001-2012 – my first dog. Friday’s story inspired one of our most popular blog posts, Thinking of Returning Your Puppy to the Shelter/Breeder?

My favorite Friday post: Whatever Tomorrow Brings: Important Things to Know Before (and After) You Adopt a Dog

Jonas the super mutt, 2003-2016 – my “foster failure” and agility partner.

My favorite Jonas post: Running to You: Updates From a Year of Darkness, Light, and Raising Puppies (Yeah, That’s PuppIES, Plural)

Merlin the border collie – Merlin is twelve years old, and keeps the energetic young pups in line.