Category Archives: The dogs of 3LostDogs

The Uncensored Story of How I Helped My Reactive Dog Get Better

Okay, kids: time for a deep dive into an actual, real-life reactivity success story. In our last article, my wife Erin Buvala told her tale of adopting a severely reactive dog. Check it out: Leave the Light On: A Real-Life Reactive Dog Adoption Story. Now, we’ll go into more practical detail on what the trainingContinue Reading

Leave the Light On: A Real-Life Reactive Dog Adoption Story

Note from Jake: this is the first post on this site not written by me! Everyone, meet my wife, Erin: By Erin Buvala It was one of those summer days when, the minute you open the car door, the strength of the hot air rushing in makes your eyes hurt. My housemates and I tumbledContinue Reading

Running To You: Updates and Reflections From a Year of Darkness, Light, and Raising Puppies (Yeah, That’s PuppIES, Plural)

Today is September 21, 2017. It’s the one-year anniversary of the death of Lost Dog #2, Jonas, and I feel weird AF. So forgive me if this one contains more navel-gazing than usual. Strap in, y’all. It’s gonna be a roller coaster. Last September, I was fast approaching The Decision. You know the one: whenContinue Reading

Video: How I Survived the First Three Months With A New Puppy (And You Can, Too!)

UPDATE: If you like this video, you’ll also like Puppy Survival School, our new online course. Click the banner below to check it out: Surviving the Adjustment Period The adjustment period is that awkward stage after you get a new dog where you and the dog are learning to live together, and the dog is learningContinue Reading

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

It’s May 1st, 2001. Incubus’s ridiculously overplayed new song “Drive” is on the radio. My dad is chauffeuring me to the humane society, and I’m in the backseat trying not to hyperventilate. Three days ago, I adopted my first puppy. Okay, technically, my dad adopted her. Something about me being a minor. Whatevs. I paidContinue Reading

Working on My Dog’s Bucket List

May 7, 2012 On Friday’s eleventh birthday, we gave her a cake and talked about how she would probably live forever. Friday had a lot of things going for her: she’s a mixed breed, and everyone knows mutts are healthier than purebreds. She’s fairly small and doesn’t have the health issues that plague full-size GermanContinue Reading