Life Skills

Our course dedicated to teaching all the things you want your dog to know. We teach you how to teach your dog in a way that they understand and focus on your dog becoming a well behaved dog who can make good decisions and be a happy, confident member of the family.

  • Coming back when called, walking on the lead and general training

  • How to greet dogs and people appropriately and how to settle

  • Safety behaviours and coping with real life situations

  • Self-control and frustration tolerance

Upgrade to the full bundle for your dog!

  • £60.00

    £60.00Puppy Package

    A complete and comprehensive package for everything you could want to know for your puppy. Our Puppy Problems, Understanding Your Dog and Life Skills courses.
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  • £60.00

    £60.00Rescue Round-Up

    Perfect for new rescue dogs, our rescue round-up includes our Life Skills, Rescue Rehab and Understanding Your Dog Courses. Exactly what you need to help a new rescue settle in and become part of the family.
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  • £60.00

    £60.00Adult Advantage

    For dogs over eight months of age we recommend our Adult Advantage which includes Life Skills, Adult Apprentice and our Understanding Your Dog course! Perfect for getting back on track with training!
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Life Skills

  • Understand Your Dog

    Understand how your dog is learning, and how to effectively teach the behaviour you'd like. Avoid the common mistakes that most people make!

  • Science Based Learning

    All of our training is science based and force-free. We never recommend hurting or scaring your dog. We teach you how to teach in a way your dog understands.

  • Text Lessons

    Short, easy to follow text lessons. PDF downloads and written transcripts to aid your learning. All from highly qualified and experienced veterinary behaviourist Dr Katie Friel-Russell.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction to the Course

    • What You Need

    • Rewards

    • Learning

    • How to Teach

    • Marker

    • Adding Words

    • Training Time

    • Progressing Behaviours

    • Numbers in Training

  • 2

    Week One

    • Bed Settle & "off"

    • Sit & Down

    • Name Game

    • Collar & Harness Touch

    • Two Clips

    • Harnesses

    • Check In

    • The Theory of Lead Walking

  • 3

    Week Two

    • Tug

    • Sit for Greetings

    • Proximity Game

    • Conditioning a Recall

    • Loose Lead Walking

    • Check In With a Twist

    • Drop and Go

    • Recall Theory

  • 4

    Week Three

    • Two Tugs

    • Catch Up Game

    • Stand

    • Handling

    • Claws

    • Self-Control

  • 5

    Week Four

    • Mousey Mousey

    • Surprises

    • Confidence

    • Self-Control on a Bed

    • Say Hello, Say Goodbye

    • Wait

  • 6

    Week Five

    • Wait with Distance and Distractions

    • Leave From Hand

    • Leave From the Floor

    • Car Travel

    • Send Away From The Door

    • Interactions With Other Dogs

  • 7

    Week Six

    • Protecting Your Dog

    • Weighing Scales

    • Preparing for Surgery

    • Roll Over

    • Injections

    • Muzzle Training

    • You’ve done it!


Veterinary Behaviourist and Dog Trainer

Dr Katie Friel-Russell BVSc APDT PGDip MRCVS

Dr Katie Friel-Russell veterinary behaviourist and dog trainer for Positive Pet Training. Graduated from Liverpool University in 2012 and gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Behaviour Management from Lincoln University.


  • When does the course start and finish?

    You get access to the course as soon as you purchase it. You can start the course whenever you like and go through it at your own pace.

  • How long do I have access to the course for?

    You get the course for a full 12 months after signing up! Plenty of time to teach all of those life skills! If you need any more time after that just let us know and we can give you further access!

  • Does this cover everything I need to know?

    This course is completely standalone for exercises listed in the curriculum. It teaches you how to teach your dog! We would really recommend purchasing the full package for your dog whether puppy, rescue or adult to really get all the information you need!

  • What if my dog has other problems?

    You can access our Facebook group Positive Pet Portal or book an individual training session with us either in person or online to focus on any specific training goals you have! Or check out our other online courses for even more training help!

  • Who is this course for?

    This course if for anyone who has a dog! It really is suitable for all dogs regardless of previous training level. We have dogs and their guardians who get lots of out of this course even after completing the Kennel Club Gold Good Citizen Award. That's because our training is truly real life based and focusses on you understand how your dog learns in order to be a successful teacher. We also work towards dog become well behaved rather than obedient. So dogs who have done a lot of training in the past can still learn a lot from this more welfare based style of training!

  • How long is the course?

    The course has 7 modules set over seven weeks worth of training! But you can complete it as fast or as slow as you like! Each module has separate lessons in for the different exercises taught.