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New Puppy? Obedience Issues? Behaviour Problems?

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The Dog Obedience Specialists | Melbourne & Surrounds

At Underdog, we offer comprehensive training courses focusing on dog obedience for Melbourne pet owners. If you’re looking to establish a foundation for future growth and build a strong, trusting relationship with your dog , you’ve come to the right place.

Dog Obedience Training in Melbourne

Underdog Training and Behaviour Consulting is an award-winning Melbourne-based dog training business established and run by nationally qualified dog trainer Tamara Jackman.

Together with a team of exceptional staff, Underdog is committed to improving the lives of dogs and their owners through well-established, evidence-based dog training strategies and techniques.

Specialising in dog behaviour in Melbourne and surrounds, our team can help you with issues such as aggression, anxiety, socialisation, enrichment, on and off-leash manners, and more. At Underdog, our training courses revolve around developing a positive living environment for both owners and their canine companions. In doing so, we take a gentle, non-judgmental approach to training that helps establish a strong foundation for growth and a positive owner-dog relationship.

Group Dog Training

Group dog training courses are an effective way of not only teaching your dog essential commands and resolving behaviour problems but also providing them with vital socialisation experiences. Explore our range of group dog obedience classes below.

Puppy Pre-School

Early socialisation allows you to get the very best out of your pup's unique personality and combat problems promptly so that they are not ongoing- great dog behaviour comes with training, not age!

Underdog Primary

Designed for dogs between 4 and 12 months. Exercises are progressed to allow younger dogs with shorter attention spans to improve engagement and motivation, especially when faced with higher levels of distraction.

Underdog Novice

Group dog training classes that run in 4-week blocks to maximise energy and interest levels in both dog and owner! Novice Classes develop fundamental obedience and socialisation skills through improved engagement and communication between dog and owner.

Underdog Elementary

The follow-on class from Underdog Novice. Elementary classes develop further reliability, introduce more advanced exercises and add greater levels of distraction- perfect for owners who want to work towards off-lead reliability.

Agility Classes

These agility classes are suitable for any physically healthy dog and owner. Agility classes introduce dogs to agility equipment, including jumps, tunnels, A-frames and dog walks, and teach handlers how to control and direct their dogs when they are excited about their newfound favourite activity!

Private Dog Training & Consultations

Private dog training and consultations provide a tailored approach, where your dog receives personalised training with individualised training strategies to solve the problems you are experiencing. Explore our private dog obedience training services below.

Dog Behaviour Consultations

Behaviour consultations for dogs with more serious issues such as fearful or anxious behaviour, aggression, destructive behaviour and excessive excitability. Behaviour consultations are longer sessions that allow for a multi-faceted approach to the challenges you face with your dog.

Private Dog Training

Obedience sessions tailored to the individual dog and owner. If your dog is pulling on the lead, jumping on visitors, or you would just like to teach them to sit and drop, our one-hour sessions are for you.

Dog Training Walks

Training walks allow an Underdog trainer to come to your home during the day and take your dog out for a one-on-one session. These sessions combine the best of both worlds: exercise and obedience training!

Extending the Family?

If you’re having a baby or thinking of adding a new pup to your family, these services will help in ensuring a smooth transition.

When Freddy Meets Fido (For Dogs and New Babies)

Ensure a smooth transition when you bring home your new baby. These sessions have been designed to educate prospective parents on the dos and don’ts of children and dogs.


These sessions are for anyone wanting to add a dog to their family. Complete a questionnaire, and one of our experienced trainers will provide professional advice on dog breeds that would best suit you and where to begin your search.

Dog Training Equipment

As well as being a premier dog obedience school in Melbourne, we also stock a wide range of high-quality dog training aids and equipment. Contact us or speak to your Underdog Trainer to make a purchase!

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Kind Words From Happy Customers

When I first met Tamara I was amazed at her knowledge of dog psychology. Everything she was saying made so much sense yet had never occurred to me, and all the time I had been doing everything backward! I have done training for both of my dogs with Underdog and it has not only made my dogs much better behaved, but I also found it was a great bonding experience and it was so much fun for all of us. I looked forward to Saturday mornings just as much as my dogs did!!! I would highly recommend Underdog to anyone looking at training their dog. I learnt more in one lesson with Tamara than I thought possible and now everything is so much easier, from simply walking them without them pulling my arms off, them coming back to me reliably so we can have fun times at the park or beach, and also stays which are invaluable for so many situations. Thanks so much guys!
Tamara has worked with Bonnie and myself for a little while now and although Bonnie will never be your unquestionably obedient dog, we have learnt how to manage her behaviour and we are now able to enjoy our walks together rather than the previous dread of being towed along in hot pursuit of another dog. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend their services to anyone with a doggie behaviour problem. They are fantastic to talk to and they have a real connection and understanding of dogs - even dogs like our Bon. I've learnt not every dog is suited to group training - one on one with Tamara and Georgie has been so much more helpful. I also highly recommend their agility workshops - Bonnie and I loved it.
Tracey and Bonnie
Hi Tamara, I wanted to say thank you for the advice and methods you gave us in our training sessions with Beau, Ernie and Gypsie. Our baby Harvey (of the human variety!) has fitted into the family with no problems at all. The dogs are so much happier and we are stress free when it comes to juggling the baby and the dogs as they have adjusted so well. I am only just beginning to realise how smart Beau is, and we are both enjoying learning tricks and targeting. He picks up on things so quickly - but I never realised his potential before you pointed it out to me! At the moment we are introducing a new trick or command about twice a week! He walks beautify with the pram and is so careful around Harvey it is just lovely. This is a picture of a normal morning in our house now thanks to you.
Jess Bruns
Tamara, This is a thankyou note that is well and truly overdue. You should know that your assessment and remediation of Alli did it in ONE shot! I sense reprogramming our behaviour made a big difference. I still can't believe the transformation you made in Alli's behaviour by the next day! Alli has been a new girl on her lead. There's no pulling and it's true to say that both family and dog are enjoying the outdoors. There's no more whining as to who takes Alli for a walk these days. The whole family really appreciated your help, and most importantly, your astute insights. Next step will be to take Alli off her lead but as you indicated, let's take one step at a time.
Tamara at Underdog Training was a wonderful instructor, helping us understand our new puppy’s needs and how to manage alone time, jumping, lose lead walking and so much more. Her knowledge with dog training is immense and she was so patient with us and our pup. As our dog grows and changes we will certainly turn to Tamara for advice and further training if needed. We highly recommend Underdog Training.
Karen and Michael
Rowena has been fantastic in helping us train our adopted greyhound, Aurora. Each lesson has been super helpful in understanding our dog’s needs and how to overcome all things from being over excited to anxious. Rowena is very knowledgeable and has advice in every question we’ve had about Aurora.
Reema Chakravarty
Brilliant experience with Rowena and our little Welshie Annie. Rowena got everyone involved and tailored the sessions to exactly what we needed and sent comprehensive follow-up notes. The most valuable thing has really been how we’ve been trained as trainers. Whilst we’ll definitely follow up with more formal sessions, we’re armed with all we need to make a great impact and we’re seeing fantastic progress already (sit, wait, come, toilet, give, loose lead, all at 13 weeks). Thanks Rowena!!!!
Al Kenvyn

COVID-19 Update:

As Melbourne moves through an easing of restrictions, we are permitted to operate many of our services in a limited capacity. We encourage you  to enquire about training for your dog but ask for your patience as we work through our waitlists and set new dates for classes. We look forward to being of assistance to you and your dog as soon as we are able to.

Our Critical Period Package for PUPPIES is currently available, please visit the page: Puppy Training Critical Period Package