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Underdog Training and Behaviour Consulting

Group Dog Training, Puppy School &

New puppy? Obedience issues?
Behaviour problems?
We're here to help dogs of any age, breed, stature and reputation!
Group Dog Training
Training for better manners, practical obedience, and socialisation.
Puppy Pre School
Early socialisation and life skills to get the best out of your pup.
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Private Dog Training
Obedience sessions tailored to the individual dog and owner.
Underdog Training Dogs
Dog Behaviour Consultations
For dogs with more serious issues such as fear & aggression.

Melbourne Dog Training & Behaviour Consulting

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

Together with her team of exceptional staff, Tamara is committed to improving the lives of dogs and their owners- ensuring the dog ownership experience is a positive one.

The services offered by Underdog aim to not just rehabilitate existing dogs, but to prevent problems in dogs through proper socialisation and training. Underdog’s training services target both ends of the leash, without blame or judgement to help everyone live in the best possible way with the dog that shares their home.

We were the first dog training organisation to offer consultations aimed specifically at preventing problems between dogs and babies and children- these When Freddy Meets Fido sessions resulted in Tamara winning in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards, Nokia Innovation Category 2009.

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Group Dog Training

Group dog training classes run in 4 week blocks to maximise energy and interest levels in both dog and owner. Classes cover basic sit/drop/stay commands, as well as various skills and exercises.

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 sit and drop, our one hour sessions are for you.

Puppy Pre School

Early socialisation allows you to get the very best out of your pups personality and combat any problems so that they are not ongoing (such as mouthing, toileting etc.) 

Dog Behaviour Consultations

Behaviour consultations for dogs with more serious issues such as fear, aggression, destructive behaviour or excessive excitability.

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These sessions are for anyone wanting to add a dog to their family. This program includes a 1 hour private session for you and your family, AND two independent assessments of dogs or puppies that you are interested in.

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- physical exercise to tire your dogs body and obedience training to tire your dogs brain!

When Freddy Meets Fido

Are you extending your family in the near future? Ensure a smooth transition when you bring home your new baby. These sessions have been designed to educate prospective parents on the do’s and dont’s of children and dogs.

Food for Thought (Dog Enrichment)

Enriching the Lives of Companion Dogs. These sessions are helpful for dogs that are active or left alone for periods of time during the day. "Food for Thought" provides a great variety of environmental enrichment activities you can try with your dog.

Dog Agility Courses

These agility courses are suitable for any dog and owner (provided your dog is physically sound). We cover items such as agility handling skills, jumps, tunnels, obstacles and much more.

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 Tamara and Stuart 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.
I can highly recommend Suzette from Underdog Training for her expert advise; patience; honest appraisal; prompt backup advise; summaries via email of every lesson; Fun and Results A knowledgeable personalised and comprehensive service which was well worth the cost. Thank You Very Much
Cath Richardson
We've just adopted the most beautiful deaf rescue dog with some behavioural issues including anxiety and overreactivity. When we first got her, we couldn't even open our front door. Suzette has been coming once a week for a couple of months & we're amazed at how far our girls come in such a short time. Suzette is amazingly knowledgeable & easy going, she's super encouraging too. Thanks for all your hard work so far, we appreciate it more than we can say. Looking forward to what else we can achieve together! Highly recommend.
Leanne Roughan-Hardie
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
Super impressed with our trainer, Suzette, who has an excellent knowledge base and was fantastic at communicating with us in a way that was easy to understand. We have two Mini Dachshunds with two very different personalities/issues that we needed help with before emigrating to NZ. In just a few sessions, we've seen pretty dramatic results and now have a much better understanding about how to properly manage problem behaviours. Very professional service, highly recommended!
Tiffany De Lacy
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

Underdog Training COVID-19 Update:

Due to current government regulations, we are not permitted to operate our face-to-face services during Melbourne’s lockdown. However, bookings are still available for all services post-lockdown.