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by Tamara Jackman
@ Underdog Training

About the Author:

Tamara has been training dogs since 2001 when she worked for the RSPCA in Western Australia as a volunteer and then as shelter staff before moving to Melbourne in late 2004 to complete the National Dog Trainers Federation course to become a qualified dog trainer. Tamara has a special interest in the behaviour, management and rehabilitation of shelter and pound dogs and regularly gives seminars around Australia relating to these topics. As well as training and taking classes most days, Tamara works behind the scenes to ensure all Underdog classes run smoothly. Tamara specialises in puppy pre school- ensuring all Underdog puppies get the best possible start and foundation to their lives. Tamara loves all breeds with a particular liking for herding and terrier breeds.
About To Train Your Dog? DON'T! (read this first)

About To Train Your Dog? DON'T! (read this first)

Your 5 Step Guide to Starting Dog Training on the Front Foot So you know you need to train your…
Is Your Dog Home Alone?

Is Your Dog Home Alone?

Modern dogs spend more time on their own than ever before. Separation Anxiety, Boredom and Destructive behaviour are all on…
Move Your Range, Rover!

Move Your Range, Rover!

When we train dogs, (or any animal) we often talk about the importance of goal setting. Indeed, having a goal…
The Value of Turning Left

The Value of Turning Left

The Value of Turning Left (And loose lead walking tip number one!) NB The following is for dogs that walk…
If You Teach your Dog Nothing Else, Teach this Skill!

If You Teach your Dog Nothing Else, Teach this Skill!

We are frequently asked what training exercises are the most important for a dog to be able to do reliably.…
No Secret Ingredients- A Recipe for Dog Owning Success

No Secret Ingredients- A Recipe for Dog Owning Success

In my 15 year career as a dog trainer one thing that has become apparent to me is just how…
Training the Untrainables

Training the Untrainables

We’ve all heard of these dogs. Many breeds and individuals within breeds land with the “Untrainable” label. I have lost…
What’s More Important than Your Dog’s Aggression?

What’s More Important than Your Dog’s Aggression?

Each week, I see many dogs and owners who are struggling with aggression and/ or reactivity issues. Yes, that’s right-…
Don’t Be a Tool

Don’t Be a Tool

The Dog Training Equipment Debate Debacle All over the world dog training tools are created and discussed, used and loved.…
“It’s Just a Stupid Trick”- Or is it??

“It’s Just a Stupid Trick”- Or is it??

We are often asked the purpose behind particular exercises we teach in our classes or consults, especially those exercises that…
The Power of the Thrown Food Reward

The Power of the Thrown Food Reward

Meet Daisy. She did her first training walk today and really highlighted to me one of the biggest changes in…
Going Urban and How to Keep Man’s Best Friend in the Process.

Going Urban and How to Keep Man’s Best Friend in the Process.

The Australian backyard. Big enough to kick the football. Room for a barbeque and a game of cricket. Or so…

COVID-19 Update:

Please be advised all group and puppy classes are on hold during Melbourne’s extended lockdown. You may wish to still enquire and be placed on waitlists for classes at particular venues- when lockdown ends and class dates can be reset, this means you will be given preference for bookings, dependent on your position on the waitlist.

Private Training and Behaviour Consulting services are also on hold but please do send through your enquiry and we can provide you with further information, with a view to booking a session for you once lockdown ends.

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