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Group Dog Training Classes in Melbourne

Underdog Group Dog Obedience Classes

Melbourne Group Dog Training
Group Dog Training by Underdog Training

Located in various Melbourne suburbs, our group training classes run differently to most in that they run in 4 week blocks. This maximizes energy and interest levels in both dog and owner, allowing you to get the very best out of your dog. Most owners complete training blocks 3-4 times per year to maintain their training, depending on the level of obedience you require.

Our Melbourne group training classes are split into two levels: Novice and Elementary – to ensure you are grouped with dogs and owners at a similar level to you. Dogs may complete multiple courses in each level, moving on only once they are ready to do so.

Our class sizes are small so you can always receive a little additional help- whilst all dogs progress at different rates, no-one gets left behind at an Underdog group training class. We have an average of 1 professional instructor for every 8 dogs so you can be sure you will receive the very best instruction and attention.

Novice Dog Training Classes include the following exercises/skills:

  • Sit
  • Drop
  • Sit / Stay
  • Loose Lead Walking
  • Recall (come when called)
  • Use of a marker and release word
  • Using appropriate motivation and rewards
  • Self Control Exercises
  • Problem Solving games
  • Go to a bed or Mat
  • Greeting people and other dogs
  • Teaching basic Tricks
  • Targeting
  • Basic Agility obstacles
  • Dealing with reactivity and excitability
  • Massage

Elementary Dog Training Classes include the following exercises/ skills (in ADDITION to improving the foundation skills learned in Novice classes)

  • Drop Stay
  • Heel
  • Drop on the move
  • Commencing off lead work
  • Response to commands at distance
  • Working out of sight
  • Using a safe tether
  • Teach “Leave”
  • Go to a mark- (improving targeting)

Novice Group Dog Obedience Training

Our Novice Group Obedience classes are available to all fully vaccinated dogs of all ages.

These classes use a variety of modern, fun and engaging exercises to teach the following skills over the 4 weeks of training. Novice Group obedience classes are more focussed on furthering obedience skills in practical situations, with distractions. Please note course content can be modified at the discretion of the instructor depending on the participants involved.

Novice group obedience classes and cover content including (but not limited to):

  • Sit
  • Drop
  • Sit / Stay
  • Loose Lead Walking
  • Recall (come when called)
  • Use of a marker and release word
  • Dealing with Jumping Up
  • Using appropriate motivation and rewards
  • Self-Control Exercises
  • Problem Solving games
  • Go to a bed or Mat
  • Greeting people and other dogs
  • Teaching basic Tricks
  • Targeting
  • Dealing with distractions and excitability
  • Massage

The price for Group Obedience (all venues) is $195 for a 4 week course (Effective January 1st 2022)

Please select a location below for more information:

Locations marked with are fully booked for 2021. Waitlists are available for 2022 classes (dates TBC).

Playful Pups Doggy Daycare
11 Citrus St, Braeside VIC 3195

Course start dates TBC.

  • Mondays 8pm
  • Wednesdays 6:45pm

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

This location is fully booked for 2021 – waitlist available for 2022 classes (Dates TBC)

Andy’s Doggy Daycare
4 Rickard St, Brunswick East VIC 3057

Course start dates TBC.

  • Saturdays 11:30am

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

This location is fully booked for 2021 – waitlist available for 2022 classes (Dates TBC)

Lewin Reserve, entry via MacDonald Street

Course start dates TBC.

  • Sundays 11:30am

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

Hays Paddock, Lister Street Kew

Course start dates TBC.

  • Wednesdays 6:15pm
  • Wednesdays 7pm

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

This location is fully booked for 2021 – waitlist available for 2022 classes (Dates TBC)

Langwarrin Veterinary Clinic
299 Cranbourne-Frankston Rd, Langwarrin VIC 3910

Course start dates TBC.

  • Mondays 7pm

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

Elementary Group Dog Obedience Training

Completion of Novice Level is a prerequisite for this course. Elementary classes include the following exercises:

  • Problem Solving Games OR introduce basic concepts of free shaping with a simple exercise
  • Sit Stay
  • Drop Stay
  • Loose Lead Walking- in practical situations with high levels of distraction
  • Long line introduction OR dropped short lead introduction working towards off lead work (with the exception of reactive dogs who will remain on long lines)
  • Socialisation activities
  • Drop on the move
  • Drop on Recall
  • Sit and Drop at a distance
  • Change of position at a distance
  • Heel- both stationary and on the move
  • Recalls- increasing distance and distraction
  • Dog to greet people approaching without jumping or lunging
  • Send to bed/ Blanket and remain there
  • Using Tie Outs
  • Out of sight work (if dogs are ready)
  • Tricks for Engagement and Fun

The price for Group Obedience (all venues) is $195 for a 4 week course (Effective January 1st 2022)

Please select a location below for more information:

Sinclair Avenue Reserve

Next Course Start Dates:

  • No current dates.

Contact us for enquiries »

Lewin Reserve, section on Sinclair Avenue

Next Course Start Dates:

  • No current dates.

Contact us for enquiries »

COVID Catchup Class Times & Locations

These classes are specifically designed for dogs between 4-12 months

with exercises progressed in a way that allows younger dogs with shorter attention spans to learn how to engage with their owner and become more motivated to train, when faced with the distraction of people and other dogs. Please note course content can be modified at the discretion of the instructor depending on the participants involved.

*Highlighted exercises listed below are NOT included in Novice Group Obedience classes. Other skills that are covered in both types of classes may be covered using different types of exercises and with lower levels of distraction.

Content includes (but is not limited to):

  • Calm Handling and/ or Grooming*
  • Dealing with Mouthing*
  • Using noise desensitisation for socialisation*
  • Using Play to develop Motivation*
  • Sit
  • Drop
  • Sit / Stay
  • Loose Lead Walking
  • Recall (come when called)
  • Use of a marker and release word
  • Using appropriate motivation and rewards
  • Self-Control Exercises
  • Problem Solving games
  • Greeting people and other dogs
  • Targeting
  • Dealing with distractions and excitability
  • Massage

The price for COVID Catchup Group Obedience (all venues) is $195 for a 4 week course (Effective January 1st 2022)

Please select a location below for more information:

Locations marked with are fully booked for 2021. Waitlists are available for 2022 classes (dates TBC).

Playful Pups Doggy Daycare
11 Citrus St, Braeside VIC 3195

Course start dates TBC.

  • Wednesdays 8pm

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

This location is fully booked for 2021 – waitlist available for 2022 classes (Dates TBC)

Andy’s Doggy Daycare
4 Rickard St, Brunswick East VIC 3057

Course start dates TBC.

  • Saturdays 10:15am

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

This location is fully booked for 2021 – waitlist available for 2022 classes (Dates TBC)

Lewin Reserve, entry via McDonald Street

Course start dates TBC.

  • Sundays 10:15am

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

Hays Paddock, Lister Street Kew

Course start dates TBC.

  • Wednesdays 5:45pm

Contact us for to be placed on the waitlist* »
*Please note that this is a priority waitlist that works on a first-come first-served basis.

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