Unpacked has relocated to Ballarat, Victoria in May 2023
Unpacked has relocated to Ballarat, Victoria in May 2023
We make it easy for you to understand your dog’s behaviour and learn how to create the dog that fits your home and family.
Through fun and positive classes, workshops and consultations, we ‘unpack’ dog training into all of its components, in a way that simplifies the task for you. We teach you what you need to know about understanding your dog's breed specific characteristics, experiences, environment and the relationship between human and dog.
Our knowledge and experience are deeply embedded in up to date, scientific, evidence based training whilst debunking outdated theories such as pack, 'alpha' and dominance theory.
From pre-puppy purchase advice, puppy classes, adolescent and adult classes, scent detection classes, behavioural consultations, walk and train and workshops, we cover all life stages and aspects of dog training.
Come and join us!
In our 5 week Scent Detection Course we delve into the fascinating world of scent for dogs and have fun exploring how enriching it is for both dog and handler!
Our 5 week course covers:
$200 for 5 week course
Getting a new puppy? If you have small children, toddlers, a baby, or another pet, bringing a new puppy into this household can be a confronting and chaotic time. We can help.
Do you have a well-loved family pet and about to bring a baby into the house? This can be an anxious time for parents and pets. We reduce that anxiety by helping prepare the family for the new arrival.
We do a home consultation prior to the arrival of the new pup and give you methods and systems to assist the integration of the newest member of the family. We assess your home and show you where and how to set up a safe space for both the pup and the kids. We show you exercises you can start the kids doing prior to the puppy's arrival to make the introductions easier, exciting and safe for all parties.
We do a home consultation before the arrival of the puppy (or dog) and show you methods to assist with all introductions, this may include recognising areas within the home that can initially be designated as puppy areas and no-go puppy areas, which in turn allows existing animals to gradually adjust to the new pup in their space.
Specific problems can crop up any time for all kinds of reasons. We help you set things right with home consultations available for dogs of all ages covering a range of issues including:
In-home consultation is perfect for all the family and dogs not suited to group classes
Available for the Greater Ballarat Area and Surrounds.
$250 for up to 2 hours in Ballarat Area.
Additional travel fees apply outside this area
Make sure you and your family are ready for this crucial stage in your new family member's life. We offer an unique, tailor made individual puppy consultation service:
For puppies up to 16 weeks.
Pre purchase advice and set up (1.5 hours)
Prepare, Train & Support
1.5 hour pre purchase advice and set up
+ 2 hour in-home training consultation
+ phone/email support
Catch up Consultation
1 hour session in-home
+ 4 week adolescent course
The "teens" can be a difficult time for anyone. Navigate the world of adolescence with these fun and informative classes as the next step after puppy school or the first step if your dog missed puppy school. Adolescent dog training classes consolidate and and extends your learning of the basics, answering the question 'what's next?'.
Our 4 week class covers:
For dogs aged 5 - 12 months
$200 for the 4 week course.
We've all seen people being dragged along by their dog, and worse. Effective control requires more than a dog walking service.
Beginning with an assessment walk to understand the needs of the dog and the suitability of a training walk, we develop a plan in conjunction with you.
We teach your dog to walk comfortably and develop skills and confidence on lead.
Then we teach you the methods we use with your dog so you and your dog can continue to improve and learn together.
We are passionate about community dog education and promoting responsible pet ownership.
We welcome the opportunity to speak about issues such as dog attacks and child safety, off lead dog parks and beaches, and how to choose the right puppy for your family.
If your community group or school is interested in advice and guidance from experts, please contact us.
We also have some exciting workshops in the pipeline and are taking expressions of interest for the following activities:
More details to follow. Use the email button below to ask us to keep you informed!
"In February, I adopted a 2 year old mixed breed dog from a pound. Although Maggie is a great dog, she had some areas to work on, especially her willingness to engage with other dogs in a friendly and welcoming way and her ability to follow directions when in a high distraction environment. I stumbled across Unpacked Dog Training Adolescent classes and reached out and to say I'm glad I did, would be an understatement. This four week program was exactly what Maggie and I needed to help her become the best dog she can be. Through the course, we developed recall skills, loose lead walking, focus and connection between myself and Maggie and how to greet other dogs politely. Maggie absolutely thrived in the group environment and every week went from strength the strength.
Tanya and Leigh are fantastic! They teach with kindness and understanding (particularly regarding Maggie's background). It is obvious how passionate they are about dogs and dog training, they really understand dogs and can answer any question you throw at them. Each week they send through a summary of the lesson as well as some readings to better understand why our dogs behave the way they do. Thanks to Tanya and Leigh, I now have a dog, that has a strong bond with me and our relationship is at the centre of our training. I can walk her happily, without anxiety over her behaviour when we approach another dog and have lots of fun activities and skills to keep developing at home. Maggie and I can't wait for more training options with Unpacked Dog Training in the future In the meantime we are so grateful for the opportunity to learn! Maggie has gone from Maggie the Monster to Maggie the Magnificent!"
"Words just don't do ~ how valuable this training course conducted by Tanya & Leigh is!
My hubby and I , just completed this amazing 4 week course for - "us" and our now 8 month old Cocker Spaniel- Jasper
Prior to commencing this course with our Boy - we were not sure Jasper would ever settle into our home.
Now we have learn't the skills to; connect and guide our boy through positive reinforcement!
Life is so much more enjoyable together
YES!!! There is a notable change in just 4 weeks!!
A heartfelt Thank you so much Tanya and Leigh "
Geoff, Dawn & Jasper
"Just finished the course with my 1 year old golden retriever. I can’t recommend this course enough! Tanya and Leigh are absolutely wonderful! Great positive reinforcement, a lovely way to learn and connect with your dog, and just so much fun! "
"Thank you, Leigh and Tanya, so much for your training and expertise! We really enjoyed the course and feel as though we learnt a lot from it.
Thank you for fitting us into your schedule when the weather was not permitting!
We are excited about our ongoing training progress and will definitely contact you in the future should we need any further assistance.
Thanks again, and all the best."
Bec, Joel and Vinny!