Dog Behaviour Classes

If you want a well-behaved dog you are proud of, not ashamed of – you have come to the right place. Our classes quickly teach you how to gain control of your dog, and encourage them to be enthusiastic and eager to please.


Dog Behaviour Classes are suitable for dogs of all ages and are held in Cheltenham on Saturday mornings (12 – 1pm) – no prior training is required. Classes run over a four-week period. (Course cost $200). There are usually about six dogs in each class and often multiple trainers to help.

Classes are held in a mix of indoors (away from distractions and unpredictable weather) and outdoors, including spending some time in the street and at a nearby park for loose leash walking and recall training.

We cover a wide range of topics, including helping people with any recurring issues and doing foundation work to encourage your dog to be naturally calmer and better behaved. We also teach how to best target unwanted behaviour. These classes are ideal for people who want to continue with further training after Puppy School or for those who need a little help issues such as :

  • Pulling on the lead
  • Inconsistent recall
  • excessive barking and excitement at the door bell or visitors or dogs
  • Excessive boisterous behaviour/barking
  • Jumping Up
  • General bad behaviour around the home
  • Destructive behaviour

Often the volunteer based Dog Schools and organizations haven’t the skills and offer the individual attention to help people with dogs that are not ‘easy’.        Book now – Call Alan 0411 705 686







Dogs that have shown any sign of aggression will need to be assessed before being allowed to attend. Home visit may be required.

Prices include the full tuition, notes and a graduation certificate. If you reside in the City of Glen Eira (they are the most pro-active council!), we also include a free assessment for an obedience certification, which enables you to receive the next year of council dog registration for free and 1/2 price for the rest of your dog’s life (more than paying for the course).

Check start dates on our Classes & Prices page


“I couldn’t recommend Alan and the classes more highly. Bonnie our 9 month Spaniel in four weeks of classes is so much calmer and more controlled at home and on the lead”. Julie Graham – Sandringham 2020

‘I have two Beagles – mother Harper who is two years old and baby Scout who is six months old. I love all dogs but especially Beagles and I think they are simply the best dogs in the world. People who don’t know Beagles often think they are not intelligent because they can be disobedient and hard to train. The truth is, they are very intelligent but also incredibly wilful. They prefer to do what they want to do and not what you want them to do. Without the proper knowledge and training, they can be overwhelming, which is why so many of them end up in shelters. I too felt overwhelmed when I first got my Beagles. However, I had the good fortune of hearing about Alan Sheppard from the Secret Dogs Business behaviour school in Cheltenham. He offered a small group program in basic obedience training over four weeks. The program is state government accredited and is as reputable as they come, and Alan himself is simply a master with the dogs. He taught the group easy to learn and very useful skills in dog handling and safety at the school each week and tasked us to practice those skills with our dogs during the week. He followed each class with a written summary of the techniques taught, along with other useful written advice. The small group format allowed him to get to know the personalities of the dogs and their specific learning needs, and to provide all in the group with very focussed and personalised instruction. I am very pleased to say, my two Beagles now listen to me most of the time, and are now very easy to manage and enjoy. Alan Sheppard and the Secret Dogs Business behaviour school has taught me and my dogs very useful skills that we will carry for life. Thank you Alan! Michal A Bentleigh June  2021



Why Choose Us

  •  over 50 years of combined experience
  • Highly experienced and friendly staff
  • no cruel practices or punishments
  • Our classes are practical and useful
  • Balanced  training methods


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