Dog Trainer • Oakland, CA • Private In-Home Dog Training
Not taking new clients except young puppies who need basic puppy training, and adult dogs who need general obedience. Not taking any new clients whose dogs need behavioral training (i.e., leash reactivity, resource guarding, separation anxiety, etc.).
ABOUT DEVOTED DOG TRAINING
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Devoted Dog Training is only taking new clients with puppies (basic puppy training), or adult dogs who need obedience training. Not taking new clients whose dogs need behavioral training (i.e., leash reactivity, resource guarding, separation anxiety, etc). Devoted Dog Training is closing April 1, 2020 so Courtney can begin a new role training other dog trainers on a national level.
Devoted Dog Training believes in a holistic approach to dog behavior and training. All aspects of your dog's life—nutrition, exercise, breed traits, household environment, and owner/family lifestyle—can influence behavioral issues. These factors are taken into consideration, and a training plan for your dog is customized accordingly. Every dog is an individual, therefore so are its training needs.
Yes, we are in the business of training dogs. And we are also in the business of changing minds. The process of dog training requires compassion, patience, consistency and advocacy, and caring for our pups teaches us a lot about ourselves. We aim to facilitate human learning just as much as dog learning.
We train humans by giving them the tools to train their dogs.
We ONLY use modern, positive reinforcement techniques. Our training style focuses on building your dog’s confidence through incremental successes on the way to mastering new behaviors. Praise and treats are used to reward and reinforce positive behaviors. We teach force-free, cruelty-free training methods using only safe, humane tools. We NEVER use, or condone the use of, any aversive/punitive tools or methods that will cause your dog fear or pain, such as shock collars, prong collars or choke chains. Aversive methods are not only outdated, they have been scientifically disproven.
Private training sessions. We train in your home, and in the environments that your dog will most commonly experience. Parks and other locations provide real-life challenges to work with, so that your dog will become successful in every environment and situation it may encounter in everyday life.
“My goal is to help as many dogs as possible. I want every dog to live the best life they possibly can.”
COURTNEY BRIGGS, OWNER and TRAINER
Courtney has a lot of practical dog knowledge to share with you! She has worked with dogs for over 20 years, both professionally and as a volunteer. She has worked in animal shelters with all manner of breeds and behavior issues, as an adoption counselor and trainer. Courtney served as Lead Dog Trainer, conducting group classes and private sessions, at a facility in Walnut Creek, CA voted Best Dog Training in the East Bay 2015 by Diablo Magazine. She launched Devoted Dog Training in 2016, and through private lessons, continues to teach positive reinforcement (force-free) dog training, obedience, behavior adjustment training (BAT), puppy socialization, and advanced skills including agility and tricks, scent work, therapy dog training, and Canine Good Citizen training and testing.
Courtney consistently receives accolades for her ease and likability around both dogs and humans, and her ability to translate dog behaviors so humans can understand them. She is passionate about the well-being of dogs, and ensuring that both dogs and humans have a good training experience. Courtney has a special passion for working with pit bulls, and helping fearful/shy/anxious dogs to become more confident.
THINKING ABOUT GETTING A PUPPY?
• Plan ahead. Puppy training can begin at 8 weeks of age. Make sure your trainer will be available when your puppy is ready to start training.
• Puppy socialization must happen before 16 weeks of age, as that's when the socialization window closes. Learn all about the importance of puppy socialization here.
GET IN TOUCH
For rates, and to schedule appointments, email us. Please be sure to proofread your email address to make sure it's correct, so we can reach you.
Scroll through the reviews below to read what happy clients have to say about their training experiences with us.
Courtney has tried out a lot of dog products. Below are some of the top tried-and-true favorites she uses regularly, and heartily recommends.
WHAT IS REWARD-BASED, HUMANE DOG TRAINING?
Humane dog training means the use of rewards for desired behaviors, management of undesired behaviors, and a focus on dogs' psychological and physical well-being, which includes enabling the dog's choice. Humane dog training objects to the use of aversive methods and tools, and anything that may cause fear, anxiety, or stress for the dog.
For more information about force-free training, the East Bay group, Humane Dog Training Advocates has great resources on their website: humanedogtrainingadvocates.com.
Devoted Dog Training shares these values, and wholeheartedly agrees with the mission of promoting modern, positive, humane, and science-based dog training methods.
WHY IS PRONG SO WRONG?
The current science of canine learning and behavior clearly shows that using fear and pain to control a dog can have serious negative side effects, including redirected aggression, increased reactivity, and physical injury. Recognizing the harm they can do, many countries have outlawed prong collars, including Australia, Austria, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Shock and prong collars are illegal in Quebec (Canada), and shock collars just became banned in England. Unfortunately the U.S. is lagging behind in banning these harmful devices. However the San Francisco SPCA has a robust anti-prong education program, and Devoted Dog Training shares their commitment to educating the public on modern, positive dog training methods and tools. Our first step is to always recommend front-clip harnesses to our clients. We have tested many, and only recommend the SENSE-ation Harness, which we have available for sale to our clients.
For more info about the dangers of prong collars and why they shouldn't be used, please see: sfspca.org/prong
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DETAILS FOR CLIENTS
GETTING STARTED: CONSULTATIONS
We usually start with a consultation appointment – to meet your pup, learn about your training needs, and discuss a custom training plan with you. Mainly, however, this appointment is for you to determine if Courtney is the right fit for you. The consultation fee is $50. Consultations are 30 minutes, and take place in your home.
LESSON PACKS - EXPIRATION POLICY
Lessons are available in 4-packs, 6-packs and 8-packs, and come with the benefit of saving $50–$75 over purchasing lessons individually. 4-Packs and 6-Packs valid for 6 months from date of purchase; unused lessons are forfeit after 6 mos. 8-Packs valid for 12 months from date of purchase; unused lessons are forfeit after 12 mos. Lessons are non-transferable.
We do all appointment scheduling via email. For scheduling evaluations, appointments, or to reschedule, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For appointment confirmation, we also use email (simply click the link in the confirmation email we send you). We do not do any scheduling by phone.
• In your email please include a few days and times that you're available to meet over the next two weeks. We'll reply to let you know the corresponding openings available.
• Courtney is usually booked two weeks in advance. Last-minute bookings are usually not available (but it doesn't hurt to ask, especially if you have an urgent training matter).
• We are closed on Sundays and Mondays.
We accept cash, check, Venmo, Square Cash, Apple Pay, and Zelle.
QUESTIONS AND TRAINING SUPPORT
When you're a client, Courtney is available to you to for support and to answer brief training-related questions by email (on a reasonable, as-possible basis). More complex questions/issues may need an in-person demo or a longer discussion, and will likely have to wait until your next lesson. Courtney is also available to current clients for appointments by phone, schedule permitting.
Reasonable requests for refunds are considered on a case-by-case basis. If a 4-pack, 6-pack or 8-pack has not been fully used, the package discount is not applicable. Because in the end a pack was not purchased, lessons revert to the full individual price, and the remaining balance is reimbursed, minus the consultation fee. If for any reason you need to request a refund for a purchased package, whether unused or partially used, a $100 cancellation fee will be deducted from the remaining balance. No refunds given after 6 months from date of purchase.
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