What We Do
Have you just brought home a bundle of puppy joy? Or are you keen to give agility or obedience a go? Or do you have a dog training challenge that you want to crack? Here at Devon Dogs we cover all aspects of dog training.
Our puppy and new dog life skills classes offer a holistic approach to getting the basics right, after all getting it right from the start is key. If you wanted to push forward with your training and give agility or obedience a go we welcome everyone no matter your experience level. With our help you will extend your knowledge and passion and strengthen your relationship with your dog. Whether you want to train with us for fun and fitness or find you would like to take your new skills to competition level, our Devon Dogs trainers are able to cater for all levels and aspirations.
Where It All Began
From one young girl and her love of dogs, to a unique dog training business, the only one of its kind in the UK. The idea for Devon Dogs began when Lauren Langman started training classes on a Saturday afternoon to local dog lovers as a hobby whilst undertaking a law degree at Exeter University. Devon Dogs slowly took shape as a small family-run business with a passion for dogs and a passion for Devon. Developing from just one class a week at the very beginning, you will now be able to choose what day of the week you want to train, including weekends, at one or other of our training bases. We have 2 main training bases across Devon; at Okehampton and Exeter. Our home and headquarters is at East Bowerland Farm, Okehampton where we also base our self-catering dog friendly holiday cottages, Bowerland Cottage Holidays.
Onward & Upward
Lauren and her team have a passion for growing and moving forward with their own training journeys. Always looking for better ways to do things and always progressing. The passion to always move forward is our ethos. We never stop learning and that learning is passed onto our students. Each of trainers has their very own specialism and whatever you want to achieve our team will help you reach those goals. We are always planning and thinking to the future, building on successes and forging new ones.
Meet Team Devon Dogs
Head Trainer, Lauren Langman is responsible for the design and development of all Devon Dogs classes, workshops and events. She competes in Agility at Grade 7, the highest rank of competition in the British agility arena. Lauren is regular feature at top agility events in the UK including Crufts and Olympia. She has also represented Great Britain at World Agility Championship level on numerous occasions.
Carole Langman works extremely hard behind the scenes at Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! Carole is not a dog trainer, but manages all the administration and runs the office, together with Bowerland Cottage Holidays – our onsite dog-friendly self-catering cottages.
Deputy to the Head Trainer
Mathew Rouse is an LLAAI Accredited Agility Instructor and teaches regular agility classes on Thursday evenings and Tuesday mornings, as well as specific development days at weekends through the winter. He too competes at Grade 7 with his dogs, and has qualified for Olympia Agility Finals in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He has also been in almost every Championship final in 2011
Michelle is the Office Manager and works to keep everything behind the scenes running smoothly. She has a background in finance, project management and IT. If you have any problems with booking or navigating the website, Michelle is happy to help you out. Michelle is new to dog training and has a Jack Russell Terrier and Working Cocker Spaniel; she is working towards competing in agility.
Molly helps out with some of the work in the office, particularly with marketing and advertising. She originally trained as a teacher but some of her interests are brand promotion and customer experience. She doesn’t train dogs herself but is quickly getting used to how the business works! Molly has two Standard Poodles and a Border Collie to keep herself busy with at home!
Lead Training Assistant
Our lead Training Assistant is Jill Robertson. We have a brilliant team of training assistants who have a vast amount of knowledge about Life Skills and Agility training, they help the classes flow smoothly.
Kelly Howarth is our longest serving trainer and one of the trainers on our day workshops such as Life Skills & Recall Days, Agility days and Naughty But Nice Days. Kelly also runs other occasional classes and individual 121 lessons. Kelly is particularly good at working with dogs that are reactive and have issues with anxiety; and is also on the LLAAI Accredited Agility Instructor training programme.
Caroline Lavelle has been teaching people how to train their dogs for over 20 years. Her passion is the human-canine relationship and creating a confident, thinking dog through games whilst training clean and accurate behaviours. She believes that clear communication between the partnership is just as accessible to pet guardians as sports dog handlers. She started out training with borzois and greyhounds and loves training sighthounds. unusual breeds and her border collies Titian and baby River.
Teresa is a very motivated and energetic trainer and has a real passion for dog training. She teaches our weekly classes at both Newhalls and Bowerlands, as well as a variety of workshops and individual 121s. Teresa currently competes in agility with 3 of her dogs, 2 Border Collies at top level and her young Cocker Spaniel.
Leading our Obedience Starters training is Karen Medway, who is also an LLAAI Accredited Agility Instructor. Karen owns 3 Border Collies, a Daschund Jack Russell and a Papillion and has a lot of experience across many other breeds. Karen also is a popular instructor on our Naughty But Nice camps, and our Foundation Agility. Karen herself competes at Grade 5 level.
Helen Sampson has been training with Devon Dogs for 2 years, starting off as a Training Assistant and now teaches Lifeskills classes at Newhall. Her first Collie, Tia, had massive issues due to a bad start in life, but with patient training, has learned to overcome them. She also has another 4 year old Border Collie, Jake, whom she trains in Agility, and would like to compete with in the near future.
Leading our Recall training sessions is Mandy Ashford, who is also an LLAAI Accredited Agility Instructor. Mandy has years of experience working with dogs in many capacities, and has trained her own dogs with Devon Dogs since 2007. She owns a lurcher, a whippet and a collie so has a vast range of experience with different breeds. She also trains in agility and started to compete with her lurcher Herbert in 2011 and is doing very well.
Sue Rafter is an enthusiastic and energetic trainer and will certainly keep you motivated. She has competed in agility for many years with different breeds including her Hungarian Vizsla and her Border Collie who both mirror Sue’s passion for agility and life and has recently entered the mad world of working cocker spaniels! Sue also incidentally makes the best cakes in Devon and is an LLAAI Accredited Agility Instructor