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Devan Amundsen, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Dog Behavior Coordinator

Oakland Animal Services

Devan Amundsen, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant with more than 10 years of experience working with dog owners, dogs in shelters, assistance dogs and other working dogs. Devan started as a volunteer, training dogs at his local shelter and since then has been a kennel technician, dog care coordinator, animal control officer and shelter manager. He teaches college courses about dog training, dog behavior, kennel management and animal sheltering at the bachelor’s and associate’s degree levels at Bergin University of Canine Studies in Sonoma County, California, which includes teaching approximately 25% of the bachelor's degree program. Devan also helped modify the bachelor’s degree program by designing and instructing entirely new courses centered around animal sheltering and community support. Last year, he launched a pilot program at the university that assigned students to foster dogs pulled from shelters for the semester as part of their studies and then participate in placing those dogs into adoptive homes. In April of 2022, Devan joined the team at Oakland Animal Services as the dog behavior coordinator. Beyond the day-to-day behavior work, the goal is to create programs and systems that can be replicated at shelters across the country.