Paula Thorne MSc

As an MSc graduate with a major in Operant Psychology (Animal Learning), my focus is on giving dog owners the skills they need to change the way their dogs behave. I am passionate about understanding the reasons why dogs do what they do and using this knowledge to help our dogs be all they can. I am a founding member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and keep up-to-date with the latest scientific research into dog training and animal learning. When I’m not out helping people communicate better with their own dogs, I’m probably teaching my Foxy a new trick!


Lecturer in Canine Behaviour & Training, Unitec

Qualifications

  • Masters of Science (Animal Behaviour), Auckland University, Auckland
  • Think Dog Course, Sarah Whitehead, United Kingdom

Memberships

  • Founding member of the New Zealand Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Courses/Seminars Attended

  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference - Auckland, June 2017
  • Bob Bailey - Auckland, April 2017
  • Recall Workshop, John Rogerson - Christchurch, April 2016
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference - Auckland, June 2015
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference - Auckland, Nov 2013
  • Kamal Fernandez - Auckland, September 2013
  • Dr Ian Dunbar - Auckland, February 2013
  • Dr Sophia Yin - Auckland, October 2012
  • Steve White - Auckland, February 2012
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference - Wellington, June 2011
  • Dr Patricia McConnell - Auckland, November 2010
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference- Wellington, June 2010
  • Dr Tom Lonsdale - Auckland, April 2010
  • Dr Ian Dunbar – Auckland, February 2010
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference – Sydney, October 2009
  • Dr Ian Dunbar Workshop - Leeds, England, 2005
  • Dr Ian Dunbar and Jean Donaldson - Milton Keyes, September 2004
  • Dr Ian Dunbar - Woodgreen Animal Shelter, England, September 2003

About us

The D’For Dog team goes further than just dog training - we teach you to recognise why your dog behaves the way he or she does. You’ll learn the skills and techniques to effectively communicate with your dog and change your dog's behaviour, so that you are able to mould your pooch into the dog you’ve always wanted. Contact us now and reap the benefits of a well trained dog!
 

Our Guarantee

We stand by our training methods – if you follow our programme you will see your dog’s behaviour improve! However, if you aren’t convinced after your first session, you are under no obligation to embark on a D’For Dog programme.
 

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021 121 4293
info@dfordog.co.nz
24 Greenmount Drive, Botany