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D for Dog Training
1. Name: Paula Thorne, Jo Thorne
2. Company's name : D For Dog Training
3. Address: East Auckland
4. Phone Number: 021 1214 293
4. Email Address: info [AT]
5. Website:
6. How many dogs have you "owned"? 4
7. What breeds are you most familiar working with? All breeds - pet dogs
8. Do you have any formal dog training qualification? What are they? If not, why do you feel that you are a competent dog trainer?

Paula - Masters of Science in Animal Behaviour, Think Dog course by Sara Whitehead in the UK.

Jo - Masters of Science in Zoology, Principles of Canine Behaviour, Massey University. We are members of the NZ Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

9. How many dogs have you trained? (approx.) 200
10. How many years have you been in business? Since 2008
11. Do you work closely with a veterinarian and get referrals from them? yes
12. What experiences do you have with dogs? (ie. obedience, agility, work at SPCA etc)

We run group dog classes, conduct one on one dog training sessions and provide 'home alone visits' during the week. We also provide behaviour consults for problems such as fearfulness, seperation anxiety or aggression. This involves an in depth interview session, tailor made behaviour modification programme and 2 practicle sessions after the programme has been discussed and understood by our client.

We are involved in Canine Pet therapy as assessors and one of our own dogs is a pet therapy dog visiting resthomes. We have fostered and rehomed rescue dogs, worked at Mark Vette boarding kennels and volunteer work at SPCA and Whippet Rescue UK.

13. What are your favourite dog books?

Anything by Ian Dunbar

Jean Donaldson (The Culture Clash),

Suzanne Clothier (Bones Would Rain from the Sky )

14. Is there anything else we should know about you and your dog training business?

D For Dog Training is a relatively new business in Auckland dedicated to training dogs using positive reinforcement. We focus on owner education and creating a positive relationship between dogs and owners based on clear communication.

Our training is based on scientific learning theory - classical and operant conditioning - and we keep up to date with the latest training research by attending conferences and seminars. See our website (About us page) for more info.


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