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About us

Paws Abilities was founded in 1995 by Louise Thompson.


Louise Thompson is a Senior Accredited Behaviour consultant and a Certified Force Free dog trainer with over 40 years of practical hands-on experience in working with different species and various animal-related fields, training, and disciplines.


Louise's qualifications

Senior Accredited Animal Consultant and Professional Trainer.

Accredited with the Animal Behaviour Consultants of SA ©®™ 1996.

Accredited in Canine, Feline, Equine, and Avian Animal Behaviour.

Certificate of Companion Animal Behaviour (Faculty of Veterinary Science, Department of Ethology, University of Pretoria).

Certificate of Advanced Animal Behaviour (Pretoria Technikon Cum Laude).

Certified Companion Animal Behaviourist (South African Board For Companion Animal Professionals).

Professional Member of the International Pet Professional Guild Promoting Force-Free Training.

Editor of the Animal Behaviour Consultant of Southern Africa.

Honorary Life Member of Top Dogs (Touch Hour Pets) Dog Therapy Organisation.


Louise and her team are passionate about teaching dogs and educating pet parents. Paws Abilities strives to use the most gentle, low-stress, and modern science-based training methods of learning, as well as using reward-based learning methods for behaviour modification. 

Our Team

Our team are qualified and highly experienced in all things dog.

Louise Thompson

Behaviour Consultant & Certified Training Professional

Marianna Huttonvh

Certified Training Professional

Kim Buchanan

Certified Training Professional

Charlie Harper

Kennel and Daycare Supervisor

Everything we do with animals revolves around a strong core belief of
“Do No Harm, Cause No Pain, Create No Fear!”

Our Team
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