Dr Arnja Dale

Research Fellow
Environmental and Animal Sciences
Location: Building 115, Room 1003

Professional memberships

New Zealand Applied Behaviour Association; New Zealand Companion Animal Council; New Zealand First Strike Committee; Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, UK.

Profile

Arnja is a senior lecturer and lectures in applied animal behaviour, animal welfare, and animal welfare law and ethics across the majority of programmes within the Department of Natural Sciences. She also runs the Certificate in Animal Welfare Investigations and the veterinary referral Unitec Animal Behaviour Center.

Current areas of interest include: Conservation and animal welfare; Animal training techniques and welfare implications; Animal welfare investigations and legislation.

Publications

Dale, A.R. (2014). Does kiwi aversion training reduce canine (Canis familiaris) predation on kiwi (Apteryx spp.)? University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Dale, A.R. (2014). Stray cats and responsible pet ownership. New Zealand Companion Animal Council Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Dale, A.R., and Vigeant, S. (2014). Investigation the prevalence of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) in domestic cats that enter the SPCA Auckland in New Zealand - does this affect the outcome for the cat? New Zealand Veterinary Association, Auckland Veterinary Association Meeting.

Blanchon, D. J., Nessia, H., McClymont, M., Dale, A., Perrott, J., Aguilar, G., and Waipara, N. (2013). The good news and bad news about the African club moss (Selaginella kraussiana). NETS National Biosecurity Conference, Greymouth, July/August 2013.

Rush, M., and Dale, A. R. (2013). Dog bites, victim characteristics and opinions on canine legislation. RNZSPCA Conference, Tauranga, New Zealand.

Dale, A. R. (2013). A Year in Review - Electric Collars, Stray Cats and the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill. New Zealand Companion Animal Council Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Dale , A. R., and White, S. (2013). Codifying Animal Welfare Standards: Foundations for Better Animal Protection of Merely a Facade? Animal Law in Australasia Second Edition (Vol. Animal Law in Australasia Second edition).

Dale, A. R., Podlesnik, C. A., and Elliffee, D. (2013). Can models mimic the real thing in aversive training of canine predation? New Zealand Applied Behaviour Analysis Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 30th August-1st September 2013.

Dale, A. R., Podlesnik, C. A., and Elliffe, D. (2013). Can models be ecologically significant in canine training? International Society of Applied Ethology Regional Conference, 31st October, 2013.

Dale, A. R., Podlesnik, C. A., and Elliffee, D. (2013). Can models be used successfully to mimic the real thing to prevent canine predation of an endangered species? Australian Working Dog Conference, Sydney, Australia, 4th November 2013.

Dale, A. R., Statham, S., Podlesnik, C. A., and Ellife, D. (2013). The acquisition and maintenance of dogs' aversion responses to kiwi (Apteryx spp.) training stimuli across time and locations. Applied Animal Behaviour Science (Vol. 146).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2630

Dale, A.R. (2012). First Strike - Linking the First Signs of Violence. New Zealand Companion Animal Council Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Dale, A. R. (2011). Evaluating the effectiveness of the New Zealand Department of Conservation canine Kiwi Avoidance Training programme. Prepared for the Department of Conservation.

Dale, A. R., and Statham (2011). Can Kiwi Aversion Training Reduce Canine Predation on Kiwi (Apteryx spp.)? Unitec Research Symposium. Unitec, New Zealand.

Dale, A. R., and Statham, S. (2011). Could Kiwi Aversion Training Reduce Canine Predation on Kiwi (Apteryx spp.)? New Zealand Applied Behaviour Analysis Conference. University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Dale, A.R., Walker, J.K., Farnworth, M.J., Morrissey, S.V., and Waran, N.K. (2010). A cross-sectional survey of owners' perceptions of fear of fireworks in dogs and cats in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal (Vol. 58(6)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2276

Dale, A. (2010). Does the Department of Conservation Kiwi Aversion Training Programme Work? Regional International Society for Applied Ethology Meeting: Australasia and Africa, Auckland, New Zealand.

Walker, J.K., Dale, A.R., Waran, N., Clarke, N., Farnworth, M., and Wemelsfelder, F. (2010). The assessment of emotional expression in dogs using a Free Choice Profiling methodology. Animal Welfare, ISSN: 0962-7286 (Vol. 19).

Dale, A. R., and 11 others (2010). Code of Welfare for Dogs. New Zealand Companion Animal Council.

Walker, J., Morrissey, S., Farnworth, M., Dale, A., and Waran, N. (2009). Owner responses towards, and identification of Fear of Fireworks in Dogs and Cats. Minding Animals Conference, Newcastle.

Dale, A. R., Jameson, A., and Walker, J. (2009). A preliminary investigation into attitudes towards the use of electric collars to stop dogs killing kiwi. Unitec Research Symposium, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Walker, K., Bridgeman, G., and Dale, A. R. (2009). The psychological and physical effects of participating and a mass euthanasia operation. Unitec Research Symposium, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Walker, J., Dale, A., D'Eath, R., and Wemelsfelder, F. (2009). Welfare Assessment in Dogs: Trialing and Validating a Qualitative Behavioural-based Approach. Prepared for the Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy Study Group.

Dale, A., Jameson, A., and Walker, J. (2009). A preliminary investigation into attitudes towards the use of electric collars as a canine training device. Minding Animals Conference.

Dale, A. (2009). Unitec animal welfare programme. Welfare Pulse (Vol. December 3).

Dale, A. (2009). Kiwi aversion training for dogs: Update on research results. 2009 National Kiwi Hui.

Dale, A. (2009). Animal Welfare Codes and Regulations - The Devil in Disguise? Sankoff, P., and White, S. Animal Law in Australasia.

Gronquist, G., Walker, J., and Dale, A. (2009). An Investigation into Animal Welfare Prosecutions and Sentencing in NZ. Minding Animals Conference.

Walker, J., and Dale, A. (2009). The Psychological and Physical Effects of Participating in a Mass Euthanasia Operation. Minding Animals Conference.

Walker, J., Freeman, R., and Dale, A. (2009). Dog training techniques used by the general public of NZ. Minding Animals Conference.

Walker, J., Dale, A., D.'Eath, R., and Wemelsfelder, F. (2009). Welfare assessment in dogs: Reducing the invasiveness of welfare assessment methodology through trial and validation of a qualitative, behavioural-based approach. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour (Vol. 4 2).

Walker, J., Dale, A., D' Eath, R., and Wemelsfelder, F. (2008). Welfare Assessment in Dogs: Reducing the Invasiveness of Welfare Assessment Methodology through Trial and Validation of a Qualitative Behavioural-based Approach. Canine Science Forum, Budapest. Hungary.

Walker, J., Dale, A., D' Eath, R., and Wemelsfelder, F. (2008). Welfare Assessment in Dogs: Reducing the Invasiveness of Welfare Assessment Methodology through Trial and Validation of a Qualitative Behavioural-based Approach. Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy Day 2008, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Dale, A. (2008). Kiwi aversion training research report 2006-2008 for the Department of Conservation. Prepared for the Department of Conservation.

Dale, A. R., and Walker, J. (2008). Welfare Assessment in Dogs: Reducing the Invasiveness of Welfare Assessment Methodology through Trial and Validation of a Qualitative Behavioural-based Approach. Prepared for the Lord Dowding Fund.

Williams, V., Dale, A., Clarke, N., and Garrett, N. (2008). Animal abuse and family violence: Survey on the recognition of animal abuse by veterinarians in New Zealand and their understanding of the correlation between animal abuse and human violence. New Zealand Veterinary Journal (Vol. 56 1).

Dale, A. R., and 11 others (2007). Code of Welfare for Cats. New Zealand Companion Animal Council.

Waran, N., Best, L., Williams, V., Salinsky, J., Dale, A., and Clarke, N. (2007). A preliminary study of behaviour based indicators of pain in cats. Animal Welfare (Vol. 16 S).

Dale, A., and Robertson, B. (2006). DNA sexing of weka (Gallirallus australis). Nortonis (Vol. 53).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2273

Waran, N., Best, L., Clarke, N., Williams, V., Dale, A., and Salinsky, J. (2006). Cats are different from Dogs - towards an objective 'Species - Centred' approach to assessing pain. Australian College of Veterinary Scientist Scientific Meeting, Gold Coast, Australia.

Dale, A., and Waran, N. (2006). Dog bites in children: A review of results from a recent European and New Zealand study. 2006 Urban Animal Management Conference.

Waran, N., Williams, V., Best, J., Salinsky, J., Dale, A., and Clarke, N. (2006). Cats are different from dogs Developing behavioural indicators of pain in cats. British Veterinary Association and the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Symposium.