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Research Interests

Applied Behaviour Analysis, canine behaviour, human-canine interactions & relationships, anthrozoology, verbal behaviour, rule-governed behaviour & contingency-shaped behaviour, metacontingencies & cultural practices, interbehaviourism, human & canine learning & behaviour change, single-case research designs, systematic reviews & meta-statistics

MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis
BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour
Dog trainer in accordance with animal welfare legislation
 (awarded by Austrian Ministry of Health)

Research Statement

My current research investigates the effectiveness of different caregiver training strategies as they relate to dog owners of companion dogs that display undesired behaviours (e.g. jumping-up on people). To inform the empirical part of my PhD dissertation, a systematic review and meta-analysis of caregiver training across human-human and human-dog dyads was performed. Based on these findings, the caregiver training approaches were selected (e.g. oral instruction). Single-case research designs are used to quantify behaviour (change). Adding a qualitative layer to the investigation, the participating owners' self-perceived stress levels in respect to their dogs' undesired behaviours are explored. To this end, a pre-post caregiver stress questionnaire is administered. Long term effects of the training, as well as generalisation and social validity of the training are also examined (i.e. effects of training on owner-dog relationship). Overall, this extensive research project adds to the existing literature by providing information about the efficacy of currently employed caregiver training strategies, subjectly perceived stress by owners of "problematic dogs", and medium-to-long term effectiveness of interventions.

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Research Output 2015 2019

Does species matter? A meta-analysis of caregiver training across learner species

Pfaller-Sadovsky, N., 28 Feb 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Caregivers
Meta-Analysis
Research Design
Canidae
File
vocalization
walking
dog
teaching
probe

We Don’t Train in Vain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Human and Canine Caregiver Training

Pfaller-Sadovsky, N., Medina, L., Dillenburger, K. & Hurtado-Parrado, C., 08 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. p. 1-67 67 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Caregivers
Meta-Analysis
Canidae
Information Storage and Retrieval
Research
File
Caregivers
Canidae
Dogs
Aggression
Meta-Analysis
2 Citations (Scopus)
Canis lupus
Dogs
dogs
probes (equipment)
Cues

Prizes

B.F. Skinner Foundation Research Award

Nicole Pfaller-Sadovsky (Recipient), 19 Sep 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

File
behavior analysis
student

Activities 2019 2019

  • 2 Oral presentation
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Conditioned Reinforcement in the Applied Animal Literature: A Meta-Analytic Review

Nicole Pfaller-Sadovsky (Presenter), Lucia Medina (Contributor), Daniela Cardillo (Contributor), Susan Friedman PhD (Advisor), Camilo Hurtado-Parrado PhD (Advisor)
29 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

File

Why do we keep dogs? A cultural practices approach to human-dog interactions

Nicole Pfaller-Sadovsky (Presenter), Camilo Hurtado-Parrado PhD (Advisor)
27 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Owner-Conducted Functional Analyses of Jumping-Up in Companion Dogs

Nicole Pfaller-Sadovsky (Advisor)
13 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar