Postgraduate research student
- School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work - Postgraduate research student
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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)
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.
It is mine! Using clicker training as a treatment of object guarding in 4 companion dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Other contribution
Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.59 SJR 0.782 SNIP 0.898
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities