Nicole Pfaller-Sadovsky

    Nicole Pfaller-Sadovsky

    Postgraduate research student

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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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