Date of Award

Fall 1-6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere

Second Advisor

Dr. Gal Ziv

Academic Program Adviser

Diana Reiss


The ability to enact behavior change is pivotal to dog training success. Currently, there are few studies informing the best training practices. This thesis sought to enhance current training practices by applying a human motor skill learning theory, the contextual interference effect (CI), to a trick-training paradigm with companion dogs.



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