A dog's behavior may mirror health of elderly owner

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Published: Oct. 8, 2013 at 12:18 AM

ZURICH, , Oct. 8 (UPI) — British scientists say they're using movement sensors to track dog behavior that could be used as an early warning sign an older owner is struggling to cope.

, Ph.D. student and undergraduate of Newcastle University said the sensors show not only when the dog is on the move, but also how much he is barking, sitting, digging and other key canine behaviors.

The researchers said they were able to set a benchmark against which the happy and healthy animals could be remotely monitored. This allowed for any changes in behavior that might be an indication of illness or boredom to be quickly spotted.

Ladha said the next step is to use the dog's health and behavior as an early warning system that an may be struggling to cope.

“A lot of our research is focused on developing intelligent systems that can help older people to live independently for longer,” Ladha said in a statement. “But developing a system that reassures family that an older relative is well without intruding on that individual's privacy is difficult. This is just the first step but the idea behind this research is that it would allow us to discretely support people without the need for cameras.”

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    • Frosty Life
    • October 8, 2013

    thank you so much dearesthumans

    • ibrapali7
    • October 8, 2013

    lol the dog looks so uncomfortable.

    • czoraa21
    • October 8, 2013

    2:21, cat was like: “BOOP”

    • Sam M
    • October 8, 2013

    This is hilarious! I love seeing how animals interact with each other. Poor doggie won’t even look in the cat’s eyes. “not looking at you!” hahaha

    • Simoni Semensato
    • October 8, 2013

    O olhar do cachorro é demais.

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    • Frosty Life
    • October 8, 2013

    i love it when that happens.

    • Frosty Life
    • October 8, 2013

    thank you

    • Sumaiya Khan
    • October 8, 2013

    The dog is so well-behaved. The cat is SUPER CUTE

    • Frosty Life
    • October 8, 2013

    thank you for watching and adding a comment :)

    • Ajay Kumar
    • October 8, 2013

    You’re so lucky to have such nice pets! I hope one day I too can have pets like yours :)

    • dtiydr
    • October 8, 2013

    Yea, and as said by other; very well bahaved dog you have who obay that good after all even with a cat up her face.

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    • Catherine M
    • October 8, 2013

    Hah, when my black lab was alive, my one cat always put him in his place. He never really put out his claws, maybe a few times when he was getting really angry, but for the most part he would just slap him or touch him hah, and we cut my cat’s claws all the time. But anyway, my dog would look at my cat the same way like “ah….i’m not looking at it” ….sometimes we would tell my dog “give Simba a kiss” so he would quickly smush his nose to our cat heh so cute….labs are funny.

    • Frosty Life
    • October 8, 2013

    lol, we now tell Sadie to give Kodah a kiss all the time, lol

    • Frosty Life
    • October 8, 2013

    I hope so too, good pets make your day for sure

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    • janiceinfusino8
    • October 8, 2013

    Cute video, Kitty looks up at you to make sure she is safe and you’re still there. What a Sweet dog. I bet they play tegether by now. Can you post a update of them?

    • beeroosterm
    • October 8, 2013

    Sadie’s thoughts: (A cat? A CAT? You fucking traitors! I’ll begin pissing in your loafers shortly)

    • PigsCanFly99
    • October 8, 2013

    not sure you’re responsible pet owners .. normal dog would have bitten off the cats head right off the get go .. regardless of all your complex instructions to the contrary.

    • Frosty Life
    • October 8, 2013

    our dog is not normal, we know our pets well, thus making us great pet owners, to be sure.

    • Frosty Life
    • October 8, 2013

    Yes, sweet, thanks. Yes, I have a bunch more videos of them getting along great now. They are sweet videos, check them out.

    • Danilo Stinghen
    • October 8, 2013

    These are domesticated animals, mate. If you don’t set the dog after cats since birth, or have him do that in order to feed, the dog won’t do it when introduced to another animal

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