New tech aims to improve communication between dogs, humans

researchers have developed a suite of that can be used to enhance and , which has applications in everything from search and rescue to service to training our .

“We’ve developed a platform for humans and that opens the door to new avenues for interpreting dogs’ behavioral signals and sending them clear and unambiguous cues in return,” says Dr. , an of computer science at NC State and co-lead author of a paper on the work. “We have a fully functional prototype, but we’ll be refining the design as we explore more and more applications for the platform.”

The platform itself is a harness that fits comfortably onto the dog, and which is equipped with a variety of technologies.

“There are two types of communication technologies,” says Dr. , an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and co-lead author of a paper on the work. “One that allows us to communicate with the dogs, and one that allows them to communicate with us.”

communicate primarily through body language, and one of our challenges was to develop sensors that tell us about their behavior by observing their posture remotely,” Roberts says. “So we can determine when they’re sitting, standing, running, etc., even when they’re out of sight — a harness-mounted computer the size of a deck of cards transmits those data wirelessly.

“At the same time, we’ve incorporated speakers and vibrating motors, called haptics, into the harness, which enable us to communicate with the dogs.”

“We developed software to collect, interpret and communicate those data, and to translate human requests into signals on the harness,” says Rita Brugarolas, an NC State Ph.D. student and co-author of the paper.

The technology also includes physiological sensors that monitor things like heart rate and body temperature. The sensors not only track a dog’s physical well-being, but can offer information on a dog’s emotional state, such as whether it is excited or stressed.

These technologies form the core of the platform, but it can be customized with additional devices depending on the specific application.

“For example, for search and rescue, we’ve added environmental sensors that can detect hazards such as gas leaks, as well as a camera and microphone for collecting additional information,” Bozkurt says.

“We’re also very interested in addressing stress in working dogs, such as guide for the blind,” says Sean Mealin, an NC State Ph.D. student and co-author of the paper. “We’re reliant on the physiological and behavioral sensors to give us a picture of the dog’s mental and emotional state.

“This can help handlers identify and mitigate stress for the dogs, improving the length and quality of a dog’s life,” Mealin adds. “It’s an important issue. Particularly because

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    • Emily Salinas
    • November 1, 2014

    My dog Scarlett is 7-8 months old and LOVES a other dogs ( her size ) but
    gets a little aggressive when bigger dogs are near :

    Loved this video :D

    • Steph Toms
    • November 1, 2014

    My dog is 5 and she likes submissive dogs, she isn’t mean or aggressive and
    is more likely to hide behind me then attack anything (she licks and
    snuggles with my HAMSTER!) but she likes to be the leader with other
    dogs…she does growl a little bit with dogs that are not submissive.

    Some other dog owners I have walked passed and their dogs are aggressive so
    that has given her some bad experiences… I hope to try this!

    • Catherine Fenton
    • November 1, 2014

    Can you try and make a video on How To Get Ready For A Puppy!

    • Pedro Hernandez
    • November 1, 2014

    5 1/2 months rottie and he loved other dogs but is shy at first with dogs
    and ppl but once he spends a few minutes in the area it’s all good

    • Anna Perk
    • November 1, 2014

    Hi im struggling to get my 1 yr old Jack Russell terrier to come back when
    I let him of his leash in the park. He is great at recall but as soon as I
    let him of the leash he wont come back. Please help, thanks

    • NotFamousKid
    • November 1, 2014

    He’s very nervous around other dogs but some dogs he is playful. He’s 6!
    Nearly an old man !!!

    • Sarah Anderson
    • November 1, 2014

    My dog Buddy has always had issues with other dogs, I rescued him when he
    was a year old and he came from a pretty bad situation (he had been abused
    and then abandoned) It appears that he had little to no socialization. Most
    of his dog-to-dog issues stem from a fear of not knowing what they are
    saying (Buddy knows almost nothing about dog body language). He has been
    improving as of late, he was able to walk past a dog that was snarling,
    snapping and barking at him without panicking or becoming defensive. He
    also enjoys playing with some of the dogs in his agility class that are
    okay with his oaf-ish behavior and are helping to teach him some polite
    doggie manners.
    While he still has issues, he has improved a ton!

    Buddy wants me to say that he absolutely loves Petflow! He gets his Orijen
    dog food from it, and he has never liked a food more! :D

    • Candy Craft
    • November 1, 2014

    Thank you for the great video!
    It helped me alot.

    • John Fleshman
    • November 1, 2014

    I have a (three years old?)rescue dog that the pound says is a pit… she
    loves people but. Her main issue is she has major aggression towards 97% of
    dogs she has met. She has one Siberian Husky down the street that she is
    friendly with they play. Every other dog I have let her get close to is
    growls and raised hackles. She even has a small scar on her cheek from her
    second meeting of a strange dog. She pulls hard towards any other dog not
    behind a fence. No fear just a very aggressive need to “meet” the other

    • Margaret Shen
    • November 1, 2014

    My dog only walks around my block but never further than that :/ any

    • Erin M
    • November 1, 2014

    Do you have any insight on when dogs LAY DOWN when seeing/meeting other
    dogs?? My french bulldog is super friendly and loves meeting other dogs.
    But whenever she is on a leash and a dog comes into view (often during our
    walks in Audubon Park!) she LIES DOWN on the ground, and doesn’t get up
    until they get closer. It’s not a huge inconvenience or problem, it is just
    strange behavior. 

    • msabol01
    • November 1, 2014

    Hi Zak, our lab is 15 months. We got her when she was 10 months and came
    from a home with multiple dogs. We only have two cats in our house, so
    when she encounters another dog while on walks she gets super excited and
    eager to be with the other dog. At times this excitement can appear like
    aggressive behavior (pulling, standing, and occasionally barking). If we
    can spot the other dog before her, we usually sit her and keep her from
    getting overly excited. She will still whimper and vocalize wanting to be
    with the other dogs.

    I’ve also notice this excitement and outburst type behavior occurs mostly
    while in our neighborhood. She seems to be more subdued when we are away
    from home turf.

    On a side note, she has an affinity towards men and happily approaches men
    for love and attention.

    • Twins
    • November 1, 2014

    No real info here… you are showing ideal scenarios while you should be
    addressing real scenarios, aggressivness is the issue when dogs meet…
    what’s the use of making a 10 minute video showing a couple of dog

    • Tom Opstad
    • November 1, 2014

    Hey Zack how do you think I could train my dog to be okay while I’m at

    • Betsaleen Feliciano
    • November 1, 2014

    My dog is almost two years old and she just looses her mind every time she
    sees another dog but only when she is on the leash. She starts pulling
    really hard and yelping. She will also run towards the dog until the leash
    holds her back.

    • Theo Stewart
    • November 1, 2014

    I love the videos but the long promotion for PetFlow and adverts really
    annoys me – particularly as it’s not relevant to where i live- UK

    • Lucy Peterson
    • November 1, 2014

    How do I get my dog not to be afraid of the bath? Thanks :)

    • eabrams00
    • November 1, 2014

    Zak, I’d love to see you address dogs who respond to fear/anxiety with
    aggression especially in socialization situations. My Duncan can’t seem to
    control himself around other dogs (he has an about 5 foot threshold before
    I lose control of him). He barks and lunges, and I feel that if there
    wasn’t a leash involved, he would attack. He gets so tense that I can put
    a piece of chicken in front of his face and he won’t even know it’s there!
    How do I train this behavior out of him?

    • Taylor Lima
    • November 1, 2014

    Anyone else find his hand gestures slightly politician-esque? hahaha every
    time I watch these videos it always reminds me of like watching any
    politician speak in public. 

    • Cinnylovely
    • November 1, 2014

    My dog is great with evey dog except german shepards. Because he got slamed
    to the ground as a puppy by two adult shepards whom where of leash and ever
    since he gsts tense when there is a sog who even looks a bit like such dog.
    He is now 7 and from the 3 people in thd house only i seem to get him to
    focus on something other that that dog. He gets super tense and the hairs
    on his back between his shoulderblades will get up (not english so sorry
    for any misstakes) and he wil be in complete focus on the other dog that
    looks like a shepard. I tend to just distract him and be calm and pretend
    that the dog is not theren and it seems to work sometimes.(my dog is a jack
    russel and beagle mix named Remi, it fits because he used to wonder of
    allot as a pup)

    • LorraineVirginie
    • November 1, 2014

    This is just a little late for me, got my new puppy on Saturday and I was
    looking for this kind of video all week last week! However my older dog is
    well socialized so they got along just fine from the beginning. 🙂 

    • Patrick Lewis
    • November 1, 2014

    Jesus Zac i still remember when you got 30k subs. nice work on the growth

    • Bad Drivers of Columbus, Georgia
    • November 1, 2014

    The 60 FPS video looks kind of weird…personally I prefer 30. Great video,

    • Helen Mallazzo
    • November 1, 2014

    Your introducing pups and young dogs, what about older dogs? What about
    adult shelter dogs? I do alot of rescue as do alot of people I know. This
    is an issue we run into constantly. Can you break this down into steps that
    we should take between adult rescues or between rescues and our own dogs

    • Amber Pellegrini
    • November 1, 2014

    I would like to see this on a more anxious dog, like mine. she’s leash
    aggressive but she plays fine with dogs at daycare. If we meet a dog while
    on a walk, sometimes she’s good. Sometimes if it’s the same dog but a few
    days go by. she gets aggressive. 

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