Scientists from Israeli Ben-Gurion University have developed a device that will make dog handlers’ life easier. It is a vest that gives commands to a dog via vibrational cues.
Humans domesticated dogs many thousands of years ago. Since then we have achieved an incredible level of understanding with these animals. It seems it will now reach a new level, because a dog can now be guided remotely, even from a great distance, using the vest developed in Israel.
The device worn by a dog transmits commands to it via two vibrating elements. The vest is also equipped with a wireless communication module and a battery. Using appropriate vibrations, a handler can transmit commands, such as “Come!”, “Back up!”, “Down!” and “Turn around!” to the pet. The vest was tested on Labrador mix named Tai. It took the dog no more than one hour to understand the new type of interaction.
The vest will be useful during military operations and various hazardous works, and very helpful to people with disabilities.
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