How do you get your dog to do something without saying a word? Scientists at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev in Israel may have the answer in the form of a vibrating haptic vest.
The vest acts as a happy medium between the owner and the animal. The vibrations of the dog vest differ depending on the order given to the dog.
Yoav Golan, the main author of the study and the owner of Tai, the dog who tests the haptic combination, says this dog vest is a good addition for dogs who may have audio or visual impairments that may interfere with receiving and executing commands.
Golan has developed four different commands translated into vibrations of the haptic combination. Through the combination, communicate with you, lie down, come and ascend to Tai successfully.
By associating specific vibrations delivered by four different motors, the dog associates the commands with certain actions. Of course, the treats also help improve the learning curve.
Haptic controls can benefit so many dogs and humans
From a military and search and rescue perspective, there is already a reliable market where this technology can be used. Some search and rescue operations involve distances between the dog and its handler, so the sense of touch provided by the haptic vest can be a great way to stay together.
Owners of common dogs can also benefit, especially those who live alone or in more remote places like the countryside. A one-time command like “come home” through the vest can be just as effective in ensuring that their dog will be home on time.
Hearing-impaired dogs or owners of dogs with speech impairments can benefit greatly from this development. The dog haptic vest acts as the bridge that allows them to communicate clearly with each other.
The touch of the magic dog
As much as dogs communicate effectively using moans, moans, and barks, they also communicate in simple but meaningful ways through touch. Touching with the nose can be one of the most fascinating ways for dogs to communicate with other dogs or their human owners.
Cats and dogs make muzzle contact or “nose touch,” but dogs tend to be more selective about who they are with. For puppies, the touch of the nose accustoms them to socialize. Dogs associate the early touch of the nose with non-threatening approaches.
Studies show that learning to touch the nose initially tends to reduce biting or aggressive vibrations as dogs get older.
It’s probably the same as people who put their toes in water to test the temperature. Dogs want to explore a person by the touch of the nose before confidently diving.
What do you think of the magic of touch when interacting with dogs? Do you think the haptic vest is a breakthrough that can help dogs and people communicate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!