Dog Moods May Reflect Owner’s Health

Photo Courtesy of Cindy Staszak

Photo Courtesy Cindy Staszak

Researchers in the UK have utilized movement sensors to monitor dog's behavior, offering a rare glimpse into the secret life of dogs. The sensors monitor the dogs while they're home alone, as well as when they are out and about, and track behaviors such as sitting, digging, and barking.

The researchers started with a baseline of a dog's normal behavior, and then monitored the dog for changes in behavior, changes that might indicate illness or boredom.

The next step in the project is to use this monitoring system to detect changes that may suggest an elderly owner may need some assistance. One of the experts in the project suggested that a since dogs are so physically and emotionally dependent on their owner, that their changes in behavior can quickly indicate a change in the owner's behavior or ability to care for the animal.

The research team is able to monitor for 17 common dog activities, from barking and chewing to laying down and sniffing. They also tried the system with different breeds.

This new technology could prove to be lifesaving for elderly dog owners, and proves how close the bond between human and dog truly is.

Read the full article here. 


tweet it post it Share It Plus It Print It
JOIN THE CONVERSATION

One thought on “Dog Moods May Reflect Owner’s Health

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Episode 838 - Nicky Campbell

What do the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Long Lost Family have to do with dogs? BAFTA winning radio and TV presenter, Nicky...

Episode 837 – Beyond the Operant

Obedience training has long been the accepted path to teaching dogs’ manners, but the concept of obedience might be doing dogs a...

Episode 836 – Free Work and Adolescent Dogs

What is Free Work and how do dogs benefit? Dog behaviour expert Sarah Fisher joins Holly and Victoria to discuss how Free Work is...

find a vspdt trainer
Schedule a consultation via skype or phone