Dogs are perfect. This is an objective fact. But sometimes people do not really understand what dogs are trying to communicate with, and we can overlook their warning signs. And dogs, just like humans and many mammals, will strike if they think their boundaries have been violated.
But thanks to a new project at the University of Liverpool, a virtual dog could help people learn early signs and build better ones. a deeper understanding of how and why dogs communicate, what they do. More importantly, this training could help lessen the stress on our wonderful friends and help prevent those sometimes not so friendly munchies.
In Liverpool's Virtual Engineering Center (VEC), a team created a virtual reality program that educates people on which doggy body language to watch out for. Many thousands of people are hospitalized every year for dog bites, and these are obviously the ones that just check in. The truth is, while dogs are our best friends, as the smarter of the two, it's kind of like figuring out how to best interact with them. After all, they really only have these sweet ass faces, and I do not know how we can expect them to do extra emotional work when they have to run around and be sweet, and have to tilt their heads all day. It's hard for a dog, you know?
The program is pretty simple. The human enters the virtual environment with a digital puppy dog, and then as the user approaches, the body language of the dog gradually changes. In accordance with the "Canine Ladder of Aggression", a standardized set of features that show most dogs before the attack in rather different order. The idea is to catch the more subtle signs – like the chops chewing – before they get to your teeth.
"It was a really interesting project with a lot of exciting potential for the future," said team leader Iain Sagte Cant. "The next steps will improve the details in the immersive environment to ensure the simulation is as realistic as possible, and future developments will also show a wider range of dog behaviors and dog responses to user behavior."
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