The impact of training approaches on experimental setup and design of wearable vibrotactiles for hunting dogs

Morrison, Ann and Moller, Rune Heide and Manresa-Yee, Cristina and Eshraghi, Neda (2016) The impact of training approaches on experimental setup and design of wearable vibrotactiles for hunting dogs. In: 3rd International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI' 16), 15-17 Nov 2016, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.


While designing a wearable vibrotactile solution to assist canine navigation we encountered multiple conflicting dog training methods that impacted heavily on design possibilities as well as the methods used in the experimental design. The VibroTactile Vest (VTV), was designed in an iterative process to provide vibrotactile commands to dogs, working with variable-intensity vibrating motors mounted to a modified hug shirt to keep the vibrators close but not restrict movement. We folded knowledge gained from instructional scenarios with trainers, handlers and owners and from working directly with four hunting dogs who had been trained in either obedience, hunting, competitive or non-competitive styles into the finished design. We contribute to research that incorporates technology to enhance communication and mobility with working and companion animals. We increment foundational research on wearable vibrotactile solutions for navigation that assist disabled dogs and/or dogs working at distances, highlighting the necessity to directly anticipate and address different training styles in the experimental set up in order to include a broader variety of dogs.

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Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2017 03:03
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2022 23:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: animal-computer interaction; Dogs Vibrotactile Interface; mobile navigation; training styles for dogs; vibrotactile instruction; vibrotactile navigation; wearable interface
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070203 Animal Management
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4608 Human-centred computing > 460806 Human-computer interaction
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3003 Animal production > 300302 Animal management
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