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Training Harness

Train dogs using an instrumented harness hooked up to a computer
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A harness which fits over the dog's body and limbs and transmits the positions of each joint over a wireless link to your computer.

The computer is programmed to play back commands and verify compliance. "Sit!" "Down!" etc. Non-compliance would be punished with a loud unpleasant tone (to the pooch, that is.). Rewards would be food pellets released on command from a dispenser.

You might even train two puppies at the same time: "Neil, Sit! Dan, Down!". With proper programming, they might even dance, or make a puppy quartet (microphone feeding a soundcard). Or learn typing on a keyboard with paw sized keys.

Training a dog (or any other animal) consists of rewarding random, desired, movements which happen spontaneously and building an association with the command. It is a tiring job, and it is all too easy to lose one's temper. Pressing a computer into the job seems to me to be the answer.

neelandan, Nov 28 2001

Halfbarkery http://www.halfbake...ery_2ecom#995385521
You might think your dog is training on-line but in reallity... [RobertKidney, Nov 28 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Halfbarkery http://www.halfbake...ecom.html#995385521
You might think your dog is training on-line but in reallity... [RobertKidney, Oct 21 2004]

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       I like the computer involvement. Why not set up a dog interface--something they could work easily, given their end effectors (mouth, front paws maybe). See if they can learn to do practical things, communicative things. One interface works a machine voice saying, "Fido out!", another "Go for ride in the car!", etc. Borrow from the literature on animal intelligence research.
entremanure, Nov 28 2001
  

       You're so dogmatic, UnaBubba.
hippo, Nov 28 2001
  

       you have a dog called neil? how confusing
po, Nov 28 2001
  

       She is called Maggie. She doesn't.
neelandan, Nov 28 2001
  

       Maggie Thatcher - was she a robot?
thumbwax, Nov 28 2001
  

       No. As neelandan says, she was a bitch.
Guy Fox, Nov 28 2001
  

       My maggie is not interested in hubcaps. However, evidence around my car does suggest that she sometimes has visitors who are.   

       Entre: Clicked at last! Please change "paw sized keyboard" to "keyboard with paw sized keys" and you are done.
neelandan, Dec 03 2001
  

       'Implants'? I've never heard of implants for that. They use collars.
StarChaser, Dec 03 2001
  

       cool idea but I almost feel like its cruel (yeah I'm a dirty hippy, so what?) I think when training a dog, It should want to do the tricks and so it will get a treat or praise. I don't like the thought of turning a dog into a puppet.
Tender Vittles, Jan 06 2005
  
      
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