Psychology for Engineers 1.0: An Explorative and Interactive AI (Robot) for Dog Training An Animal Psychology and AI based Interactive Dog Training Robot

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Published Sep 14, 2021
Vishwanath Ghanekar

Abstract

This project is based on real life difficulties/ challenges faced by dog owners, and focuses on enhancing their experience by an interactive way of dog training. Sometimes dogs refuse to react or obey the commands of the owner, for example: getting aggressive or uneasy when strangers are spotted. It’s because of their natural tendency to protect their owner from any threat. Majority if not all, face this problem and sometimes get embarrassed because they can’t invite guests over without tying their dog somewhere away. But good training can result into better results. Such as some commands for them to understand that there is no threat.

But how do you penetrate into their mind? How can you influence their thought process into doing something you want them to do? The answer is psychology! With basic animal psychology you can easily influence their mind. Animal psychology studies show that animals are intelligent enough to understand the meaning of rewards/ punishment when they interact with it often. However, beating your dog to discipline it is considered inadequate and also isn’t the best practice from the law pov. Not only will it make your dog’s life quality poor, but also can result into it getting more aggressive, basically it will show negative/ reverse effects if nothing.

Here’s where the interactive dog training robot comes into picture. Your dog does a mistake, the robot gets a beating, or let’s say the robot will repeat the dog’s mistake and then get a beating. This is how easily you’ll get your dog to understand that if he/ she happens to do the mistake, he/ she will get a beating. It works best if trained from a younger age. Same goes for good practices. The robo-dog will perform some good practices that you want your dog to know and perform, and you’re supposed to give it treats. This is how you again influence your dog to be disciplined using little treats as a reward.


Now there are many professional dog trainers available, and it’s a good practice to train your dog in the young age itself. But, sometimes it is very difficult for a young puppy to understand and follow the instructions majorly because of no relevance or reference to look at. It will be worth experimenting the robo-dog with young puppies to see how effectively it goes into it’s mind and make it understand the right/ wrong thing to do, resulting into a better discipline and a good experience for the owner.

How to Cite

Ghanekar, V. (2021). Psychology for Engineers 1.0: An Explorative and Interactive AI (Robot) for Dog Training: An Animal Psychology and AI based Interactive Dog Training Robot. SPAST Abstracts, 1(01). Retrieved from https://spast.org/techrep/article/view/323
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dog, dog training, robot, dog robot, animal robot, robotics, animal robotics, psychology, animal psychology, perception, sensation

References
[1]. SHIBASHAKE on “Dog Discipline” – PetHelpful blog (4th May, 2021)
https://pethelpful.com/dogs/An-Ear-for-an-Ear-Why-Biting-your-Dogs-Ear-Does-not-Work-aversive-techniquesforceful-punishment-do-not-work

[2]. Steffi Trott on “How To Discipline A Puppy” (19th May, 2021)
https://spiritdogtraining.com/how-to-discipline-a-puppy/
Section
GE7: Additive Manufacturing: 3D & 4D printing + Robotics