The Impact of Training Approaches on Experimental SetUp and Design of Wearable Vibrotactiles for Hunting Dogs

Ann Judith Morrison, Rune Heide Møller, Cristina Manresa-Yee, Neda Eshraghi

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Third International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction 2016
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date15 Nov 2016
Article number4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4758-7
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2016
Event3rd International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Nov 201617 Nov 2016
Conference number: 3


Conference3rd International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityMilton Keynes
Internet address


  • Dogs Vibrotactile Interface;
  • animal-computer interaction;
  • wearable interface;
  • vibrotactile navigation;
  • training styles for dogs;
  • mobile navigation;
  • vibrotactile instruction;


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