Dogs can understand haptic communication

Yoav Golan, Amir Shapiro, Ben Serota, Oren Shriki, Ilana Nisky

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Dogs are extremely common in the modern world, as pets or to help us as work animals. Despite their increasing popularity in both forms, our methods of communicating with them have not advanced much since their domestication. For even the most extensively trained working dogs, we rely on audial and visual cues to convey commands. In this work, we show that dogs can understand haptic cues. A vest embedded with vibration motors was designed to be worn by a dog. We trained a dog to associate four different types of vibrations with different commands, with good results. The dog successfully distinguished between vibrations, differing either in location or vibration type. Haptic communication can be used with working dogs or pets remotely, even in very noisy environments. It could also be used to communicate with deaf dogs, or facilitate communication between a pet and its speech-impaired owner.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationACI 2019 - 6th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationCommon Denominator, Proceedings
ISBN (Electronic)9781450376938
StatePublished - 12 Nov 2019
Event6th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction: Common Denominator, ACI 2019 - Haifa, Israel
Duration: 12 Nov 201914 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference6th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction: Common Denominator, ACI 2019


  • Animal-computer interaction
  • Haptic devices
  • Haptic perception
  • Human-animal interaction

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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