DogBox

This week there was a very exciting delivery to Asher Behaviour Lab. We had DogBox delivered. DogBox is a horse box which has been customised for us into a mobile dog behaviour lab. It will let us drive to our dogs rather than them coming to us. It will let us conduct research all over…

Swiss Animal Welfare Walks&Talks

I was lucky enough to be invited to be the guest speaker for the Swiss annual Animal Welfare Research Walks and Talks in Kandersteg. This is a great meeting where PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers present their research and gain lots of feedback in a friendly environment. It was great to hear about the breadth…

The highly sensitive dog

Are you the kind of person who feels others’ pain more than those around you? Are you overwhelmed when there are too many things going on at the same time? Perhaps you are more sensitive to bright lights or loud music? Do you have deep and rich inner thoughts, perhaps a great imagination? Then you…

Sensors

We have a new paper out in Sensors. It shows how we can use sensors to detect foot fall in dogs. In other words, we can automatically and very precisely tell the timing that a dog puts each foot down on the floor. We hope to use this in the future to look for early…

Tracking chickens

We’ve been working on code to track when chickens are moving. This is an early prototype, there are some bugs to work out (the code thinks there is a chicken where there isn’t one!) but its a nice start. The video will show when you open this page.

Dog Face

As humans we use our faces to communicate and express feelings. Some facial expressions are understood to be universal, allowing us to interpret the basic intentions of any human regardless of culture or language. Unsurprisingly then, we also look at animals’ faces in an attempt to know their feelings. Yet we don’t actually know how…