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Robot taking care of your dog

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Hey there DogForum community! 馃惗馃
We're conducting a study on the use of robots to assist with the care of pet dogs and we need your help! If you currently have a dog or have had a dog in the past, we'd love for you to take 3 minutes to fill out our survey. 馃搳
And don't worry, we're not trying to replace your furry best friend with a robot - we just want to understand how these technologies can supplement and augment the care provided by humans.
So if you're a dog lover and want to contribute to our research, just click on the link below and take the anonymous survey: Survey: Robot walking your dog

Thanks for your help!
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Oh, Holy Crap! This is just about the worst idea ever conceived in the area of dog ownership. No. Just.... No.
Thank you for your answer and participation. :)
This is possibly the worst idea I've ever heard of. If you can't walk your dog then why do you have a dog... and why does the dog have you? Both you and your dog need those moment for bonding. I actually answered the survey but it's not going to be the encouragement you hoped for. There is no technology currently that even comes close to being reliable enough that I would let my dog out of the house leashed to one. No way. No way!

If you want to develop a useful robot (dog or non dog related) then try focusing on one that can do light house keeping and/or surveillance tasks (possibly related to the dog) when you are not home. I could see a role for a robot in the house that kept an eye on the dog but beyond that my Roomba is more useful to my dog than a walking robot would be. Moreover, a dog will know it is not human and while I'm pretty sure you could train a dog to tolerate the presence of such a machine, they're not going to warm up to it.
Thank you for your feedback and participation in the survey! :)
We could already gather a lot of useful information from your posts and we appreciate everybody answering the survey. It would be nice if you could forward the survey to other dog friends of yours. But please do not influence them with your opinion or postings from this forum, since the study has to be unbiased. Thank you a lot everybody and have a nice day! Best regards,
The research team
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