We report often on dog-related technology here on ohmidog! — both that which is budding and that which has found its way to the marketplace — and a good 90 percent of the time we have nothing positive to say about it.
Including this time.
A drone that walks your dog? No. No. And no.
This is just one man’s experiment, but let’s hope it doesn’t catch on.
Here’s the thing about dog-centered technology: It’s usually not centered on dogs at all.
Instead, it is aimed at making the lives of dog owners easier. Generally, it is something that relieves dog owners of responsibility, allowing them to both spend less time with their dog and feel less guilty about it.
Like machines that, on a programmed schedule or through remote operation, can dispense a treat to your dog while you’re away.
Or a machine that will play fetch with your dog while you’re away, or just too tired to go to all that effort.
And all those other contraptions, apps and gizmos that allow you to cut down on face to face time with your dog, thereby eroding the one thing that counts — the bond between the two of you.
Those devices aren’t really making it any easier for you to live your life. Your dog, on the other hand, is.
The video above shows Lucy, a golden retriever from Connecticut, being walked by a drone.
Jeff Myers, the mind behind this video, said he wanted to show it could be done — always a dangerous reason to do something, especially when it’s the sole reason.
Myers lives in New York City, and he borrowed his mother’s dog for the experiment, in which dog is leashed to drone and drone is controlled by an app.
It’s just a concept Myers says.
So too, at one point, was dog cloning. Those concepts — good or bad — have a way of turning into business enterprises once the realization that there could be profits kicks in.
This NPR report about the dog walking drone and other technological developments for dogs, concluded, “The future is here and it’s pretty darn cute.”
Pretty darn cute?
Yeah, right up there with using your car to walk your dog:
Posted by John Woestendiek April 29th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, bad, bond, car, control, dog, dog technology, dog walking, dogs, driving, drone, drones, exercise, experiment, leash, pets, remote, responsibility, rope, technology, walk, walker, walking
Poor Marmaduke. The movie’s not even out yet, and already its trailers are drawing bad reviews.
I’m not sure when trailer reviews became part of the media landscape, but it seems a little like reviewing a meal before it’s out of the oven.
“Worst thing ever,” huffed the Huffington Post.
“(It) actually gets progressively worse as it goes along, which is quite a feat for a two minute video. It starts with Owen Wilson as “the duke,” himself. Nothing wrong with that. Who doesn’t like some Owen Wilson? But before you know it you’re in the midst of mind-blowing awfulness, being slapped around by Fergie, terrifying talking animals, and toilet jokes that even children would frown upon.”
New York Magazine called the trailer “safe and effective birth control” — meaning, I guess, that people will forego reproducing so they don’t have to take the kids to this movie:
“There’s only one thing about the Marmaduke trailer that isn’t an insult to dogs, people, and the art of moviemaking itself, and that is the nice car William H. Macy is probably now enjoying with his small-role earnings. We guess it could be worse — that bad CGI of all the dogs dancing in the park at the end could have been set to “Hallelujah.”
“Marmaduke trailer is a real dog,” reads the headline at Latinoreview.com.
“The trailer shows just how awful a movie can be. Not only is the CGI really, really bad but the laughs are non existent. I’m not sure what kid would possibly find any of this funny. Especially since it has jokes that I’m sure they’ve seen a hundred times before.”
Looks like, in the view of the critics, anyway, Marmaduke should have never left the comics page.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 29th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, awful, bad, comic strip, comics, critics, dog movies, dogs, dogs in the movies, entertainment, huffington post, latino review, marmaduke, movie, movies, new york magazine, news, ohmidog!, owen wilson, pets, reviews, trailer
Humans, as Steve Markwell sees it, create bad dogs. So humans have the responsibility to rehabilitate them.
“When people create these monsters, I think it’s people’s responsibility to take care of them. Not to just kill everything because it’s inconvenient,” Markwell says in the Times article. “The fact that they have their quirks, the extra things you have to be cautious of, in some ways it’s almost endearing. It’s kind of like, the world hates you, but I don’t.”
The Olympic Animal Sanctuary, located in the Olympic Peninsula rain forest, caters to dogs who would be euthanized or turned away at other shelters.
Among the more than 50 dogs now there are guard dogs who once belonged to drug dealers, wolf hybrids with violent pasts, and Snaps, the pit bull mix who made headlines south of Seattle in June when he attacked two women on the command of his owner, a 15-year-old girl.
“This vicious monster of a dog, he’s the sweetest thing in the world,” he said. Snaps is now one of the few dogs allowed to roam uncaged inside the sanctuary’s main building.
Markwell said the secret of rehabilitating the dogs is giving them space, exuding quiet kindness and corralling like-minded dogs together, allowing for socialization and management of bad behavior rather than trying to immediately eliminate it.
He scoffs at “dog whisperers” and rejects potential volunteers who say they have a “spiritual kinship” with animals, the article says.
“I have absolutely no place for people like that because they’re dangerous,” he said. “What it takes is common sense and experience. That whole ‘animals like me’ — well, animals like me too. But I take a really bad bite about once a month. Let’s not rely on that as our safety mechanism.”
Posted by John Woestendiek December 13th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: bad, bad dogs, behavior, dog, dogs, mean, nasty, olympic animal sanctuary, peninsula, rehabilitate, rehabilitation, rescue, sanctuary, sea-tac, seattle, snaps, steve markwell, training, vicious, violent
Bark Busters is looking for the naughtiest dog in America.
For National Pet Week (May 3-9), the world’s largest dog training company announced the “National Naughty Dog Contest,” inviting the public to submit videos of dogs behaving badly to BarkBusters.com via YouTube.
From the videos submitted (between May 4 and July 13), they’ll select one dog to receive free dog training.
“So many dog owners get a dog hoping he will be an ideal member of the family, only to discover the dog rules their household instead,” said Liam Crowe, CEO and master dog behavioral therapist at Bark Busters USA. “We want to help owners realize they can address these unwanted behaviors and build a stronger relationship with their canine companions, and we want to showcase this fact by training America’s naughtiest dog and having a bit of fun along the way.”
The winner will be announced and posted online at BarkBusters.com on July 21. The participant whose dog is chosen as the Naughtiest Dog in America will receive free in-home training.
“With more than 65 million dogs in the US, we are sure to find some naughty ones,” said Crowe. “This is an opportunity for us to help America understand that any dog can be trained – even the nation’s naughtiest dog.”
For more information on Bark Busters’ National Naughty Dog Contest, including specific entry rules, go here.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 1st, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: bad, barkbusters, behavior, contest, dog, dogs, free, in-home, naughtiest dog, naughtiest dog in america, submissions, training, video, youtube.com