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Technology-Enhanced Training System for Reducing Separation Anxiety in Dogs

26 Jul 2019-pp 434-439
TL;DR: Preliminary results support the idea that technology-enhanced training is a feasible alternative to motivate and guide owners to implement separation training with their dogs.
Abstract: Separation anxiety in dogs is a common condition that is manifested by destructive behavior when dogs are left alone. The most successful treatment for canine separation-related problems requires dog’s behavior modification via a time consuming training. Moreover, this type of training needs a high commitment from the dog’s owner. Here, a canine wearable interface connected to a mobile application was designed to monitor and guide a training program aiming at behavior modification in dogs. The objective was to design a system that enhances user engagement while monitoring dog’s biometrical signals. Preliminary testing of the system revealed significant behavior changes. Significant decrease in dog’s overall destructive behavior was recorded. Specifically, when using the technology-enhanced vest, dogs were quieter and reduced their anxious movements. These preliminary results support the idea that technology-enhanced training is a feasible alternative to motivate and guide owners to implement separation training with their dogs.
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01 Feb 2022-Sensors
TL;DR: A multi-level hierarchical early detection system for psychological separation anxiety (SA) symptoms detection that automatically monitors home-alone dogs starting from the most fundamental postures, followed by atomic behaviors, and then detecting separation anxiety-related complex behaviors is proposed in this paper .
Abstract: An increasing number of people own dogs due to the emotional benefits they bring to their owners. However, many owners are forced to leave their dogs at home alone, increasing the risk of developing psychological disorders such as separation anxiety, typically accompanied by complex behavioral symptoms including excessive vocalization and destructive behavior. Hence, this work proposes a multi-level hierarchical early detection system for psychological Separation Anxiety (SA) symptoms detection that automatically monitors home-alone dogs starting from the most fundamental postures, followed by atomic behaviors, and then detecting separation anxiety-related complex behaviors. Stacked Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) is utilized at the lowest level to recognize postures using time-series data from wearable sensors. Then, the recognized postures are input into a Complex Event Processing (CEP) engine that relies on knowledge rules employing fuzzy logic (Fuzzy-CEP) for atomic behaviors level and higher complex behaviors level identification. The proposed method is evaluated utilizing data collected from eight dogs recruited based on clinical inclusion criteria. The experimental results show that our system achieves approximately an F1-score of 0.86, proving its efficiency in separation anxiety symptomatic complex behavior monitoring of a home-alone dog.

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TL;DR: The ability to differentiate separation anxiety from other behavior problems with the same presenting complaint is essential before embarking on a treatment plan.
Abstract: Many social species, including dogs, exhibit distress responses when separated from attachment figures. Companion dogs with separation anxiety typically eliminate, vocalize, or engage in destructive behavior when left alone. The ability to differentiate separation anxiety from other behavior problems with the same presenting complaint is essential before embarking on a treatment plan. The behavior of the dog before, during, and after separation must be determined. Comparison of the unique behavioral profiles of each of the possible differentials will lead to an accurate diagnosis.

113 citations

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TL;DR: The most successful treatment for canine separation-related problems may be behavior modification that focuses on systematic desensitization and counterconditioning, which can be supplemented with medication in the initial stages.
Abstract: Dogs with separation-related behavior problems engage in unwanted behavior such as destruction of property and excessive vocalization when left alone, causing distress for both the dog and the owner, and often leading to the dog being relinquished or euthanized I review research on factors likely to predispose dogs to developing separation anxiety and on the treatments available Although research is equivocal, dogs seem to develop separation-related behavior problems if they are male, sourced from shelters or found, and separated from the litter before they are 60 days old Protective factors include ensuring a wide range of experiences outside the home and with other people, between the ages of 5-10 months, stable household routines and absences from the dog, and the avoidance of punishment The most successful treatment for canine separation-related problems may be behavior modification that focuses on systematic desensitization and counterconditioning, which can be supplemented with medication in the initial stages Where individual therapy from an animal behavior expert is not possible, advice to dog owners should be clear, simple, and contain five or fewer instructions to improve adherence Advice is given for people seeking to adopt a dog, for new dog owners, and for existing dog owners who wish to treat their dog's separation anxiety

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The paper discusses a technology-enhanced training system for reducing separation anxiety in dogs. It mentions that the system resulted in a significant decrease in overall destructive behavior in dogs.