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Barking Up the Wrong Tree: A Qualitative Study of the Potential for Dog-Owner Technology

Hall, Lynne, Mcdonald, Sharon and Young, Shell (2018) Barking Up the Wrong Tree: A Qualitative Study of the Potential for Dog-Owner Technology. British HCI Conference.

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Current approaches to dog technology are predominantly aimed at owners monitoring and remotely engaging their dogs to prevent boredom when they are left home alone. The potential of technology to enhance the collocated dog-human experience has received little attention. This paper discusses a qualitative study with 10 owners and their dogs, exploring how technology could be used to enhance dog-human interaction in the home. Results highlight that dog toys are actually targeted at play involving both dog and owner; that playful interactions between dogs and owners focus on increasing bonding and affective symbiosis; and that the play isn’t the point for neither dog nor human, the relationship is. The study concludes that dog-human technology for collocated enjoyable interaction will be significantly different than that used in remote human-dog interaction and requires further work.

Hall-McDonald-Young BHCI 2018.pdf - Accepted Version

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Depositing User: Lynne Hall


Item ID: 9684
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ORCID for Lynne Hall: ORCID iD
ORCID for Shell Young: ORCID iD

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Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 08:47
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 16:06


Author: Lynne Hall ORCID iD
Author: Shell Young ORCID iD
Author: Sharon Mcdonald

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Faculty of Technology
Faculty of Technology > FOT Executive
Faculty of Technology > School of Computer Science


Computing > Human-Computer Interaction

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