It’s a dog’s life
WE’VE BEEN LIVING with man’s best friend for thousands of years, but we still struggle to understand our canine friends. We often assume that a dog’s wagging tail is a sign of unbridled excitement (“yay, walkies!”), but it can also signal fear (“keep that Rottweiler away from me!”) or aggression (“this is my manor, sunshine, so do one”).
Now, New York company DogStar has created a device that it hopes will translate your dog’s emotions. TailTalk is a small, unobtrusive sensor that fits around the dog’s tail, converting its wagging into a happiness rating that’s displayed on the accompanying app.
The device is based on sound science, with research showing that dogs tend to wag towards the right when experiencing positive emotions, and towards the left when feeling anxious or upset. The app will use this information to create an emotional diary for your dog, revealing exactly what makes Rover rejoice or Fido feel frightened. Provisional patents issued