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    Did anyone see this? Frankly some of it was pathetic - I mean having a meaningful relationship with a robot dog that out does that of a dog? BAH

    The mummification stuff was interesting though

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    Yes I did watch that.

    My favourite bit was with that Border Collie and the toys.
    That was amazing.
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    aw poo .

    You know we dont get exciting shows like that here under my mushroom , so what Robot dog and what Border Collie ? Is it online somewhere ?
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    Well it was on SBS.
    They did a thing on dog behaviour, learning, dogs and their owners, their senses. Pretty much all things dogs.
    The bit with the BC. They laid out about 10 toys, and her owner told her to go get specific ones from another room. The dog would run in, and using secret cameras, you could see the dog go round to each toy, and then back to the toy that was asked for. She would take the toy back to her owner.
    Then, they used about 6 of the old toys, and added a new toy(called the frankfurt). Her owner asked for the frankfurt, and by 'process of elimination', the BC could tell which one it was because she knew that it must have been the one that she hadn't seen or heard of before(if that makes sense)

    They were then talking about robot dogs replacing the real thing. I sorta zoned out at that bit, as Occy said, it was a bit pathetic.
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    Oh! Sounds interesting,thanks Myf
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    I didnt see that bit - it seems very similar to the scent discrimination in UD??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    I didnt see that bit - it seems very similar to the scent discrimination in UD??
    Most likely.
    Except there were toys like 'Big Mac', 'vampire' and 'green bug' and the dog knew each one.
    It had a memory of 200 voice commands or something ridiculous like that.
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    Not ridiculous lol - your dog probably has a bigger vocab - it's just this owner obviously focused their attention to the toys.

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    I wish I'd seen it.

    Most dogs should be capable of selecting a specific toy by name. Certainly my Sheltie can. All our dog toys have names and Kenna will fetch different ones on command. She's been doing it since she was about 5 months old. If she brings the correct toy I throw it for her. When she bought the wrong toy I would say, "Not Bunny, I want Tiger" and she would get the correct one. Retrieving is her greatest pleasure so it was easy to teach her. Strada Whippet isn't the brightest kid on the block but even he has learnt the names of different toys and can bring them to you if he feels like it.

    As far as robot dogs go I must confess to a fondness for K-9 in Dr. Who.

    Actually I can see a big future for robot dogs. A great alternative to the real thing for the many who shouldn't own a live animal at all. Fill the pet shop windows full of robotic puppies and pussy cats for the impulse buyers. Have cute outfits on sale and buyers can indulge their fantasies with no harm done to any living creature. Puppy farms could be turned into robot factories. People could own teacup robots or giant robots, and designer robots would be a real fashion statement.

    In the end only un cool people would be seen with live dogs. People who didn't mind the extra work in return for real canine companionship. Commercial breeders would go out of business and there would be long waiting lists for puppies from the occasional litter or the odd dog that came into rescue due to illness or death of the owner.

    I say bring on the robots and the sooner the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deerhound View Post
    i wish i'd seen it.

    Most dogs should be capable of selecting a specific toy by name. Certainly my sheltie can. All our dog toys have names and kenna will fetch different ones on command. She's been doing it since she was about 5 months old. If she brings the correct toy i throw it for her. When she bought the wrong toy i would say, "not bunny, i want tiger" and she would get the correct one. Retrieving is her greatest pleasure so it was easy to teach her. Strada whippet isn't the brightest kid on the block but even he has learnt the names of different toys and can bring them to you if he feels like it.

    As far as robot dogs go i must confess to a fondness for k-9 in dr. Who.

    Actually i can see a big future for robot dogs. A great alternative to the real thing for the many who shouldn't own a live animal at all. Fill the pet shop windows full of robotic puppies and pussy cats for the impulse buyers. Have cute outfits on sale and buyers can indulge their fantasies with no harm done to any living creature. Puppy farms could be turned into robot factories. People could own teacup robots or giant robots, and designer robots would be a real fashion statement.

    In the end only un cool people would be seen with live dogs. People who didn't mind the extra work in return for real canine companionship. Commercial breeders would go out of business and there would be long waiting lists for puppies from the occasional litter or the odd dog that came into rescue due to illness or death of the owner.

    I say bring on the robots and the sooner the better.
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