Technology for dogs just moved one paw forward. A New York man named Jeff Myers recently uploaded a video to Vimeo of a drone walking his dog. Yes, you read that correctly. He connected the dog’s leash to the drone and sent them outside for the Golden Retriever’s daily constitutional.
In case you are concerned that the dog was unsupervised by human eyes, you needn’t be. The entire walk was observed by Myers after he programmed the dog walk route into his computer. The video even shows the drone-eyed view of the pampered pooch. Myers works in the innovative product design industry. Understandably, his creative yet controversial idea has garnered a bit of attention.
The versatility of drones is limited only by one’s imagination. After all, drones are used not just for military purposes. They are being used for farmers to observe crops and animals. Animal activists use drones to photograph evidence of abuse and Amazon is looking into delivering goods via drones direct to your doorstep. So, walking your dog with a drone — why not?
While Myers filmed his dog being drone-walked as an example of drone possibilities, in thinking about it, you could list pros and cons. Here goes:
- People with mobility limitations (temporary or permanent)
- Dogs who enjoy more outside time in a day than their human can manage
- Possible assistance for professional dog walkers
- Allow people who otherwise may not be able to have a dog to keep the dog healthy
- Can the drone be programmed to pick up doggy poo and dispose of it properly?
- Will a drone be able to prevent doggy altercations with neighborhood canines?
- For that matter, can a drone stop a dog from chasing and/or eating a prey animal?
- Can it keep the dog safe from other people and/or cars?
- Will this take away from the bond between a dog and his guardian?
Jokes aside, this is certainly an interesting conundrum for pet parents. What are your reactions and ideas? What other thoughts come to mind for drone-human-animal interactions?