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Would You Let Your Dog Be Walked By a Drone?

Would You Let Your Dog Be Walked By a Drone?

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:

PROS

  1. People with mobility limitations (temporary or permanent)
  2. Dogs who enjoy more outside time in a day than their human can manage
  3. Possible assistance for professional dog walkers
  4. Allow people who otherwise may not be able to have a dog to keep the dog healthy

CONS

  1. Can the drone be programmed to pick up doggy poo and dispose of it properly?
  2. Will a drone be able to prevent doggy altercations with neighborhood canines?
  3. For that matter, can a drone stop a dog from chasing and/or eating a prey animal?
  4. Can it keep the dog safe from other people and/or cars?
  5. 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?

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7:09PM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

It would be a great idea if there weren't so many uncontrollable variables that are possible on every walk. Cars, dogs, people, poop.

5:38AM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

Drones don't have thinking brains.

5:08PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Absolutely NOT !!!!! Walking your dog is time well spent with your best friend. If you don't have the time then don't get a dog.

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12:10PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

That dog looked more than a bit uncomfortable with that mechanized thing hovering behind it. And how safe is he/she from other dogs, or unruly people? Besides, what about when he/she defecates? Does the drone attend to this? I tend to doubt it, so no, I don't like the idea at all. Paws down.

9:08AM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Interesting for people with dissabilities for example, but I don´t like the idea... It is so weird! I guess that is our future: an empty planet filled with robots :(

9:00AM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Stupid idea. A dog needs human companionship on his walks. If you can't be bothered walking your dog you don't deserve to have one. Dogs get exercise running in the yard too so a walk doesn't have to last for an hour. Humans need exercise too in order to stay healthy.

8:08AM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

If you can't be bothered to walk your dog, then don't get one!

7:28AM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

Time for walking together is important both for animals and their people to spend time together and make bond. We never can spend time together by drone.

5:42AM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

No one can replace their owner's place

2:03AM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

No Freaking way!! I Walk my Dogs! It could clean up the Dog POOP! :)

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