SUGA produces wearable tech that monitors pets' health and food intake. It is also eyeing a device to check pet emotions.
In a nutshell, the findings of this study confirm all three major expectations about the processing of human faces by dogs: (1) an influence of the amount of exposure to humans and/or the quality of the human-dog relationship, as exemplified by the difference between pet and lab dogs; (2) (subtle) influences of both the familiarity and the emotional expression of the face; (3) a strong left gaze bias. Although in general these findings are in line with earlier studies on dogs' looking patterns towards human faces, there are some interesting deviations and a few unexpected results.
The final dataset included data from 17 pet dogs (11 male and 6 female) with a total of 66 sessions and 847 trials (percentage trials with positive emotion 48.4%, mean 50 trials/dog, ranging from 14 to 76) and 8 lab dogs with a total of 38 sessions and 517 trials (percentage trials with positive emotion 50.7%, mean 65 trials/dog, ranging 51 to 74).
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As loving stewards we have an unspoken covenant with our pets — that we will euthanize, if it is necessary. In the final analysis, only the owner can really understand when the time is right. And even then, emotions still make it so difficult. This is the ultimate loving act for our beloved companion animals. It is for them, regardless of the effects on us, that we must do this. But it is inevitable that we will grieve for ourselves, as well. And now we have to learn to somehow put this into some meaningful perspective. Consider the time of day and the day of the week. You will need time before and after to deal with your emotions. You may need to take a day or two off from work. Do not hesitate to care for yourself. You are important. You are making this very critical decision based on what is best for your pet. Make some decisions that are the best for you, as well. The more you educate yourself about euthanasia — ahead of time — the less likely you will be to question the decision or procedure, afterward. This can help prevent those feelings of wishing you had done some things differently, and it may relieve some of the guilt that inevitably follows. Making the decision to euthanize your pet can involve conflicting emotions. Do these reactions to the loss of a pet touch a familiar chord in your heart? Grief, confusion, anger, guilt and depression are all typical responses to the death of a loved one. Only recently, however, have researchers come to realize that a pet may also be considered a loved one and a family member, and that its death may evoke similar and often equally intense emotions.