Published on April 10, 2016
PET lovers and owners have a problem with over anxious pets , specially dogs. leaving them behind alone can create havoc as they start expressing their frustrations on furnitures or any material that they can lay their mouth. A home remedy solution could help in controlling the issues faced by many pet owners. I know I would , since I have a 9 month old Shiba -Inu , named Leo. Nowadays, many pet lovers use special high pitched dog music to calm their pets when they are not at home. This seems to work in many situations and wide variety of different dogs.
If I could use “Little-Bits” to create a small device that will constantly play the favorite music of Leo and when he barks or makes noise then immediately stop and again starts playing when he is quiet. This could be an amazing small device that could control the problems that we face and help my parents.
“Little-bits” is a company that develops and sells Do-IT-Youself kits as a learning tool for children. If I am able to develop such a device, I will learn how to create a circuit and at the same time experiment in developing a system to help control Leo in a better way. I am not an expert in creating circuits , but “Little-bits” come with lots of tutorials and parts which can be assembled together for a first time learner.
Testing this device will be easy since it can be done at home with Leo and see how effective the device is. We also have a NEST camera at home which my parents use to see on camera when Leo keeps on moving or there is a specific noise. This experiment will use the NEST camera just to check if the device works with Leo or not.RESEARCH
Research conducted by Deborah Wells, an animal behaviorist, seems to back up the claim that dogs indeed like music. The result of Wells’ study revealed that pooches find specific types of classical music to be quieting and relaxing, while not being interested in pop music or radio shows. It looks like our furry friends also have their own preferences to music, just like we do. (ref: http://www.dogingtonpost.com/do-dogs-like-music/) . These views are also collaborated by CBS news “Want to calm Fido down ! try Music “ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/want-to-calm-fido-down-try-music/).
I have seen the same behavior with Leo since we have started playing classical music in low volume near where he sleeps. Since he came to us as a puppy , it was music that helped him to calm down. To the point that he happily sleeps and relaxed , sometimes in very weird positions.
Duration: 30 mins
Credits: I had to take a little help from my brother - Shubham Banerjee (9th grader) to understand how to work with the iCloud bit and activate SMS and email.