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Device that helps dogs call owners could ease pet separation anxiety

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At a time when many so-called “pandemic puppies” are suddenly being left alone while owners are called back to the office after a lengthy time at home during the pandemic, a device has been created to allow dogs to video call their owners. The system, dubbed DogPhone, works when a pet picks up and shakes a ball fitted with an accelerometer. When the accelerometer senses movement, it prompts a video call on a screen connected to the device. The new invention, believed to be the first of its kind, is the brainchild of University of Glasgow’s Dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas, her 10-year-old labrador, Z…

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