High Tech Dog Toys
A great high tech dog toy on the market today is the CleverPet Hub. It is not only a fun toy for your precious pooch, but it is a learning tool as well. What could be better than that? Your fur buddy will have a great time learning this fantastic interactive toy! Here’s how it works:
Stop worrying every time you say goodbye.
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The CleverPet Hub is the world’s first game console for dogs. The games, which were designed by animal-loving cognitive scientists, keep your dog busy and out of trouble for hours each day. Give your dog more than a walk and join thousands of proud dog lovers who are already realizing their pet’s full potential!
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Did you Know? Dogs are happier when they have a job to do.
A study published in Animal Cognition0 found that dogs seem to be happier to work for their rewards than to be given treats without earning them.
Animals figure out how to succeed in the world by establishing cause and effect through associative learning. Classical conditioning (think Pavlov’s dog!) helps animals understand the association between two stimuli (Hub->yummy treats!). Operant conditioning pairs behavior to rewards (touch Hub -> yummy treats!)
The Law of Effect
The Law of Effect says: behaviors that result in satisfying outcomes (like pressing the touchpads and getting a food reward) are more likely to be repeated later. Behaviors that don’t (like pressing the wrong touchpad) will be less likely to occur.
A puzzle with the right difficulty level is motivating and engaging: (How do I get that treat?!). If a game is too easy, boredom leads to giving up. If it’s too hard, animals will quit out of discouragement. The Hub continuously adjusts the type and difficulty of its challenges based on your pet’s current ability.
Eating the Food
The Hub starts out by offering food to your dog “for free”. Their only task is to eat kibble a few times in a row from the food tray.
Classical conditioning helps your dog make a connection between the sounds and movements of the Hub and the tasty treats it offers.
Exploring the Touchpads
Food is still offered periodically “for free”, but now your dog will also earn a reward when they press a touchpad — even if just ‘by accident’.
Now, dogs start to associate their own behavior with getting the food. By a combination of classical and operant conditioning, dogs begin to understand that the Hub is a tool they can control to get treats!
This challenge takes off the training wheels and no longer offers your dog free kibble. Now your dog will need to press a touchpad to earn a reward.
Through repeated action and feedback from the Hub, dogs learn that the front of the Hub — where the touchpads are — is the most interesting part. Before this challenge, a very patient dog could hang out and wait for free treats!
Avoiding Unlit Touchpads
Now, only two of the three touchpads are lit, and your dog must learn that only pressing illuminated touchpads will result in a reward. This is the first time the Hub’s lights become meaningful cues.
Using trial and error, your dog will gather evidence and figure out how the Hub works, and what to do to earn a reward. All attempts to get kibble (whether successful or not) are part of the learning process. As they learn, dogs will hit the unlit touchpads less and less.
Learning the Lights
Only one touchpad is lit up, and two are unlit. This is the challenge where most dogs start to ‘see the lights’.
If your dog wasn’t using the information provided by the lights on the previous challenge, they could expect to get rewarded about two-thirds of the time, just by chance. Now, that’s down to one-third. The lights are twice as important as before!
Mastering the Lights
This challenge continues with only one lit touchpad, and now your dog will need to engage even more consistently and accurately.
There are some sneaky ways for dogs to get enough food without always paying attention to the information the lights give them. This challenge improves on the previous by making these default strategies much less beneficial to dogs.
Immediately after your dog presses one illuminated touchpad, a different one lights up and must be touched. Now, your dog is tasked with pressing two touchpads in a row to solve one puzzle.
Chaining behaviors together requires your dog to complete multiple correct actions in sequence to earn a reward. Your dog must learn to stay attentive for a second instruction even after the first press.
After the first press, the other touchpads light up and your dog will need to choose the brightest one. The touchpads start out with very different brightness levels and gradually become more difficult to tell apart.
Your dog now has to make a more careful comparison between the target (brighter) and distractor (dimmer), and will gradually improve as they learn to attend to the relevant feature. This skill will come in handy during the next few challenges.
Learning Double Sequences
This challenge engages your dog with sequences of action. To complete a single puzzle, your dog must press the brightest button accurately two times in a row.
During this challenge, the Hub gives your dog information that will help them plan their next move. The dim button during the first sequence will become brighter during the next. Clever dogs will catch onto this and use this “hint” to determine which touchpad to press next.
Learning Longer Sequences
The sequences get longer and longer! Now, your dog is challenged to complete patterns of up to nine in a row. Beginning with three, the sequences get progressively longer with success, and shorter when the difficulty is too high.
To master this challenge, dogs need to stay attentive and accurate over progressively longer periods of time. They do get a few ‘lives’ so that one missed touchpad doesn’t always set them back to the beginning.
Matching Two Colors
For the first time, the Hub introduces colors (blue and yellow – yes, dogs can see color!) as a meaningful signal. Each time a touchpad is pressed, its color will change. Your dog’s job is to make all the touchpads match within a limited number of overall presses.
Up until now, there was always one correct answer about which pad to touch. This is the first challenge where each puzzle has more than one correct solution, and it showcases your dog’s abilities to solve problems creatively and in their own way.
Matching More Colors
This challenge is similar to Matching Two Colors, but now the pads can also turn white.
By adding another color, the number of possible solutions grows exponentially! By now, there are over 24 initial combinations to solve, and many different paths to solving a given puzzle.
Exercise Their Mind and Body
CleverPet’s 12 challenges advance automatically depending on your dog’s progress. The challenges start off easy, but they remain just difficult enough to keep your dog busy and out of trouble for hours each day. You can leave the house with peace of mind knowing that your pup has an outlet for all that energy.
Stay Connected All Day
Available on iPhone and Android, the CleverPet app keeps you connected with your best friend even when you’re away. When you aren’t home to watch your pup play, you can track their progress as they solve increasingly complex puzzles.
Unleash Your Best Friend’s Intelligence
CleverPet’s team of scientists developed the Hub as a tool to un-tap the incredible cognitive potential of your dog. With over 20 years of combined Ph.D. experience in automated animal training, they’ve used data from their studies to turn your home into an all-day interactive playground and develop your pet’s advanced problem-solving abilities.
I hope you have enjoyed learning about the CleverPet Hub and a simple as well as an educational way to monitor your precious pet’s playtime. Everyone that has a dog should seriously consider investing in this product. You will definitely have peace of mind knowing you have given your precious pooch the best life possible!
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