Dog Toy Chest Dispenses Treats When Dogs Return Toys
AHAHHAHAHAHAHA LOOK AT THAT DOG! OMG I WANT TO FEEL ONE OF ITS EARS IN MY MOUTH SO BAD.
This is the Tidy Dog (currently a Kickstarter project), a chest for dog toys that rewards a treat whenever your dog returns a toy after playing with it. I can see it now -- Day 1: My dog tears the box apart, eats all of the treats, and most of the box itself. She does not f*** around.
Tidy Dog uses sensors that detect the weight of a toy when the dog puts it away, and automatically dispenses a treat as the reward. The creators promise that it can detect even the lightest dog toys, which is key for people who own small animals.
One of the first concerns addressed by the Tidy Dog team is the fact that a smart dog would be able to trick the system by simply placing its own weight inside of the bin to get it to dispense the treats. The creators promise that the load cells can detect small vibrations that happen when a dog is pressing down on the bin, and it will not dispense a treat until it is completely stabilized. Additionally, when a toy is removed, the bin will not dispense a treat for 30 seconds, preventing the crafty dog from simply removing and placing a toy back in the back in quick succession to get extra treats.
There is no way my dog would not just constantly remove, wait the 30 seconds, then return her toys until there were no more treats. Dogs are HARDCORE when it comes to treats. My dog is so hardcore about treats that on walks I catch her trying to eat rocks that LOOK like her treats.
Keep going for the Kickstarter video.
Thanks to Andreas, who trained a cat to pick up after the dogs. Cooooooool!