Just recently I was writing about the value of observation in evaluation pain level and response to treatment in arthritic dogs.
How good in our observations are we, really, though?
Dogs are great observers. We, humans, tend to see what we want to see, what we fear is happening, or what we figure we should be seeing, depending on the personality. It's not really out fault, we are kind of programmed that way. The biggest censorship establishment is our own brain.
What we think we're looking at often might have little to do with what's in front of us.
Of course, practice makes master and one can learn what things to look for, and how to evaluate them properly. For better or for worse, there will always be a subjective element to our observations.
That is a reason why I find the idea of Whistle Labs interesting.
They came up with an Activity Monitor that measures dog's daily activities, such as walks, play, and rest. It provides a perspective on day-to-day behavior and long-term trends.
This can provide invaluable information when evaluating a dog's health and well being.
It might help you discover that your dog is slowing down and you need to look for a source of a problem, or adjust pain management. It might alert you to changes in your dog's sleeping pattern or anxiety. It might also help to get you of your couch and spend quality time with your dog more often.
The device is quite small and clips onto a collar.
I think it's a pretty neat little gizmo, worth of trying out.
Startup Hopes to Boost Pooches’ Health Through Their Collars