It seems that the folks at Auburn University have discovered what most dog trainers have known for years: you can use remotes to control dog behavior. As Scientific American reports:
Auburn University engineers devised a harness outfitted with a microprocessor, wireless radio, GPS receiver, and an attitude and heading reference system. Worn on the dog’s back, the system issued specific vibrations and tones that guided the canines from one waypoint to another.
On courses with only two waypoints, the dogs were nearly 98 percent successful. Luckily, no squirrels were present to skew the results. The research appears in the International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control. [Jeff Miller and David M. Bevly, A system for autonomous canine guidance]
Yes, the electronics package they have put on the dog is a little more involved than an of-shelf shelf e-collar with tone and vibration, but only a little more involved. GPS trackers are off the shelf technology for dogs as well. Science takes a baby step. All good.