Automated Dog Kennels & What is Left
3 Black Labs While I am in Yard

Automated Dog Kennels & What is Left

By joshyoung | joshuayoung | 31 Jan 2020

I make my living wage working at a dog kennel in Austin Texas. Its been a fantastic job and an incredible space to learn about dogs. though in the back of my mind I am imaging a world in which this job doesn't exist, or at least not all of it. In this knew world we will allow any work that can be done by a robot, without a decrease in dog satisfaction, to be done. 


Lets start with what could be automated within a 10 year time frame. Time this takes is based on an average 8 hr human shift. 

Transitioning dogs from being checked in, to kennel, to outside and back again. Time this takes: 35%

-Program walkways that incentive dogs to move forward to the designated spot. 

Building playgroups for dogs in the yard.Time this takes: 15%

- Build yards from data that has been analyzed on each individual dog.

Imputing Data: 7%

- Data is imputed as it is created.

Cleaning, watering, feeding: 25%

- Feeding done by drones on floor, watering via dispenser, cleaning by combining a car wash and a dog crate. 


What is left for the prime ape:

Staying in yard preventing scuffles, managing energy, collecting data. Time this takes - 20%

Finding accidents in the kennel - 5%

Grooming: nail trims, baths, anal gland expression - 20%


After the robots take over it looks like just under half of my current job will be available. To be honest I'm all for it. The tasks that the robots due are some of the least exciting tasks. 


On a closing thought what technology should my kennel being implementing now? Voice imputed data. While we are in the yard doing a check over we should just speak into a microphone that records, "Charlie K has blister on right elbow." This data is then waiting in a cache until you review the dictation later and push it through. 




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Dog trainer. Previous caterer. Focused on happiness.


Dog trainer in training, focused on positive reinforcement training principles. Long term travel partner, co business owner and wife, Scotti, works in applied behavior analysts with autistic children 4 and under. In January 2020 we adopted 1.5 year old Tommy Pickles, a white and brown bully breed, mostly pit.

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