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Understanding Guide Dog Team Interactions: Design Opportunities to Support Work and Play

By Sabrina Hauser, Ron Wakkary, Carman Neustaedter

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The visually impaired have been a longstanding and wellrecognized user group addressed in the field of Human- Computer Interaction (HCI). Recently, the study of sighted dog owners and their pets has gained interest in HCI. Despite this, there is a noticeable gap in the field with regards to research on visually impaired owners and their dogs (guide dog teams). This paper presents a study that explores the interactions of guide dog teams revealing a rich, holistic understanding of their everyday lives and needs, across both work and leisure activities. Our findings inform and inspire future research and practices suggesting three opportunity areas: supporting working guide dog teams, enhancing play-interaction through accessible dog toys utilizing sensor technologies, and speculative and exploratory opportunities. This work contributes to the growing research on designing for human-canine teams and motivates future research with guide dog teams.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2014
Pages 295-304
Conference Title Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Dogs
  3. Guide dogs
  4. Human-animal interactions
  5. Mammals
  6. Service animals
  7. Teams
  8. Visual Impairments