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News & Views December 2019 Issue

Teaching Service Dogs to Use the English Language to Help Their Owners

Dr. Melody Jackson and her own dog Sky wearing a “talking” vest.

Teaching Service Dogs to Use the English Language to Help Their Owners

Sure, a service dog can tell if her owner is about to have an epileptic seizure or is going into a diabetic coma. But can she call 911? If Melody Jackson, PhD, has her way, yes. She is heading up Georgia Tech’s FIDO Project, which stands for Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations. As part of her work, she is testing vests with attachments dogs can hold, bite, touch with their nose, or tug to launch a string of words in English.

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