The startup JoiPaw has launched an initiative that consists of creating a series of video game for dogs focused, not only on their entertainment, but also on the collection of results that help the study of dementia in these animals.
As described by the founder of JoiPaw, Dersim Avdar, the project combines cognitive and physical stimulation in the form of a console “custom built for dogs”. Specifically, it is a portable device and a software platform that tracks the health indicators of the animal in question.
In this way, if any abnormal behavior is detected in the animal, JoiPaw launches a warning that is shared with the veterinarian to get a better diagnosis. “Your dog can play stimulating video games tailored to his needs, and you can see how well he’s doing or even compete with your neighbor’s dog.”Avda explains.
According to studies conducted by Cornell University, dementia in dogs (canine cognitive dysfunction) can appear in 35% of cases in canines older than eight years. In addition, it is detected through symptoms such as confusion, slowness to learn new tasks, changes in sleep patterns, abnormal barking or incontinence, among others.
In this sense, the lack of mental stimulation is one of the problems that accentuates this disease in dogs. The welfare of the animal requires developing their cognition and being entertained, for this, from JoiPaw they ensure that their video games help “live a healthier life” Y “show the world how smart dogs are”as expressed by its founder.