In this VR experience people can approach and interact with a dog showing signs of aggression in a safe and controlled way. It aims to help people recognize specific behaviors displayed by dogs, which could potentially lead to an attack or incident if not correctly recognized.
This proof of concept has been developed through a project led by the University of Liverpool's Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), in collaboration with Dogs Trust and University of Liverpool animal behavior researchers. As the user approaches the dog, the behavior and body language of the dog progressively changes, the dog's behavior begins to display signs of aggression including licking its lips, dropping its head and body, front paw lifting, growling, and showing of teeth. These behaviors are referenced from the 'Canine Ladder of Aggression' which shows how a dog may behave when it does not want to be approached.