Engineering students at Northeastern University (my alma mater) are working to design a product that will help service dogs.
Initially, the first-year engineering students were given an assignment to submit a design for an apparatus that would help service dogs to do their job. This required the students to research what gear was already available and in use.
After submitting designs for things like an apparatus that would help a service dog pull a wheelchair in a straight line, the students felt there was unfinished business. Working with their faculty sponsor and the University’s Centre of Community Service, these students are now pursuing product design and development in their spare time.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand