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YouTuber Buys and Trains a Robot Dog to Enter Into a Dog Show Alongside Real Canines


YouTuber Zac Alsop has entered his robot dog into a dog show competition alongside real canines. The YouTuber announced his ‘experiment’ in a video he posted on his channel that has since then hit over 1.4 million views!

The 26-year-old YouTuber bought a Unitree Go1 robot dog, a quadruped AI companion robot amounting to $2,700. However, Alsop did not purchase the Unitree Go1 as a robot pet companion rather he planned on training his robot dog to join dog shows alongside real canines. “I believe this is the future of pet dogs, and I am going to prove it,” says Alsop.

He has named his robot dog ‘Roobot’ and has sought the help of an accredited dog trainer, Gina Pink, to help him train his robot dog. Set to win the competition, Zac Alsop also reached out to a choreographer and actor friend to help him put together a dance routine for Roobot to perform in the competition.

Unlike real canines, Roobot only needed three days of dog training before competition day. The audience was surprised to see a robot dog trot beside Alsop and enter the competition, needless to say, there were mixed reactions from the crowd. While Alsop and Roobot shook things up and made for entertainment, they did not win the competition.

Linda Takahashi

American-born New Yorker Linda Johnson has been fascinated with robotic machines since she was a teenager, when her father, a surgeon, would introduce to her the machines that he used to perform keyhole surgeries. This interest led her to pursue a tech degree at the University of Washington, where she met Sota Takahashi. They married and now have two children. Linda’s father developed dementia later on and was given a robot pet as a companion. She saw how much having a robot pet friend helped her father, which is what led her to create this website and advocate to spread word about robot pets and how they can help both children and the elderly.

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