This is my first post here and hopefully I can get a direction for my project. First, and obviously, I'm new to Arduino. but not new to electronics. I work in the field but exclusively in the RF communication spectrum, plus I know enough LabView to get in trouble. I also dabble in Steampunk (which is what my project is). I built a metal dog. The body and head are constructed from Aluminum food containers and the legs are gears. Currently I have a 75MHz radio controlled receiver and Futaba servo in the body. I use the servo to raise and lower the head.
So here's my question. I want a method (hopefully Arduino) to control the Futaba steering servo (head movement) and I want the dog to bark. Ideally, I would like to turn the dog on and have it bark and nod randomly, or when a person gets close to it. I want it to have the appearance that it is acting on it's own.
So, is this possible with the Arduino platform? If yes, what products would I need. Thank you in advance.