Not that long ago, walking the dog meant grabbing your pooch’s leash and calling out “Who wants to go for a walk?” While this approach still gets your four-legged family member revved up and ready to go, a variety of technology and devices now make exercising your dog easier and more enjoyable than ever. Check out the following gadgets that were designed with your fur baby in mind:
PetSafe Wireless Containment System
After a long day at work, you might not have the energy to walk your precious pup. But if your yard is unfenced, you are understandably concerned about letting your dog out to do his business without being on a leash. Thanks to the PetSafe Wireless Containment System, you can install a wireless fence that trains your dog to stay on your property. After setting up the transmitter at the center of your yard, you fit a receiver on your dog’s collar. The system then transmits a radio signal that creates an invisible boundary that goes out 105 feet in all directions. When your pooch reaches the edge of the electronically defined space, the collar gives a warning beep and a safe static correction. This way your dog knows where he can and can’t got without feeling confined or restricted.
If you enjoy hiking with your dog, the Garmin Astro helps you to track your pup at all times. The Astro model enables you to track up to 10 dogs at a time, so if you have a large family of fur babies, you can rest assured that you can track their positions, even if you are in an area with lots of trees or deep canyons. This device is also extremely useful if you go hunting with your dogs because it has a range of four to nine miles, depending on the terrain. Around every five seconds the mini dog devices transmit their positions to the handheld Astro, showing you your pups’ locations as well as a compass that points to where they are.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
The best device you can use when out and about with your furry best friend is your smartphone. Not only are there a plethora of apps that help the two of you stay active — such as Dog Park Locator, Thank Dog and MapMyDogWalk, which all encourage you and your pup to get out of the house and exercising together — but it also gives you a variety of tools to explore new places and capture the moment. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a 16-megapixel camera and a wide-angle selfie camera, so you can photograph all of your hikes, runs, games of fetch and other adventures together. And the phone makes it easy to share these moments on social media. It also has built-in GPS and an ultra battery-saving mode, so you can feel safe when you’re out hiking in the woods or camping in a remote area.