Dogs are finally getting their day as technology races to catch up to what their owners really want. In fact, Grand View Research reports that the global wearable pet market is expected to reach $2.36 billion by 2022. And that just accounts for the pet wearable market. There is also a growing market for monitoring devices, interactive toys and pet feeders. Fortunately, those gadgets aren’t just about novelty and fun, but can make a big impact on how your pets live. Here are five hi-tech gadgets to put on your dog’s wish list.
Wifi monitoring cameras
If you’ve ever wondered what your pup is up to while you’re at work, you can set-up an inexpensive monitoring system to watch them online. Protect your best friend and your home with a DIY security system. Lorex Technology offers indoor and outdoor wireless camera systems so you can monitor what’s going on at home whether you’re around the corner or across the country on a work trip. Their app can also compile a list of motion-triggered alarms so you know if your dog or someone else is in an area of your home they shouldn’t be.
It’s a common worry for dog owners to wonder if their furry ones are feeling lonely or want a playmate when they’re flying solo. This is where interactive toys come into play. The Go Bone moves around on its own to challenge your dog and get him on his paws. You can even control it from your smartphone so you can play with him while you’re away from home. The ultra-durable bone can take a chewing or beating and still work great for the next round of play.
Dog collars have gone from basic to ultra glam to super smart with the Link AKC Smart Dog Collar. The GPS pet tracker keeps tabs on what your dog is up to and if your dog is safe. Bonus point that you can also monitor your dog’s health and his activity to make sure your best friend isn’t getting too hot or overworked. And just because this collar is ultra smart doesn’t mean it’s not highly attractive. It comes in high-quality leather in a range of sizing options.
Automatic pet feeder
It’s one thing to have a pet feeder to make sure your pups are getting fed every day while you’re out, but you can take charge of your pet’s unique nutritional needs with Petnet. Their automatic pet feeders schedule out your pet’s meals like a culinary pro and also measures out the portions right from your phone. Their app also helps figure out daily meal goals with recipes and ingredient ideas so you’re never left wondering if your dog is getting sound nutrition.
Humans have been wearing FitBits for years, so why shouldn’t dogs? The FitBark helps take control over your dog’s health and get them moving again. According to FitBark, 54 percent of U.S. dogs are affected by obesity and represented the single largest epidemic of pets today. And it’s not just a cute gadget that keeps track of your dog’s activity levels and keeps them fit and sleek. The FitBark 2 was also created in collaboration with over 45 veterinary schools and research institutions that use the FitBark to study mobility and skin issues, nutrition, vision and other ailments facing dogs today.
Taking control of your dog’s safety, health and happiness creates a strong bond between you and your best friend and streamlines your daily life at the same time. Start with the tech that makes the biggest impact in your dog’s life and then branch out to those fun must-have gadgets you don’t want to live without.
June 3, 2018 | DogGeek
You want to spoil your dog with the newest pet care products. However, you may also want to be mindful when buying the latest pet gadgets and accessories on the market and take into account the size of their eco footprint. Luckily, there are both high- and low-tech pet accessories that have been designed with the latest earth-friendly industrial materials and sustainable power sources. Take care of your furry friend, and the earth, with these eco-friendly gadgets and tools:
The Whistle GPS Tracker attaches to your pet’s collar and lets you track their daily activity on your phone. The tracker comes with a rechargeable energy source, so you aren’t going through multiple batteries that will be discarded as toxic waste. The device sends you text and email alerts so you know what your pup is up to. It also provides you with food and medication reminders so you, or your dog’s caretaker, can take care of their health needs. You can use this tracker in tandem with a high functioning smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy S7, which can accommodate the Android app for the Whistle GPS.
Earth Friendly Waste Bags
A low tech accessory that will respect both your pet, your neighborhood and the earth are biodegradable waste bags. Pogis Poop Bags utilize EPI technology that allows the bags to break down in as little as 18 months. The leak-proof pet waste bags are boxed in 100 percent recycled cardboard cores and other recycled materials. Plus, the bags have a fresh powder scent that will shield you from the water odor.
Eco-Minded Grooming Tool
The Balakie Grooming Brush is an earth-friendly item that will keep your pup’s coat in top shape. This low-tech tool has a practical design with an ergonomic, no-slip handle and a hidden button that can quickly separate the brush blade from the handle. The brush is made with eco-friendly material that’s non-toxic, non-polluting and safe to use. This accessory reduces shedding up to 90 percent and will keep your dog’s coat healthy and knot-free.
Energy Efficient Fencing
Keep your furry best friend safe, within the confines of your yard. Install an invisible fence that will monitor your pet’s whereabouts and ensure they stay secure when they roam outside. The Eco Extreme invisible fence batteries are eco-minded as a long-lasting energy source that will reduce battery waste. The company utilizes earth-friendly materials when building the batteries, so the battery technology is less damaging to the environment than many alternatives.
Video Monitoring and Feeder
Keep an eye on your dog when you are away, so you can ensure they are happy and safe within your home. The Furbo pet monitor is a means to interact with your pup, even when you are away from home. Furbo is a smart dog camera that will let you view, talk to and play with your dog. The Wi-Fi-connected camera can be accessed through your smartphone or tablet, so you can check in on your pet anytime and anywhere. Furbo can also serve as a container for your dog’s treats, so you can toss their favorite treats in the air for a game of fetch. This eco-friendly feature keeps you from wasting dog food that you may set out in your absence, and instead make sure they are fed in a sustainable and waste-free way.
January 3, 2017 | DogGeek
Wearables aren’t just for your wrist or your waistband, they’re also for your dog’s collar. Jen Markham (@jenmarkham) has a rundown of gadgets for pets showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
January 9, 2015 | DogGeek