15 Tech Gadgets Every Pet Owner Needs
These modern tech gadgets will simplify your pet parenting life, and streamline the cutest Good Boy in your home’s day.
Give a dog a literal and emotional bone
“Stuff the wheels of the RoboBone with your dog’s favorite treat, kibble, or snack and turn the RoboBone on with a simple on-off switch,” explains Jeff Werber, DVM, and veterinary medical journalist, aka Dr. Jeff, of this genius way to keep your dog busy. “The RoboBone will roll and move freely and distribute treats along the way while it is pre-programmed to chase and run from your pet. The RoboBone is an excellent toy for solo-play, and also gets your dog up and moving, while training your dog to work for its treats in a fun and healthy way.”
Reward your Good Boy from anywhere
If checking out these adorable puppy pictures convinced you to get one (or more) cuddly best friend of your own, know that the Petcube Bites Wi-Fi Pet Camera & Treat Dispenser will keeping them rolling in delicious morsels of your sweet affection even while you’re on the road, at work, or anywhere else. It uses an interactive real-time camera that works with your smartphone so you can see every bark, tail wag, and funny little thing they do.
Check in on behavior
In the old days, we’d come home from a long day out to find telltale signs of a day of bad pet behaviors like shredded upholstery, chewed shoes, and mystery puddles. The Sure Petcare Aminco Dog Activity & Behavior Monitor is a futuristic tech gadget that records your four-legged friend’s every movement and behavior and forwards all the information in real-time to your smartphone. Plus, it’s lightweight and tracks vital pet health information like calories burned and when the last time they were walked was. It’s basically a mobile nanny cam for your furry best friend so you can encourage good behaviors and put prompt ends to bad ones.
A constant window into Fido’s world
“As pets are viewed more and more as part of the family, it is comforting for pet parents to be able to see their pet interacting within the home—like a daily daycare update you would get from your child’s school,” says Dr. Jeff. “One possible benefit to this may be enabling you to understand your pets’ habits and behavior while you are away. Signs of separation anxiety could possibly be visibly detected through pet tech gadgets like video devices.” Try a Hive View Indoor camera so you can see your pet even when you’re away, and talk to them through the camera to soothe, applaud, or remind them of the house rules. This very-smart camera can also differentiate between pet and human movement so you can tell who is in your home.
Worth barking about
If you were curious enough to buy one of those cool at-home DNA kits for humans, we’re positive you’re going to want to check out Wisdom Panel, the canine version. Get insight into their breed, lineage, and health traits with one simple test.
Never lose your best friend again with Whistle, the pet-tracking device backed by science and research. In addition to already-standard GPS features, activity monitoring acts like a fuzzy BFF’s FitBit to relay realtime information on their health and wellness.
A personal training robot for your pet
Yes, please. That’s exactly what the Varram Pet Fitness Robot does, and we’re really excited to add a health-focused robot to our list of the best tech gadgets for pets. It’s an AI-powered toy robot that pets can engage with, while it drops treats. With the free app, pet owners can create pre-defined play schedules, engage the Manual Mode for impromptu play and treat sessions and can easily track their furry friends’ daily activity. You also want to make sure to avoid these 13 puppy training mistakes you’ll regret later.
Ah, that’s better
Anxiety and stress can be overwhelming, especially for dogs. That’s why Comfort Zone Calming Vest for Dogs made our list of the best tech gadgets for pets and was a 2019 Product of the Year winner. Pop one on your Good Boy in his preferred size to give him the same good feelings you get as a human from a weighted blanket. They’ll help him through fireworks, separation anxiety, and travel.
This doesn’t stink
The PetSafe ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box is exactly what it sounds like—and an opportunity to have one less argument in your day when you realize you don’t have to remind your spouse, roommate, or kids to scoop the poop.
This is too much fun
The PetChatz PawCall interactive accessory is good for any pet with an interest in FaceTiming you with the touch of his or her paw. It’s video speed dial for Fido and Kitty, and we’re wondering why we didn’t think of it first. These pet products have practically perfect reviews on Amazon.