10 Best New Gadgets for Your Dog
These high-tech dog gadgets will make your pet feel like the coolest pooch on the block.
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Fi Smart Dog Collar
You can track your dog’s location and their daily activity with the sleek Fi Smart Dog Collar. This collar uses real-time GPS to keep tabs on your pooch, sending you smartphone notifications if your dog ever strays from your yard. It also works as a fitness tracker, counting your dogs steps and minutes of daily exercise. Cool, right?
The Fi Collar costs $149, but you also have to pay a $99/year subscription fee. However, this smart collar will definitely give you peace of mind, especially if your dog likes to wander off. Find out more of the best GPS pet trackers.
Petcube Bites 2 Smart Pet Camera
Ever wonder what your dog does while you’re away from home? With the Petcube Bites 2 Smart Camera, you can check in on your pets from anywhere using your smartphone. Plus, when your pooch is behaving, you can use the camera to toss a treat and praise them through the two-way audio feature. At $249 it’s a pricey gadget, but it’s an unbeatable way to check in on your pets throughout the day. Find out how long it’s okay to leave your pet home alone.
VARRAM Pet Fitness Robot
You can keep your dog occupied and active throughout the day with the VARRAM Pet Fitness Robot. This app-controlled gadget will play with your pet all by itself, navigating around your house (and automatically avoiding obstacles) while using 16 preset motions to keep your pet engaged. It can even toss treats to reward your pet for playing! Plus this $100 toy can recognize your pet’s movements, collecting activity data and displaying the insights on its app. Find out some more tech gadgets every pet owner needs.
SureFlap Microchip Pet Door
Do you frequently feel like you’re a doorman for your dog? Save yourself the hassle of letting your pet in and out of the house all day with the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door, which retails for around $85. This high-tech door is designed to read your pet’s microchip. It only unlocks when an approved chip is in range, so you never have to worry about wildlife or stray animals getting into your home. You can even program the door to lock/unlock at specific times, in case you don’t want your pet outside at night or while you’re at work. No microchip? SureFlap also sells programmable collars you can use as an alternative.
PetSafe Smart Feeder
If you work long hours, you can ensure your dog gets dinner on time with the PetSafe Smart Feeder. This app-connected feeder costs around $160 and syncs up to your phone, allowing you to create a meal schedule for your pup that will be automatically dispensed. It can divvy out anywhere from 1/8 cup to four cups of food at a time. There’s even a “Slow Feed” option that dispenses food over the course of 15 minutes. These are the dog foods veterinarians feed their own pets.
Whistle FIT Pet Health Tracker
It’s like a Fitbit — for your dog! The Whistle FIT is a pet health tracker and activity monitor that attaches to your dog’s collar, letting you measure how much exercise they’re getting each day. You can set up fitness goals based on your dog’s age, breed and weight. The included app even has a meal portion calculator to ensure your pooch is getting the right amount of food. The Whistle FIT costs $80, plus a $35 yearly subscription fee. Find out the signs your “healthy” dog is actually sick.
SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder
If you have multiple pets, you’ve probably experienced the confusion of the dog eating the cat food—or vice versa! The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder helps keep your pets from poaching each other’s dinner. It uses their microchips as a digital key, only opening when the right pet is nearby. The feeder works with a variety of microchips. If your pet isn’t chipped, the manufacturer also offers ID tags to attach to your pets’ collars. Find out if dogs can eat cat food, and if cats can eat dog food.
Mighty Paw Smart Bell 2.0
Let your dog tell you when they need to go outside using the Mighty Paw Smart Bell 2.0. This gadget is essentially a doorbell for your pup, and you can mount it to the door or wall — no wires or batteries needed. You can customize its ring tone and volume. And once trained, your pooch can press the button to alert you that nature is calling. Check out the products your dog wishes you’d buy at Petco.
PetChatz Interactive Pet Camera
If you’ve ever wished you could video chat with your dog while you’re at work, now you can! The PetChatz Interactive Pet Camera is a videophone that lets you have two-way calls with your pet, and it can also dispense treats and calming aromatherapy scents. The main camera unit costs $350, and you can purchase separate “PawCall” buttons that allow your pet to call you. How cute is that? Check out the funniest things caught on pet cams.
The Bissell BarkBath is a 2-in-1 portable dog wash and deep cleaner that can wash your carpet, furniture, upholstery or even your dog! The special spray nozzles get water down to your dog’s skin for a deep clean, all while providing gentle suction that pulls dirt and water back into a separate dirty water tank. This $200 system allows you to give your dog a bath just about anywhere without making a mess, and it can also be used as a portable carpet cleaner to boot. Next, find out how to groom your dog at home.