Admit it, you love your dog more than your friends and almost as much as you love technology. If so, you’re not alone. In fact, there are enough people like you that a whole market has developed specifically for creating awesome tech gadgets to share with your four-legged companion. They say a dog is a man’s best friend, so show yours how much he or she means to you with these fun gadgets.
1. Automatic ball launcher
What dog doesn’t love to play catch? And what dog-owner doesn’t want to stop after five minutes? Now your dog can enjoy lengthy games of fetch, and you can save your arm, with the iFetch. Whenever a ball is placed in the funnel, it shoots out the ball 10 to 30 feet away. (So using it outdoors is definitely a good idea.) You can either plug the iFetch in or use batteries for portability. If a little bit of help with those games of fetch sounds good, pick up yours here.
2. Fitness tracker
Yes, the same kind of fitness tracker that you see every wanna-be fitness aficionado wearing on his or her wrist is now made for your dog. FitBark is an activity tracker that’s worn around your pup’s collar. Whenever your dog is near an authorized smartphone or the FitBark’s base station, the device will send your dog’s vitals to your smartphone. Get one here so that you can both get closer to achieving your daily step goals!
3. Smart feeder
Petnet SmartFeeder ($149)
Do you often find yourself working late and worried about feeding your dog his dinner on time? Then the Petnet SmartFeeder has got your back. You can set the portion size and time when it dispenses your dog’s food simply by using a smartphone, computer, or tablet. The device also keeps track of how many calories your dog takes in on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Buy one here.
4. Remote wireless pet camera
If you plan on working late consistently or need to travel and can’t take your furry friend with you, then the best gadget you can buy is a Petcube. This wireless camera enables you to check in through the application on your smartphone. Let your dog know you still love him even though you are away by talking to him through the built-in microphone and speakers. You can find the Petcube here.
5. Robotic ball
Sphero 2.0 ($152.80)
If you have a small dog and are looking for a toy you’ll enjoy playing with together, consider a Sphero 2.0. You can control the robotic ball with 30 different apps for your smartphone, which enables you to turn your living room into an augmented reality video game for you and the venue for a fun game of chase for your dog. The Sphero is waterproof and pet-proof (though probably isn’t ideal for dogs big enough to bite it). Check out the details here.
6. GPS pet tracker
Looking for an easy way to keep tabs on a dog who has an unusual taste for adventure? Then consider a GPS tracker that helps you to quickly find your dog when he’s outside his Whistle zone, a safe area that you designate for your home or office. Using cellular and GPS technology, Whistle can quickly reunite you with your dog, perhaps before he even realizes he’s lost. Additionally, it enables you to track your pet’s activity to help him stay healthy. Buy the Whistle tracker here.
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Additional writing by Jess Bolluyt