The dog has remained largely the same for thousands of years — loving, loyal and protective — a human’s best friend. Though our four-legged friends haven’t changed much, modern technology has gone gaga for them, making our interactions even more fun and practical. Here are a few of the latest dog tech products that can enhance your dog’s life and your relationship with him.
Do you know how many times your dog goes out through the doggie door every day? Ever forget to lock it on your way out or worry about a strange animal entering your home? The Microchip Pet Door Connect pet door from Sure Petcare works with your dog’s existing microchip (or an RFID collar tag) to scan him each time he comes and goes, allowing you to monitor him (and multiple dogs) via an app. The app connects to the internet via the Hub (sold separately), so you may lock and unlock the door remotely.
Ever wonder about your dog’s past or his future? Embark’s dog DNA test says it is the most comprehensive test of its kind on the market today. You can learn hundreds of interesting facts about your dog, including his geographic origins and ancestry, personality tendencies and genetic disease risks. Why is his coat black or brown or red? Does he have any drug sensitivities? Might he have issues in the future with his knees or eyes? Now you can find out.
The PupPod is a red “smart toy” that connects to your smartphone and puts your pup through his paces with a variety of puzzles, starting with the easiest and growing progressively more difficult as your dog learns. Your dog can play on his own or with you. There’s an optional Bluetooth-connected treat dispenser that you can set up while you’re not home. This way, your dog will always be rewarded for his hard work — or play.
Tell us: What dog tech products do you love / use?
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Nikki Moustaki is a dog trainer, dog rescuer and pet expert. She splits her time between New York City and Miami Beach, Florida, and is the author of the memoir The Bird Market of Paris. Visit her on Facebook, on Twitter at @nikkimoustaki and at nikkimoustaki.com.
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