Nothing beats getting out and about on an adventure with your best canine pal, whether it’s beach walks, forest treks or just a walk down the road so he can read his ‘wee mails’. There’s only one thing better that we can think of, and that’s getting the ‘dog’s eye view’ with pet technology. Here’s our pick of fido-friendly gadgets that you’ll both love.
For stylish dogs about town, the Kippy GPS tracker and activity monitor comes in six must-have colours and attaches neatly and discreetly to the collar. If your pooch decides to go a-rabbiting without you, you can check his position on the app via GPS. You can also define a ‘virtual fence’ and receive a warning if he leaves the area, as well as being able to see a history log of his movements and activity. If your dog’s a fitness freak, kit him out with a FitBark (the doggy equivalent of a FitBit). For more ideas on how you can both join in a woofy workout, take a look at our fitness article here.
Most dogs love to splash around in rivers, puddles and even the sea, and if your pup is no exception, you can join in his watery world with a GoPro camera and Fetch dog harness. Both camera and harness are waterproof, and up to a bit of ‘ruff and tumble’ with mud and long grass. They may not win an Oscar, but you’ll be making films to make you smile – and sometimes howl with laughter.
Whether your pooch likes to lie doggo, or is more of a paw-ty animal, you might like to keep an eye on what he’s up to if he’s home alone. Nowadays, there are various ways to check in with Fido when you’re on the go. High-tech options include interactive web cams developed specifically to help you keep an eye on things, such as this Petzi WiFi camera and treat dispenser. Using an app, you can view a live video feed of what’s going on back in the den, as well as speaking to Rover through the audio speaker. When you call him over, you can even reward him with a treat – just press the button at your end, and a treat pops out of the dispenser.
Alternatively, the Vimtag HD WiFi camera is a neat and discreet little device that you can tilt and pan automatically via an app to follow fido as he goes about his daily routine. There’s two-way audio, so the conversation won’t be one-sided either! Other features include night vision, and a motion detector, so when sleeping dogs lie you can still watch over them.
If you’d like to try out a monitoring system without ‘going the whole dog’, you can download the Dog Monitor App. You’ll need an existing webcam on a laptop or tablet, as well as a Smartphone or second tablet, to get things up and running.
Have you dreamt of serving on Centre Court? You might have tried to perfect your backhand by pitting your skills against an automatic ball launcher. Now, there’s a chance for your four-legged friend to hone his ball skills as well, with the iFetch automatic ball launcher. This gadget shoots out balls with the élan of John McEnroe in his prime – your dog can even learn to catch and retrieve them, and reload the hopper himself. Suitable for smaller breeds only (due to the size of the balls), this is ideal for those busy days when you don’t have time to fit in a long walk.
With technology becoming more and more pet-orientated, now every dog can have his day – and you can catch it all on camera too!