It’s no secret that many pet parents spoil their pups. But then again, how could anyone say, “no,” to adorable pair of puppy eyes? If you’re looking for the perfect way to let your pup know that he’s been an extra good boy, you’ll be glad to know that there are all sorts new dog must-haves on the market.
From GPS-enable collars that help you find your lost dog and machines that play fetch with your pup, to doggy selfie sticks that capture those Instagram-worthy puppy pics, there’s a variety of new-age dog gadgets that will make Fido’s tail wag.
Sure, traditional pet products get the job done. However, these smart dog products are not only cool AF and fun for your dog, but can also make your life as a dog parent more convenient.
For the latest ways to spoil your four-legged friend, check out our list of the new dog must-haves below.
If you’ve noticed your pup eyeing your smartwatch lately, it turns out that you can get him some wearable tech too. Fi is a new smart dog collar that’s packed full of incredible features like GPS and activity tracking. Unlike some of those big, bulky tracking collars out there, Fi has a sleek, comfortable design that makes it hard to tell your dog is even wearing smart collar. The device pairs with an app on your phone so you can use keep track of your pup’s steps and set daily, weekly, and monthly exercise goals. Plus, it also has real-time GPS and battery life that last weeks longer than other collars on the market. So, if your pup ever runs away, you’ll be able to find your lost dog (link to how to find your lost dog) without having to worry that the battery in his collar will run out.
Do you ever wonder what your dog does while you’re at work all day.? Are they sleeping? Breaking into the treat jar? Throwing a wild party? Well, now you can finally put those suspicions of your pup being a treat snatching, party animal to rest with Furbo. This interactive dog camera lets you check in on your pooch by streaming live video to an app right on your phone. In addition to a 1080p HD camera, Furbo has a treat dispenser and two-way audio so you can reward Rover for being a good boy... or tell him to get off the sofa because he knows he’s not supposed to be up there. Plus, it sends smart alerts for barking, activity and people detection so you can easily keep track of what’s going on with your dog while you’re away. Did we mention that it also takes dog selfies whenever your pup puts his face up to the camera? Enough said.
Does your dog sing the blues whenever you leave him home alone? A lot of dogs suffer from anxiety. However, it turns out that you can leave the house on a happier note with iCalmDog. This little speaker plays clinically tested tracks that use psychoacoustic techniques to comfort and de-stress your dog. The device allows you to use interchangeable SD cards or stream soundtracks that are specially designed to soothe or stimulate your pup in a variety of life-stages and situations. So, whether you’re looking to ease your dog’s separation anxiety, take the edge off your next car ride, or address specific sound phobias, the iCalmDog will be music to your ears.
iFetch Automatic Ball Launcher
Gone are the days of waiting around for humans to throw the ball. Now, your pup can play fetch on his own terms thanks to iFetch. This automatic ball launcher puts control of the game back into your dog’s paws by throwing the ball for him. Once your pup retrieves the ball, all he has to do is drop it back into the top of the machine and wait for it to launch again. The device comes with several mini balls and allows you to set it to three different throwing distances (10, 20, or 30 feet). It’s a great way to get your dog active and burn off some of that endless puppy energy. After all, everyone knows that a tired pup is a well-behaved pup. Plus, your fatigued throwing arm will thank you for a little break.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could feed Fido from anywhere with the simple push of a button? Well, now you can, thanks to the PetNet Smart Feeder. This automated pet feeder dispenses food on a programmed schedule and connects with your phone to track feedings. The feeder dispenses healthy individual portions based on your pup’s age, weight, and activity. So you can be sure that your dog is getting the proper amount of food at the right time each day, even if you’re not home. The device has a removable container with a pet-proof, self-locking lid to keep food fresh and sensors that notify you when its running low on food. It’s a great feeding solution for on-the-go pet parents or those who are worried about their dog overeating.
Every dog owner knows how difficult it can be to capture the perfect dog selfie. Especially if your pup tends to look away every time you pull out the camera. However, there’s a new gadget out there that will finally help you turn your mutt into the model you always knew he could be. Say hello to the Pooch Selfie. This ingenious device is like a selfie stick for dogs that clips over your smartphone and holds a squeaky tennis ball right above your camera. So now, you can finally bribe your pup into looking at the lens. Yep, Instagram fame (link to how to make your dog Instagram famous) here we come. Just make sure you reward your furry friend with a well-deserved game of fetch after your photoshoots.
Research has found that regular mental stimulation is an essential part of keeping your pup happy and healthy. If you’re looking for the perfect way to boost your dog’s brain power, check out PupPod. This high-tech dog toy is a multi-level puzzle that pairs to your smartphone and challenges your dog with a series of app-enabled games. The puzzles start easy and gradually increase in difficulty as your pup learns from each level. You can use PupPod to keep your dog engaged, banish boredom when there's bad weather, or give your throwing arm a break from playing fetch. You can also pair your PupPod with the Pet Tudor Dispenser, a Bluetooth-connected treat dispenser, so your dog can play with the PupPod on his own and still get rewarded with treats.
Bathing your dog can be a serious struggle, especially if they don’t like water. However, Bissell is trying to make bath time easier for pet owners with their grooming gadget, the BarkBath. This portable bathing system lets you wash your woofer practically anywhere without all the splashing and mess of traditional baths. It holds 48 ounces of water and has a specially designed nozzle that delivers shampoo and water beneath the fur while a light suction pulls dirt and water away. You can use it on both short and long-haired dogs to make baths in between groomings a breeze.