4 Dog Tech Trends To Watch in 2019
Pet tech is predicted to be one of the major trends this year, but what exactly is it? And are there any benefits, or is just a fad?
‘Pet tech’ is the newfangled phrase that covers anything designed with the latest technology to improve the lives or wellbeing of our furry friends in some way.
Thanks to the latest technology, it’s now possible to track your dog’s health, activity levels and whereabouts with ‘wearable’ tech. Wifi-enabled video cameras allow you to check in on your dog when you’re not at home. And there are even clever treat-dispensers that help you train positively from a distance - or even from your desk while your dog is at home.
According to Forbes, the rise of smartphones is driving this surge in pet tech - with more young and tech-savvy people choosing to own a four-legged pal than ever before.
Here at Tug-E-Nuff Dog Gear, we’re all ears when it comes to discovering ways to keep our dogs happy and healthy - and we know you are too. That’s why we’re taking a closer look at four of the top dog tech trends for 2019…
Wearable activity trackers
Wearable tech is so popular with us pawrents (Fitbit, anyone?) that it was only a matter of time until similar devices for dogs were created. Now, there’s a range on the market to choose from.
They’re designed to help you monitor your dog’s activity levels - and even their sleep - and to turn that data into actionable ways to improve their health and wellbeing. With around 4 million dogs in the UK classed as obese, it’s hoped this type of tech can help keep dogs fit and healthy in a fun way.
For some owners, losing their dog when out and about is a real worry - which is what makes GPS-enabled collars so appealing. They sync with your smartphone and allow you to know where your dog is at any given moment - as long as they’re wearing their collar, of course.
Call us biased, but we don’t think there can ever be a replacement for real-life interactive, one-to-one play with your dog using a top quality, motivational dog training toy. The benefits of this type of play on behaviour, bond and training results are just too great. However, used in the right way, we’ve seen owners achieve great results using tech-driven training aids like the Treat and Train.
The Treat and Train allows you to train using positive reinforcement methods, rewarding your dog instantly from a distance by using a remote control. Or, you can automatically feed a treat every few minutes, even if you aren’t at home - which we know can help with things like crate training.
Keeping our dogs safe is a top priority, so tech that helps us do exactly that can only be a good thing, right? One of our favourite safety gadgets is the Orbiloc Dog Dual. It’s a Danish-made high quality LED Safety Light that ensures you and your dog are visible to others, especially motorists, when out and about in the dark, from a distance of up to five kilometres.
We were also super impressed to hear about the FIDO vest that allows service dogs to use a tug or bite sensor to call for help in an emergency. Literally lifesaving!
Are you tempted to invest in any pet tech? Or do you already own a gadget that you love? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.