How to find cool dog gadgets
Dogs can make our lives a lot happier. They are generally fun to be around and can offer comfort when we’re feeling down. In an almost perpetual state of excitement and high in energy, they can sometimes prove a handful. We have to clean them, feed them, walk them and take them to the vet, calm them down if they start charging neighborhood cats and clean after them when they make a mess.
Luckily, technology can help out a lot, with gadgets to aid with any dog related chore. These can make them sit still when taking a car ride, prevent their heads from getting stuck in fences, provide them with distraction when we’re busy and much much more. Basically, everything that needs a solution is covered by an impressive array of ingenious items.
The fun aspects of owning a dog are not neglected either, with scores of high tech toys to choose from — some advanced versions of already popular items, some completely new and original.
There is such a wide diversity of dog related items available for sale that finding the right one can itself become a chore. Our guide aims to provide a little help with that, by singling out a few things to be mindful of when buying dog gadgets.
How we chose the coolest gadgets for dogs
Items to make your life easier
Gadgets that help the owner out in looking after the dog constitute the biggest category by far. These can be anything from glow in the dark collars for night walking to automated washing machines and specialized shower curtains.
Their value is dictated by sheer utility and it is best to decide for them only if they fulfill a particular need you might have. It’s not really advisable to impulse-buy any of these things since their only purpose will become that of filling out space if they prove less than functional.
Some novelty items look like something that came out of an excessively zealous inventor’s shop and you might not even have considered a need for them until now. We got a smile from Todd Lawson’s PetSweep while researching this piece, to give just one example.
Without getting into many details, this is a cleaning device which consists of four mops that attach to the dog’s paws, basically converting it into a biological Roomba. How practical this could prove, is anyone’s guess.
It’s best to check up with customer reviews before purchasing such items, to make sure that they work as advertised. Even if these come out to be mostly positive it’s always necessary to consider the dog’s cooperation as a potential “point of failure”.
Not all dogs are the same and since dog breeds are separated by hundreds of generation of both natural and artificial selection they can vary significantly in temperament. For example, an object whose purpose is to train the dog in a particular task might work well with an intelligent breed and not at all with a dull one.
Items that keep the dog healthy and secure
Any pet owner should take his or her charge’s well being into serious consideration. After all, we are responsible for our dog’s lives since the animal isn’t generally the one to decide that it is going to be taken care of by us. That’s why we believe that cost should be less of an issue for this category of items.
There are some devices that offer protection against rain which is a feature well worth considering by people who live in areas with lots of precipitation. Either a doggy raincoat or a specialized umbrella will certainly show their worth when the dog gets agitated for a walk on a rainy day.
In case the dog somehow decides to go for a walk on its own, it’s good to have installed a GPS tracking device on its caller or a barking detection device on hand. After all, no one wants to go through the grief of having a missing pet.
Exercise is as vital to dogs as it is for us and items such as waist collars or loose fitting collars will prove of great help when we jog alongside our animal companion. There are also exercise tracking apps that record the pet’s running regime alongside our own.
Gadgets that the animal itself will enjoy should not be neglected. Although most dogs appear to never get bored of their chew toys, they are bound to appreciate a little variety. Fun toys also make good gifts for dog lovers, since they will appreciate you taking the time to consider the animal’s lighter need.
There’s a wider choice to make between toys that require human involvement in the activity and automated toys that let the pet play all on its own. This last category will surely prove more expensive but it’s well worth considering for those with a busy schedule who don’t always get the time for a day in the park.
All the better, most automatic pet toys are designed for indoor use, meaning the owner doesn’t have to worry about the item’s electrical mechanism facing the elements or the dog playing unsupervised.
Some toys only add extra convenience to an already well-proven idea. For example, it’s already known that dogs like to play fetch and a glowing ball will only make it easier for the game to be extended well after dusk, with no worries about losing the play item.
The coolest gadgets for dogs don’t necessarily need to serve a precise purpose. You can accentuate your pet’s personality and emphasize its uniqueness in a myriad of fun ways that are bound to put a smile on you or your friend’s faces.
Want him to literally express a message? Now you can with a novelty LED vest that works the same way as a message board. Just type in a word and have your dog carry it into the world. This won’t be of use just for carrying out the word of the master into the world, it will also make the pooch more visible at night, which adds to safety around traffic.