The Dog Gadgets Available Online that You Never Knew You Needed

The Dog Gadgets Available Online that You Never Knew You Needed
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The old joke is that on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog. But a bevy of gadgets and accessories are now available online for your pooch, including some that will have you saying, instead, “On your dog, nobody knows it’s the Internet.”

These gadgets include dog GPS, and an automatic feeder with a built-in webcam. You can also get dog sunglasses, a special doorbell door chime for your dog, an electronic dog day planner, and, I kid you not, a dog treadmill. Oh, and let’s not forget the dog pedometer to go with that treadmill.

With all the talk about GPS these days, it’s only fair that Fido have his own dog GPS tracker. And that is exactly what the Tractive Dog Tracking Pet Finder GPS Tracking Device for Pets is. A GPS tracking unit snaps on to your dog’s collar, and then you are able to log in to the Global Pet Finder Dog GPS website, and define perimeters past which you do not want your pet to go. If your dog strays beyond that defined boundary, you will start getting immediate notices by email or SMS, so that you can track your dog (you can of course turn this off when you take your dog with you outside of the defined area). The Tractive Pet Finder GPS Tracking Device for Pets does require a $5/month subscription, and is available at Amazon.

Perhaps just as interesting is the automatic dog feeder (or cat feeder) that has a built-in webcam. The WOpet SmartFeeder Automatic Pet Dog and Cat Feeder is like many of the automatic pet feeders you can buy in those large chain pet shops, except that it also has an onboard camera, as well as video recording and a smartphone app. This particular automatic feeder will also allow you to schedule up to 6 automatic feedings, plus you can do manual feedings from your smartphone. In fact, the reviews of this are shockingly good.

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Reduced from $17.99 to just $2.89 plus shipping, the Excalibur Pet Master planner allows you to set alarm reminders, store phone numbers, find pet-friendy motels and emergency veterinary clinics, and keep track of Fido’s shopping needs. It also includes the contents of the Everything Dog Book and the Everything Cat Book!

While the Pet Master tracks your doggies appointments when out and about, the My Doggy Place pet chime doorbell attends to needs closer to home. The doggy doorbell is a wireless doorbell unit which allows your dog activate a button (with either paw or nose) which activates the door chime when they want to go in or out. The chime can be set to a choice of several sounds, including the traditional “ding dong” of a door bell, or others. Now, before you pooh-pooh this as a ridiculous idea, let me tell you first that we actually trained one of our dogs to ring a bell when she wanted to go out – it took all of about five minutes for her to get the hang of it, and it was wonderful – for both her and us. Also, because it is wireless, it’s portable, which means that you can take it traveling with you.

Now, of course while your dog is out and about, you’ll want to protect their eyes from the sun. And that’s where your Doggles (dog goggles) come in. Yes, goggles for dogs, with 100% UV protection. Coming in a variety of stylish colours, these will keep your pooches’ precious peepers protected from the ravishing rays of the sun.

Doggles for larger dogs:

And doggles for smaller dogs:

For those days when it is too rainy for your dog to run around outdoors (wearing their Doggles, of course), you may want to let your dog walk on either your treadmill, or, if your dog is a smaller breed, the DogTred Small Dog Treadmill. Either way, you’ll probably want a dog pedometer to keep track of their miles walked.

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