The best tech is tech that makes dogs happy.
Cool gadgets are primarily designed to help humans and alleviate burdens and whatnot. But in addition to helping us, they should help the people we care about. And you know who I care about tons? My dog. So, with that in mind, here’s a few doodads to help your furry friend feel like the good dog you know they are.
Petcube Bites 2
You can’t always be around to keep an eye on your dog, and even sadder than that, you can’t always be around to give them treats. The Petcube Bites 2 is a camera and a treat dispenser, so hey, two problems solved at once. Through an app, you can have a 1080p view of your pupper along with zoom and night vision. It even has a microphone array you can use to call out to your dog, and with a tap of your phone, you can fling a treat their way. The Petcube Bites 2 is available on Amazon for $249.
If you’ve got a big neighborhood, it’s understandable you’d want to keep track of your dog’s movements. But as long as they’re going off on little adventures, why not keep track of how many calories they’re burning? The Whistle Go is a GPS tracker that also monitors your dog’s activities and vitals. It’s light, user-friendly, snaps right onto a collar, and features a small nightlight that makes it easier to see. Best of all, you can use it to set activity goals for your dog if they have specific exercise requirements. The Whistle Go is available on Amazon for $99.95.
Ruffwear Grip Trex Dog Boots
Everyone loves a good walk through the wilderness with their dog, but even with paw pads, there are some terrain types that are best not traversed by bare furry feet. But hey, that’s the same reason people where shoes, and if it works for us, why not dogs? The Grip Trex dog boots are light and breathable for a dog’s paws, but also feature a sturdy Vibram sole that will protect their feet from all manner of dangers and irritants. They’re great for both spiky forest beds and hot pavements. And don’t worry if they get a little gross, they’re machine washable. You can get a pair on Amazon for $38.
Yeti Boomer 8 Dog Bowl
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gotten up in the wee hours to start my day only to walk right into my dog’s water bowl. Nobody wants to start their day cleaning spit-water off the kitchen floor. Instead of staring at the floor while you walk, try a tougher dog bowl. The Boomer 8 bowl is big and sturdy with a non-slip surface, so even if you bump it, it won’t do more than shake a bit. And when it gets a little too slobbery for your tastes, you can throw it right into the dishwasher. The Boomer 8 bowl is available on Rei for $50.