Getting your pet the right accessories can help their health, their safety and your peace of mind.
There’s a host of different products out there and it can be tricky to find the ones that are genuinely useful.
According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, 3.2 million UK households acquired a pet since the start of the pandemic last year.
So, here are some of the best gadgets you can get for your pet right now.
The night light: Flir One Gen 3
Flir’s thermal imaging is used to guard endangered black rhinos in South Africa so it’s reassuring to know that the same technology is there to help if your dog disappears in the dark.
The Flir One Gen 3 is a camera attachment that works alongside an app, downloaded on Apple and Android.
The camera detects tiny variations in heat, allowing you to see in total darkness or thick fog.
You will also be able to see any would-be dog thieves lurking — and with five pets a day stolen in the UK, according to recent figures from Direct Line Pet Insurance, that’s extra peace of mind.
The auto pet feeder: Kacsoo automatic dispenser
Back to work could mean you won’t be back for dinner time — but you can sort out food and check out your pets from the office using this Alexa for animals.
Use your mobile phone to view video, talk to your dog or even play messages recorded in advance. You can share real-time pictures and videos (captured on 720p high-definition camera) on social media, and night-vision sensors extend to eight metres in the dark.
The app will also alert you if there are loud noises or large motions in front of the screen — so dog-nappers, beware.
The dog watching camera: Yi Security Camera Dome Guard
Back at work and wondering how Fido is coping? Here’s your answer in the form of a mini security dome that’s cuter than a cockerpoo.
It offers full HD panoramic surveillance, live-streams videos in 1080p/20fps resolution, and notifies your smartphone if it detects people in motion. So a robot that guards the guard dog.
Clever time-lapse recordings compress up to six hours into video clips of between five and 30 seconds, and you can store everything on an encrypted server.
The smart bone: WickedBone
If your dog is bone alone (groan!), you can help him play with the interactive WickedBone, which can be operated via your smartphone either in ‘drive mode’, where you control it, or in ‘interactive mode’, which requires no owner input.
Petsradar.com listed it as a top dog toy, pointing out that the tough polycarbonate casing can withstand even the most determined chewers.
The ball thrower: PetSafe automatic ball launcher
Tired of hurling tennis balls? This portable launcher can be pre-programmed over nine distances from 2.5m to 9m, earning high praise from testers at PetsRadar.com.
It also has some handy safety features, including a sensor that will prevent a ball launch if a hound or human happens to be standing too close.
The dream phone: Doogee S59 Pro Smartphone
Paws up — who’s dropped their phone in the mud, returned home soaked or been unable to take calls because their fingers are too cold? Extreme dog walkers, this smartphone is your answer!
It’s as rugged as your hound and, with its advanced industrial wrapper, it’s designed to withstand extreme weather conditions.
If you want a pic of your pooch, it boasts a Samsung AI quad camera, which includes an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP macro camera, 2MP portrait camera, 16MP front camera and flashlight. Fingers too frozen to dial? Facial/fingerprint recognition makes it easy.
The treat dispenser: Pawbo+
What happens when you’re not at home to dish out rewards? The Pawbo+ spits out treats from a pre-loaded silo and doubles up with a camera connected to your smartphone.
You can chat to your hound and share pictures of them on social media through the Instant Sharing option.
The Fido finder: Tractive GPS Dog 4
Worried about your beloved dog running off? This waterproof tracker attaches to their collar and links to your smartphone (you sign up to the app from £3.75 a month).
Set a virtual boundary for your dog and you’ll be alerted as they bound up to it.
The Fitbit for dogs: PitPat dog activity monitor
This lightweight (16g) and waterproof/dustproof monitor sits on your dog’s collar and uses advanced ‘dogorithms’ to record your pet’s movements 24/7, then analyses them to see how far they’ve walked, how much they’ve played and rested, and how many calories they’ve burnt.
The data is sent via Bluetooth to the free app (iOS and Android) on your phone.
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