Wearable tech for dogs started out with anti-bark collars and remote trainers that gave a mild shock for correction when they misbehaved. Using this same technology, innovative companies created a way to keep dogs in the yard with an invisible fence. Here are some other ways that advances in wearable tech continue to improve dogs’ lives.
More Humane Training
In response to outrage from dog owners who don’t like shock collars, researchers have developed humane training collars. Training hunting and herding dogs, for instance, still requires remote cues. The next generation of electronic collars doesn’t zap dogs, but emits a variety of tones, beeps or vibrations. Each sound is a cue that is right around the dog’s neck, where the animal can hear it easily. In the same vein, today’s anti-bark collars spray pheromones or emit sounds instead of giving painful corrections.
The most significant advance in wearable tech for dogs was the identification microchip. A vet implants the chip containing the owner’s contact information under the skin on the dog’s neck. Anyone who finds a dog without a collar can take them to a vet or humane society to scan the chip and get their owner’s information. Microchips are still widely used, and have reunited thousands of pets and owners.
The dog tag USB drive is a step up from microchip technology. Stored in or on the collar, these tiny USBs contain more information than can fit on a microchip or traditional tag. If anyone finds a dog with a USB drive, they can plug the drive into a computer and be able to find the owner. This technology also allows the owner to update their contact information quickly and easily from a home computer. It also allows the owner to leave important information for whoever finds the dog, like its health history and medical needs. It’s a simple piece of tech that makes keeping vital information up to date much easier.
One of the newest wearable devices for dogs is the GPS tracker. The Tagg tracker gives peace of mind to owners of escape artists — it’s a GPS device that sends messages to your phone when your dog wanders outside of a defined safe area. A phone app guides you directly to the collar and hopefully the dog. With the Tagg tracker, owners don’t have to hope or wait for someone to find their dog.
The WÜF activity tracker, the newest device for dogs, combines all these features and more. It’s a GPS tracker, identification device and an electronic fence, with two-way audio to give the dog cues from a distance. It also performs the same functions as human health tracking devices, like activity tracking and weight management, and provides location-based gaming and training advice.
The smart collar from Nuzzle measures combines GPS tracking, activity level, impact-monitoring and even tells you if your dog’s temperature is high. This device not only collects your pet’s vital health information, it lets your browse pet insurance plans based on your dog’s unique health profile.
Evolution in wearable technology for dogs continues to amaze. Not only has technology made life safer for dogs, it’s also let owners monitor their furry friend’s health and fitness as closely as they monitor their own!