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Wearable Tech for Dogs

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.

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Training E-collars

E-collars have become a big part in dog training. However, sometimes they are not used correctly. 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. Here is a good in-depth video on proper and humane e collar training for any dog.

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GPS Tracking

One of the best wearable devices for dogs is the GPS tracker. The Whistle 3 GPS pet tracker gives peace of mind to owners of escape artists. The Whistle 3 uses both GPS and cellular data to track your dog whether they’re down the block or across the country. A phone app guides you directly to the collar and hopefully the dog. Also in the app, you can set up “safe places”, get alerts, and have the capability of real-time tracking that updates every 15 seconds. All of these functions are what makes the GPS collars a must-have for any dog owner.

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Identification

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.

Health Monitoring & Fitness Tracking

Dog activity monitors do just about everything that a Fitbit will do for you. They can track playtime, naptime, and the overall health of your dog.

This can also be an amazing tool for you and your vet to determine what is wrong with your puppy based off of the stats you can see from the health monitoring app.

One of the best and easiest dog activity trackers to use is the FitBark 2.

The Ever-Changing Technology For Dogs

The evolution in wearable technology for dogs continues to amaze. Not only has technology made life safer for dogs, but it’s also let owners monitor their furry friend’s health and fitness as closely as they monitor their own!

 

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2 Comments
  1. Reply
    Jim Liston 11/15/2015 at 6:07 pm

    It’s amazing to think about how much technology has changed our lives! Who would have imagined just a few years ago that so much information could be stored on a dog’s collar and could be viewed on a home computer.
    GPS tracking is another great idea that can make a big difference for pet owners with dogs that like to escape from the yard. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent searching my neighborhood looking for my dog!
    Thanks for the informative post. I look forward to reading more.

  2. Reply
    Andrea Robinson 11/16/2015 at 2:27 am

    Wow! I must be behind the times! I didn’t know about the WUF tracker or the USB collar (which I hope is rainproof). All of my dogs have microchips, and I’ve been doing this for years with all my dogs, cats, and foster animals.

    Sometimes, you’ll get a call based on having a license. I got a call a few years ago about a dog I had adopted out to a good family, but they lost him and someone found him wandering on the street. The man who found the dog noticed which vet’s office had issued the rabies shot, and called the vet, who was able to give him my phone number. That was a dog I really loved and spent a lot of time family-hunting for him, so of course I was happy to get the call.

    So, even if you can’t afford the more expensive devices, make sure your pet always wears a flat collar, even when you’re home, with a pet ID tag, dog license, and/or rabies tag. Dogs can run out when you least expect it, so you’ll be glad you did.

    Thanks for the update! 🙂

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