Digital doggie - high-tech trackers for your pup

By Kirstin Buick
28 October 2013

In the Oscar-nominated animated movie Up, dogs could speak to humans via special collars. While we’re nowhere near that, recent advancements in pet gadgets are giving us better insight into the lives of our K-9 companions.

In the Oscar-nominated animated movie Up, dogs could speak to humans via special collars. While we’re nowhere near that, recent advancements in pet gadgets are giving us better insight into the lives of our K-9 companions.

Items like Tagg the Pet Tracker, FitBark and Whistle allow you to track your dog’s movements when you’re away from home. These products can even send automatic e-mails on behalf of your dog, telling you where they are and what they’re up to.

The benefits for pet owners are manifold. If your precious Fido runs away, you can quickly track him down. Also, monitoring his movements during the day gives you a good indication of how much exercise he gets. Might be he rests most of the day and you’ll have to up his walkies-time.

Then there are the medical benefits. Dogs can talk, but these pet-tracking devices can give your vet daily data on your dog’s activities. A sudden change in behaviour between visits to the vet could mean something’s wrong.

Researchers from Auburn University in the US are even looking into remote controlling dogs. Highly trained dogs are outfitted with special backpacks that emit vibrations and tonal cues that tell the dogs where to go. In future this could give seeing-eye dogs the ability to guide their masters to preprogramed locations, all at the touch of a button.

And who knows, maybe one day you can send your techno-dog down to the corner store to pick up the latest copy of YOU magazine!

- Petro-Anne Vlok SOURCES: fitbark.com, pettracker.com, digitaltrends.com Share your thoughts:

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