How Home Technology is Helping Pet Care
People love their pets. This simple fact can be gleaned from bumper stickers, enthusiastic dog owners at the park, and the numerous pet-focused events that take place regularly in major cities across the country. The pet industry is a large entity, generating over 66 billion dollars in sales in the United States last year. As home technology has advanced, the pet industry has been following on its heels to develop pet products with new tech. Today, home technology is helping pet care by providing gadgets for scheduling feeding times for pets, to quickly locate pet care, to track pet activity, and more.
With the growing domination of smartphones and tablets, numerous apps have been developed to help pet owners care for, train, and interact with their pets. There are even apps designed specifically for pets to use. Apps are often focused on dogs or cats but can have more general appeal depending on your pet’s personality and interests.
Busy dog owners can benefit from apps that connect them to pet care services, such as dog walkers or people who can board dogs at their houses while the owners are away. One of the top apps for care services is Wag, an app that is described by many reviewers as being like Uber for dogs. Owners can request a walk, and they will be matched with a nearby dog walker who can take their pet on a fun outing. For owners who want to help other animals with their dogs, the WoofTrax app tracks dog walks and donates to an animal-related cause of the owner’s choice.
Cat owners aren’t left out of the app market. Numerous apps exist to provide fun games that cats can play on smart devices. Not all cats can be enticed to play with a touchscreen, but those that can find the games intriguing. The Cat Clicker Training app gives tips for training these notoriously difficult to train pets.
People who work away from home for most of the day often worry about their pets while they are away. A common solution for this fear is to use security cameras to keep an eye on their pets from a computer of a smart device. Home technology is helping pet care by providing systems specifically designed for this purpose, but any home security system that provides remote access to video feed can serve just fine. Pet-specific systems often provide additional features, such as ways to interact with the pets through voice or remote activated toys and treat dispensers. Some people appreciate having these features as a way to let their pets know that they are thinking about them. Others prefer to leave their pets to their daily routines, and just check in now and then to make sure that there is nothing wrong.
Another thing that may cause pet owners concern is the idea that their pets will be bored or lonely without them. Products designed to address this worry include PlayDate, Petcube, and various collar cams that people can equip with their pet. Petcube and PlayDate allow owners to access the device from anywhere and play with their pets through laser pointers, treats, and remote-operated chase toys. Collar cams give a pet’s perspective on their world and may grant new insight on what individual pets are most interested in around their homes or yards.
Not every pet tech device will be right for every pet or every owner. You know your pet best and can select pet tech options that you think would be most suited for them. With the right technology applied the right way, it’s possible to achieve a new dimension of interaction and fun with your pets.
“How Home Technology is Helping Pet Care”
Guest Author: Paisley Hansen (see Bio below)
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