20 Great Gadgets Every Dog Owner Needs (Updated 2020)
Nowadays, technology is king. There are gizmos, gadgets, and apps for practically everything! You undoubtedly have a smartphone that you can’t live without, and depending on your hobbies, you might have an array of fancy tech devices to assist you in your endeavors. Plus, there are tons of advances in non-electronic products that have made our lives easier (think no-spill snack bowls and snuggies).
Well, when it comes to dogs, the gadgets keep on coming! Technology is supposed to improve your life, and if you’re a dog owner, there are several gadgets designed to make caring for your canine companion a breeze (plus, they’re just fun)!
Whether you want to know how many steps your pooch takes in a day, track his health, monitor his behavior when you’re away, provide him with non-stop playtime, or take fantastic photos of your pup, there’s an easier way to do it!
Here’s a look at 20 great gadgets for dogs that you need to add to your pup checklist!
Dog Gadgets for Lifestyle
Dogs add a ton of joy to our lives, but they also add a lot of responsibility. Anything you can use to make life easier is a win-win for you and your pooch!
This camera is designed specifically for dogs, and it even distinguishes between dogs and people. This sleek cam sends you notifications when your pup barks, plus it lets you engage with your dog remotely via a fun treat dispenser and a two-way-chat feature. You can even snap a “selfie” of your dog when he faces the camera.
This interactive pet camera has built-in Amazon Alexa and allows you to play with your pup (there’s a cool built-in laser pointer), and keep tabs on your pooch when you’re away from home. Chat with your pup, snap some pics or take video of what your dog is up to. You can even reward your pooch with a treat.
Do you want to let your dog have the freedom to come and go when he needs to, but you’re worried about other critters getting in or maybe your pet getting stuck? This motorized door uses a high-frequency sound sensor that interacts with an ultrasonic key that goes on your pup’s collar. This means, only your dog can go in and out, and it won't close until your pet passes through the door completely.
This auto-feeder brings doggy-dining to a whole new level. It connects to your smartphone via an app that lets you know when your pet has been fed. Plus, you can control when your dog eats and how much food he gets from wherever you are. Now, if you get stuck at the office, you can still feed Fido without leaving an abundance of food at his disposal like with most standard auto-feeders.
PetSafe CozyUp™ Folding Pet Steps
These steps might not be electric, but they still fill a valuable need. Whether you have a small pup or a dog with mobility issues, it can be hard for your canine companion to get up and down from high places without assistance. However, you’re probably not a fan of always having to keep bulky pet stairs on display. The sturdy CozyUp™ is portable, lightweight, and folds up easily so you can get it out of the way when you don’t need it.
Humans have FitBit, dogs have FitBark. Track your pup’s activity level, see how many steps he’s getting, and determine what changes if any, you need to make for your pal to be as healthy as he can be.
Track your pup’s behaviors so you can monitor changes and act at the first sign of anything amiss. Plus, powerful GPS tracking lets you find your dog if he gets away from you. Whistle also features virtual vet support right at your fingertips!
This uniquely designed dish features protective walls to help keep splashes and spills in the bowl instead of on your floor. Food stays put in the upper dish, while water flows through a filtering system into the lower reservoir. No more wasted food (and money)! This is the perfect dish for excited pups and messy eaters!
Keep your hands free, and walk your pup safely at night with this classic, reflective leash that features a designated spot for a Neater Bag dispenser. The dispenser showcases a tissue-box style that makes it super simple to grab one bag at a time, and it comes in a variety of color styles. This leash is the perfect option for nighttime walks!
PetGear Booster Car Seat
A thrilling car ride is like a rite of passage for a dog, but if your dog is standing up to get a good view, it’s not the safest thing. Using a booster seat to keep your dog strapped in safely, enables your pup to see the view and relish in all of the sights, sounds, and smells, without fear of injury.
Ruffwear Cooling Vest
A cooling vest can be a great way to ensure your pup doesn’t get overheated when engaging in outdoor activities or other warm environments. These vests protect your pooch from the sun while providing refreshing cooling relief through evaporation. Let your dog have some fun in the sun!
Waterdog Automatic Pet Drinking Fountain
Another great way to keep your pup safe in the heat is to make sure he has access to fresh, cool water! Installing this drinking fountain on your outside faucet or hose tap lets your pup get a cool drink whenever he needs it! The fountain senses your dog’s presence and turns on, then shuts off when your pup walks away.
Wigzi Tangle-free Dual Dog Leash
If you’ve got two pups, walking them can become a little frustrating, if not comical. If you’re tired of doing a tangled-leash-tango with your furry pals every time you go for your walk, then you need to try this dual leash. It’s non-tangling, retractable, and makes it easy to control your pups, instead of them controlling you!
Gadgets for Grooming
Step up your grooming game with these helpful tools:
If your pup sheds, you probably deal with dog hair on your clothes, furniture, and everywhere else on a daily basis. It’s important to brush your pup daily, but ordinary brushes can make the process time-consuming and yield lackluster results. Get the hair at the source and brush your pup with the Furminator. Find the right tool for your pet and start brushing!
Keep your pup’s paws AND your floors and furniture clean by getting rid of the mud before your dog has a chance to track it through the house! The Dexas Mudbuster is available in different sizes so you can find the one that is the right fit for your dog’s paw.
Does your dog shed like crazy? Check out this vacuum-assisted grooming tool from Dyson. The best part? It captures the loose hair as you groom, so there’s no clean-up! Just make sure your dog is okay with the noise from your vacuum.
Gadgets for Play
No doubt you cherish playtime and participating in various activities with your pooch, but sometimes, your schedule demands your attention. Or, maybe time gets away from you. Well, with these nifty items, your play sessions can extend past sundown, or you can even serve up some automated playtime for your pup.
Hyperfetch Ultimate Throwing Toy
Could your dog chase balls all day long? The answer is probably yes, but can you? Probably not so much, so luckily, there’s this awesome automatic ball-tosser that can help keep your dog entertained and active when you’re too pooped to play.
Who says you can’t play outside when it’s dark? If your busy schedule made you miss playtime with your pooch, grab this durable, glowing LED ball for some nighttime fun!
You’ve heard of remote-controlled cars, but remote-controlled critters? Keep your dog on his toes with these fun, interactive motorized dog toys. These clever contraptions also make a great solution for owners with mobility issues that still want to engage and play with their canine pals!
PetZen Dog Treadmill
Why not let your dog go for a jog on a rainy day...indoors? With this durable, programmable treadmill, designed with dogs in mind, your pup can stay active no matter what the weather! Plus it’s quiet and low-to-the-ground, simulating an outdoor run.
Are you ready to do some dog-focused shopping? Which of these cool devices will you use the most? For more great resources and fun finds for your pups, check out the rest of our blog!
- Fernando Becattini