The High-Tech Doggie Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Need

Need a gift for the pet owner who has everything? Look no fur-ther.

A Doggie Doorbell.

Sure, you could train your dog to ring an old-fashioned bell when he needs to go outside—but where’s the fun in that? With the Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell, your pooch can press the easy-to-spot yellow button with his nose. The doorbell-like chime is audible throughout the house, letting everybody know that it’s time for a potty break. No more scratched doors!

A Just-For-Dogs Sleeping Bag

Everybody who’s ever camped with their dog knows the drill: somewhere around 2am, your pup starts to shiver. Luckily, the folks at Ruffwear have solved that problem with the Highlands Sleeping Bag, a packable, durable, peanut-shaped doggie sleeping system. The zippered opening allows the bag to open wide, the zips closed to retain your pup’s body heat. Lightweight synthetic insulation provides warmth and protection from cold, hard surfaces. For extra-outdoorsy canines, there’s also an integrated sleeve to accommodate a sleeping pad, sold separately.

FitBark

You guessed right: the FitBark is a FitBit for dogs. From their website: “FitBark is a research-grade dog activity and sleep monitor. It collects physical activity and rest levels 24/7, providing you and your family with unprecedented insights into health and behavior. Made in the shape of a tiny, stylish dog-bone, FitBark fits dogs of any size.” A once-a-day sync shares information with your phone, where you can use the integrated app to evaluate and assess your dog’s health and activity.

iFetch Automatic Ball Launcher

Who hasn’t thought about inventing this product? Available in several models and sizes for dogs ranging from tiny to giant, the iFetch looks like something made for Astro, the Jetson family dog. The concept is simple: the machine sits on the floor, and there are two ports. One launches tennis balls, the other is where smart doggies return the balls to the machine. Units start at $39.99.

PetPeek Fence Window

Made for the curious pooch, the PetPeek Fence Window is a clear dome-shaped window. Dogs want to see what’s happening all around them, and the PetPeek lets owners give their pups a way to see the world. It’s durable, clear, and comes with all the necessary hardware for a do-it-yourself installation into a wooden or vinyl fence.

Meet the Author: Charlotte Austin

Charlotte Austin is a Seattle-based writer and mountain guide. She has climbed, explored, and led expeditions in North and South America, Nepal, Europe, Alaska, and Patagonia. Her writing has been featured in Women's Adventure, Alpinist, Stay Wild, and other national and international publications. When she's not guiding in the Himalayas, she's exploring her hometown (Seattle, Washington), trying new recipes, and hanging out with Huckleberry, her giant black Great Dane-Lab mix. Read more about their adventures at www.charlotteaustin.com.

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