14 Cool Tech Gadgets for Dog Lovers

We don’t want you barking up the wrong tree when searching for the latest and greatest toys to spoil your pet with, so we’ve done the research for you and found some of the coolest gadgets for dog lovers. Toys that light up, GPS trackers, gadgets for the health-conscience, and pet-problem solutions only name a few products to choose from. From fun and inexpensive to extravagant and high-tech, I think we’ve found something for everyone.

Illumiseen LED Dog Collar


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Keeping your pooch safe at night is a top priority. For those who spend time playing with or walking their dog outdoors after dusk, the Illumiseen LED Dog Collar might be a great gadget to look into. It’s basically an illuminated dog collar, but a few qualities make this particular one top dog. The collar has a lifetime guarantee, and the company has a great reputation for it’s customer service. If something goes awry, they will quickly send a replacement. That’s not bad for a collar you can find for only about $30. The collar uses a USB rechargeable battery and comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Some colors are brighter than others, which is something to consider, especially if you have a longer-haired dog.

Dyson Groom


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Hair, hair everywhere! if this describes your home, you might want to check out the Dyson Groom. By attaching this to the hose of your Dyson vacuum, you can remove excess fur, allergens, and dead skin cells from your dog. The attachment costs around $50. One of the great things about this product is that it self-cleans. Simply release the trigger, and the hair that has collected in the brush will be sucked up into the vacuum. While other brushes cause hair to fly around, this one doesn’t. It should be noted that the trigger has to be held down while brushing, which can be cumbersome if you’re also trying to hold down a large or uncooperative dog. And it should only be used for dogs with medium to long hair. Other than that, this seems to be a great gadget to look into for your shedding pup.

GroPro Hero5


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Ever wonder what life is like from your best friend’s point of view? Wonder no longer with the GoPro Hero5. For about $350, you get the GoPro with all the bells and whistles. This device is durable and waterproof. It takes wonderfully clear video with stabilization and photos. Video and photos can be taken with a one-button control or by voice activation. It even boasts GPS tracking. With the GoPro Cloud, you have easy access to video and pictures for editing and sharing. This is one of the coolest gadgets for dog lovers who are tech savvy and adventurous.

FitBark


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For those health conscience pet-owners, the FitBark Dog Activity Monitor might be the exact thing you are looking for. With this small gadget attached to your dog’s collar, you can monitor his or her activity and sleep. You can set and maintain health goals, observe deviations from normal behavior, and even share progress with others. The FitBark will sync to your iOS or Android smartphone whenever it’s near, and there is free app to manage and share information. It fits any size dog and comes in 5 different colors. The device is durable and is said to be waterproof, although some customers have found that water has damaged it. The price of the FitBark is around $70 and customer service is not lacking. Pet owners have been grateful for the accountability this gadget creates for keeping up with their pet’s health needs.

K&H Cooling Dog Bed


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Sometimes you just need to let sleeping dogs lie…on a luxurious cooling dog water bed, of course. For around $60, you can purchase the K&H Cooling Dog Bed that naturally wicks away heat from your pooch’s body. Not only will it keep your dog cool, but it claims it will help sooth hip issues, arthritis, and even skin disorders. The outer material is made of vinyl and nylon while inside has a cool core that absorbs the heated air and brings it to room temperature. Because the normal body temperature of a dog is 102 degrees, the room temperate air that is being released will feel cool. It should be noted that this bed becomes extremely heavy when full of water and can be torn or become unusable if moved incorrectly. The inner core can rip from the outer material and bunch up. Water inside the bed can also become moldy if not treated (the manufacturer recommends a few drops of grapefruit seed extract in the water).

MeteporLight LED Dog Ball


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For your high-tech dog, a plain old game of catch might not cut it. If so, you probably need to check out the Nite Ize MeteorLight LED dog ball. This is a durable light-up rubber ball that changes colors as it flies. This ball is less than $15 and will even fit in an automatic ball launcher. With it’s strong glow, it’s great for night use. It runs on batteries and is said to last 20-30 hours before needing new batteries. The batteries can be difficult to access. This is probably so your dog won’t accidentally ingest a battery, but can be burdensome when it’s time to switch them out.

Petcube


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One of the coolest gadgets for dog lovers on the market right now is the Petcube. It seems to be worth the $200 it costs to own this high-tech camera. It boast an interactive wifi camera with two-way audio that streams to your smartphone, real time video, and a built-in laser toy. One of the unique features of this pet camera is the night vision that will kick in on it’s own when the room becomes dark, and it works in total darkness. The set-up is pretty straightforward, but can be difficult for the non-tech person. A free PetCube app is available for iOS and Android smartphones. It also includes 30 free days’ use of the PetCube cloud, so you can rewind and review 10 or 30 days of video. Some issues that users have noted is in regard to the laser. To use it, you swipe your phone screen and the laser is supposed to be activated; although, some have noted that it can be a bit laggy. Most love the gadget; it can be set on a flat surface or a tripod and covers a wide range of space.

PetSafe Laser Cat Toy


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For under $40, you can become the lazy dog parent you’ve always dreamed of being. Set the PetSafe Dart Automatic Rotating Laser Cat Toy on the floor, and it will throw lasers 360 degrees for your dog to chase. It has 16 play combinations to keep your dog guessing. It is battery powered and includes a timer (settings include 5, 10, 15, and 20 minutes). While this was made specifically for cats, most dogs have taken a liking to it as well. Some customers have complained that the toy makes a loud clicking sound that is not only obnoxious, but can cause dogs to become more curious of the sound than the laser. Although the manufacturer claims it to be safe, some dog owners have been concerned because their dogs approach the toy and stare directly into the laser. Others customers have reported that they and their dogs have never been happier.

Garmin Astro Tracking Device


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The Garmin Astro Tracking Device boasts to be the “premier tracking system for sporting dogs”. With this bundle, which includes a high-sensitivity GPS transmitter/receiver with collar, you can track up to 10 dogs for 9 miles. The collar device is top mounted and enclosed to keep the antenna upright. It is easy to attach and stays put. It includes BirdsEye Sattelite Imagery abilities and is said to work great, even in dense forest. For those who aren’t as tech savvy, the GPS interface can be a bit confusing, and the user manual is complicated. The display on the transmitter, however, has a decent color display and is easy to read in any light. This bundle usually runs about $600.

Dual Doggie Pet Leash


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We all know the fancy footwork that is required to walk two dogs at once. The Dual Doggie Pet Leash attempts to solve the leash tangling dilemma. Two leashes are connected to a rotating handle. The leashes extend 10 feet, and each has it’s own color-coded brake. It should be noted that using it for a dog over 35 pounds will cause problems such as the leash not retracting or the swivel getting stuck. You can find the leash for just over $40.

WaterDog Outdoor Pet Drinking Fountain


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The Contech WaterDog Automatic Outdoor Pet Drinking Fountain is a great device that provides cool and clean drinking water for your canine while he’s outside. It’s easy to install on an outdoor faucet and includes a Y connector so that you can connect a hose without removing the drinking fountain. A sensor turns the fountain on when your dog is within 3 feet. When the dog leaves, it turns off. You can also adjust the height to accommodate you dog’s size. Some people have noted that the sensor can be a little sensitive and turn off and on in response to sunshine and shadows; however, it seems like a decent product to have around to keep you pup hydrated.

Sony Dog Mount


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The Sony Dog Mount is another great option for seeing the world through your dog’s eyes. It is a harness for your dog’s waist that a camera can be attached to (camera not included). The mount fits medium and large dogs over 33 pounds. Depending on the quality of your camera, videos may be very shaky for obvious reasons. Although it seems the mount is sturdy and of good quality, some dog owners have noted that the black vinyl is uncomfortable. It can get hot in the sun, and it might need to be a little snug to keep the camera upright. For $35, this might be a good place to start with video/photo making from your dog’s point of view.

PetZen DogTread


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For under $900, you can safely exercise your dog indoors with the PetZen DogTread Dog Treadmill. A human treadmill may not be long enough for your pup’s long stride, and it may not be safe. This treadmill is designed specifically for dogs up to 150 pounds. It is portable and easy to store. You can program the speed, distance, incline, and time according to your dog’s abilities. It might be the exact thing you’re looking for to get that pooch in shape.

Tagg GPS Tracker


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For those owners of ninja pets who make it their mission to escape, the Tagg GPS Tracker is a gadget to look into. It easily attaches to your dog or cat’s current collar. It is lightweight, durable, and waterproof. It will send text and email alerts if your pet gets out. It then gives you the ability to pinpoint your pet’s exact location and gives you driving directions to him or her. The tracker will also keep track of daily exercise. There may be some additional activation fees upon setup, so customers should look into this if purchasing.

That’s All Folks

With so many new products on the market everyday, it is not easy to choose which product is of the right quality and price for your needs. We hope this list offered you some insight into which gadgets are the best for you and your furry friend. If you’re looking for new ways to keep your pet safe or entertained, guaranteed your canine will think you’re the top dog if you bring home one of these gadgets.

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