Unless you’ve been hit in the head by a flying tennis ball and are suffering severe concussion, you’ll know that Apple has unveiled the hotly anticipated Apple Watch. The fancy new piece of wrist candy can track your heart beat and process contactless payment (uh oh!), among other things.
But it’s not just humans having all the fun; wearable technology is also growing in popularity for pets. A number of cool new gizmos are helping owners to track their pet’s activity levels, general health, and even their location with GPS. Here’s five need-to-know pieces of wearable pet tech for your four legged friend.
1. WHISTLE ACTIVITY MONIOTOR
This very sleek-looking little gadget attaches to your dog’s collar and tracks their daily activity including exercise, play time and periods of rest. A great way to stay on top of your dog’s heath and fitness, the technology connects to your smart phone and provides daily report showing Fido’s progress against goals on a handy dashboard. For pooches that love a bit of social pet-working, you can share photo’s and notes with other users and via social media. Whistle are also launching a wearable GPS for dogs in 2015, helping owners to locate lost pets.
whistle.com – USD $129.00
Have you been sporting a Nike Fuelband or Fitbit in an effort to put down that Chinese takeaway and get yourself down to the gym? Now Fido can get in on the action with the Fitbark (see what they did there?). The little bone shaped device allows you to track your dog’s daily activity and compare it with breed specific guidelines; this flags up changes you might need to make to your dog’s routine in order to get them in tip top shape. Also ideal for pooches that spend time with dog walkers or carers, the Fitbark gives you a clear report on your smartphone of exactly what your dog’s up to (or not up to); which is easily shareable with your vet or pet health practitioner.
Pre-order at fitbark.com – USD $69.00
3. TAGG DOG TRACKER
It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare – your four legged friend escapes or goes walkabout and you’re frantically trying to find them before they end up in trouble. The Tagg dog tracker gives owners total peace of mind with live GPS tracking, so you can see where your pet is on a map at any given moment. Set a ‘safe zone’ around your house, and when your dog steps outside that area, you’ll receive an instant alert to your mobile phone. Tagg also has activity monitoring functionality to track pets health and fitness.
pettracker.com – $99.00
Despite our highest hopes, the Voyce dog collar doesn’t actually allow dogs to speak (imagine!). It does however help owners gain a much clearer understanding of what’s going on inside their dog, allowing them to catch health issues early on. This piece of wearable pet technology measures key vital signs like heart and respiratory rates, and wellness indicators including periods of activity and rest, plus calories burned. Whether you’re tracking the development of your new puppy or helping your dog shed a few extra pounds, the Voyce gives you real actionable insights.
mydogsvoyce.com – Launching November 2014
5. WONDER WOOF
Before you ask – YES that is our little scruff-muffin George on the Wonderwoof app! This snazzy little bow tie and mobile app keeps you connected with your dog wherever they are. Great for city dogs, Wonderwoof shows you where your dog has been (if they’ve been out with a dog walker) and how much daily exercise they’ve done. It also helps you stay on top of your dog’s health and maintenance; you can set reminders for medication like worming, flea and tick treatments, as well as vet visits and trips to the pooch pamper parlour.
wondermento.com – Download the free Wonderwoof app and pre order to the WonderBow now