In the past few years, there have been spades of ingenious innovations in the pet accessories industry. These innovations help strengthen bonds and improve communication between pets and their owners. In effect, these accessories help facilitate pet learning in ingenious ways. In between data collected from sensors, trackers, health monitors, and other pet wearables, pet owners can easily garner insights into pet learning and general pet care.
In this article, we take a look at five of the most outstanding pet learning wearables that are taking the pet industry by storm.
Devices that Translate Commands to Vibrations and Tones
This model of a pet learning device uses an array of tones and vibrations to convey instructions to your furball. To use the device, a dog owner only needs to associate a particular tone or vibration with a specific instruction, and then activate the set tone or vibration remotely to pass on specific instructions to the dog. You can simply get your puppy to use a potty at the right time by manipulating the dog with the vibrations and tones of this device.
The GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Lab at Auburn University is developing a similar device that can guide your dog on its walk. This device is designed to transmit directional commands to pets remotely. Among a number of other benefits, this device can be of immense help to busy pet owners who’re usually pressed of time to take their dogs out for a walk, and can also lend itself to great use during surveillance and rescue operations involving the deployment of trained dogs.
The FIDO (Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations):
A product of a collaborative project involving the Georgia Institute of Technology and Google Glass, FIDO is a pet learning accessory designed to facilitate communication between pet owners and their pets. At the heart of the device’s design is the microprocessor connected to sensors which are activated when the dog bites, tugs, or puts its mouth close to the sensor. The microprocessor then translates the data from these sensors into verbal commands that are conveyed to the pet owners through an earpiece.
This can help pet owners quickly notice when a pet puppy becomes hungry or is grappling with early symptoms of diseases.
With these pet wearables, pet owners can easily keep tabs on their pet’s vital signs without the need to visit a veterinarian. One of the most prolific medical trackers for dogs is the FitBark, the equivalent of FitBit for pets.
This product allows you to keep track of information concerning your dog’s daily activities, including the distance covered while running or walking, sleep quality, calorie use, etc. By tracking your pet’s activities, you’ll be better off in ensuring that it engages in the right activities at all times, including moving about for at least 30 minutes to one hour per day. You can also keep track of your pet’s energy levels to ensure that it always maintains optimal energy levels at all times.
Wearables that Interpret Tail Wags
This crowdfunded project, known as DogStar TailTalk, has been created to interpret a dog’s tail wags into human language. The device, which comes with a part that’s wrapped around a dog’s tail, is designed to identify specific emotions by deciphering the patterns in which dogs wag their tail. According to the creators, wags to the left are indicative of fear and anxiety, while wags to the right are associated with excitements. Nonetheless, this product is still under development.
Many dog collars today come with trackers that eliminate the chances of your pet getting lost, helping you keep tabs on its whereabouts. These devices come with a GPS tracker that’s connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Most of these devices provide you not only with information about your pet’s whereabouts but information about most of your pet’s activities as well. Some of these devices even come with alert systems that notify you once a pet strays away from a certain area of restriction. Link AKC, the Whistle series, and Nuzzle, which are the most outstanding GPS tracking devices for pets, come with geo-fencing features that serve as additional restraints that keep pets contained in designated spaces.
With data and insights garnered from the various types of pet learner devices, pet owners can better understand their pets’ habits and behaviors. This can significantly improve pet owners’ chances of influencing pets’ behaviors and activities, including those related to movements, feeding, and hygiene.