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Whistle tracks your dog’s activity without making a sound

on Monday, February 3rd, 2014

It looks like the next big thing in pet gadgets may be activity trackers. Activity trackers are already very popular for people and now they are poised to become popular for our four legged companions as well. The latest activity tracker for dogs is the Whistle Activity Monitor. This disc shaped device clips to your Read More…

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He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother – er, dog – Part Deux

on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

A couple of years ago, Timbuk2 introduced their Muttmover Backpack so you could take your dog with you.  They’ve updated the Muttmover recently, adding features that make it easier to get Fideau in and out of the carrier and to add some other useful features.  It’s made of tarpaulin-backed fabric for durability and has an Read More…

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Petbit is an activity tracker for your cat or dog

on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Of all the product reviews that I wrote last year, I posted the most reviews about activity trackers. I wear an activity tracking device every day for two reasons. First, I like to see how many steps I’ve walked each day and two, I earn points that I can exchange for money through my day Read More…

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Happy – and safe – trails to you with these Tail Lights

on Monday, December 16th, 2013

I always cringe a little when I’m driving along and see horses and riders sharing the road.  It’s not because I don’t like horses or don’t want to share the road.  It’s because I’m always afraid that something will happen and a horse or rider will be injured or worse because someone in a car Read More…

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Membo is an easy way to know when a chore has been done or still needs to be done

on Friday, December 13th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News, Pet Gadgets

Do you have a chore that needs to be done daily?  It hasn’t been assigned to anyone in the family, so it’s done by the first person who thinks of it.  Maybe everyone assumes someone else took care of it, and Fido goes hungry one day.  Or everyone thinks of it but doesn’t mention they’ve Read More…

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Auggiedog Automatic Pooper Scooper review

on Monday, November 18th, 2013
Posted in: Pet Gadgets, Reviews

If you have a dog, chances are you also have a few good dog doo war stories about the time the bag you were using to scoop the poop had a hole in it or the time you stepped in something right before work because the kids didn’t want to pick up Spot’s droppings from Read More…

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CritterZone tackles odors and germs

on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

When I think of air filters, I picture large devices that are too big to use in an office cubicle – and they certainly won’t work in a car.  The Air Naturalizer from CritterZone is only 4.5″H x 2.75″W x 2″D, so it’s small enough to place discreetly near your pet’s bed or litter box to Read More…

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Your pet doesn’t have to be lonely when he’s home alone

on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

We’ve featured a lot of pet gadgets on The Gadgeteer.  There seem to be more and more of them on the market, which indicates how devoted pet owners are to their pets.  I know my little Teddy seems like a child to me, and I hate having to leave him home alone for long stretches Read More…

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iCPooch is a video chat, treat-dispensing soother for your anxious dog

By: Leah Hallett
on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Brooke Martin, a 13 year-old aspiring scientist from Spokane Washington, has recently been named a top-ten finalist in the nationwide 2013 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.  Her entry, a product called iCPooch, is designed to help dogs (and their owners) with the separation anxiety that often comes from being apart. We’ve all witnessed those bad Read More…

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Make Fido the cameraman for your outdoor adventures

on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

We’ve covered a lot of POV cameras and accessories on The Gadgeteer.  These cameras, like the GoPro, often have mounting systems that allow you to mount them on your helmet or on a car dash, so it “sees” what you see.  What if you’d rather somebody else carry the camera, or you’d like to see Read More…

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Scout ID is a low-profile alternative to pet tags

on Friday, August 30th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pet Gadgets

Pet safety is paramount to those of us who own and love them.  Road ID agrees and so they designed the Scout ID, a versatile,low-profile pet ID tag. Versatile because its two rubber O-rings can be slid over virtually any pet collar, low-profile because it sits up against the collar, not dangling below.  Personalized text is Read More…

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The FitBark – a wireless activity monitor for your dog

on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
Posted in: News, Pet Gadgets

We’ve all seen the variety of fitness monitors for humans on the market today, and now FitBark is extending the monitoring to your dog.  This Kickstarter project has already met more than 200% of its funding goal, but you have until Aug 26, at 3:00pm EDT to pledge to be sure your dog is one of Read More…

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ThrowBowl is a flying disc for your dog that converts into a bowl

on Sunday, August 18th, 2013

The ThrowBowl from Paww is a Frisbee-like flying disc that has been made of special k9Flex elastomer that is BPA-free, PC-free, and phthalate-free. It looks like the perfect toy to play fetch with your dog and then when you’re done, you can unfold the outer wall to convert the flying disc into a 48 ounce Read More…

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A grass-filled “litter box” for your dog

on Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Posted in: News, Pet Gadgets

Sometimes I envy cat owners.  Cats use litter boxes, so there are no cold potty breaks in the cold, blazing heat, snow, or rain nor 3:00 AM emergencies in the dark.  With the Porch Potty Premium: First Automated Grass Litter Box for Dogs, you can enjoy the luxury of “indoor plumbing” for your dog.  The Read More…

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AquaFarm for the lazy green-thumb pet owner

on Saturday, July 20th, 2013

What if the “chores” of maintaining a fishtank and herb garden suddenly took care of themselves, allowing you more time to, well, do just about anything else?  The AquaFarm from Back to the Roots is a closed loop eco-system that does just that!  Your fish does his little fish thing on the bottom and the filter Read More…

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Keep your dog hydrated when you travel

on Monday, July 1st, 2013

We always take our dog, Teddy, along when we travel.  He’s an anxious little guy, and his car seat is next to a window (won’t fit anywhere else in the car) so he’s always in the sun.  Those two things, combined with his heavy coat, keep him a little overheated as we ride along.  We Read More…

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HALO MINI – An illuminated pet collar that will keep your pet safe and visible at night

on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

The people at HALO are back with a new product. This time it’s for your furry best friend. HALO MINI is an ULTRA HIGH QUALITY rechargeable illuminated pet collar. We have re-designed and created an ultra high quality illuminating collar using our custom patented illumination system. Just like our HALO BELT, each HALO MINI is Read More…

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Idle paws are the devil’s workshop

on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pet Gadgets

A bored kitty is a destructive kitty.  With the Solar Powered Cat Tantalizer from Hammacher Schlemmer, your cat will be too entertained to have time to shred the toilet paper and up-root and chew your potted plants.  Stick the toy in a window or glass door with the industrial-strength suction cups, and the solar panel Read More…

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One dog leash to rule them all

on Friday, May 10th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pet Gadgets

If you own a dog, this scenario is probably quite familiar to you: coming home to a dog just itching to get outside, unable to wait for you to get together all of the doggie essentials; in your haste to get him outside, you forget the all-important treat or, worse, the waste bag.  And the Read More…

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Securus SpotLite 2.0 GPS Pet Locator review

By: Paul Grunwald
on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Posted in: GPS, Pet Gadgets, Reviews

If your family is anything like mine, the dog is not just a pet, it is more like a child.  We celebrate birthdays, they get Christmas presents, and whenever possible, they are with us.  For dedicated pet parents, there is nothing worse than having a pet go missing.   Securus makes a number of GPS locating Read More…

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Tagg now tracks your pet’s activity, or lack there of

on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

There are all sorts of activity monitors and pedometers on the market right now that will show humans how active or non-active they are. Now your pets can get some of that action, with new features from Tagg. We featured Tagg’s the Pet tracker back in 2011 and found it to be an interesting way to Read More…

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Feed Fluffy while at work with the Pintofeed automatic pet feeder

By: Ryan Chapman
on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pet Gadgets

Throughout the years, feeding your pet has evolved from a bowl on the floor to an electric feeder that provides perfect portions. Pintofeed has taken this a step further with their automatic pet feeder that is controlled with your smartphone. When connected to your home WiFi network, the Pintofeed can be accessed by multiple users Read More…

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Be at Fido’s beck and call with the Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell

on Friday, December 14th, 2012
Posted in: News, Pet Gadgets

If your dog is an indoor/outdoor dog, you probably have a scratched up doorframe where he digs when he wants to be let in or out.  The Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell, an Indiegogo project, gives you a doorbell that you can train your dog to push to let you know when he needs the door opened. Read More…

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Go Head-to-Head With Your Cat with Friskies Latest iPad App

on Monday, March 19th, 2012

We told you about some iPad games your cat could play, now Friskies is introducing a game you can play with your kitty.  With the Friskies You vs. Cat iPad app, you flick the on-screen playing piece toward the goal.  If Kitty catches it, she scores 10 points; if it goes in the goal, you Read More…

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Make Kitty Forage for Her Own Food with the Aikiou Cat Stimulo Feeding Station

on Sunday, February 26th, 2012
Posted in: News, Pet Gadgets

The Aikiou Cat Stimulo Feeding Station engages your cat’s mind as she eats her dinner.  Instead of just gobbling down her food quickly so she can get back to her 23-hour nap, she has to use her paw to dig her food out of the tubes.  This “foraging” slows down eating, which can mean fewer Read More…