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Cool Gifts For High Tech Dogs

Updated on December 19, 2011
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From Simple Canine To Futuristic Dog

Is your dog a hightech dog ready to explore infinity as we progress further into the century? Or is your dog a simple canine that lives to eat and sleep with little concern for the universe around him? Take a look at some of these high tech pet devices and transform your dog from being like Dino out of The Flinstones and into the new age like Astro from The Jetsons. After all, if your dog is just energy reincarnated from another life, shouldn't you outfit him with the latest cutting-edge gadgets?

1) Microchip implant - Before you go to the cost of outfitting your dog to be the envy of the neighborhood you got to make sure to protect your investment. What good will all the luxuries be if you lose him and he ends up sitting at some animal shelter waiting to be adopted? For that purpose you should have your dog undergo microchipping. The process requires a small grain of rice sized RFID microchip to be inserted subcutaneously at a inconspicuous spot under the skin. Speaking of rice you should check your supply for arsenic amongst recent reports. But back to microchips, almost all animal shelters and other dog catchers can consult with a veterinarian who will have the technology to read the microchip and consult a recovery service database in order to easily contact you regarding your lost pet. The implant is usually located at the skin behind the neck and inserted via syringe in a painless process that requires no anesthetic. There are various types and brands of microchips although the ISO Conformant Full Duplex chip appears to be overtaking the market and becoming the most commonplace and accepted device. FECAVA type or Destron chips are also available with varying degrees of encryption technology although many have been hacked so they do not truly provide security against counterfeits or information disclosure. It should be noted that dog implanted microchips are passive RFID devices that can only be picked up with the appropriate scanner. There is no such thing as a dog microchip GPS to track location because that would be an active device that requires batteries that would need to be changed and would be unweildy and likely the dog would need surgery every 5 to 10 years like pacemaker patients in order to renew the device. But there are other solutions for tracking a dog's location in real-time and that leads us to the #2 item every modernistic dog needs.

2) GPS Dog Collar - I mean you have a gps unit in your car so that you'll never have to consult with one of those so-last-century paper maps that you could never read anyway so why would you not give the same gift to your dog. No matter how well trained and behaved there may come a time when your furry pawed friend is simply lost or even stolen. Probably this would do you no good in the latter case if the thief removes the collar but we all know thieves are not usually the smartest breed and so you may have a chance. But particularly, hunting dogs or dogs in unfamiliar locations like on a hiking trip may succumb to their environment and need to be located. A GPS dog collar is usually better for heavier dogs because it can carry some weight. Garmin is a leading company in all things gps and they have a line of products called the Astro GPS tracker collars specifically for this purpose. When combined with the Astro handheld device you can track your dog's location just as you would when trying to return to your favorite fishing spot.

3) High Tech Dog House - Come on now, if your dog is going to be high tech he can't reside in a pet house that looks like something your grandpa would have made out of scrap wood and tin. No you'll need to outfit him in the latest in a 5 star luxury pet house that will want to make him invite all his friends over. Funky Pets is one manufacturer of unique products for pets and when they develop a dog house they go all out. You can get a model with air conditioning, heating, and a humidifier to keep your dog comfortable in any weather and it comes with a remote control to power the led lighting and a wifi web camera to keep an eye on your dog to insure he isn't throwing any tail waggin parties while you are away.

4) A Cell Phone - Everybody has a cell phone nowadays, so why shouldn't your dog be able to get in on the sexting craze as well. PetsMobility has created a cell phone collar that you can equip Fido with if you can somehow find extra room next to his gps necklace. It's called PetsCell and gives your dog his own phone number that the owner can call at which time the speaker on the collar will automatically pick up allowing you two to talk and catch up on events of the day. It also provides an assisted GPS unit which provides limited location tracking for indoors operation. Make sure to get him a vanity phone number as well.

5) A Cryonic Funeral - Unfortunately, the untimely demise of your dog is likely to be a matter to be dealt with sometime in the future. Veterinarian medicine is good but they surely don't know everything about a dog's internals so why not freeze your pet until sometime in the future when the knowledge may be available to return your dog to better condition? Simply drain the dog's blood and replace it with a protective solution before freezing at a temperature below 0 degrees Celsius in preparation for a subsequent warming at rejuvenation and a yet to be determined date.

Of course the pet industry is moving quickly and there are lots of cool devices and gadgets to make your dog the talk of the kennel club. Please share below your favorite pet inventions or experience with any of the ones listed above in the comment section below.


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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Voted up and interesting.

      Several years ago, I remember reading about two ways to understand what Fido is trying to tell you with his vocalizations. Psychologist Stanley Coren (author of The Intelligence of Dogs) describes the various types of barks, and what they mean, in great detail. It was too complex for me to apply.

      The second approach is more high tech. Electronics boffins created a device that applies Coren's method. You do need to manually enter the approximate weight of your dog. The machine will display a selection from a limited repertoire. Example: I want to play!

      However it never caught on. That was probably because the company used the wrong marketing strategy and the wrong name. It should have been called the Bark Code Reader. :-)

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      againsttheodds 5 years ago

      Thank you for reading and your comment Larry, you always have very insightful ideas and it is clear that you are well read. While there was a time that I would laugh at the idea, I am now becoming more acquainted with the concept that we are all one and one energy and so I wonder how much truth may be in that. There are certainly different sounds from birds and other animals as well depending on the circumstance so it is not far "fetched" to believe that a dog's bark might be decoded.

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks.

      If I remember correctly, Coren looked things like duration of the bark, and whether or not the end of the bark was higher in pitch than the beginning.

      I used to borrow a neighbor's Border Collie mix on day-hikes. When Gurr (yes, that's really his name) approached me with a stick in his mouth, and barked once, it wasn't too difficult to understand what he was saying.

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      againsttheodds 5 years ago

      In fact I think that would make an awesome iphone app.

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      againsttheodds 5 years ago

      Alas, there already appears to be an app called Bowlingual that even posts the translation to Twitter. I wonder if that is just a novelty or if they really use such metrics as you mentioned.

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      Speaking of animal-related business opportunities. How about marriage ceremonies for household pets? I think that a few enterprising souls--who are good at keeping straight faces--are already cashing in on this niche market. Do you want an interspecies marriage ceremony for your Miniature Schnauzer and your Siamese Cat? Why not? :-)

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