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The Best Apps, Websites, and Tech Products For Dogs and Their Owners
Increasingly, the pet industry is developing like-for-like versions for dog owners and their four-legged friends.
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These days, our lives are streamlined, organized and tracked by our go-to apps, websites, and tech gadgets. Increasingly, the pet industry is developing like-for-like versions for dog owners and their four-legged friends. From Tinder for canines to stylishly designed activity trackers to monitor your pet’s health, Barkarama’s Alex Frith shares 11 tech recommendations.

Twindog

In short, this is Tinder for dogs: a free app designed to connect dogs and their owners with their fellow kind for fun, friendship and possibly love. This is great for those struggling to find other dogs within their circle, as well as for enjoying endless canine conversation with someone equally obsessed with their dog. Just like Tinder, you can swipe and chat before you decide to meet up, and there is a locator function so that you can find pups and peeps close to you.

Borrow My Doggy

This site connects dog owners with dog lovers who have signed up to borrow and care for canines purely for their own enjoyment. Enrol with Borrow My Doggy and paying for kennels and boarding when you’re away will become an expensive thing of the past.

PetsPyjamas

If Amazon and Expedia bred to make a puppy, it would be PetsPyjamas–a one-stop shop for pet buys and breaks. Take your pick from more than 10,000 accessories to meet a dog or cat’s every need, and while you’re there, book from a choice of more than 2,000 dog-friendly properties within the UK and Europe, from boutique B&Bs and coastal cottages to five-star city hotels.

Instagram

If you thought Instagram was only about fashion bloggers, avocado on rye toast and yoga poses at sunrise, think again, because there’s a serious pet takeover happening on this ever-popular app. Browsing cute or funny pictures aside (@ItsDougThePug is KING), Instagram is a go-to resource for pet trends, dog-friendly hangouts, hip canine events and even discounts on your favourite pet brands, as many four-legged influencers now share special money-off codes.

Tractive GPS Pet Tracker

The Tractive device and app let you know the whereabouts of your dog or cat, as long as they weigh at least 4.5 kilograms. Designed to attach to your pet’s collar, the gadget works in real time, so it shows you not only where your pet was a few minutes ago, but also where they are heading. It features an integrated light that helps with visibility on night-time walks and makes it easier to locate them if they’ve gone AWOL in the dark. A must-buy for dogs prone to bolting or cats that love to exploit their curfew for days on end. From £44.99, plus a monthly service fee.

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Felcana

Straight out of Crufts, where it made its debut, this veterinary-led piece of kit tracks your pet’s activity and health. Combining three elements – a stylish collar device called Helix, micro-location beacons to fix to items such as a bowl or bed, and a free app – Felcana can build a picture of your pet’s normal behaviour. For example, should your dog or cat suddenly change from drinking water three times a day to seven, the Felcana app will notify you so you can consult your vet, in case this is an early symptom of a disease such as diabetes. Approx. £100; available from summer 2017.

iFetch Ball Launcher for Dogs

If your dog drives you nuts with their endless appetite to play ball, this is the pet tech for you. Dogs can be taught to place, fetch and return the ball back to the funnel to play ball over and over again. Designed for small to medium-size canines, it comes with a trio of specially sized tennis balls, which can be launched to 10, 20 or 30 feet indoors or out in the garden. £126.08 on Amazon.

GoPro Fetch Dog Harness Mount for Camera


Take your pup’s Instagram stories to another level with a dog’s eye view of their adventures. Styled like a standard dog harness but with the addition of a mount to carry a Go Pro Camera safely and securely, the product enables you to share all of your dog’s encounters, from greeting their furry best friend to crazy zoomies around their favourite field. £33.34 on Amazon.

Surefeed Microchip Pet Feeder


This is a great investment for a house where there is more than one pet, or a curious toddler who likes to sample anything within their reach. The Surefeed syncs to recognise your dog or cat’s microchip as the ‘key’ to open itself up, ensuring that the right pet gets their food. As soon as your pet has finished eating and moves away, the feeder closes. The device also helps keep a grazer’s meal fresh and free of flies. £69.37 on Fetch.

SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap

Like the feeder, this special cat flap is designed to recognise and open to your cat’s unique microchip, ensuring that only the kitty (or kitties) on the guest list is granted access to your abode. The cat flap can be programmed to store up to 32 microchip numbers, offering peace of mind for crazy cat ladies everywhere. £59.75 on Waitrose Pet.

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