Dog Lifestyle, Pet Health

Forget FitBit, Check Out This Wearable for Your Dog That Reveals His Feelings

I love the technology of wearables. I proudly own six with all different features and each ones brings a new hope and possibility like my Amazon Halo, which unlike others, reads your body fat off of a picture you take on your phone and lets you track it. So, when new dog technology products arrive on the scene and one that requires strapping a vest to my dog so that I would know his feelings and desires, it was certainly intriguing. 

Due to my addiction to wearable technology of any sort I  thought to myself just last week that my many tried and true tests of actual wearables likely exceed any other reviewer on line so I should write an article on it.  But alas, I am not sure dog owners care much about wearables as they typically are getting in those steps whether they like it or not.  But perhaps dog lovers would care about wearables dog technology if they were made for a dog.  

Dog Wearable Technology

Dog wearable technology is becoming increasingly popular among pet owners who want to keep their furry friends safe, healthy, and happy. When we speak about dog wearable technology it can mean many different things. There are a variety of options available on the market, each with unique features and benefits. Here are some of the top dog wearable technology options to consider:

  1. GPS trackers: GPS trackers are perhaps the most well-known and widely used dog wearable technology. They allow you to monitor your dog’s location in real-time, so you can keep track of them and ensure they don’t wander too far from home. Some GPS trackers also come with additional features, such as activity tracking and health monitoring.
  2. Activity trackers: Activity trackers are designed to monitor your dog’s daily activity levels, including steps taken, calories burned, and distance traveled. This information can be incredibly useful in helping you to ensure your dog is getting enough exercise and staying healthy.
  3. Health monitors: Health monitors are another type of dog wearable technology that can provide you with valuable insights into your dog’s well-being. These devices can track things like heart rate, body temperature, and respiratory rate, which can be helpful in identifying health issues early on.
  4. Smart collars: Smart collars are essentially like traditional collars, but with added features such as GPS tracking, activity monitoring, and health tracking. They are a great all-in-one option for pet owners who want to keep track of their dog’s whereabouts and health without having to purchase multiple devices. See our insight on the Halo Collar!
  5. Training collars: Training collars use technology such as vibration or static correction to help train your dog to behave appropriately. Some training collars also come with GPS tracking and activity monitoring features.

Overall, dog wearable technology can provide pet owners with a wealth of information about their furry friends and help to ensure they are safe and healthy. When choosing a device, consider your specific needs and what features are most important to you and your pet.

Wearable Dog Technology Products

Dog wearable technology has come a long way in recent years, and there are now a wide variety of options available to pet owners.

GPS Trackers

GPS trackers are one of the most popular types of dog wearable technology, allowing pet owners to monitor their dog’s location in real-time. Examples include the Whistle Go Explore GPS Tracker and the Link AKC Smart Collar.

Activity Trackers

Activity trackers are another popular option, designed to monitor your dog’s daily activity levels. Examples include the FitBark 2 Dog Activity Monitor and the Tractive GPS Dog Tracker.

Health Monitors

Health monitors are also available, tracking things like heart rate, body temperature, and respiratory rate. Examples include the PetPace Smart Collar and the Fi Smart Dog Collar.

Smart Collars

Smart collars are essentially all-in-one devices that combine features like GPS tracking, activity monitoring, and health tracking. Examples include the Garmin T5 Dog Collar and the PitPat Dog Activity Monitor.

Training Collars

Training collars are another option, using technology such as vibration or static correction to help train your dog to behave appropriately. Examples include the Dogtra iQ Plus Remote Trainer and the Educator E-Collar Mini.

There are even more unique options available, such as smart feeders, calming vests, and smart litter boxes, designed to make life easier for pet owners and improve their dog’s overall well-being, including mood tracker devices!

Inupathy Dog Technology

Inupathy, is the self purported first dog technology product in the world (although sales seem to have ceased for the moment)  to visualize your dog’s status from heart rate analysis. Inupathy will purportedly fill your life with dogs, with new information and deep insights.  

The dog wears a vest and the LED light on the device displays messages in real time about your dog such as “relaxed”, “nervous”, “interested” and “stressed.”  My first impression was that it is not really any amazing technology.  After all as pet lovers we can generally look at the body language of our dogs and know immediately what they are thinking (mostly can you spare a treat, I have been really good.) 

Two dogs wearing dog wearable technology one black and one brown and white with their back to the camera.

However, I suppose at the same time I could just read cues from my body to know if I have walked enough in a day and I prefer to read a watch to know how many steps I’ve taken instead.

Regardless how the dog technology works is pretty interesting.  

How does Inupathy dog technology work?

When a dog gets nervous, its heartbeat gets faster. This happens due to the activation of its sympathetic nerves. Inupathy has stated that they have found out dogs’ feelings in more detail by studying and analyzing heartbeat changes of dogs.

We can learn a lot too.  We looked into our dogs eyes and we stared into their hearts,we pet them, we loved them and we hung out and played with them.  Here is what we found:

Several photos of dogs of different breeds and types with their emotion written underneath in script.

Inupathy seemed to be on the right track in that they are thinking of cool dog technology but it seems kind of lame since these cues can all be seen and learned by developing a connection and bond with your dog.  I am trying to do the same with myself.  I have not worn a wearable for at least a day.  

Other Articles related to pet language that you may be interested in:

How to Relieve Dog Stress for a Happy Dog (Includes infographic of signs your dog is stressed)

Signs Your Dog is Happy and How to Have the Happiest Dog (Includes Infographic of Signs Your Dog is Happy) 

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