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August 5, 2013

CRITTER COMPANIONS: Pet technology: Dog bytes and barks

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A few years ago another Japanese company invented the iSeePet360 Remote Pet Feeder. Hooking up a USB to your computer you can watch your pet from work and when it walks near its food tower or when you deem it time to eat you can remotely release the food. The feeding device has an auger that slowly turns releasing the dry food to reduce the animal from eating too quickly. Food can be remotely released up to eight times a day. Using the webcam to monitor your pet you can also use the function to talk to them through the computer. The iSeePet360 Remote Pet Feeder is only available in Japan and is around $300.

For those of us who want to have an actual human taking care of our dog when we are away there is a solution. Camp Bow Wow of Tonawanda provides dog daycare, overnight boarding, and basic grooming. Marketing Mutt, Lauren Culp says “Our large facility offers three spacious climate controlled indoor play areas, three outdoor play areas with shade structures and doggy pools, very spacious overnight cabins with comfy cots and fleece blankets, all for a very reasonable, all-inclusive price.”

“Campers” need to be at least 4 months old and current on their rabies, distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations. They also need to be neutered if over 6 months old. With a little more than a dozen employees all “Camp Counselors” are trained and certified in dog behavior, pet first aid and CPR.

I believe the best part of your canine staying at Camp Bow Wow is not the bone shaped doggy pools or even the open play environment where all the dogs can play together. It is the technology.

Culp explained that “We have online Camper Cams, which means parents can log online to watch their dog play anytime they want free of charge.” Of course owners can also call them to check in on their dogs.

For now human care will always trump technology when it comes to pet sitting. Until technology catches up with nature — producing a virtual pet that can go the bathroom, produce dander, vocalize and look at me with its scaly/feathery/furry face and show me unrestricted love — I will stick with the real thing.

Kenny Coogan has a B.S. in animal behavior. Please email your questions to birdbehaviorconsultant@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

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