Looking for an easier way to take care of your pet?
Our guest blogger, educator/author, Sharon Bender of sharonbender.com has collected together some helpful finds for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.
Here's her article:
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These days we humans are busier than ever, and we have become accustomed to letting technology handle most of our laborious tasks. We've even begun using it to manage our pets, so we don't have to spend repetitive hours walking, feeding, training, playing, toileting, and locating Fido and our felines.
We can harness their bounding energy, see what they are up to remotely, and train them without even trying. Take a look at these six ingenious ways our pets can survive our neglect and practically take care of themselves.
1. Walk the Dog with a Dog-Powered Scooter
Don't feel like walking the dog? Rather than ignore his canine need for exercise, how about harnessing all of that energy and letting him walk you? You can save gas, save the environment, and save your aching knees with a "new concept in near zero emission transportation."
This strapping dog-powered scooter fits easily on bike paths. The "one-dog powered" engine is unaffected by the rider's complete control of speed, steering, and breaking.
Dogs love it because it doesn't take a lot of effort to sled the scooter, and they get exercise next to their beloved owner. Owners love it because they get a free ride! (Pet Product Here.)
2. Feed the Pet with iSeePet
Pet webcams can keep an eye on your pet's eating habits. A remote communication device allows you to see and even interact via the Internet with your pet's meal time so you don't have to "be there." A video camera built right into the feeding unit can peak in on your pet with its 130-degree angle viewer. The spying food dispenser can even sound a "dinner bell" to remind your pet to come and get it. It's a modern day Pavlov's dog approach.
Now you don't have to rush home to put dinner on for the pet that can't wait for you to get there. You can even send the signal to regulate quantity. So it is a matter of spending quantity over quality time with your pet. (Pet Product Here.)
3. Train the Pet with Sofa Scram
Why spend hours chasing the dog or cat off the sofa when you can let a 9-volt battery operated, sonic mat do the training for you? It's instantly activated at the touch of a paw. (Maybe this will work on couch potatoes too?) It emits 85-decibel beeps that will alarm your pet to scram! Don't worry. It won't shock or pain the little guy. It has a washable black nylon exterior so you don't have to worry about cleanliness. The roughly five foot long beeping device can be placed anywhere you don't want your pet to go like countertops, doorways, or beds. Your pet will thank you for the helpful training; and you can go and spend your time elsewhere, perhaps scouring the Internet for more ingenious pet survival gadgets like these. (Pet Product Here.)
4. Play Fetch with the Dog with GoDogGo!
An automatic fetch machine allows a mechanism to play with your dog so you don't have to. Now he can have his own personal playmate in the form of an automated ball launcher. Your dog will have hours of fun at just the press of a button, because this ball of energy needs more time and ambition than you can give.
Provide your dog with the playtime he deserves. Just set the unit to match your dog's ability. Maybe he likes to play from across the yard. This gadget will shoot a ball up to 30 feet every few seconds and it can load 15 tennis balls, which are included! You won't even have to go out and buy them. What a time saver! And get this! If you teach your dog to return the balls he catches, then you can sit back and just watch from the comfort of your "Barker" lounger. (Pet Product Here.)
5. Find Your Pet with PetsCell
Tracking your pet via GPS is just an option with this new device that permits 2-way communication with your pet. Now everyone in the family can have their own cell phone, including Fido. But this device also has a fibre optic camera for search and rescue.
You won't even have to bother looking for Fido yourself. Just give the remote a press and let the device tell you when and where you can retrieve your pesky wonderer. Actually Fido won't be placing any calls, but you could talk to him and give him the command to "come!" Of course another perk is to be able to talk to the nice rescue folks that retrieved him for you.
Marketers see the potential for many different niche market applications for this "retriever" device. Why not consider strapping one of these on the kids before they leave the house? Imagine being able to see what they are up to and where! (Pet Product Here.)
6. Toilet Train Your Cat with CatSeat
Who wants to clean a cat litter box these days, or its entrails? And just like with Fido, we also don't want to spend our days training our feline. Plus, let's face it, endlessly buying kitty litter can be a drag.
This "next generation" mock-toileting technique is all the rage, and your furry friend will feel "puurrrfectly" at home onboard the litter textured seat that encourages elimination. It even satisfies her need to "cover up" her business. She'll never mind the self-closing disposable bag that hangs below to capture the training results.
Once your pet has learned her lesson about toileting, you can sit the gadget over the real thing. Then maybe you can get her to flush. But what happens to the discarded trainer toilet? Use it as a planter. Naah! Too much work. (Pet Product Here.)
We all sometimes feel a bit lazy when it comes to pet care. But we don't want to neglect them. Maybe these or similar products will help you take care of your pet and take the sting out of any guilt you may feel.
What are your thoughts about pets and the manner in which they must survive in our world of busy humans?
P.S. Thanks to Gizmag.com for brining some of these products to my attention.
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