If you are like most dog lovers, you hate to be away from your adorable pooch. You spend all day wondering how your furry friend is doing; is he bored, being destructive, or simply snoozing? What in the world does he do all day, anyway?
Fortunately, technology has made it possible for you to discover the answers to those questions. We have rounded up some of the latest innovations here.
Developed by a 12-year-old girl as a way to help soothe Kayla, her golden retriever who suffered from separation anxiety, iCPooch allows pet owners to interact with their pets remotely. The system comes complete with a freestanding station that features a mounting device for a smartphone or tablet.
When pet parents dial the iCPooch station, the system auto-answers and they are immediately connected in a Face Time-esque call with their dog. Not only can both parties see and hear one another, but also at the touch of a button, the iCPooch station is able to dispense a tasty dog treat. iCPooch’s inventor Brooke Martin claims that the system helps alleviate the symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs and may actually help put an end to destructive, anxious or obsessive behavior in the pets of absent dog owners.
Although iCPooch is the only app on the market today that allows for remote treat dispensing, there are other apps that can help pet parents feel closer to their dogs during a long day at the office. iCam is an app developed to allow pet parents to watch their dogs remotely. Available on a variety of operating systems, iCam is a simple way for pet parents to check in on their dogs during the day.
The Case for Remote Apps
Thanks to busy schedules and long commutes, many pet parents spend long days away from their pups. Although some dogs deal with this separation just fine, others develop serious separation anxiety and may become destructive or incredibly stressed very quickly. Fortunately, apps like iCPooch and iCam can help pet parents stay connected, even when the day calls for some separation. iCPooch’s face time and treat-dispensing system can help dogs feel less anxious and can actually help to reduce the symptoms of intense separation anxiety, creating a more positive relationship between owner and pet.
Although these apps cannot entirely fix separation anxiety and its symptoms, they can go a long way toward helping your dog feel safer, happier, more relaxed and significantly more comfortable while you are away for the day. Additionally, since these apps can be used from anywhere, they are great for pet parents who travel often and want to check in on pets during a business or personal trip. If your work schedule forces you to spend long days away from your furry friend, consider a remote app to help close the gap and make for a happier, healthier, less anxious pooch.