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9 High-Tech Products for the Dogs (Or Cats)

Innovative products aim to improve lives of cats, dogs and their caregivers.

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IN “FOUR PET INDUSTRY TRENDS to watch in 2018 and beyond,” market research firm Packaged Facts points to technology playing a bigger role in the development of new products. Especially products with goals of improving health, wellness and safety for our furry companions, and also products that help busy pet parents connect with and take better care of their animals. Fire up the smartphones, as many of these have companion apps that allow the user to connect and control remotely, allowing modern pet parents the ability to be present even when they aren’t physically at home.

Smarter Feeders

The next best thing to being there to scoop out the food is a “smart feeder” that can do it for you. The benefits of these feeders are many: enabling portion control, to help combat obesity and help keep those early rising dogs and cats satiated, as well as being able to remotely serve up dinner when you’re running late from the office.

Wagz Serve Smart
Wagz

KEY FEATURES: Built-in replenishment system that detects low food levels. Can be programmed to reorder and remote controlled via smartphone.
SALES TIP: When loaded with Whello cartridges that snap directly into the feeder, it’s like a Keurig for dogs!

wagz.com, (833) 438-9249

$349

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Small Pet Feeder
Eyenimal

KEY FEATURES: Holds up to 60 ounces of kibble. Owners can schedule feedings up to 12 times a day, as well as record voice messages calling out to “come and get it.”

SALES TIP: Cat owners can rely on it during overnight trips, for when a sitter isn’t available.

1-800-378-4385, idealpetproducts.com/shop/

$129.99

SmartFeeder
Petnet

KEY FEATURES: Smartphone controlled, customizable meal times and portion sizes, low-food warnings, food delivery updates and more.

SALES TIP: Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Nest Cam, this will follow commands better than Fido.

petnet.io, (310) 497-6865

$179

Smarter Cat Parents

“Work smarter, not harder,” as the saying goes. These three products are geared toward making cat parents’ lives a little easier, and enabling them to be able to relax and enjoy time with their feline friends. We selected a solution for neutralizing litter box stink, the ultimate remote mouse toy and an on-demand water fountain.

Mousr
Petronics

KEY FEATURES: USB-rechargeable robotic mouse toy with interchangeable tail accessories, billed as the world’s first artificial intelligent mouse.

SALES TIP: Customers will like the two programming options: automatic or be in control via a smartphone or tablet.

petronics.io

$149

Purr-ifier Litter Box Odor Control System
DNKB

KEY FEATURES: Air filter and fan attach to the vent in enclosed litter boxes, neutralizing smells, and keeping down dust.

SALES TIP: Customers will keep coming back for replacement filters, which last about two months.

purr-ifier.com, (480) 659-7703

$39.95

AquaPurr eC
Chalmers Innovations

KEY FEATURES: Motion-sensor-activated drinking fountain that connects to any faucet. Decorative printed wraps available.

SALES TIP: If your cat is fascinated by running water,
this is the product for you.

aquapurrwholesale.com, (833) 278-2787

$129

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Smarter Dog Parents

Peace of mind, improving health and safety are the themes of these three products for dogs and their human caretakers. We also kept in mind a range of price points, because tech products shouldn’t necessarily mean expensive. Take a look at a low-cost speaker with some big selling points, an ultrasonic toothbrush and state-of-the-art tracker.

Mira-Pet Ultrasound Toothbrush
Techmira

KEY FEATURES: A three-sided brush head, paired with ultrasound, produces a deep clean with one swipe.

SALES TIP: This toothbrush will save customers from higher vet bills down the road.

techmira.com, (781) 975-3552

$239

G.O.A.T Pet SpeakeR
G.O.A.T. Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: Pint-sized Bluetooth speaker in four designs to stream calming music or play a recorded voice to help pets with anxiety.

SALES TIP: Host a “talking dog” adoption event. Even use it to “tell” pet parents about their day.

goatpetproducts.com, (586) 530-9333

$24.99

DOTT The Smart Dog Tag
DOTT

KEY FEATURES: Through the “Virtual Leash” app, users get alerts when pet is outside their range. Each user covers 9 acres. Expand reach by reporting the lost pet through the app, which sends notice to all area users.

SALES TIP: Can also track activity when on walks.

dottpet.com

$39.99

After 15 years working for newspapers across the US (and even Alaska), Melissa Hart is now freelancing, working for a variety of publications and trade organizations. She specializes in content for the small nonprofit and business owner, in fields such as pets, IT, grocery and other retail. Melissa is based in Upstate NY with her husband, twin daughters, two rescue dogs and rescue cat.

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8 Styles in Dogwear — From Buzz Lightyear to a Cozy Sweater

Know what to stock and make them available.

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THE NATIONAL RETAIL Federation confirms the trend: More than 31 million Americans have an itch to dress up their pets for Halloween — and that’s just one day of the year! When you’re stocking dog clothing, look for daily wear and special event clothes, plus lots of sizes so there’s something for everyone.

Wonderful Coat

Parisian Pet

KEY FEATURES: The modern design features a faux-fur trim on bright red and light gray tones — a striking contrast to make the coat truly stand out.

SALES TIP: Pretty and practical, this coat is both a fashion statement and cozy.

parisianpet.com, (305) 463-7151

$29.99

Fashion Pet Plaid Reversible Coat

Ethical Products

KEY FEATURES: This machine-washable coat features imitation tortoise shell toggle buttons and a hook-and-loop fastener belly band.

SALES TIP: It’s a BOGO — this navy plaid fleece reverses to an all-black version.

ethicalpet.com, (800) 223-7768

$39.59

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Long Sleeve Tees

Paco & Lucia

KEY FEATURES: Peruvian pima cotton T-shirts made of expensive fabric and thoughtful details like contrast stitching.

SALES TIP: Crossover artists: These precious pieces are made by seamstresses experienced in making luxury baby clothes.

pacoandlucia.com, (917) 447-4313

$39

Cookie Monster Costume

Pet Krewe

KEY FEATURES: A plush, bright blue costume of Sesame Street’s foremost food reviewer. It’s easy to get on and off, and good for pets who don’t really like dressing up.

SALES TIP: An Instagram-able “walking costume” where the dog looks like he’s carrying cookies.

petkrewe.com, (504) 458-8911

$24.99

Buzz Lightyear

Rubie’s Costume Company

KEY FEATURES: This officially licensed Buzz Lightyear costume shines with light-up wings, an easy to adjust chest piece and a flexible doggie helmet.

SALES TIP: Stock up for June 21, when the highly anticipated TOY STORY 4 hits big screens.

rubies.com, (516) 326-1500

$24.99

The Bood & The Snood

Ruffina NYC

KEY FEATURES: The Bood is a pullover coat for the body, cut in different styles for male and female dogs, and the Snood is a button-on scarf to keep everybody’s neck warm.

SALES TIP: A two-piece for pets — sell them as a set or mix and match complementary color combinations.

ruuffina.nyc, (917) 499-7888

bood-$40; Snood-$25

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Stumptown Jacket

Ruffwear

KEY FEATURES: A fashionable quilted coat with side-release buckles, reflective trim and a leash portal so it can be worn over a harness.

SALES TIP: An insulated jacket that provides cozy warmth for pups who like cold-weather adventures.

ruffwear.com, (888) 783-3932

$64.95

Jackson Elk Sweater

PetRageous

KEY FEATURES: A light gray sweater accented with a darker gray collar and trim, and set off by the main feature, an elk head silhouette.

SALES TIP: This woodsy design looks high-end but it’s made of wash-and-go material.

petrageousdesigns.com, (800) 893-9893

$17.99

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Fix Up Your Reptile’s Digs with These 8 Products

Set the right scene — and provide comfortable digs — for your reptile friends.

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IN REPTILE HABITATS, pet owners get to use their imaginations. Building micro-studies of rainforests and river bottoms lets people design imaginary ecosystems and innovative environments. Stock up on reptile habitats and accessories designed to keep the dream alive. If you’re building a fantasy rainforest, why spoil it with a metal bowl?

Rainforest Terrarium

Exo Terra / Hagen

KEY FEATURES: An extra-tall glass terrarium with secure, swinging front doors and a fully ventilated top.

SALES TIP: Ideal for tree-dwellers — think boas, tree frogs and leaf-tailed geckos.

exo-terra.com, (800) 724-2436

$159.99

Flexible Climbing Vine

Penn-Plax

KEY FEATURES: A 5-foot stretch of flexible, bendable climbing vine can be used to fill in the gaps between plants and substrate.

SALES TIP: Keep things interesting — this natural-looking climber vine can be bent to create hiding spots and climbing areas.

penn-plax.com, (866) 625-2385

$6

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Bamboo Hide

Galapagos

KEY FEATURES: This 18-inch habitat hideaway is made of real, natural bamboo. When it’s filled with moist moss, the water is slowly released to boost humidity levels in a terrarium.

SALES TIP: Doubles as a tool for egg incubation, tarantula hide and even growing live plants.

galapagosreptilegear.com, (805) 450-6115

$19.99

ReptoHeat

Tetrafauna

KEY FEATURES: A dual temperature basking heater is designed with a microcomputer inside to control basking temperature with accuracy.

SALES TIP: Power up and save, as it’s the most efficient source of basking heat on the market.

tetra-fish.com, (800) 526-0650

$98.99

Naturalistic Terrarium Tropical Kit

ZooMed

KEY FEATURES: An all-in-one terrarium that’s good for beginners and takes up just a little space at 12 by 12 by 18 inches.

SALES TIP: A starter pack to add a little bit of the jungle to your life: day and nighttime lamps, substrates, moss, plants and a how-to guide.

zoomed.com, (888) 496-6633

$109.99

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Wetlands Bowl

T-Rex

KEY FEATURES: A water bowl that’s truly natural — it’s made from half a coconut. Good for non-sterile environments, and particularly good for dart frog setups.

SALES TIP: A multipurpose accessory, you can recommend it as a water dish or seed it to grow moss and plants.

reptilesupplyco.com, (800) 750-9065

$4.49

Bow Front-Opening Terrarium

Zilla

KEY FEATURES: Bowed front doors give extra dimension to this terrarium, which includes a realistic tree background, removable doors and inserts to maintain humidity.

SALES TIP: The bowed glass lends a new depth to this style of reptile keeping.

zillarules.com, (888) 255-4527

$149.99

Black Terrarium Sand

Reptile Sciences

KEY FEATURES: A rich, 100 percent digestible calcium carbonate that also neutralizes odor.

SALES TIP: Reptile patterns pop on this inky background, and it’s versatile — works for snakes, reptiles, turtles and dragons.

reptilesciences.com, (954) 492-8196

$14.99

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8 Habitats and Accessories for Small Animals

Exciting homes for the little furballs.

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SMALL ANIMAL OWNERS want some excitement in the aisle, so give them style options to browse. Stock high-end cages that blend into the home décor, plus cages that play with colorful designs, design-forward architecture and lighting effects. Set up a display model and fill it with related accessories like colorful habitat fillers and hides within the larger space, and point out hidden surprises like extra deep debris trays.

Care Fresh Small Pet Bedding
Healthy Pet

KEY FEATURES: Made from scratch, this ultra-absorbent fluff provides the softest, driest, most comfortable home for small pets.

SALES TIP: Add a cheerful pop of color to any small pet’s home with Tutti Frutti or Blue Paradise options.

healthy-pet.com, (800) 242-2287

$16.99

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Guinea Habitat Plus
MidWest Homes for Pets

KEY FEATURES: In just 15 pounds, this guinea pig cage offers 8 square feet of play space, plus more than a foot of ceiling space.

SALES TIP: Using special lock-in-place ramps, doors and divider panels, customers can customize the space for their pets’ needs.

midwesthomes4pets.com, (800) 428-8560

$61.99

3-Level Hamster Cage
Iris USA

KEY FEATURES: Hamsters get three levels of space in this compact housing unit that features a see-through front and wire sides to keep air flowing.

SALES TIP: ¡Claro! Pet parents will appreciate transparency of this colorful habitat.

irisusainc.com, (800) 320-4747

$54.99

Park Ave Indoor Hutch for Rabbit and Small Animals
New Age Pet

KEY FEATURES: Made with an eco-friendly and durable composite material, this habitat is nontoxic, nonabsorbent and easy to clean.

SALES TIP: A chic look in a snap — this requires no maintenance and can be assembled in minutes.

newagepet.com, (510) 887-5976

$299.99

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Grass Feeder Hut
Prevue Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: A grass and treat holder with ventilated slots and a wide corner entry opening that accommodates most small animals, from rabbits to rats.

SALES TIP: The unvarnished look gives a shabby chic look to this furniture that encourages playing, hiding, snoozing and nibbling.

prevuepet.com, (312) 243-3624

$29.99

CritterTrail LED Color Changing Habitat
Kaytee

KEY FEATURES: The eye-popping habitat includes a color-changing LED and five color settings: nocturnal red, pink, green, purple and yellow.

SALES TIP: Super fun and super safe, this cage features narrow wire spacing and side lock latches, with secure openings on top and in the front.

kaytee.com, (800) 529-8331

$59.95

Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout
Ware Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: The Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout from is a little nook of a getaway for small animals, easy to wipe down and keep clean.

SALES TIP: A versatile piece, you can keep it inside a cage as a play place, or use it for outside the cage activities.

warepet.com, (602) 257-8803

$8.99

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Living World Deluxe Habitat
Hagen

KEY FEATURES: Elegantly styled with an arcing red wire top, this hybrid cage has an upper wire frame and a plastic bottom base, with interior hiding spots for rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas.

SALES TIP: Get that quality time in: This habitat features a balcony where pets and people can play around.

hagen.com, (800) 554-2436

$99.99

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