Climate-Controlled IoT Doghouse: The Next Big Thing in Pet Care

There are many IoT applications for pet care, one of which is meant for pet tracking / Jaromir Chalabala via123RF

 

The explosion of smart technology is not just intended for humans anymore. The Internet of Things market, which comprises software, services, devices, and connectivity, is also addressing the needs of our furry friends. Smart dog houses provider Dog Parker, for instance, has introduced an Internet of Things dog house that enables pets to relax in a climate-controlled sanctuary near the area where their owners run errands, dine, or shop.

Internet of Things and Pets

“I believe people and their dogs are happier when they can be together,” said Dog Parker’s co-founder Chelsea Brownridge. She narrated that she was inspired by such an IoT concept because she also has a dog, whose name is Winston. As much as possible, she wanted Winston to go with her but there are places that impose certain restrictions on pets. Examples of these are restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery stores that don’t allow dogs as part of their health rules. So, instead of bringing the dog along for a few minutes of exercise or walking, she would have to skip on that idea. Brownridge went on that some dog owners would even have to tie their dogs outside the grocery store or leave them in the car. Such, however, can be dangerous on the part of the animals. Brownridge herself does not like the idea of tying Winston outside the grocery store because he might get scared, be stolen, or get loose.

The IoT-Enabled DogSpot

This led the Dog Parker team to come up with a smart dog house they call DogSpot. The co-founder pointed out that the technology was developed by the team because they want many places to be dog-friendly. Among the interesting features of the IoT doghouse is that it is climate-controlled, which means that it has both heat and air conditioning capability. The climate is triggered automatically based on the dog house’s internal structure. 

Features of the vet-grade smart doghouse

Aside from being climate-controlled, the smart doghouse is also built with a few webcams so that it can stream data to the company’s mobile app. This allows pet owners to watch their dog remotely and the Dog Parker company can also know what is happening to the canine because the recorded video will be sent to their headquarters too. For security reasons, the doghouse will be locked while the dog is inside but owners need not worry because it will only last for a maximum of 90 minutes. In case the power runs out while the dog is still inside, there is also a backup battery that can last for up to eight hours.

Breeds of dogs the IoT tech can cater to

The smart doghouse can cater to small and large canine breeds, including Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. However, it cannot fit larger dog breeds, including Great Danes and Mastiffs. At most, the smart dog house can accommodate the majority of dog breeds nowadays. Dog Parker highlights in its site that with DogSpot, dog owners no longer have to choose between spending quality time with their pets and going on an adventure themselves because they can achieve both.

Online coverage of payments news provider PYMNTS.com meanwhile reports that the Internet of Things—interconnection through the internet—functions by keeping the doghouse monitored, safe, and clean for the dogs to stay.

Among the interesting features of the IoT doghouse is that it is climate-controlled / Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar via Flickr

 

The DogSpot app

The purpose of the app is to allow pet owners to monitor their pet in real-time while they are briefly away doing some errands. This will give them the peace of mind knowing that their dog is comfortable and safe. Brownridge hopes that other “Winstons of the world” will now be able to explore the city life with their owners because they have a safe home away from their real home.

Other IoT applications for pet care

The pet wearables market continues to grow based on the market research conducted by Mordor Intelligence. The contributing factors for this growth are the increase in awareness about pet’s mental and physical fitness, technological advancements, increasing demand for pet monitoring, adoption of the Internet of Things, and the inclination that having pets as companions will provide fitness and mental stability to owners.

Today, there are many IoT applications for pet care, one of which is meant for pet tracking. There are smart collars that may appear like an ordinary dog collar, but their whistles and bells actually do more than emit an ordinary tune. They are built with GPS tracking tech that functions with cellular data or Wi-Fi, allowing pet owners to determine the location of their pets by checking the mobile app or through a desktop.

With apps that contain pet facial recognition, they also help reunite missing dogs with their owners. To use it, pet owners will just have to upload the photo of their missing pet, answer a few questions about the physical appearance of their pet, and then click the “lost” button. Eventually, the app will scan the database of found and rescued animals to see if there is a match.