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Here are some of the best pet training gadgets available today:

Bluefang Dog Training Collar

The newly-released Bluefang training collar has two uses – teaching obedience and controlling barking.

The obedience training system uses a “command, tone, stimulus” technique that puts an emphasis on positive (rather than negative) reinforcement. The theory is that you assign one of the collar’s tones to a command such as “sit”, “stay”, or “heel”. It is hoped that slowly your pet will learn to associate the command directly with your voice, thus enabling you to remove the need for tone altogether.

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The anti-bark feature works by “shocking” your dog when it barks unnecessarily, therefore reducing the frequency with which the animal barks over time. Thanks to a vibration sensor, the collar is clever enough to be able to distinguish between typical “nuisance” barking, and more urgent barking (for example if there is an intruder or an emergency).

The collar can be entirely controlled by the accompanying smartphone app, letting you issue commands and warnings when required. The collar has a 400 ft range, and is both waterproof and shock resistant. Finally, one app will allow you to control multiple collars.

Deluxe X-10 Underground Electric Fence

Although a fancy smart collar might let you teach your pet some basic commands, it’s not going to stop either Fido or Garfield from digging up your vegetable patch or rose garden while you’re stuck in the office. You need something more robust.

electric-fence

That’s where sonic fences come in useful. It’s true that a physical fence might stop a small dog from wandering into out-of-bounds areas, but cats and larger dogs would have no problem hoping over it (of course, if your fence gets too big, you’re also going to stop being able to see the nice shrubbery behind it!).

The electric fence itself is actually a series of small posts that you put into the ground, meaning your line of vision is not disrupted and there are no ugly constructions. Your pet then wears a specially adapted collar, which will start to emit uncomfortable pulses as it gets nearer to the boundary. The closer it gets, the more pronounced the pulse rate becomes, and eventually the animal will retreat.

Radio Mat Electronic Scat Pad

Any pet owner will tell you that animals on the sofa are a big problem; they cover it in hairs, scratch it, make it dirty, and generally make it unfit for human use.

This Scat Pad has the goal of training your furry friend to stop going on the sofa, all without you lifting a finger.

scat-pad

Just place the pad in front of the furniture item in question and put the specially designed collar around your pet’s neck. Thereafter, the device works in a similar way to the aforementioned electric fence – once Fido steps on the pad as he makes his way to the sofa, the collar will emit either a loud noise, a shock stimulus, or a combination of the two. The dog (or cat) will quickly learn to associate the unpleasant occurrence with going to the sofa, and start to give it a wide berth.

Super-Pro Remote Dummy Launcher

Whether you want to train your Bloodhound to become a hunting expert, or you just want to encourage your Poodle to do a spot of ball chasing, the Super-Pro Remote Dummy Launcher will definitely come in useful. It also works for training your dog to swim across water or climb over obstacles.

It is fully portable and can be set up in any location to recreate a retrieval situation. Each launcher can fire either dummies or real “retrieval bumpers” up to 100 yards.

The best thing is that it can remotely connect to your smartphone, enabling you to launch it from the comfort of your own lounge – it means you can keep training your dog even if the weather outside The Weather Doesn't Have to be Dull With These iPhone Apps The Weather Doesn't Have to be Dull With These iPhone Apps I know it's going to rain — but isn't there a more engaging way of breaking the news? Read More is miserable. Up to 16 launchers can connect to one remote, thus letting you set up a variety of angles and distances to keep your dog entertained.

Pet Tutor Training and Play System

Pet Tutor is a smart, wireless, training system for your dog. It is designed to reduce barking, separation anxiety, unnecessary fear, and overeating, all while providing your pet with lots of fun and enjoyment.

Designed by an electrical engineer, its main premise is to be a versatile and reliable treat dispensing device. The designer claims that if you can think of a situation where you’d need to remotely or automatically dispense treats to a dog, the Pet Tutor will be able to do it.

For example, the device can detect movement and consequently reward the dog for staying in its bed or not rushing to the front door when the doorbell rings What Is A Smart Doorbell, And Which Should You Buy? What Is A Smart Doorbell, And Which Should You Buy? There was a time not long ago when we saw things like a door that unlocked without keys or a thermostat that could be controlled remotely as science fiction. Read More . It can hear sounds, so will reward the dog for staying quiet during the night, or you can use your phone’s app to mimic the noises that typical make a dog bark (babies, car alarms, thunder, etc) and reward the animal if it remains silent.

It can also be used as a timed feeder during the day, and can even turn feeding into a game by firing the food out in different directions at short intervals.

Finally, it has accompanying toys which have motion sensors, therefore encouraging exercise by delivering treats when your dog plays.

What Do You Use?

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Perhaps you’ve found another device that should have been included?

As ever, please let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

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  1. Ryan Dube
    December 6, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    For those of you complaining about shock training devices, I suggest you read this: http://www.chicagonow.com/training-the-wolf/2013/07/shock-collars-myths/

    As the article states: "You either love them or hate them, there's no middle ground."

  2. Bob
    December 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I rather came away with another impression entirely. That of someone desperate to write something and maybe under a deadline to do so.

    Seems to be sloppy, shallow and poorly researched and furthermore I am sure just about anyone could have cobbled it together.

    I generally like "make use of: but I am also somewhat disturbed sometimes by the quality of their contributors.

    There seems to be poor quality control and little realisation of the offence they sometimes cause. Of course, whatever you publish someone is always going to be offended but stupidity seems more the motivator often.

    I am sure most of us are open enough to appreciate a well thought out and researched article even it runs contrary to personal belief, but articles like this one just encourage stupid people to be even more stupid.

    • Ryan Dube
      December 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Disagreeing with a particular practice - be it some political issue, animal rights or any other controversial issue - is one thing. Using this disagreement to attack both an author and an entire publication is uncalled for. Just say you disagree and leave it at that.

      • Bob
        December 7, 2015 at 12:07 am

        Actually, None of the above apply. I have called it as I see it!

        The only thing I disagree with is the practice.

        I would suggest you learn to read and digest Ryan. This was not an attack it was an opinion.

        I believe that as an adult of voting age, I am actually entitled to voice them just as you are.

        As I stated on the 2nd of December; "I am sure most of us are open enough to appreciate a well thought out and researched article even it runs contrary to personal belief, but articles like this one just encourage stupid people to be even more stupid."

        I personally like the site and find it informative but that doesn't mean that I am not entitled to an opinion when I believe an article has crossed the line.

        Your opinion seems to be that I have made an attack and I could ask you to review your comments and see if you have over reacted and whether your comments constitute an attack.

        We can all just say we disagree and"leave it at that," but does that provide any information as to why?
        In turn, you could have just said you disagreed with me and left it...... But you didn't did you?

    • Jackson Chung
      December 6, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Hi Bob, thanks for voicing out your concerns. We do try our utmost to produce high-quality articles that you'll enjoy. Were there any other instances where we failed to deliver? I'd like to take a look at them and see how we can improve.

      • Bob
        December 7, 2015 at 12:25 am

        Hello Jackson,

        As I have said in an earlier reply I like the site and find it very useful and informative.

        I currently have three "makeuseof" browser windows open and I will read (and hopefully) learn from later.

        I have seen a few articles which appear to be poorly thought out or researched but thankfully they are a very small minority.

        The only other article which I can think of in recent months (Of course because you've put me on the spot) would be one claiming that records were superior to digital music.

        The article caused a storm of comments both in agreement (minority) and disagreement but the author seemed to be voicing an opinion with no evidence to back it.

        As the owner of a multi thousand dollar hifi system (Linn) with both analogue and digital media I was astounded at how poorly written this article was.

        Whilst, as the owner of such a system I am fully aware that some of the practices are science and some are akin to rolling up the left pants leg spinning 3 times anti clockwise but this article seemed to be pure opinion with no basis for the claim.

        In the interests of fairness I should say it did colour my opinion of the site and perhaps is why I had little patience with the above article.

  3. Bob
    December 1, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Sort of disturbed by the suggestion of the Bluefang Dog Training Collar without a link or qualification. Is it harmful? how many volts?

    Where's that smell of burning fur coming from?????

    • Jason
      December 2, 2015 at 12:55 am

      Right? This is basically an article for lazy people who own pets. Too lazy to train your dog? Just shock the shit out of them anytime they do something. As a dog trainer myself I wouldn't use ANY of these . Would you use shock therapy on your children? On yourself?

      • Bob
        December 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm

        Interesting that the contributor has not come forward to defend the article.

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