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GoDogGo – Automatic Ball Fetch Machine

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Let’s Play Fetch!

A while back we wrote about the iFetch automatic ball launcher and fetch machine. Since then, we’ve discovered the GoDogGo. This is also an automatic ball launcher and fetch machine, but the advantage is that the GoDogGo allows you to use balls of all sizes – small, medium and large. It will also launch farther than the iFetch, which goes up to 30 feet.

GoDogGo is recommended for outdoor use due to the speed, height and distance of the ball launch. Of course, it really depends on how large your house is – are you in a studio or a 15,000 sq ft home? Apparently a pressurized or hi-bounce ball will have a minimum launch height of approximately 12 feet, but the machine can be adjusted to launch between 12 and 42+ feet depending on the ball type and size.

godoggoThe GoDogGo company suggests that if you plan to use it indoors, it’s preferable to use a heavy and/or hollow ball that is not pressurized as this will help to reduce the launch. Ball examples to reduce height/distance: Buddy Glow Ball–14′ distance & 6′ height; ProPenn Tip 2 trainer ball-18′ distance & 8′ height; Chuck it standard size Tennis Ball–11′ distance & 4′ height; Planet Dog RecycleBall–9′ distance & 6′ height.

godoggoThe GoDogGo Fetch Machine allows for 3 types of use; continuous automatic launching of balls every 7 or 15 seconds when the bucket is fully loaded, use with a single ball for independent play when the dog returns ball to the bucket; or the dog owner controls the experience by using a remote control. In manual mode using the remote control, a ball will launch at a minimum of 7 seconds or a longer which is determined by pushing the remote launch button.

The GoDogGo can be powered by either AC Adapter/110V or Battery Power/D Batteries. If using battery power, it will run for approximately 25 hours on 6 D batteries.

godoggoClearly, this is an awesome toy if your dog is crazy about fetch (especially when your arm is tired). Of course, you’ll have to train your dog with it as with any new toy and there are safety considerations, for example, your dog (and anyone else) should always stand a minimum of 2 feet from the front of the unit when the ball machine is turned on. You need to make sure your dog also retrieves to the right place, i.e. the bucket and not the launch pocket. However, with the right training, we think this would be a great gift for your dog and it could provide endless hours of play!

Dog Sitting Networks – When You Need Some Help

Rover_Travel_Stats_InfographicGoing away on vacation and can’t find a friend or family member to dog sit? Well worry no more.

Like Airbnb and Uber, there are a number of peer-to-peer platforms for dog sitting services that have popped up.

A while back, we featured DogVacay. There are two others we recently came across and wanted to highlight for you: Rover and DogBnB. Like DogVacay, they also offer a nationwide network of dog lovers that will take care of your dog from boarding to walking.

 

Rover

roverRover has both a web portal and app which allows you to easily find a sitter near you, book services and receive photo updates from your sitter. In addition to connecting pet parents with sitters, the Rover platform offers complimentary premium insurance for all services booked through Rover, 24/7 customer support, vet consultation and sitter background checks.

To use the service, dog owners browse the “search” section of the site or app for potential pet sitters, which can be organized by zip code and available dates. Sitter’s overnight rates are displayed in search results and prominently on the sitter’s profile page. In-depth profiles of pet sitters are provided, complete with multiple reviews, availability, specific services and rates. Currently, Rover has over 25,000 approved sitters in more than 5,000 U.S. cities. Rover states that 95% of reviewed stays have received a perfect five-star rating.

After selecting a sitter that fitrover searchs your criteria, just direct message a pet sitter on their profile to schedule a meet and greet, confirm services and payment. Rover calculates the stay price based on a nightly rate, like a hotel, but if you’re picking up your dog late, your sitter might want to charge a day care fee.

Rover pet sitters are encouraged to send text and picture updates throughout the day, and if there’s a medical emergency, the site guarantees 24/7 access to a vet. Don’t worry about a sitter canceling — you’re guaranteed a replacement if someone falls through.

Rover offers a large variety of services, but the four main types of services are:
• Overnight care at the sitter’s home
• Overnight care at your home
• Dog walking. Although walks are usually included in the nightly rate, you can often book dog walking as a separate service.

Rover also has “badges” which might better help you to select a sitter. We think the most important badges are the Background Check, Training and Rover Pack badges.

The Background Check badge shows that the sitter has completed a voluntary background check. Rover offers them as a way to assure you of the sitter’s credibility and reliability.

The Training badge means that the sitter has taken and passed the Rover Sitter Success Training quiz—and has demonstrated the skills and knowledge it takes to give your dog the excellent care you expect and deserve.

Rover Pack badge is a mark of the sitter’s expertise, experience, and attention to customer service. This badge ensures the sitter:
• Has completed at least 10 stays.
• Maintains an average rating (by pet owners) of at least 4.5 stars.
• Keeps their availability calendar up to date.
• Responds to at least 90% of requests within 24 hours.

Doggybnb

DoggyBnBDoggybnb works differently than Rover and Dogvacay. Instead of searching a database of various potential sitters, Doggybnb requires you to invite people from your social network that might be potential sitters. They call this your “Woof Pack”. In fact, they’ve created their own terminology to describe their services, so if you don’t remember the difference between a “Fetch” or a “Woof” they’ve put together a glossary.

DoggyBnB offers a range of services including Feed, Walk, Watch, Board, and House Sit. Rather than searching for a sitter when you need one, instead you’ll send out a request to your social network that you’re looking for a sitter, including the date, time and how much you’re offering to pay for the service. They call this request “posting a Woof”. The request gets pushed out to your friends in the social network, including friends of friends.

DoggyBnB 1Interested sitters respond (i.e. “Fetch”) your request (i.e. “Woof”). Anyone that responds is either a friend or people you are socially connected to (i.e. friends of friends). You can review profiles, how you are connected and ratings to help you choose a trustworthy sitter.

Once the care is completed, the app will conveniently send the sitter payment.

We like the idea that you’re using a network of friends and saving time by not having to individually contact people (i.e. just request once and it goes out to the “Woof Pack”). On the flipside, if no one responds to your request (i.e. maybe you don’t have a very large “Woof Pack”) you’ll still need to go out and search for a sitter.

DoggyBnB also has another feature to set up doggy playdates. “Sniffer” is a feature that allows dog parents to see an owner/dog pair in their proximity to set up playdates, make new friends and/or even find someone you might like (similar to Tinder). You can filter based on gender, age, doggy weight range and location. You can swipe right if you are interested in meeting the owner/dog pair, or left if you are not. If you both approve each other, you’ll get a notification that a match has been made.

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For full disclosure, we haven’t used Rover or Doggybnb ourselves, but they look like great service options. Have you used Dogvacay, Rover or Doggybnb? Let us know! We’d love to get your feedback!

PooPrints – Making Sure Dog Owners Clean Up

clean up after your petsIsn’t it so annoying when you come across dog poop on the ground that hasn’t been picked up by the dog owner. It gives all of us dog owners a bad reputation. We’ve even been blamed by a person on the street for not picking up dog poop when it didn’t come from our own dog (not to mention there’s no way our 18 lb dog could have made such a huge poop).

Well PooPrints by BioPet Vet Lab has come up with a DNA test to determine who left that poop behind and send them a fine. It’s a new twist on that article you might have read about in 2013: “Town Mails Dog Poop Back To Negligent Owners In Spain“.

How Does it Work?

pooprintsThe PooPrints sends swabs to be swiped inside of mouth of every dog using the public green space. The swab collects the DNA of the dog and is then sent back to the PooPrints labs where a record of the dog it belongs to is kept in the DNA World Pet Registry.

If park keepers find dog waste left behind, they can send a sample to PooPrints which will test it and match it to a swab. “The DNA is extracted from the dog waste and matches are run every day to find out who the ‘poop-eterators’ are,” explained Mike Stone, a distributor for PooPrints. The cost of the test runs around $75 and is usually passed along to the pet owner in the form of a fine.

Typically the cost of the swabs and registration of the dog, is paid for by the dog owners who are using the dog park in the form of a membership or other fee. PooPrints already serves around 900 residential communities nationwide.

PooPrints by BioPet Vet Lab is an eco-friendly DNA dog waste management program for apartment, condominium and HOA management. PooPrints was invented at BioPet Vet Lab to help keep managed communities and parks clean and green. BioPet has been a full service canine genetic research laboratory since 2008, dedicated to animal health.

Pet Tunes – Help Your Dog Relax

Pet TunesDoes your dog suffer from anxiety or excessive barking when you’re away or during thunderstorms? We recently discovered Pet Tunes and thought it was an innovative and non-invasive way to help your dog relax.

Pet Tunes, created by Pet Acoustics, is a mobile Bluetooth speaker pre-loaded with special frequency modulated music clinically tested and proven to reduce stress and calm anxiety for dogs (and other pets). Pet Acoustics’ music is specifically designed to eliminate high and low frequencies that trigger agitation in pets and result in calming your pets.

Pet TunesAs stated by Pet Acoustics, it’s been clinically proven and veterinarian approved. Litchfield Veterinary Hospital mentioned”…Pet Acoustics music has a significant calming effect on our hospitalized patients. We have found it has helped to reduce anxiety while pets were away from their families.”

Pet Tunes is small enough to fit in your hand so you can take it anywhere (e.g. even in your car). It will play 5-10 hours on a single battery charge and has 24/7 continuous play with a AC/USB Adapter. The unit features a built-in repeat mode, as well as, an easy click-and-play function that links to your music library using Bluetooth. Pet Tunes connects to mobile phones, tablets, PCs, notebooks and a variety of other devices. It comes with a USB cable and a lanyard strap.

Interested? Click here to easily purchase Pet Tunes on Amazon.

To see it in action, check out their video: