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Sorry CES, pet tech isn't going to make you a better pet owner - Mashable

BY BRIAN KOERBER 

LAS VEGAS — As the world becomes more connected, it's not a huge surprise that the weird world of pet tech will attempt to make stronger connections with our furry friends. 

A smart collar from Jagger & Lewis that claims it can be detect a dog's change in mood

But just because your dog has the latest gadgets and gizmos, doesn't mean that you'll be a better pet owner. In fact, they can actually make you worse.

CES 2017 has been rife with pet tech. From smart feeders that will schedule your cat's meals up to a month and track its caloric intake to smart collars that can sense your dog's emotions and attempt to correct them, not to mention a plethora of weird smart toys aimed at making it easier for you to play with your pet. Some of these tools are actually removing humans from the equation. 

It's hard to be a good pet owner — you have to walk them, clean up their sh*t, play with them and show them affection on their schedule. Automating the process may not be doing much for the human-animal relationship.

Dogs need a pack leader to follow, they don't need to be connected to Wi-Fi.

Dogs need a pack leader to follow, they don't need to be connected to Wi-Fi.

Connected toys will let you play with and give treats to your pet while you're not at home, which can be great, too. Instead of being bored at home all day they can be stimulated by a ball or laser pointer controlled by your phone. But that could possibly lead to a subconscious sense of accomplishment and less human-to-pet interaction. 'I already played with my dog on an app all day, so now we don't need actually play fetch.'   

Don't get me wrong, not all pet tech is useless, and some of it can provide important data and alert you when your pet isn't doing well that you can then bring to its veterinarian. Nearly all of the innovations I saw at CES this year in the category seemed helpful and fun, a few I would consider purchasing myself for my own pets. But the fact is that there are a lot of irresponsible pet owners out there, and some of these products can enable them to continue their bad behavior. 

"Il n'y aurait pas vraiment de révolution dans le monde des wearables s'il n'existait pas d'objets connectés pour chiens également... Heureusement, Jagger & Lewis est d'accord, c'est pourquoi ils leur ont créé un collier connecté"

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"Le collier pourrait finir par devenir un outil d'une valeur inestimable pour les maîtres de chien obligés de passer du temps loin de leurs compagnons à quatre pattes"

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"Le collier peut fournir des données importantes et vous alerter si votre chien ne va pas bien : vous pouvez alors savoir quand l'amener chez le vétérinaire"

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