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when to administer or reorder pet medications, applica-
tion dates for flea and tick prevention, and much more,
officials added. It also sends out alerts for food recalls so
pet owners can react quickly if they are impacted.
The app serves as the control center for the Smart
Pet Bed and Activity Tracker, providing access to activity data, and pet weight and rest periods, all while controlling the heating and cooling functions of the bed. This
critical, real-time feedback helps pet owners catch health
issues before they become more serious and costly, according to the company.
PetWALK presented a
fully connected high-end
pet door, which can be
controlled from anywhere
via remote, mobile devices, web browsers or smart
keep the pet owner in-
formed about important
events, and a timeline in-
forms them about what is
going on during the day.
Pet WALK’s modular and flexible hard- and software
design allows the doors to be extended with components
like external RFID readers, sensors and devices, or cloud-based services. Offering an open API, the Pet WALK door
can also be integrated into any smart home service, which
means Pet WALK can always adapt to the latest technologies and the needs of the customers and their pets, said
During CES 2018, Pet WALK also showcased the use
of cloud cams like the Nest Cam Outdoor, an intelligent
video intercom with pet recognition, allowing users to
monitor activity in front of the Pet WALK pet door and
either open it or activate the intruder alarm.
Additionally, Pet WALK demonstrated integration
with Amazon’s Echo for voice control of the door and,
in cooperation with the logistic company DPD, the use of
the pet door as a secure intelligent parcel delivery station.
Wagz launched its connected pet line at CES. The Hamp-
ton Falls, N.H.-based company offers a completely con-
nected home for dogs that helps owners understand,
manage and track their furry friend when they are home
or away. The Wagz Connected Home for Dogs includes
smart dog collars, feeders
and doors that help ensure
dogs are safe and healthy,
company officials reported.
Wagz has built a team
of veterinary experts, technologists and dog lovers
to design and launch a
smart collar, smart feeder,
“Today’s busy dog owner wants smarter ways to help
them eliminate stress while delivering better care,” said
Wagz’s CEO, Terry Anderton. “That’s why we invested
[in] a robust family of products that work together to
tackle the most-pressing dog care needs. Our collar has
unprecedented technology—tracking everything from
activity, barking, exercise, location and more—and our
feeder and door ensure the right food is delivered at the
right time, and that your dog has the freedom to enter and
exit your home safely when you are home or at work.” PETWALK
The American Kennel Club (AKC), the largest purebred dog registry, added two dog
breeds to its list of AKC-recognized breeds:
Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand
Basset Griffon Vendeen (GBGV). The addition brings the total number of AKC-recognized breeds to 192.
“We’re excited to welcome these two
breeds into the AKC family,” said Gina
Joining the sporting
group, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje (pronounced Netherlands-e
Coy-ker-hond-tsje) is a spaniel-type dog that originated hundreds of
years ago in Europe as a duck hunter. The breed was also a favorite
of Dutch nobility. The energetic, friendly and alert dogs are ready
for work. They have a moderate activity level and need regular mental and physical activity to be happy. Their medium-length coat requires weekly brushing to keep it free of tangles.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (pronounced Grahnd Bah-SAY Grif-FON Vahn-DAY-ahn) joins the hound group. Bred as
a rabbit and hare hunter in France, the GBGV has a great deal of
stamina and speed. The GBGV is a laidback, intelligent, friendly
pack hound that gets along well with other dogs. These dogs are
courageous and passionate workers with a high activity level. They
need daily vigorous exercise. The GBGV’s coat is rough and straight,
and looks tousled and natural. It requires weekly brushing to prevent it from matting.
Both breeds became eligible to compete in their respective groups
on Jan. 1.
To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum
number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as
well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders. Breeds working toward full recognition are recorded in AKC’s
Foundation Stock Service (FSS).
Two Breeds Gain Full American
Kennel Club Recognition
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