Many pets spend most of their days home alone. Some adapt to the pace of working owners and nap through the day, but many more energetic breeds can invent a task for themselves. For instance, chewing up chews, carpets, tearing up sofa pillows, breaking into kitchen cupboards... You get the idea.
CleverPet is a new gadget designed to entertain dogs during their time alone. The toy stimulates the dog's mind, and dispenses treats as a reward. Doggie parents can fill it up with dry dog food, and it will spend the day playing games with Fido.
The device is made out of silicone, which feels inviting to touch and helps distinguish between things that are allowed - like the CleverPet - and things that are not allowed - like a cell phone or remote. It can't be knocked over, and it has a soft, rounded design that makes chewing it up nearly impossible.
So, how does it work?
It has three touch-sensitive pads that light up in colors visible to a dog, and a microphone to detect barks. To start with, hitting any pad dispenses a treat. The challenges soon grow more difficult, teaching the dog to detect changes in color, pressing a sequence of lights, and responding to commands that can be pre-recorded by the owner.
CleverPet connects to Wifi, and owners can monitor the pet's progress through an app.
The CleverPet is not currently in production; the company runs a kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production.
~ Maria Sadowski ~