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CleverPet: The games console for dogs

Clever Pet body

GTA V for dogs is somewhat less involving…

You have a PS4, your dog has a rubber stick. Seems a bit unfair, doesn’t it? A company in San Diego thinks it is, and so has created CleverPet, a $199 games console for man’s best friend.

One of the coolest things we’ve seen for pets since the FroliCat laser toys and the Fitbark canine activity tracker, the CleverPet rewards your dog with treats when he plays like a pro.

How does it work?

Designed to improve your pet’s brainpower, while keeping him or her entertained when home alone, the machine sets your dog challenges using sensitive touch pads. These illuminate and your pooch has to touch them in the correct ever-changing sequences with nose or paw to get the goods.

CleverPet woks body

The doggie games console has varying levels of difficulty: 1. Your dog will occasionally get a free treat. 2. Fido receives a treat for touching any pad. 3. Food is given out for tapping the correct pad. 4. Your pooch has to actually solve increasingly challenging puzzles, such as pressing the lit-up pad a certain number of times in a row.

The best bit is that the Wi-Fi-connected CleverPet lets you keep track of your four-legged friend’s progress via your smartphone.

CleverPetApp

Who’s behind this?

The team behind the device – a mix of dog behavioural specialists, trainers and designers – says: “Many dogs left alone at home are bored and unengaged, which can lead to separation anxiety and costly destructive behavior. With CleverPet, your dog is busy, engaged, and challenged at her learning level—automatically.”

They’re currently looking for backers on Kickstarter, with $77k of a $100k goal with 23 days to go last time we checked.

Photos: Kickstarter

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