Would You Spend $140 On This Interactive Gaming Device for Dogs?

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As an extremely devoted dog mom, there are a LOT of things I will happily spend my money on for Daisy, but today I spotted something that made me do a double-take.

It’s this Wickedbone Interactive Smart Toy for Dogs. The list price is $160 but you can get it on Amazon for $139.99 w/ free shipping.

Now I’m a big fan of electronic gadgets. I LOVE my Roomba, have a Kuvings Cold Press Slow Juicer I use daily, rely on a pet camera like this one, and dare anyone to try and take away my Instant Pot!

That said, I’m just not sure how I feel about spending $140 on an electronic dog toy. First, I know how hard most dogs are on their toys. Would it even hold up? And I know that Daisy often loses interest in a new toy after a few days. Wobble Wag Giggle Ball I’m looking at you!

Here’s the description from the manufacturer:

Dogs love bones, but conventional bones are overrated. They quickly evaporate in a dog’s mouth, and they often cause gastric problems and one big mess, without offering any interaction or playing opportunities. Now meet Wickedbone, a bone-shaped interactive gaming device that performs like a truly smart, fun and excitingly wicked companion of your dog.

The Wickedbone is fully interactive. It can react to different actions of your dog with built-in emotional system. When your dog runs, Wickedbone runs after it; when your dog chases it, it turns around and runs away, making Wickedbone react in different and very engaging modes.

Wickedbone has been designed to be as safe, soft and strong as your dog needs it to be. Made of Polycarbonate, it feels sufficiently soft when your dog catches it. The material of the body, cover, and the tires are safe for humans and pets.

Here’s a video demonstration for the Wickedbone Smart Dog Toy:

While it does look fun and interesting, the jury is still out on this one for me. It would definitely make a cool gift idea for the dog who has everything! What do you think?

Wickedbone Smart Bone, Automatic & Interactive Toy for Dog at Amazon for $139.99

$350 OFF LG Matte Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances at Best Buy

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Head on over to BestBuy.com and embrace the dark side!

Chaser, The Dog Who Knows A Thousand Words #Chaser1000 Book Review

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If you’re anything like me and most pet parents, you probably think your fur kid is pretty doggone smart. We all know from personal experience that dogs are way smarter than the average person gives them credit for…but wait until you meet Chaser! Thanks to our sponsor, BlogPaws, I was able to get my paws on an advance review copy of the soon to be released book, Chaser — Unlocking The Genius Of The Dog Who Knows A Thousand Words by John W. Pilley.

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It’s possible you’ve already heard about Chaser the Border Collie in the news or on TV and YouTube. She’s famous for understanding more words than any other dog on record. In addition to common nouns like house, ball, and tree, she has memorized the names of more than 1,000 toys (Daisy is pretty envious of a dog with THAT many!) and can retrieve any of them on command.

Based on that learning, she and her owner John Pilley, have moved on even further, demonstrating her ability to understand sentences with multiple elements of grammar and to learn new behaviors by imitation. Her owner, the author of this new book, is a retired psychology professor from Wofford College in South Carolina and does an excellent job throughout the book of explaining much of the science and psychology behind such successful dog training, using fun and interesting stories involving both Chaser and his previous dog, the much beloved Yasha.

In addition to his academic knowledge, Pilley incorporates the stories and wisdom of farmers, shepherds and Border collie trainers, giving the reader great insight into how the best trainers use the power of instinct to foster a dog’s creative problem solving ability. It’s a cool way to think about dog training and draws the distinction between teaching a skill or trick versus “creative teaching”. I love the quote he shares about this from Arthur Allen who wrote Border Collies in America,  “Try to make it a fifty-fifty proposition of you trying to understand your dog while your dog is trying to understand you.”

In addition to really getting to know Chaser, the author, his wife Sally and the rest of their family, there’s also lots of storytelling in this book, which I loved.  A few of my favorites are the story of how Chaser got her name, how Chaser became a media sensation and “went viral” and “Chaser Goes To Washington”.

The book is both entertaining and informative, and though most of us won’t have the amount of time or patience Pilley did to spend working with Chaser, and not every dog is as smart or interested in learning as Chaser, any dog lover will find something in this book that helps them gain a greater understanding of, and appreciation for their own dog.

You can learn more and buy the book here. You can follow Chaser the Border Collie on Facebook and on Twitter.