Pet Tutor: Positive Training Tool A High Tech Hit

by Mary Haight on October 30, 2015

pet tutor bluIs your dog in love with the sound of his own voice? Do you worry your home alone pal is often bored and is the reason he’s shredding your magazines? Anxious behaviors can escalate and impair quality of life. You’ve probably got a Kong, maybe some puzzle toys, but once you’re out the door those items are likely scarfed as fast as their paws, claws, or beaks can manage. Then how does your dog fill the countless hours that follow? Pet Tutor has a remedy for that, and more!

Positive Training Tool Solves & Prevents Problems

Pet Tutor says their Blu is the “world’s smartest pet games & training system” and it’s not hype. Happy and quiet pets are reported by users everywhere.

Trainers and pet parents report that it stops nuisance barking, works in crate training making it a place where good things happen, quiets dogs in kennels, is used in search and rescue, in agility (which you’ll hear a little more about in the podcast), and as an aid for separation anxiety. This tool is designed to be very quiet so it won’t startle sensitive dogs.

Dinner is no longer a burden on your dog’s digestive system. Instead of a meal served in a bowl, kibble is shot across the floor in intervals and amounts you set. Your dog chases and forages for his food, a more natural behavior that is healthier and fun for pets. Oh, and if you need to offer high-value treats like hot dogs, they work in the chamber too!

Pet Tutor provides life enrichment with games and rewards, so your dog will get mental stimulation and physical exercise when you’re not home. No more dogs bouncing off the walls when you return. It can also help your dog more easily accept that you’re leaving the house and side-step the emotional difficulties dogs have being left alone and the anxious behaviors that can develop.

Pet Tutor Blu, The Next Generation

Change happens fast in technology. The Pet Tutor Blu is equipped with a connection to Bluetooth Low Energy, allowing connection to smartphones, laptops, etc. With one device you can control many different feeders to train multiple dogs. This connectivity also provides more processing power for other uses. (Check out the spreadsheet add-on software.)

Research is being conducted around the world in behavior studies requiring remote control functionality and they’re using Pet Tutor Blu. Since it’s open architecture, researchers write and connect their code to Pet Tutor and begin the study.

You may remember the post/podcast interview with Erick Eidus and his PupPod Kickstarter (funded!). This is one example of how open architecture speeds up development of useful innovations in the dog training and behavior space.

Luminaries in the training space like Bob Bailey, Former CEO/COO Animal Behavior Enterprises, International Consultant, Jean Donaldson, Founder The Academy for Dog Trainers [renowned authority in science based dog training], and Ken McCort, Behavior Consultant for over 50 species, have given glowing testimonials for Pet Tutor.

Check out Smart Animal Training Systems for more. Enjoy the interview =)

(If you are currently using this product, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.)

Many thanks to 4Knines.com sponsors of this podcast!

 

35 comments
ThePlayfulKitty
ThePlayfulKitty

Pet Tutor sounds like a great tool. There are some times when it would be really nice to have a machine reinforce certain behaviors. I think this is a really smart product. 

Rshep29
Rshep29

I got a chance to see this product first hand at BlogPaws and I thought it was awesome!

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@Rshep29 Isn't it simply awesome? Wow, I think that's the second time I've used that word in my 7 year blogging career, LOL! It's so inspiring to see such innovation in this space, using scientific, positive training methods. Thanks for stopping by =)

CathyArmato
CathyArmato

This is a great product!  I love that lots of toys and training tools are going high tech these days.

Love & Biscuits,

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

ThePlayfulKitty
ThePlayfulKitty

Pet Tutor is such a cool idea! I love that you are able to use technology to help train your pets in a positive way. There are some types of training that take more time than most pet parents have. This is a really helpful idea.

dailydogtag
dailydogtag

Sounds like it could be really awesome in the right household.  I think my dogs would fight over the kibble as it came out though.


CarolBryant
CarolBryant

I met the Pet Tutor folks at BlogPaws and this is a fantastic product.

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@CarolBryant  Yes, the CEO said they had been to BP =) Their Pet Tutor was among other items I wrote about, showcased at the first pet technology conference held in Silicon Valley. This product does everything but sing and dance, and someone will probably come up with an attachment that does just that, LOL! Thanks for popping by!

talenthounds
talenthounds

That looks like a lot of fun. Kilo loves foraging for kibble- we play "go find" and "go chase" with part of is meals so he runs and only eats a smaller amount slowly. He would be so thrilled.

petsarefound
petsarefound

I'm a big fan of technology for pets and will be sharing this across my community via all social media channels.  Thanks for the insight. 

Annette

mattiedog
mattiedog

Wow - this is really interesting - we're gonna check it out!

MaureenWalshLake
MaureenWalshLake

This product is really interesting. I'd want to have a video camera on to see how my dogs would react!

WellMinded
WellMinded

What a super awesome thing! This would help a lot of my pet sitting clients in-between visits!

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@WellMinded I could have written another 300 words on this -- it's covers *so many* training/behavior modification needs!! There's a wonderful video interview with Ken McCort on their site if you scroll down that first page past the written testimonials. He's the person who uses hot dogs in the unit, which made me laugh! He trains and gives seminars at Indiana's Wolf Park -- really fascinating!

pawesomecats
pawesomecats

Looks like an interesting product - the cat's would love kibble that is shot across the floor for them to chase and pounce on. 

MaryEHaight
MaryEHaight moderator

@pawesomecats Yes, exactly and you can set the pace of the game, too, and vary the timing from your phone remotely. These can sit on the floor or on the counter (and be attached to crates for dogs). Thanks for stopping by =)

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