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11/09/2016, 12:00

From the lab to your labrador: Garmin has made an activity tracker for dogs

Garmin has announced an activity tracker for dogs, designed to keep your canine companion "safe, healthy, and well behaved". It was only a matter of time.

The Delta Smart is a small tracker that attaches to a dog collar and communicates with your smartphone (iOS and Android), letting you not only track your dog's activity but also use it as a training device.

You'll be able to monitor the dog's activity to see how active it's been throughout the day, and even how much barking it's done.

But Garmin says the heart of the product is the training system which lets you use tones, vibrations and "stimulation" (which is basically a small electric shock) to condition your dog's behaviour. You'll be able to look at the data over time to see which of the stimuli is most effective in correcting your pup's barking habits.

Garmin already has some dog training collars available in the Delta range, but the Smart adds focus to activity and health.

Garmin's also releasing some Keep Away Tags, which are small sensors that will stop your dog from heading into places you don't want it - like the trash can - by emitting a stimulus deterrent.

They'll also show you what your dog has been up to while you were at work - whether it's been hitting a few kms on the treadmill, or just catching up on Narcos, that sort of thing.

There's a three-week battery and a 1ATM (10m) waterproof rating on the module, so you shouldn't have to worry about the device itself.

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