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Every few months we like to cover a product that we think is going to make a big impact. iCPooch was recently funded successfully through Kickstarter.com and is going to change the ways we interact with our pets when we're away. It's a modern twist on Apple's Face Time, and we're pretty certain you aren't the only one who will love it!
Brooke Martin, iCPooch's inventor, came up with the idea for her product when she was just 12 years old. Her family's dog, a golden retriever named Kayla, was suffering from separation anxiety every time they left the house, and she wanted to find a solution to soothe Kayla's fears about being at the house alone. She decided to blend technology and treats to create a feeding station that allows the pet owner to video chat with their dog or cat and deliver a tasty morsel in real time from anywhere.
Pretty cool, right? Wondering how it works? Read on…
Here's the product description from the iCPooch website:
"iCPooch is a pet treat dispenser and computer all in one! iCPooch is a revolutionary new way to keep in touch with your pet while away from home, allowing you to video chat and deliver a them a treat over the internet. Seamlessly conduct a 2-way video chat with your favorite furry friend and deliver a treat with the press of a button from anywhere in the world. Check on your pet while at work or on vacation to ease your pet's anxiety (or yours). iCPooch is the perfect solution for checking in on your pet while you are at work, at the game, deployed military, college bound students who will miss their furry friend, or just the busy pet owner. You can also bring iCPooch to your pet sitter and connect it to their wifi!"
The iCPooch is revolutionizing pet-human relationships by allowing a connection to occur despite physical distance. Although nothing can replace bonding time spent together, this device may really help pets cope with separation anxiety, which will improve their quality of life overall (and yours).
Want to learn more? Watch this video about iCPooch and visit the website here.
Separation anxiety is extremely common but often overlooked. Does your dog have disruptive or destructive behaviors when left alone? Urinating, defecating, barking and howling, chewing, digging, pacing, or attempts at escape are signs that your pet is in distress and suffering from separation anxiety.
This anxiety is often triggered by a big change that your pet found upsetting such as a change in guardian, residence, household members, or change in schedule. For example, if you suddenly had to start working the nightshift but your pup is used to you being home and being able to sleep with you, they may start to develop anxiety about your leaving them alone overnight.
Two good approaches to treating separation anxiety are desensitization and counterconditioning, which are strategies you can facilitate with the guidance of a dog trainer or veterinarian. Generally speaking, the most common approach for treating anxiety, called counterconditioning, involves associating something positive that your pet loves with the experience that causes them fear or panic, such as you leaving for work.
One thing is certain, no matter how frustrating your dog's behavior gets, "Do not scold or punish your dog. Anxious behaviors are not the result of disobedience or spite. They are distress responses! Your dog displays anxious behaviors when left alone because he's upset and trying to cope with a great deal of stress. If you punish him, he may become even more upset and the problem could get much worse."