There are some amazing benefits to having a pet. Whether that is a fun-loving dog or a loyal cat, a small pet or a big pet, it can be extremely rewarding to have a pet as part of your family. There is a lot to looking after a pet from making sure a dog has a regular exercise, to keeping a lose eye on the amount of time they spend on their own. While many pet owner know exactly how to look after their pet, not much has changed over the years. But what has changed is the trends associated with pet ownership. There is an element of wanting to meet our pets every need, and these days a pet is so much more than an animal, they simply become part of the family. I thought I would share with you some of the latest trends for pets this year.
Strollers for dogs
Walking a dog is now a thing of the past, now it’s time to take your dog out for a stroll in style. There has since been a trend where more dogs were being carried around in their own suit carriers or cases, and so now this seems to be an extension of that where you can place a smaller dog in a stroller, very similar to how you would push around a toddler, and then go for a walk this way. There are, surprisingly, a few different ones to choose from and thankfully Fast Dogs looks at dog strollers which has taken all the guess work out of it for you, if you find yourself considering this. Could this be a trend that we are going to continue seeing in 2018? Could then be more to it now where there are other ways to transport your pooch’s from one place to the next.
Tablet and smartphone applications for pets
Many of us have a great love for our pets, but our second love has got to be our smartphones and now most recently tablets. There is always an array of applications available for all sorts of needs. Some that will help you organise yourself, some that will entertain you, some that will provide you the latest horoscope and who can’t love all those cat videos you can find on YouTube. But now, would you believe, there has been a recent trend of applications designed purely for your pets, and specifically cats. There are applications to entertain, dog sitting apps, relax your cat apps and the list goes on and on. I suppose the best way to look at it would be how children are getting more involved with smart technology, and with the growing rise of us treating our pets as if they were part of the family it could have only been a matter of time before the same trend would follow suit.
Wearable technology for your pets
There has been a real increase in wearable technology for us as humans. There are things like GPS trackers, there are fitness apps that can track how much you exercise and your heart rate, and there are even tech you can wear that enables you to read your text messages, answer the phone and remind you of appointments. So again is it really a surprise that this wearable technology trend has extended to our beloved pet animals? You can now add GPS trackers to your dogs, set up pet cameras, use tech to monitor activity on walks, etc, the list goes on and on and this seems to be a real growing market as well. Perhaps the main goal might be to target pet obesity, which can be seen as a real growing concern amongst our beloved pets these days, what do you think? Is it crazy or a worthwhile investment?
Foodie trends for your beloved pets
Would you believe that there are now things you can buy for your pet that is specific to how we live our lives and what can be seen as foodie trends for us? Think about prosecco, for example. This fizzy wine has become really popular recently and would you believe you can now get your hands on some Pawsecco for your loveable pet animals? There are even things like infused waters and herbal teas that are completely safe for animal consumption. Not to mention specific chocolate made that is safe for dogs. If you are the type of person who likes to buy their pet presents for christmas then these foodie ideas are the perfect things to consider. Another tend to do with food has seen a recent influx of the cat cafe, where these often double up as places where you can foster cats and rehome animals. Dogs are also increasingly becoming welcome in cafes, pubs and restaurants which makes it so much easier to take your pet out for a bite to eat.
Fancy taking your pet to their very own retreat?
Fancy a staycation somewhere nice, or a holiday where you don’t have to leave your beloved pet behind? There is now an answer to this ongoing dilemma with more establishments becoming pet friendly and even finding locations, hotels and villas that are specific to people bringing their pets. These holiday locations often offer sitters for your pet as well as activities that you and your pet can enjoy together. This is a growing market and more holiday locations are making it easier than ever for people to bring along their pets.
Ever heard of dog yoga?
Finally, you may be thinking this is a slightly crazy but you have read right, dogs for yoga is a thing. It’s a way of ensuring that your pet pooch is calm and relaxed and it can actually be a great thing to do together. We see gatherings in the park for fitness and yoga, maybe the next trend will see you attending these sorts of classes together and more people will be interested in doing it.
So, what trends do you think will stick around for 2018?