Your dog isn't just your trusty companion. He's a full-fledged member of your family. So innocent and so sweet, we truly don't deserve dogs. Isn't it about time you stepped up your game and found new ways to challenge and spoil your four-legged friend? From video cameras to treat tossers to grooming essentials, these are the best dog gadgets of the year.

Furbo dog camera

The treat spy: Furbo dog camera

Staff Favorite

The Furbo dispenses treats on command via an app, plus it has two-way audio that alerts you when your best friend is barking. With a built-in HD camera and mic, you can see and hear what's going on even when you're away from home. Even better, the Furbo works in tandem with Alexa.

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Keep tabs on your buddy: Tracktive LTE GPS dog tracker

We named the Tractive one of the best GPS trackers for cats and dogs. The small GPS module fits on your dog's collar and gives you real-time tracking for your dog. Best of all, you can set up a virtual fence anywhere and get alerts if your pet strays from that area.

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Wonder gloves: HandsOn grooming gloves

Stiff bristled brushes are hard on your dog's skin and your wrists. These grooming gloves are a hands-on, loving way to pet your buddy and do away with excess fur. Use them dry or in the bath, and give your dog a massage while caring for his skin.

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A smart doorbell: Mighty Paw Smart Bell 2.0

Stop your dog from scratching at the door or barking when they need to go out. Mighty Paw is a doorbell for dogs that they ring with a paw when it's time to do their business. The dog doorbell works well with older pets and those working on potty training.

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Shades for your best pal: Rex Specs dog goggles

The sun's rays are harmful to your eyes, and the same is true for your dog. Rex Spex are dog goggles with a pair of lenses rated at UV400, so they block 99.9 percent of UVA and UVB rays. They slip over your dog's ears and under their chin, where they stay in place during any adventure.

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Water on-the-go: Lesotc portable water bottle

Ensure your dog always has fresh water when he joins you for a walk, hike, or job. This travel bottle holds 18-ounces and never leaks. When empty, it folds down small for storage.

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Help Fido stay fit: FitBark 2 dog activity monitor

You may use a FitBit or Apple Watch to track health metrics. The FitBark 2 works the same, but it's for dogs. This specialized fitness tracker is waterproof and keeps tabs on your dog's sleep quality, the distance they travel, and even their overall health.

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Ultimate car seat cover: Active Pets seat cover

Keep your ride pet hair-free with this soft, quilted, waterproof car seat cover. Your dog will love the cushioning, and you'll love the convenience. This cover fits the backseat of most vehicles and is easy to clean.

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Super sucker: Dyson V11 animal cordless vacuum

Picking up pet hair and dirt and dander is a cinch with this cordless vacuum. It has twice the suction of other cord-free vacs, and it's super lightweight. The Dyson V11 works on carpeting, rugs, and hardwood floors.

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Continuous dog hug: Thundershirt

Thunderstorms, fireworks, and separation anxiety can stress a dog out. This compression vest wraps around your pet, giving him a continuous, comforting hug that soothes.

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Perfect paws: Dexas MudBuster

Add water to this portable cup, insert muddy paws, and watch as silicone bristles remove dirt and grime from your dog's feet.

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Dog video cam: Petcube Cam

See what Fido is doing 24/7 with this 1080p HD video camera from Petcube. With night vision and two-way audio, you talk to your pet via an app over Wi-Fi even when you're far from home. It even works with Alexa.

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Interactive entertainment: Outward Hound Hide-a-Squirrel

Boredom leads to chewing and destructive behavior. This interactive hide-and-seek puzzle keeps dogs alert and occupied. It comes with six squeaky squirrels and a squirrel house and provides hours of fun.

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Dishes for travelers: COMSUN collapsible food bowls

It's easy to provide fresh food and water on-the-go with this set of collapsible silicone dog dishes. Strap them to a backpack with the included carabiners and take your dog out for a long walk.

$6 at Amazon
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Make baths fun: Aquapaw Slow Treater

Bathing your pup is easy with the Aquapaw Slow Treater. Fill the silicone nubs with treats or peanut butter to distract your dog while you scrub them up.

Only the best for your pet

It's a great time to be a dog! Today's canine companions have some of the most advanced technology available! My favorite pick (and also my furry friend's top choice), is the Furbo Dog Camera. With 1080p full HD, I can keep an eye on the dog, toss a few treats his direction, and even be alerted through push notifications that he's barking.

For keeping your pal looking and feeling good, nothing compares to HandsOn Gloves. Your best bud will think he's getting a massage and some lovin' while you're actually removing loose fur. The gloves are great for baths too!

And do away with dog hair mats of fur with the Dyson V11, a cordless vac that's light and powerful. Need more ideas? Take a look at our favorite pet gadgets for cats and dogs.

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