Tossing a stick for your pooch - such a classic move. But the future of canine exercise is looking a lot more robotic ever since a remote-controlled "woodchuck" hit the dog park scene.
The remote-controlled "Go-Go Dog Pal" toy, made by a Southern California company, sports a lightweight, hard plastic cover painted to look like a woodchuck. Underneath is a high-torque dual motor and four-wheel drive that propels the toy up to 22 mph on compact surfaces. The toy weighs less than 4 pounds, runs on a rechargeable nickel-cadmium battery, has electronic speed control and a long-distance, 2.4-GHz digital, radio-control system.
"Dogs naturally like to chase because that is really what they were born to do," Go-Go Dog Pals founder William Bowen told Gizmag.
You might be shaking your head, wondering just how lazy a dog owner would have to be to use one of these things. But there are times when a remote-controlled toy like this could be extremely helpful. Several dog-owning friends of mine have bad knee problems, so by using something like this they could still give their dogs solid workouts without having to run around, too.