Dog owners told to stick to basics

Dog owners have been warned not to be fooled by expensive app-based systems designed to monitor their pet’s weight, food consumption, and general condition.

Pet food manufacturer Nestle Purina has released a food bowl for dogs that is connected via Bluetooth to an owner’s mobile phone which stores key data to monitor their eating habits.

The bowl holds dry dog food and a built-in app measures the amount of food consumed while logging a dog’s eating habits. (pictured)

But Brisbane man Sam Oyed said dog owners should not pay for an IT-based system to monitor their pet’s condition when simpler and cheaper alternatives were available.

 Mr Oyed said for several years he had manufactured and marketed his own system to monitor the condition of dogs.

“My system comes at a fraction of the cost of any app-based system,” he said.

“Basically I go out and find a good strong stick or a suitably sized smallish tree branch.

“I then strip them of any leaves and sell them under the brand name Stink Sticks.

“They are very simple to use. Just find a dog turd and stick in the Stink Stick. (main picture)

“It takes just a few insertions in a fresh rancid coil of dogshit for Stink Stick users to recognise the consistency of their dog’s droppings and the relationship to the amount of food they’ve been putting in their bowl.”

Mr Oyed said his Stink Stick concept grew out of his own desire to measure his dog’s condition.

“I started off with a DIY system that simply involved dog owners taking off their shoes and socks and walking barefoot until they struck a dog turd.

“The amount of shit that oozed between their toes was a good measure of how much or how little their dog’s food bowl needed filling.

“But I soon developed the idea further and the Stink Stick is the result of a lot of trial and error as well as some R&D that I funded out of my own pocket.

“I certainly didn’t have the budget of a big pet food maker like Nestlé, but I reckon my Stink Stick is better value for money and a lot less hassle to use,” he said.