Smart devices for pets catching on in Singapore

Mr Dean Tan with his eight-year-old corgi named Cube. He started the Smartpaw website in 2016 to sell dehydrated dog treats and later switched to selling electronic pet products like feeders, cameras and paw washers.
Mr Dean Tan with his eight-year-old corgi named Cube. He started the Smartpaw website in 2016 to sell dehydrated dog treats and later switched to selling electronic pet products like feeders, cameras and paw washers.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Businesses tap rising demand from people who use gadgets to feed and play with their pets

Entrepreneur Dean Tan found himself barking up the wrong tree when he tried his first pet-based online venture, but he seems to have hit the mark with his next try.

Tech-savvy Mr Tan, 28, built the Smartpaw website in 2016 to sell dehydrated dog treats, but the home-based business proved time-consuming and messy with lots of food residue to clean up.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2018, with the headline 'Smart devices for pets catching on in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe