Why Have A Dog Camera At Home?
Just like some dogs get anxious when left home alone, many dog owners feel anxiety at work when they can’t check in on their furry friend. Having a dog camera at home can help alleviate some of this anxiety for both dogs and humans.
Some people like having a camera in their home not only to keep an eye on their animals, but also just as another layer of security for emergencies or intruders.
Reviews of products also show that dog owners like using cameras to see when their dog barks, how much, and what triggers them. This can be important information to help keep your pup a little more calm and quiet for the neighbors while you’re away.
There are many options for monitoring your pup at home. Basic models have a camera so you can check in on your dog via an app on your phone.
But models today also have multiple upgraded features to choose from. Many cameras dispense dog treats at a set time or let you do it from your app. There’s also two-way video, audio, aromatherapy, and even the ability to have your dog interact with you by stepping on a button on the floor to play games for treats.
Think about the features that are most important to you (and that you would actually use) when deciding on a model. Of course, the more features on the camera, the more it will cost.
There are also some at-home dog cameras that require a paid subscription to access all the features. The Furbo Dog Camera also requires that you have a screen Alexa device.
All of the cameras require 2.4 GHz WiFi.
Let’s look at the treat dispensing dog camera models first, and then those without the treat option.
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Cameras With Treat Dispensers
Furbo Dog Camera
Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, Full HD Wifi Pet Camera and 2-Way Audio, Designed for Dogs, Compatible with Alexa (As Seen On Ellen)
This is probably the dog camera at home you’ve heard about the most. The Furbo Dog Camera has multiple features including:
- 1080p Full HD Camera & Night Vision: livestream video to monitor your pet on your phone with a 160-degree wide-angle view day and night
- 2-Way audio & barking alert: Furbo’s barking sensor detects when your dog is barking. It sends push notifications to your smartphone when it detects barking. You can know what’s going on at home and talk to calm your dog down via the app. This feature can also help you learn what triggers your dog’s barking while you’re away.
- Treat tossing: toss a treat to your dogs via the free Furbo iOS/Android app. Fill it with your dogs’ favorite treats & play a game of catch.
- Easy 3-Step Setup: 1) plug into a power outlet using its USB cord 2) download the Furbo app 3) connect to your home wifi
- Stable internet connection & Wifi signal are recommended for the best performance.
- A screen Alexa device is also required. Amazon recommends this one if you don’t already have one.
- An optional subscription is required to access all the features. If you don’t subscribe you get barking alerts, treat tossing, and live view. Adding the subscription will get you Cloud recording, Smart Alerts, Doggie Diary (the highlights of your dog’s day in 60 seconds), and home emergency alerts. A 90-day free trial of these features is included with your purchase.
|Furbo Camera WITH Subscription||Basic Camera WITHOUT Subscription|
|1080p Full HD||Yes|
|Photo and Video||Yes|
|Cloud Recording (24-hour event-based)||No|
-Dog Activity Alert
The Smart Alerts let you know about emergencies in real-time. This might include a dog activity alert like barking, jumping on furniture, chewing cords, pacing, or licking; a person alert when a dog walker or intruder enters your home; and a dog selfie alert when your dog is facing the camera.
The company says it has saved over 100 dogs’ lives from fire, gas leaks, and intruders through this alert feature.
And what about the treat tossing? The Furbo camera will hold over 100 pieces of treats (round shaped treats with a diameter of 0.4 inches work best). The company recommends Zuke’s Mini,
You can toss a treat or schedule a treat time before you leave home.
The Furbo Dog Camera has some great features, but they do come at a cost. Besides the camera itself, you also need a screen Alexa device, stable internet service, and WiFi. This isn’t always available in more rural areas.
In addition, to access all the features of the Furbo camera you need to pay a subscription fee. At the time of this post, the fee is about $7/month or $70/year. But for that money, you gain the Smart Alert features, which may bring you peace of mind about your dog’s wellbeing and your home safety.
PetChatz HDX Dog Camera
The PetChatz treat camera advertises itself as “digital daycare” with a “full day of interaction and entertainment for your home alone pet”. In order to play brain/treat games with your dog you need to buy an optional PawCall device for your dog.
What’s different about the PetChatz camera is that it has a two-way video monitor so you and your dog can see each other. It’s made in the USA and doesn’t have any corners or sharp edges for your dog to chew on or that could cause injury. This unit also has the ability to use calming aromatherapy as well as dispensing treats.
A special ringtone tells your dog when you’re calling. You can dispense treats or a whiff of aromatherapy while talking to your dog. You can also record video.
PetChatz has an optional PawCall accessory that lets you schedule interactive brain games for your dog (please see below) to keep them entertained while you’re away.
PetChatz connects to your home’s Wi-Fi, and the free app is iOS, Android, or computer compatible. The PetChatz unit needs to be mounted on the wall over an electrical outlet or on the optional PetChatz stand.
PetWatch notifications will be sent by PetChatz when it detects sound or motion near your unit. 30-second increments are available for you to see in real-time or at your convenience.
The PetChatz camera has a few unique features: a two-way video monitor with audio; made in the USA; the ability to provide calming aromatherapy as well as treats; and the ability to play interactive treat games with your dog (for extra cost).
The cons would be this camera is at a higher price range than most, and there are options to buy.
It’s a good choice if you want to interact as much as possible with your dog during your time away. In order to do that, you also need to purchase the PetChatz PawCall below.
PetChatz PawCall HDX
PetChatz PawCall HDX, Recommended accessory for PetChatz camera to allow interactive gaming with your dog
Adding this accessory to the PetChatz HDX camera allows you to play interactive brain/treat games with your pup. Your dog can also contact you by using the PawCall (although I could see where it would get really annoying if they constantly step on it asking for a treat 🙂 )
This device is also made in the USA with no corners, edges, or cords to chew. It requires Bluetooth connectivity.
AONESY Dog Camera
AONESY Dog Camera, WiFi Smart Pet Camera with Treat Dispenser for Dogs and Cats, Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, App Control(Android/iOS) Treat Tossing, Compatible with Alexa
Special Note: Your home Wi-Fi network needs to be 2.4 GHz frequency in order for the dog camera treat feature to work. 5GHz isn’t supported.
The Aonesy smart WiFi pet camera allows real-time video to watch your dog your phone. It has a 165-degree wide-angle view, and a 3x zoom camera with 1080p.
The camera has a built-in treat dispenser and microphone and speaker for two-way communication. You can control the camera remotely using your smartphone, and toss a treat to your dog with the free IOS/Android app. You can also toss the treat varying distances up to six feet.
This camera is compatible with IOS 7.0 or Android 5.0 and above.
Other features include night vision in low or no light; a family sharing feature on the app so up to five people can log in at the same time; and a personal security feature for phones to only be added through the app to reduce the chance of spying through the camera.
The Aonesy Dog Camera is a nice treat-dispensing model that doesn’t require a separate monthly fee. The features are pretty standard.
If you have the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network required it’s a good choice for a model with camera, audio, and treat dispensing.
Owlet Home Dog Camera
Owlet Home Dog Camera with Treat Dispenser and Tossing, WiFi Connecting, 720HD Camera, Live Video Streaming, Auto Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa
Special Note: Strong Wi-Fi signal is recommended for the best performance. Owlet dog camera only supports 2.4 GHz, not 5.0.
The two main differences with this camera are that it works with Alexa, and you can add a recording of your voice that will speak when a treat is tossed.
It’s compatible with IOS 7.0 or Android 5.0 or above. The camera includes auto night vision, 720HD camera, live streaming video, and two-way audio.
Using the Alexa feature allows you to toss your dog a treat. The unit has a wall hanging hole or suction cup for hard surfaces.
The unit has a removable top for the treats. Treats must be dry and within the range of 0.2 to 0.6 inches.
Another good option if you want a treat dispensing model. It’s nice to have the voice recording that will speak to your dog when a treat is tossed.
Cameras Without Treat Dispensers
GRC PTZ WiFi Camera
GRC PTZ WiFi Camera 1080P Pet Camera
Special Note: Yup, you guessed it by now, right pet parents?! The camera requires 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, not 5 G.
This camera is a wireless security camera used for kids and fur kids. It has two-way audio and night vision. You’ll receive a six-second push notification for human movements detected. For an extra Cloud storage fee, you can also receive abnormal sound notifications (such as barking or baby crying).
The unit has 360 degree panoramic 3D navigation. The camera supports 24 hours, 7-day recording when an SD card is inserted (a card is NOT included with the camera).
The App is compatible with iOS/Android smartphones.
The GRC PTZ WiFi Camera got really good reviews on Amazon. Since it doesn’t have the treat feature, it’s 50-75% less expensive than a camera with the treating feature. If you’re just looking for a camera with two-way audio, it’s a good deal.
Littlelf Home Security Camera
Special Note: Once again, you need 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, not 5.0
This is another basic home monitor for pets, security, or kids. Some of the main features include:
- 1080p with pan, tilt, and 4x zoom features
- Works with Amazon Alexa
- Two-way Audio
- Motion detection with alert notifications; has auto movement tracking function to track movement until it stops
- 30 day free trial of Cloud storage; if you purchase Cloud storage you can store up to 128GB on an SD card (not included)
- The app supports an unlimited number of users who can view simultaneously
Another fairly basic camera with good Amazon reviews, cheaper by far than treat-dispensing models.
Having a dog camera at home is a good way to keep an eye on your pup while your away, and even to provide them with some treats and entertainment.
Having a camera in your house can also give you some piece of mind that you’ll know if there’s an emergency or an intruder. And less anxiety for both of you is a great thing!
Do you use a dog camera at home? We’d love to hear about how your dog likes it!
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