Furbo Dog Camera
Thoughtfully designed, cleverly implemented, and effective in action, the Furbo Dog Camera presents a fine combination of functionality and bonus features.
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Designed just for dogs, the Furbo Dog Camera can provide you with an unprecedented level of remote interaction. This camera includes a variety of features, such as 1080p full HD video streaming, two-way audio, night vision, and a treat-tossing function that can be programmed by Alexa to dispense treats at regular intervals. It also has a smart-alert system, which the company even claims has “saved over 100 dogs’ lives from fires, gas leaks and intruders.” Other movement-triggered alerts might help alert you when your pup is making mischief, like jumping on the couch or chewing up the pillow.
- Less connectivity issues than other models
- No-fuss installation
- Premium features require paid subscription
- App is slow to load
Wyze Cam 1080p
Ideal for the frugal-minded consumer, this minimalist option does most of what you'd hope for at a fraction of the cost of other models.
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If your sole intention in buying a dog camera is to have a reliable visual of Fido throughout the day, there’s no need to splurge when Wyze Labs’ 1080p cam will suffice. Aside from watching the live stream via the proprietary app, you can also set this one to record continuously to a MicroSD card, or allow it to send you push notifications when it detects motion. You can grant video-viewing privileges to your partner or family members, too.
Many dogs tend to have a favorite room where they retreat to pass the hours while their owners are out, but others are more restless. If yours sounds like the latter, and you want don’t want to lose track of her whereabouts as she jaunts from room to room, you have the option of buying multiple cameras and setting them up throughout the house. Thanks to the Wyze Cam’s affordability, this is a realistic option.
- Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Night-vision capability
- Two-way audio
- Installs easily without any screws
- Motion sensor is very sensitive
- Known to suffer from connectivity issues
Blink Home Security
Aside from being an excellent dog camera, the Blink Home Security Cam can double as an in-home security device.
Best Multi-Purpose Camera
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This tiny, battery-powered camera offers high-quality video and the added benefit of having in-home security. Over time, it has developed a reputation for being a capable camera offered at a fair price. Even though it isn’t primarily designed to monitor canines, it has become quite popular among dog owners.
While it’s one of our favorites, it is not without its flaws. An example is its “night vision” mode, which activates a bright LED light that illuminates the field of view to capture video. While this might be helpful outdoors, when it is used indoors, it creates glares and reflections from various home objects, which in turn distorts the video footage.
- Totally wireless
- Free unlimited cloud storage
- Included batteries last up to 2 years
- Lacks audio capabilities
- App is not as advanced as others
WOpet Smart Pet Camera
Yes, it may be over the top, but for folks who want to keep a close eye on their dogs, this be perfect.
Best for Close Monitoring
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Not only is the WOpet Smart Pet a high quality Full HD Camera with Night Vision, it’s also a treat dispensing delight for your dog. The two-way audio allows you to talk and listen to your pet. Reward Fido with treats when he’s lonely, or simply turn on the audio to hear as well as see your pet when you miss them. If that wasn’t enough, this featured-packed option isn’t only for your pet: It accepts voice commands to scare off potential intruders, and can be used to communicate with family or house guests while you’re away. The camera is compatible with most iOS and Android devices.
While we realize that a product of this caliber is unnecessary for many folks, those with dogs that suffer from separation anxiety may want to consider this one. And in case you’re wondering: the installation is pretty simple.
- Treat-tossing feature
- Two-way audio
- Not all features necessary
Frequently Asked Questions
Where should I place my dog camera?
If possible, you should put the camera in an elevated corner of the room in which you’ll be installing it. Placing it on a high shelf is a good option. If you have the option to mount it to the wall, that’s even better. By situating it in an elevated corner, you’ll maximize the camera’s field of view.
As for determining which room the camera should go in, that comes down to trial and error. If you already know that your dog likes to sit on the window-side couch and gaze out into the distance while he waits for your return, then it won’t be hard to figure out which room to put it in. However, if you don’t know what he gets up to in his alone time, you’ll have to use the process of elimination by placing it in various rooms until you find out where his favorite spots are.
Will speaking to my dogs through these devices confuse them?
Sure, it’s possible. You’ll definitely have to consider whether or not the ability to remotely communicate with your dog is something you actually want. Your furry friends may very well find themselves perplexed by your spectral voice, and it may be more anxiety-inducing than comforting. However, usually they’ll recognize the tone of your voice, and even if they can’t see you, they’ll probably find this soothing.
Is it okay to leave my dogs alone for longer if I can monitor them remotely?
We believe a pet should be treated with the same love you’d extend to a family member — after all, pets are family. Ultimately, only you know how well your pet handles being left alone. Some breeds are more independent and require less human companionship than others. But at the end of the day, your dog still misses you. As a wise man once said, “More than machinery, we need humanity.” Don’t let technology make you okay with devoting less time to your lonely pooch.