Installing a Treat-Dispensing Dog Camera
Installing these dog cameras requires a little more thought than you probably think. It’s not the process of setting it up that is difficult. The hard part is determining the best spot to place the camera.
In our experience, installing the camera near your dog’s bed is ideal. If your dog doesn’t have a bed and just sleeps wherever, you have more issues. In that case, we recommend installing the camera in your main room or near the food dish.
For the most part, it isn’t very important where you install a treat-dispensing camera since you can call your dog over for a treat. Though we still recommend installing it in a location that doesn’t always require you to call your dog.
One final tip, make sure you install the camera high up if it’s a wall-mounted camera. Dogs sometimes like to jump up and they can knock down the camera. Some dogs like to lick the lens for some reason, which is very annoying because you can’t see anything until you clean the lens. Dog slobber can also damage the camera.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my dog see me on the digital display?- Yes. Dogs can certainly see you on the display. Though a bigger and brighter display makes it easier for the dog to see you.
How loud are the speakers?- They are about as loud as placing your phone on speakerphone. Your dog will most likely hear you unless you have a massive home.
Can my dog hear me?- Yes. Your dog will recognize your voice over the speaker.
What types of treats can I use?- Most of the dispensers allow you to use any treat that fits. We recommend dry and hard treats as they are less likely to jam the dispenser.
Can the dispenser automatically dispense treats?- Yes. All the pet dispensers can be set to automatically dispense treats.
Can I install this outside?- You could. However, they aren’t waterproof nor are they weatherproof. It voids the warranty on many of the dispensers as well. We don’t recommend installing any of the dispensers listed outside.
Will my dog get scared?- It depends. Your dog will mostly be confused since they can hear your voice without seeing you. Some dogs will even run around the house looking for you. Most dogs get used to it fairly quick — especially since treats come out of the camera.
Will the dispenser throw the treats at the dog?- Some dispensers throw treats at the dogs. Others simply drop the treat underneath the dispenser.
How will my dog find the treat?- You can call them over and then dispense the treat. Your dog should see the treat fall. They will eventually learn that the treat-dispenser drops treats.
How many treats do the dispensers hold?- This depends on the dispenser. They hold enough to last a few days to a few weeks depending on how often you give your dog treats.
All in all, our favorite camera is the Furbo. It’s a good priced camera that has all the features that you need — camera, dispenser, bark detector. If you have a bigger budget, then you can purchase an even higher quality camera such as the Petchatz. It has a digital display so your dog can see your face. Finally, if you absolutely need desktop access to the camera your best option is the Petchatz. It’s not that much more expensive than the Furbo, but it does have desktop compatibility.