Setting up technology

Not everyone is a techie and not to worry! You don’t have to be. Most of the time, all you really need is a webcam-enabled device OR a stand-alone camera, plus a smartphone that allows you to access the video feed. Sounds simple. 

Whether you are using a stand-alone camera (like Nest for example), or another mobile device, you will need to do a little trial and error to find the sweet spot where you have the best view. 

Step 1: Power is key – make sure that your device has power and the energy settings are adjusted so that it does not turn off after X number of minutes or hours. 

Step 2: Angle – finding the right angle takes a little work, but test out a few different spots. Ideally you can see your dog’s whole body that also allows you to see their face and expression. If your dog leaves the room where you have your “eyes” set up, you may need a secondary camera in the area where they tend to go. 

Step 3: Sound – this is a biggie! You’ll want to test the sound out from both sides. You want to be able to hear any sounds your dog may be making when you check in on them, but you certainly don’t want them hearing you! Be sure to mute yourself, but not them. 

Step 4: Are you certain your dog isn’t going to knock the device over, chew the cord, or otherwise block access? There are some great tools out there that allow you to adjust the angle of a smartphone or tablet. If you search for “rotating ipad stand” (or whichever tool you have) you will find plenty that allow you to place it out of reach and aim it downward. 

Click “​NEXT LESSON” to see some examples of angles used when assessing a dog for home alone issues. 

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