Tools & technology

You’ll need to invest in a tool that allows you to monitor your dog remotely, if you don’t already have one, but don’t worry! You don’t need to be an I.T. professional to figure out what is on the market these days, or how to use your current tools. There are so many cameras and hacks that you can choose the one that suits you! 

Your own computer

If your computer is webcam-enabled, you’re all set! Programs like Zoom and Skype are free and allow you to monitor your dog from your smartphone. 

An old smartphone / tablet

If you have an old smartphone or tablet, those can be connected to wi-fi and set up to monitor using free (or low cost) apps like Presence , Manything , Smartfrog , iCam , to name a few. Some are free and some have paid versions. 

A stand-alone camera

My personal favourite is Nest Cam  as I find it to be the most reliable and inexpensive, but also plug-and-play (very easy to set up). There are also options like Foscam on the market and while they have amazing features like pan and tilt, they can be challenging to set up. Another option is the fun and exciting Furbo  – while we’re not going to recommend using the treat function just yet, it has a great camera and is easy to set up. 

Struggling with tech? 

Go easy if you can so that you don’t have “one more obstacle” on your path to success. Otherwise, hire the local techy-person or speak to your local BestBuy about their services to help people set up their tech equipment.

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