Last updated: September 16, 2019

Best Dog Cameras 2019

Our Top Pick

Furbo Dog Camera

Why you should buy

The best dog camera of 2019 in our opinion is the Furbo dog camera. It has the best features, reviews and comes in at a reasonable price for all. It can be purchased direct or via Amazon.

Jug Dog Rating

5/5

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The safety of your pooch is paramount whether you’ve got a pup or an adult or whether you have a highly intelligent breed or otherwise. When you’re out and about on a walk you can keep an eye on him or her or them with your own eyes or even with a tracker, but how do you know they’re ok when you’re not there? It can be difficult leaving your dog alone at home not knowing what they’re up to and if they’re OK. Thankfully, with the use of modern technology, it’s possible to keep an eye on your dog remotely or to review their goings-on during the day. Not only that, it can also be used as evidence if you (god forbid) got robbed. Yes, they are dog cameras!

What's in these reviews?

1. Furbo Dog Camera

Rating
5/5

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Product Details

The Furbo Dog Camera is the best of the bunch and gets the full marks of approval from the staff here at Jug Dog. It looks great and can fit easily into most household decor, has an excellent treat dispenser to give your dog a well done snack from time to time. Has full HD video recording, two way audio and a bark alert if your dog has been disrupted for some reason. Paired with the treat dispensers you can settle them down quickly and reward them from stopping. Don’t believe me? Check out this video

The Furbo dog camera is so good in so many ways and with a 30 day money back guarantee, free delivery and a 2 year warranty it’s difficult to find reasons not to consider it if you’re in the market for a dog camera in the United Kingdom. To recap, the Furbo dog camera;

  • Rapid to install, just download the app, connect the camera to WiFi and you’re off
  • Dispenses treats at the push of a button
  • Has a 2 way microphone and a bark alert
  • Camera works in day and night time
  • Excellent product for the money
  • SEE — 1080p Full HD Camera & Night Vision: With Full HD, 160º wide-angle, 4x zoom and night vision, you will be able to see your dog clearly day and night.
  • TALK — 2-Way Chat & Barking Alert: Furbo will notify you when it senses your dog barking. Know what’s going on at home and talk to calm your dog down.
  • PLAY — Fun Treat Tossing: Play remotely by tossing treats to your dogs via the free Furbo iOS/Android app. Fill Furbo with over 100 pieces of your dogs’ favourite treats & play a game of catch. Recommended treat size: 1cm.
  • SHARE — Take photos or record videos with the Furbo app. Share the precious moments with friends and family.
  • STABLE & FLEXIBLE — Place Furbo anywhere and change places whenever you like. The slight downward angle of the camera lets you see everything even if Furbo is placed high on a shelf and out of your dog’s reach.
Item Weight948 g
Product Dimensions15 x 12 x 22.5 cm
Item model number001-01WHTOA-1
Material CompositionPlástico
Quantity1
Compatible DevicesiOS & Android Smart phones, iOS & Android Tablets, Apple Watch
Special FeaturesInfrared LED night vision, 720p HD Camera, 120° (diagonal) wide-angle lens
Batteries RequiredNo
Batteries IncludedNo

Reviews From The Web

Love this! Great for keeping an eye on barky! Most recent update seems to have sorted the issues we were having with the 2 way mic. Picture is fabulous, causing no end of delight with everyone who snatches your phone to feed the dog!
There are a few treat delivery products on the market, but the sleek Furbo seems to have gotten it almost completely correct. We’re looking forward to them tweaking their system so it doesn’t accidentally trigger false alerts.

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2. Victure WiFi Camera

Rating
5/5

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Product Details

The Victure 1080p monitor is a peach of a product with over 2,000 reviews on Amazon with an average score of 4.⅖ It isn’t a dog monitor by trade and it doesn’t have any dog specific features such as a treat dispenser but if all you want to do is keep an eye on the pooch on a budget then why would you look at anything else.

The Victure camera has a true 1080p picture which is crisp and crystal clear as well as the fact that the feed is encrypted and can not be hijacked. It uses 2.4ghz WiFi connection which is stable and doesn’t rely on your home WiFi, similar to most baby monitors. Night vision, and motion detection is included so it’s ideal if you are away during the darker hours of the day – handy in winter etc when there are darker hours.

Video is saved on an SD card which can be accessed later if you ever need to but of course there is also a live feed via an app which is the feature most people want. It’s available for iOs and Android. You’ll also get notifications so you don’t need to recheck the feed constantly.

A key feature of the Victure is the 355-degree tilt and 100-degree pan which allows an almost complete view of wherever it’s placed which is great for larger houses and open-plan homes. Static cameras really look pathetic when placed next to this, I can tell you. 

2-way audio is also included which I feel is a give or take feature. Sometimes it’s the audio that can actually disrupt your dog and create anxiety because they think you’re there and then get disappointed when you aren’t which can lead to them not being able to relax again. 

Lastly, why should you buy this dog camera? Well, if all your after is video then you simply can’t get a better product whilst spending £30 max. This is the reason why thousands of people rave about it and you will to! Highly recommended! 

  • [VIDEO ENCRYPTION TECHNOLOGY ] The unique encryption technology is adopted by this IP camera to save videos on micro SD card.Nobody can copy the SD card’s video file through the card reader even when your camera or SD card is stolen.Video files in SD card can only be accessed by yourself in your own account.
  • [STABLE WIFI CONNECTION ] Easy and Quick installation and stable 2.4GHz WIFI connection for Victure IP Camera,just follow steps in the manual with “IPC360” app .Adapt to iOS & Android,You can not only set several preset positions in each camera,but also add several cameras in different terminals
  • [1080P NIGHT VISION & MOTION DETECTION] 10 pcs 850nm IR LEDs technology extend the viewing distance up to 30 feet in pitch dark to offer you a super night vision experience. Victure IP Camera can monitor movements then send notification to your mobile phone to prevent your home from invasion
  • [RAPID POSITIONING & PANORAMIC VIEWING] Victure IP Camera has 100°wide-angle lens with 355°horizontal & 100°vertically rotation range to achieve 360°panoramic viewing, no any blind zone, you just need click to see wherever you want in the panoramic screen
  • [2 WAY AUDIO ANTI NOISE] Victure IP Camera built-in 38dB microphone & speaker and anti noise technology, the fluent sound allows you to comfort your loved one. You can communicate with each other clearly whenever you want

Size: 93*114.5 mm

Application: iOS & Android

TF card(NOT INCLUDE): 8-64G/C10

Resolution: 2 million pixels, 1920×1080(1080P)

Infrared light: 850nm 10PCS, range up to 30 feet

WiFi LAN Frequency: 2.4GHz, WPA2 encryption, IEEE802.11b/g/n

Functions: anti-noise, 2-way audio, night vision, motion detection

Reviews From The Web

I bought it for my daughter to monitor a quite traumatised rescue dog she’s recently acquired, both during the night and during the day sometimes too. We had no problems setting it up and linking it to an app. Once set up it was really easy to access the camera. Picture quality is good and night vision is clear and very useful.

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3. PETKIT MATE Pet Camera

Rating
4/5

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Product Details

This is a real smart choice for those who want a premium dog camera without the treat dispensing or feeder features and a camera that will fit in with existing house decor. This is a real flash piece of kit. What separates this from the competition is its ability to rotate so you can really see everything if its positioned well. The PETKIT camera also has dual way microphone so you can communicate with your buddy and have high quality HD video recording to keep an eye on them. As an added bonus it has day and night mode to keep you connected no matter the hour. Lacks external storage though.

  • multifunctional remote pet monitor: two way chat, hear and comfort your dogs just like you are right there with them. pet kit has built-in microphone and speakers.
  • HD Camera & Night Vision: Discover your pet’s secret life when you’re not at home. With 720p HD video streaming, a 120° wide-angle view
  • 340° Rotatable pan and night vision, lets you see your entire room, day or night.
  • Easy & Safe: Day mode and night mode automatically converted, Easy to use!
  • Record & Share: PETKIT MATE allow you to share all special moments of your dogs or cates by videos or photos to your family and friends
Pet TypeDogs, Cats
Item Weight508 g
Product Dimensions9.2 x 9.2 x 19.5 cm
Item model numberSPCGY
Pet Life StageAll
ColourROSE GOLD
Size7.66 Inches(Height)*3.62 Inches(Diameter)
Volume1 ml
Number of Items1
Quantity1
Special FeaturesEasy to use, Lightweight
Batteries RequiredNo
Batteries IncludedNo

Reviews From The Web

This little gadget is so cool, you can watch your pets from anywhere, I got one as I was going on holiday for a week and I could check in on them, I was 1000s miles away and I could play lazor pen with them just by moving my finger across the screen with no delays at all! You can speak to your pets and can hear them, also sends your alerts if a pet or human is in the room as well as detects sounds, I rate this product 10/10 Petcube team are also so helpful if you have any questions on anything!

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3. Petcube

Rating
5/5

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Product Details

This fancy looking today is different as its got a laser which can distract and stimulate the pet, however for a dog I’m unsure how many would be able to play with the laser without destroying everything. As you can see it’s also a good looking device which won’t be an eyesore and you won’t feel the need to put it away when not in use. Other than that, it has a HD camera with a 3x zoom, 138 degree viewport and two way audio for communication. This could be a hit or a miss with your pet if you’re willing to stump up the cash for it.

  • WATCH: 720 HD video with a 138 degree wide-angle view, night vision, and 3x digital zoom.
  • TALK & HEAR: get your furry friend off the couch and hear what’s going on with two-way audio.
  • PLAY FROM AFAR: built-in human and pet safe laser toy controlled from your phone, or set to autoplay mode to regularly play and exercise your pet.
  • CAPTURE MOMENTS: take and share photos and videos instantly from your phone
  • Requires free Petcube Mobile App. (iOS and Android compatible) Switching power adapter 110-240V with UK 3-pin type plug included, output current 5V / 2A.
Item Weight590 g
Product Dimensions10.2 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm
Item model numberPetcube Wireless Camera_EU
Coloursilver, black
Quantity1
Batteries RequiredNo
Batteries IncludedNo

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5. Innosinpo IP Camera

Rating
4.7/5

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Product Details

Well, first of all you’ll notice the camera is shaped like a dog which is a bit of a novelty for the owner as the dog won’t care. Second, is that the IP Camera has premium level features at entry level price (it’s usually on offer). Full HD viewing for a crisp and clean pi, wide angle camera so you can se the whole picture as well as motion detection which makes it double up as a security camera and SD card video storage make this a very good choice if you’re on a budget but want something more than “just” a camera. Doesn’t have dog specific features though unless you count the fact it looks like a dog. Partial night vision lets it down a bit slightly.

  • ✅Full HD Video: It will present you a face to face visual effect with 4 times digital zoom, HD 720P, and noise-reduction technology. Built-in powerful IR-LEDs for night vision up to 10-15m, you can see clear in night.
  • ✅Wide Viewing Angle: With remote pan/tilt, 355° horizontal and 120° vertical rotation range makes you see all corner clearly. Remote access, no matter how far you are, you can view the wireless security camera via phone/ipad/PC. Support different smart devices access at the same time.
  • ✅Two Way Audio &Motion Detect Alert: With built-in mic and speaker, remotely talk and listen. Talk to your family members, tell your dogs, warn the thief etc. 24-hour guard. Support real-time push notifications. Support micro sd card recording and playback, never miss any important minutes.
  • ✅Stable Connection to 2.4G WI-FI:This IP cam only supports 2.4G WiFi, can’t supports 5G WiFi. Most routers has 2 different frequencies. 2.4GHz (which is better for covering more distance) and 5.0GHz (which is typically better speed). You can simply login to your 2.4GHz network to finish connecting. If you can’t connect the camera, please press reset button 10 seconds to Reset it and reconnect.
  • ✅Service: Free return & exchange service within 90 days and free technical assistance. Any concerns, please feel free to contact us via email, we will try our best to help you.

Specifications:
Display resolution:1280*720P 
Pan & tilt:Level:355 degree & vertical:120 degree
Video storage:Micro SD card (Up to 128 GB, Micro SD card not included)
Night vision:IR-CUT filter with auto switch
Wireless Network:2.4GHz WiFi(IEEE802.11b/g/n),Not support 5 GHz
Digital zoom:4X
Min. illumination:0.1Lux (IR LED On) /F 1.2 

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Reviews From The Web

This baby monitor is really nice. Its set-up is particularly easy and straight forward. It literally took me 5 minutes to connect to the camera with the App via wifi. The connection is quick and stable with very good quality of image. It is also working perfectly in the night without any light. Strongly recommend it.

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6. Pet Fun Automatic Feeder and Camera

Rating
3/5

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Product Details

The Pet Fun feeder is a serious contender for the title of best feature dog camera if only you could make some sense out of the description the company has given on the various shopping destinations. Anyway, we’ve managed to get our hands one of these bad boys thanks to Pet Fun and we’ve been able to make up our own mind and description to help you guys make an informed decision.

First of all, this feeder looks modern and snazzy and would contribute to an interior decor for any home – this is a huge plus point to us in JugDog and we believe any decent dog camera should look good.

For features, it has an easy to use app for iOS and Android that allows you to see your pooch in real time with a crystal clear picture (720p to be price) at a wide 130 degree angle. It’s not 360 which does let it down a bit but not too many are 360 and they are tricky to install. With the app you can take images, record video for storage and it allows for two way audio. Lastly, possibly a bit gimmicky but nevertheless a feature you might like is custom music for when it’s time to feed them automatically. This could be great to associate music with feeding time if they’re not in the view of the camera.

The feeder part can allow for up to 4 set meals which seems a bit overkill considering you shouldn’t be away for your dogs for more than 6 hours and 4 set meals in 6 hours is way too much for them to eat. However, 4 small meals could be good but doesn’t let your dog settle much as they should really be sleeping for most of those 6 hours. This feature struck us as something a non dog owner would want. Still, you don’t have to use it.

  • APP a key set WIFI;Custom music remote feeding,Real-time remote viewing pet food, photographs, video, social,Supports two-way voice sharing.H.264 high quality image clearer and more provincial traffic. 720P (1280 * 720)resolution,130 degree super wide-angle lens.Easy to implement on an app and always stay with your pet
  • P2P;P2P service built-in Plug and Play.Video monitoring,Supports iPhone, Android phones and other smart phones and flat-panel monitor, support remote playback, without having to download.Supports automatic feeding video, pictures and videos can be stored in the phone or TF card, support up to 32G external TF card
  • Automatic Smart Feeding Function;automatic feeding up to 4 set meals, set up to 15 copies of each meal, you can choose broadcast file.For manual Feeding,setting a maximum 15 parts,Ensure that your pet is normal and safe to eat and concentrate on your work
  • High quality product structure;The pet feeder made of 100% imported high quality ABS,4.5L capacity,food buckets and a removable trough for easy cleaning. Food diameter of 3-15, a minimum food about 10G, about 0.1cups suitable for dry and oily food.High-quality motor, the working life of 2000 hours.Improve product use efficiency while meeting demand
  • Always be with your pet;This product helps to communicate the time between the owner and the pet, and it can also be used as a gift to give pets to make you more and more intimate.

Material: 100% imported high quality ABS

Capacity: 4.5L (0.8~1.5cm dry food) Set up to 10 meals

Resolution: 720P (1280 * 720), VGA (640 * 480), QVGA (320 * 240)

Viewing Angle: 130-degree

Operational system: Android/IOS

Package size: 26.5*28.5*44cm

Gross weight: 2.8kg

Certificate: CE

No manuals available.

Reviews From The Web

Sleek design, easy to clean – used for long weekends away when the old battery ‘manual feeder’ could only provide food for two days. Camera has a super wide view so that I can see his fuzzy face chomping away and that way I know that the food has been dispensed. App is super easy to use and set up was a doddle after following the instructions. I’ve never had problems and even if you are out of signal area the dispenser will still deliver the food per the instructions you have programmed via the app.

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7. Clever Dog Smart Camera

Rating
4/5

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Product Details

The clever dog smart camera is an excellent entry level dog monitoring camera that has many of the ideal features listed here. It’s not the best looking thing on the internet and you may want to hide it when not in use but for what you need it to do it is great. The picture is clear and you can connect via Android or iOs app. The drawbacks? the movement sensor will drive you crazy as it can pick up on changes in light and you may want to turn that feature off.

  • Remote Communication:Full-duplex Speech Two way ,Apple store and Android .Only need internet for viewing even viewing with 3G/4G network on phone/Tablet.
  • Lens: Color lens, Wide angle ;Video Compression: H.264;Resolution:720*[email protected]
  • Voice:built-in microphone and speaker;Storage:Support Micro SD card, up to 32GB (not included),it can store 7 days video with 32GB
  • P2P technology and Splendid Capture–Safety and prevent leakage; one key to touch and enjoy WLAN : Support IEEE802. 11b,802.11g wireless protocol
  • Package included: 1 x WIFI Camera, 1 x Bracket, 1 x USB Cable, 1 x User Manual

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Reviews From The Web

Absolutely brilliant!! I ordered this as a baby monitor absolute made up with it, so easy to set up.. sends me notifications to my phone if my baby cries. I will be ordering some more of these for round the house! Would definitely recommend!
For the price, this handy little cam stands up to the market, we like how it is small, lightweight, can be wall mounted, and is packed with the same featured that most of these pet cameras are displaying. Definitily a good value option and we think the wide angle viewing lens makes it ideal for those who want that extra security in the home too.

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8. Maudpower Dog Monitor Security Webcam

Rating
3/5

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Product Details

The Maudpower Dog monitor security webcam is actually designed for babies but can be repurposed for your dog. It has the very standard of features as a web cam and pretty much no features specifically for your dog. As an entry level camera though that is to be expected. Highlight is the ease of installation even for ‘olds’ as the Amazon description will tell you and the high definition camera and two way microphone. It is quite a subtle webcam as well which means it won’t disrupt your home decor.

  • ♛【 ALARM LINKAGE 】: Built-in 105DB siren, motion sensor and Alarm Host CPU, Working With Wireless 433HZ Alarm Sensors, Like Door/Window Contactor, Smoke Detector, Gas Leak Sensor, etc. (Kindly notice here:This wifi camera supports this features but the packaging is not included this accessories.)
  • ♛【 QUICK WIRED/WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION 】: http://www.sricam.com/videos.html, about installation, you can refer this website. Scans QR Code on the user manual, then on the popup page choose your suitable app: Camhi or PC client for easy setup. Other feature like Motion Detection, Email Alert, Screenshot etc. Also one camera can simultaneously send push notification message to 3 different phone so no any worries about message delay.
  • ♛【 CONNECTIONS FOR YOUR SMART LIFE 】: Remote Control via Smart Phone, rotation Horizontal angle 355°; Vertical angle 90°. Records video clips when there any motion events detected. You can also remotely view live video from Smart Phones, iPad,and PC. Protect your property – day/night surveillance with IR.
  • ♛【 PROFESSIONAL HOME SECURITY SOLUTION 】: It offers exceptional video quality and audio, whether at home or in the office. you can keep a watchful eye on your home or business at anytime and from anywhere.Full HD 1280 x 720 High Definition WIFI Camera. Works Anywhere Within Your WIFI Coverage.
  • ♛【 WHAT YOU GET 】: 720P WiFi Video Monitoring Security Wireless IP Camera with Pan/Tilt, Two-Way Audio, Plug & Play Setup, Optional Cloud Recording, Full HD 720 – White Video. You have the direct connection with the wifi camera, the ip camera’s video wont be saved on any servers or forwarded by manufacturer. Every purchase product includes 18-Month Warranty & Friendly Customer Service, welcome to Maudpower famliy.

Model: SP017
  ✪ Plug type: UK
  ✪ Colour: Black and white
  ✪ Angle of View: 75°
  ✪ DC Power: DC5V, 2A
  ✪ Min.Illumination: / F1.2
  ✪ Coding Standards: G.711A
  ✪ Display Resolution: 1280*720 (1.0 Megapixel)
  ✪ Operating System: Embedded Linux OS.
  ✪ Lens Type: Metal glass lens
  ✪ Lens Parameter : Focal length: 3.6 mm. Aperture: 2.4
  ✪ Wireless: IEEE 820.11 b/g/n, Security supports WEP, WPA & WPA2 Encryption.
  ✪ Item size: 127x102x137mm (LxWxH)
  ✪ Package size:183x147x109mm(LxWxH)
  ✪ Net weight: 455g
  ✪ Package weight: 568g

Reviews From The Web

Much cheaper than a video baby monitor and you can install the app on phone, tablet etc.and watch even away from home. Only sometimes the picture freezes and also after turning on the camera first turns upwards then comes back to position which makes a slight noise so not ideal when I’m putting it on to watch a baby that has just fallen asleep (the noise is subtle and doesnt wake up my lo).

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9. Weesee WiFi Mini IP CCTV Camera

Rating
2/5

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Product Details

Again, the Weesee Wifi CCTV camera is not a built-for-purpose dog camera as is more likely when you are looking at entry level stuff. Has no dog specific features but what it does have is a crisp feed and an incredibly low price! Adjust the angle however you want and with a 360 view you can see everything, along as it’s positioned right which may mean some unwanted DIY is needed.

  • This product is HD Wireless Wifi VR IP Camera with 360° full view and 3 megapixel, makes new vision and more wide world. It has the function of electronic PTZ, allows you to adjust the monitoring pictures freely and choose the angle you want through the phone APP. Suitable for office, home, factory and some other places.
  • 360 degree 1.19mm lens panoramic IP camera would make wider surveillance without blind spots.
  • Standing full HD 1536 * 1536 high display resolution, electronic zoom function makes the details clear.
  • Share camera videos to your friends or family on smartphones, PC, tablet and more.
  • Service:Weesee Products are backed by a full, no questions, 12 months WARRANTY. We stand 100% behind our products and if you have an issue we will always help you out. Please contact us via amazon email if you meet any problem, we are waiting for you all the time!

● Mega pixel: 1.3MP
● Resolution: 1536 * 1536
● PTZ electronic PTZ horizontal: 0°-360°
● Sensor: 1/3″ CMOS Sensor
● Video compression: H.264
● Video frame: 25fbs

Reviews From The Web

There is no doubt that the Weeview SID 3D Camera has its downfalls, but it is a whole lot of fun to use. And this is really just the start of this technology in the consumer market. Action cameras and 360° cameras weren’t amazing for their first couple of generations, either. But as more people start to discover and use them and the manufacturers find out what’s really important to users, they improve.

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10. Automatic Smart Pet Feeder Camera

Rating
3/5

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Product Details

The Automatic Smart Pet Feeder from VGSION is a whopper. With this you can feed you pet at any time and from anywhere or set a timer to do it. This is way more than just the camera hence the premium tag. With a 130 degree camera, dual audio channel and massive amounts of remote storage available this has everything you need to solve your smart pet camera needs. Does require mains power as many do but that’s not a surprise as all these features simply can’t be done on batteries, an added bonus is social media connection to share your moments – although god knows why you’d want to really. Night vision is not in this model which does let it down though.

  • This feeder support 2.4G wifi connection. You can use Android and IOS smartphone APP to feed your pet remotely.And also it is built in camera. You can surveillance your pet remotely
  • APP supports talking to your pet, recording videos and share vidoes to facebook, twitter and other platform.
  • The feeder is made of food-grade ABS material.It supports dry food and water feeding.
  • Working with 5V,2A DC power adapter or 3 pcs batteries. When DC power is off, battery will offer power.
  • One day can feed max 20 meals and max 20 portions. Each portion size is 15g±2g; It spports auto feeding and remote feeding.
Item Weight3.5 Kg
Package Dimensions43 x 25.5 x 25.5 cm
Quantity1
Batteries RequiredNo
Batteries IncludedNo
Voltage5 volts

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Dog Camera Buyer's Guide

Welcome to the JugDog dog camera buyer’s guide. One of our many famous dog product guides which help thousands of dog owners every day find the best gear to make dog ownership easier and more fun. This page is the best resource online to help UK dog owners find the best pet monitor for their home to watch after their loved ones. Along with our shortlist of the best models out there we’ve also included this mammoth guide to help decide which has the right performance for your needs at a price that’s affordable to you.

What is a dog camera?

Dog Camera

You may think that a dog camera is just a normal CCTV camera but with the word ‘dog’ attached. Well, technically you could get one of these but real dog cameras available in the UK can be interactive and are specifically designed for the use of keeping an eye on your dog. Generally a dog camera has a microphone (both ways), can dispense treats and some can have night vision for when you’re out during the night or they’re in a dark room. A common feature of canine specific cameras is an app for the owner to check in with their furry friends.

Do I need a dog camera?

The short answer is no, you don’t need a dog camera at all. A pooch monitor is merely a tool to make owners aware of how they’re dog is doing alone and to be able to interact with them if they have one that has that feature. An added bonus for a dog camera is it can also put your mind at rest about your home in general regardless of how your dog’s doing. All in all, a dog camera can be very handy for those who are in the middle of training their dog to be alone.

A dog camera also provides a layer of general security around the house as it’s not just the dog you can keep an eye on but your house/possessions too. A dog camera, by extension, an also keep an eye on your cat and other pets if you have one.

Dog cameras are great and you may need one if you feel anxious about leaving them alone all day or even all night. Even with a dog camera you till shouldn’t leave them alone for too long so please remember that. They are social animals and speaking down the phone and tossing them a treat (if you have a dispenser) is no substitute for proper socialising.

Reasons why you may need a dog camera

There are a lot of products out there for dogs and the vast majority of them outside of dog food, bedding and leads/harnesses are ‘nice to haves’ and are definitely not a requirement of dog ownership. A sticking point for many is the technological products you can get with many dog owners, rightfully, saying that humans have had pets for centuries without technological intervention and they’ve done just fine. Dog cameras and pet monitors are just another example of that kind of product.

However, that is not to say that modern advancements won’t make a difference. For a time, no one thought they needed the car to get around until they were invented and it is often the case with pet products as well.

With that in mind, here are some examples of when a dog camera could be beneficial to your experience as a dog owner and you can make your mind up whether it will make the experience easier and better.

  • 1
    Keep an eye on the dog
    Do you ever wish you could just check in on your dog while you’re away at work just make sure there are no problems and they’re settled? A dog camera allows you to do just that. There are a few reasons why you’d want to do that, maybe you just want to make sure they are not being destructive or naughty (you can try and put an end to it with a camera with 2-way audio) or just out of curiosity. Whatever the reason, a dog camera allows eyes in a place that you couldn’t in the past which can be valuable for those with dogs that may have separation anxiety or are prone to being destructive. Once you know what their behaviour is like when you’re not there you can start to improve it with some training. However, please bear in mind that a dog camera can increase the anxiety levels of nervous owners. Because if your dog is distressed and there’s nothing you can do about it then you’re going to have a bad day over an incident that was going to happen anyway. It can also be quite addictive and distracting to get notifications and to check the feed, especially if you do it at work.
  • 2
    Have tradesmen over and your dog is home
    If you’ve got tradesmen over and want to make sure your dog’s OK then a pet monitor can help you do that. Some dogs may need to be locked away so that they don’t interfere with guests and a dog camera can be used to keep an eye on what they get up to and if they’re handling it or not.
  • 3
    You have a destructive dog
    Some dogs don’t fare well with being left alone and can become destructive. A canine monitor can’t stop them, unless you happen to catch them in the act and make use of the two way audio, but it can help you find out what causes it to stop it happening in the future. Again, however, two way audio can give you the chance to verbally scold them to let them know that even when you’re not with them that destructive behaviour is not. If you buy a dog treat dispensing monitor you can even give them a treat if they stop destroying things on your command.
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    Watching a dog that is not yet housebroken
    If you’re in the middle of house breaking you can use the live video feed to keep an eye on them and to talk to them if you feel they’re about to have an accident. A dog camera can’t exactly house break them for you but it does give you extra eyes that you otherwise wouldn’t have.
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    Away for longer than usual
    If, for whatever reason, you need to be away from your dog for longer than is usual then a dog camera with two way audio, automatic feeder and treat dispensing capabilities can help keep your dog calm for this period. We absolutely do not condone anyone leaving their dog for longer than 4 hours at a time, 6 at a push, and wanting to get a dog camera just so that they can do this on a regular. However, we are realists at JugDog and understand on the rare occasion, with an adult housebroken dog who doesn’t have separation anxiety, leaving them for prolonged period can happen from time to time.

Features of dog video cameras

When you’re looking for a new baby monitor or a normal webcam there is usually only one or two features which are a live camera feed and perhaps 2 way audio but with purpose built dog cameras you can get a plethora of options with your purchase. This can make the products more expensive but give you a lot more for your money.

 

This is the key difference here; a dog camera is made to watch after dogs and not babies, which have limited capabilities or are a static security camera. In this section of the Jug Dog dog camera buyer’s guide, we discuss all of the features a dog camera can have and which we would say are ‘must haves’ and which are ‘nice to haves but you can do without’.

Wifi capability

Wifi Pet Monitor

All dog cameras should have some sort of WiFi capabilities so that the smartphone or camera unit can communicate with the camera module itself. However, there are two different kinds of WiFi communications you can get with your product and they are – dedicated 2.4Ghz secure channel between two or more units and being able to connect to your home WiFi network. 

There is a distinct difference here.

A dedicated channel is more secure and encrypted, stable and won’t rely on your home broadband. But, it may not be able to communicate with your smartphone when you’re not in the house because for this it needs an active internet connection. This is common for baby monitors because you will always be in the house when looking over them but you will not be able to look at the live feed when not at home – this is not ideal for dog cameras.

The second WiFi connection type we mentioned is one where it connects to your router at home and uses your internet connection to deliver the feed to you wherever you are, this is the most common choice for dog cameras because the likelihood is that you would want to keep an eye on them when not at home. You will obviously need home broadband for this.

It is important to know which one you need and whether the product you are interested in has this capability – the likelihood is that it will.

App monitoring

Most dog cameras will have an app to be able to use the features and to check the live feed. Others may have a dedicated unit that you may need to carry around. However, if having an app on your phone is something that you definitely want then double check the product listing to make sure it has it before making a purchase.

A second thing you need to look out for is whether or not they provide an app for the operating system that your phone has. Even if it available on iOS/Android/Windows it may not be available for older models so please bare this in mind!

With an app you can get alerts when the camera picks up on audio and movement if there is a sensor for that built in.

When we’ve reviewed the finest pet monitors in the UK we will have mentioned whether it has an app or not anyway.

Treat dispensing

Furbo Dog Camera 1

Now we’re talking! Some dog monitors are able to remotely dispense dog treats which work hand in hand with two way audio. Typically, the user will need an app on the other side and when a button is pressed…voila! Treat comes out. Now, you might think ‘what on earth would I need that for?’ Well, there are some practical uses for treat dispensing cameras which tie to our section for reasons why you might need the camera in the first place.

We have used the treat dispensing features of the camera to continue positive reinforcement training. If your dogs are behaving well and it’s been a couple of hours why not tell them they’re being good and give them a treat. Have the dogs been barking or destructive? Use the two way audio to get them to stop, and if they do – give them a treat! 

We’re not going to lie to you and say you can get a dog camera with treat dispensing technology on the cheap, because you can’t. But, we’re not going to tell you that a camera that can dish out treats is a must have either because it’s definitely a luxury item.

Two-way microphone

Having one way audio is a definite must have just in case you can’t see your dog but want to make sure they aren’t barking or crying. However, most modern pet cameras will also have two way audio so that you can speak to your dog if needed. Often, your voice may be able to calm them down if they’re being anxious or a stern command will get them to get in line.

However, we would recommend not being the one to make the first move in case that is the reason they become disturbed. An electronic device that can transmit audio may seem trivial to us humans but some dogs can get confused when they hear a familiar voices but can’t find the person. In some cases, they can start to get frantic looking for you.

Despite that, we think two-way audio capabilities is a must have for any dog camera even if it is not used often.

Movement sensors

Some monitors may have movement sensors that will alert you if it picks anything up. This can get annoying if you have alerts set up as it could go off all the time, however it can be handy to give you the peace of mind that if anything at all happens you will know about it.

High definition video

Having the quality of the video feed at 1080p or above is a nice to have. A standard 480i feed will be more than ample to see what your dog is up to but some people may just want the extra quality. Generally, HD video is widely available and if it’s an expensive one with a few bells and whistles HD will just be added anyway, especially if they use your home broadband to send signal which can easily handle that kind of video quality. However, if you’re using an app to view the stream while on your mobile network do take care that it doesn’t eat up too much of your data!

Night vision

If your dog camera doesn’t have night vision then it will become useless in the dark, it’s as simple as that. Most cameras will have this feature but we would recommend always making sure that it does indeed have it. Night vision isn’t just for the night time but also for dark rooms. Autumn and Winter are also darker for longer and will be more important during these seasons.

This is a must have in our opinion.

Memory card saving

Do you want to be able to save footage to be seen later or just have a live feed? If you do, the camera will need to either have in-built storage (rare) or a slot for an SD card (common). They don’t all have this so double check before clicking that buy it now button.

If your camera has picked up on strange behaviour and you want to show this to a vet then it can be really handy. Other people may just want to have it saved to capture funny moments. Whatever the reason, the camera just needs somewhere to put the video.

SD Card Dog Monitor

Outdoor usage

Lastly, if you need your camera to work outdoors then sadly we’d probably say that you need CCTV instead of dog camera as they are not built to withstand the elements. CCTVs are specialist products and not ones we are qualified to recommend so they are not listed in this buyer’s guide.

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