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The 10 Best Dog Cameras

You may consider the best pet cameras to be simply a convenient way to keep an eye on your dog or cat from a distance. In fact, the most advanced options go much further, with features such as two-way communication that allows you to issue commands, laser pointers for play, and even treat dispensers that can be used to provide a small reward for good behavior. If you're in the middle of training your pet but can't be at home every hour of every day, this can be extremely helpful. The question is, which of the best dog cameras on the market do you select? There are several factors to consider. Resolution is important with any type of camera – you probably don't need 4K 60p, but Full HD 1080p will make a noticeable difference, especially if you want to share some of the cute moments your camera captures on social media. If money is an issue, 720p HD will suffice, though BestForPets (bestforpets.org) recommend going as low as possible. Do you want a camera that can pan and tilt? Do you want it to have the ability to record high-quality audio? Do you require cloud storage for all of your photos and videos? Some cameras will even have smart features that will send you push notifications if your pet begins barking, which can be useful if you're training your pet.

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Furbo Dog Camcorder

The Furbo, arguably the most popular pet camera on the market, has earned its reputation for being jam-packed with features.

It has a 1080p Full HD camera with night vision and two-way audio (so you and your pet can both hear each other), as well as a system that sends you an alert to your smartphone when it detects barking.

You can also throw treats at your pet using the smartphone app (available for iOS and Android), and the Furbo can store up to 100, as long as they are one square centimetre in size.

The camera doesn’t move, but it’s tilted down slightly to give you a good view of your pet as they move around the room, and you can take photos or record video of them whenever you want.

The Furbo is larger than some alternatives, but it’s nicely designed and has an attractive bamboo top to help it blend into your home’s decor, and the size can be useful if you’re positioning it directly on the floor.

Petcube Bites 2

This Petcube aluminum pet camera is one of the largest on the market, but its size means it can hold a lot of treats.

It has a 4-microphone array and speaker bar to improve audio quality, allowing for more accurate bark and meow detection as well as 2-way “chats” with pets. It can be configured to do the same for your veterinarian.

The system even allows you to choose the distance at which treats are thrown (via the app). This feature, along with others, can be used to train your pet.

The camera has a 1080p Full HD resolution, a wide 160-degree lens, and night vision, so you can see your pet even when it’s dark.

The Petcube Bites, which can be wall-mounted or sat on a low table, records video to the cloud, can be controlled by speaking to Alexa, and has a scheduling feature to throw treats at set times during the day.

When treats run out, it can re-order them using Amazon’s Dash Replenishment service.

Treat Dispenser for Skymee Dog Camera

With night vision, two-way audio, a treat dispenser, and Alexa control, the Skymee Dog Camera has pretty much everything a pet owner could want.

Mobile control works well on both iPhone and Android devices, and up to eight devices can be logged in, allowing the entire family to participate. It also makes it simple to share images and videos on social media platforms.

The camera shoots 1080p video and has a 4x digital zoom. It connects via Wi-Fi, but keep in mind that it only supports 2.4G Wi-Fi connections, not 5G.

Still, being able to toss treats to your pet with abandon is a great way to keep them entertained while providing encouragement through the two-way audio connection.

SmartCam Neos

Now for something completely different. Instead of spending over £100 on a dedicated pet camera with treat dispenser and laser games, a simple indoor security camera can be purchased for much less.

This Neos is made by the same company that makes the popular Wyze cameras (see below) and costs only £25.

Despite its low price, the Neos features a 1080p Full HD image sensor with a 110-degree lens, night vision, two-way audio, and Amazon Alexa support.

Videos can be continuously recorded and stored online for free for 14 days, allowing you to log in and see what your pet has been up to in the past, or watch a live video feed on your phone.

The base is magnetic, and the camera comes with adhesive pads, allowing it to be attached to any wall at any height. The Neos cannot dispense treats or play with your pet, but it is very inexpensive and provides much of the same functionality as purpose-built pet cameras.

Pan Wyze Cam

Finally, the Wyze Cam Pan, like the Neos, is a low-cost home security wifi camera that you could use to keep an eye on your pet.

The camera records in 1080p Full HD, can be controlled by Alexa or Google Assistant, and can be panned, tilted, and zoomed using a smartphone app.

The camera can rotate 360 degrees, so you should be able to see your pet no matter where they go, and there’s also night vision for watching them after dark, as well as two-way audio for interacting with them.

The camera pans quickly, completing a full 360-degree rotation in under three seconds, and the lens captures 93 degrees of vertical range as well. Six infrared LEDs provide a clear image from up to 30 feet away at night.

The camera, in addition to being controlled manually, can be set to follow movement, so it will pan from one side to the other to keep your pet in frame as they walk by.

A person detection system (powered by on-camera artificial intelligence) alerts you via the phone app and records video for 12 seconds, which is then saved to the camera’s SD card (up to 32GB). Video is also stored online and can be viewed for free for up to 14 days.

Home Security Cameras vs Pet Cameras

If you only need a camera to keep an eye on your pet, a general-purpose indoor home security camera may suffice—and save you money.

We’ve included a few on this list, all of which provide intelligent alerts that distinguish between animals and humans.

All of the cameras we’ve chosen include night vision so you can see your pet in the dark and two-way audio so you can respond to barks, howls, or meows.

Pet-specific cameras go a step further, allowing you to not only see, hear, and talk to your pets, but also remotely play with them and/or toss them treats.

Pet-specific cameras can also tell you when your cat or dog is meowing or barking, in addition to alerting you when they move.

The Furbo will even notify you if your dog is staring directly at the camera (which it refers to as a selfie), barking for more than one minute, crying, or howling.

It also alerts you when a person is detected or your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm goes off, so it serves as a home security camera in addition to being a dog nanny.

Tossing Sweets

The ability to toss treats on command is one of the Furbo and Petcube Bites models’ distinguishing features.

When you first set up the Furbo, for example, its companion app walks you through the process of properly introducing the device to your dog in order to foster a positive association.

My dog isn’t particularly treat motivated, but he quickly picked up on the technique and eats all of the treats I toss out with the camera.

When it’s about to dispense a treat, the Furbo makes a barking sound to attract your pet’s attention. Furbo suggests using this feature to distract your dog when he or she is anxious, pacing, licking, or barking.

You can also use it as a reward when any of those behaviors are stopped.

More Technology for Your Pampered Canine

Once you’ve found the perfect camera, you might want to consider purchasing a pet tracker or GPS collar for added peace of mind. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite wearable trackers and collars that can track your pet’s location and activity to ensure it’s safe and healthy.

Check out our list of the best robot vacuums for pet hair to help you stay on top of shedding.

What Should You Pay for a Pet Camera?

Many of the top-rated pet-specific and general-purpose indoor home security cameras, as you can see from our recommendations, are in the $200 range, but prices vary.

If you have a large home, you might consider investing in a system with multiple cameras.

Also, keep in mind that some of the devices in this category charge a fee to store recorded video in the cloud.

We break down any additional fees in our reviews, so take a look at each one to see which camera best fits your budget.

The good news is that prices are dropping, and if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can get a good general-purpose home security camera like the WyzeCam V3 for around $20, or a pet-specific one like the Petcube Cam for $50.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this far. We hope that BestForPets‘s (bestforpets.org) article will help you choose the best dog cameras for your pet.

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Dr. Barry Buttler

Dr. Barry Buttler, DVM, MS, DACVIM, is an experienced veterinarian who specializes in the care of small animals, specifically dogs. Dr. Barry K. Buttler is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and holds multiple certifications in small animal emergency medicine and geriatric pet health.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Barry Buttler

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