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Must-Have Home Monitoring Devices For Dog Owners

Must-Have Home Monitoring Devices For Dog Owners

Bringing Home a Furry Friend? Don’t Forget the Tech!

When you welcome a new furry companion into your home, your world is about to get a whole lot cuter – and a whole lot busier. Suddenly, you’re responsible for making sure your pup is safe, healthy, and happy, even when you can’t be there. That’s where some nifty home monitoring tech comes in handy.

As a self-proclaimed home security expert and proud dog parent, I’ve done the research to find the must-have devices that will give you (and your pup) peace of mind. From motion sensors that know the difference between a burglar and Buddy, to cameras that let you check in on your canine companion, these gadgets are a dog owner’s best friend.

Motion Sensors: Barking Up the Right Tree

The first thing any pet-friendly security system needs is smart motion sensors. You don’t want Fido’s midnight zoomies triggering a false alarm and sending the police to your door. Luckily, there are motion detectors out there that can tell the difference between a 200-pound intruder and your 20-pound terrier.

According to the AVMA, motion sensors with “pet immunity” can generally ignore animals under 80 pounds. That’s great news for owners of big-boned pups like Great Danes and Bernese Mountain Dogs.

When I tested out security systems for my own furry friend – a 60-pound Lab mix named Rufus – I made sure to get the motion sensors dialed in just right. The technician who installed my system knew just how to adjust the sensitivity so Rufus could roam around without triggering any alarms. It’s a simple fix, but it made a world of difference in keeping my home secure without constantly worrying about my pup.

Cameras: Keeping an Eye on Your Canine

Once you’ve got the motion sensors covered, the next must-have for dog owners is a good security camera. And I’m not just talking about any old camera – I’m talking about ones that are specifically designed with our four-legged friends in mind.

The best pet-friendly cameras have features like “pet detection” that can tell the difference between your dog and an actual intruder. That way, you don’t get a dozen notifications every time Fido trots through the living room. And with two-way audio, you can even say hi to your furry buddy while you’re at the office.

When I was testing out security cameras, I was really impressed by the ones from Google Nest. Their indoor cam not only recognized my pup, but it could even tell me exactly where in the house he was hanging out. Handy for making sure he’s not getting into any trouble while I’m gone!

Environmental Sensors: Protecting Your Pup

Okay, so we’ve got the motion and camera basics covered. But as any pet parent knows, our furry friends face all sorts of household hazards that we humans might not even think about. That’s where environmental sensors come in clutch.

Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and flood sensors are must-haves for any home security system – but they’re especially important when you’ve got a four-legged roommate. After all, your dog can’t exactly call 911 if there’s a gas leak or the basement starts flooding.

According to, the top home security systems offer a wide range of environmental monitoring features designed to keep your whole family safe – including your canine companion. From alerts about dangerous smoke and gas to notifications about sudden temperature changes, these sensors can be true lifesavers for our furry friends.

Automating Your Home for Fido’s Convenience

Now that we’ve covered the basics of keeping your pup secure, let’s talk about how you can use smart home tech to make your dog’s life a little easier (and your own a little less stressful).

Picture this: you’re stuck at the office, but you need to let your pooch out for a potty break. With a smart lock, you can remotely unlock the door and let the dog walker in, without having to rush home or worry about your pup having an accident. And if you’ve got a smart camera, you can even check in on the whole interaction to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Heck, you can even use home automation to keep your dog entertained while you’re away. Some pet owners rig up treat dispensers or interactive toys that can be controlled from their smartphone. That way, Buddy can have a little snack or play a game, and you can rest assured he’s not getting into any mischief.

Putting It All Together: The Ultimate Pet-Friendly Setup

Okay, let’s recap the must-have home monitoring devices for dog owners:

Device Key Features
Motion Sensors – Ignore pets under 80 lbs
– Customizable sensitivity settings
Security Cameras – Pet detection
– Two-way audio
– 1080p HD video
Environmental Sensors – Smoke/fire alarms
– Carbon monoxide detectors
– Flood sensors
Smart Home Devices – Remote-controlled pet amenities
– Automated pet care tasks

With this tech arsenal in your corner, you can have peace of mind knowing your canine companion is safe, secure, and living their best life – even when you can’t be there in person. And let’s be real, as a dog owner, that’s the most important thing.

So, if you’re getting ready to bring home a furry new addition to the family, make sure you’ve got the right home monitoring devices in place. Your pup (and your own sanity) will thank you. And who knows, you might even catch some adorable footage to share on I Have Dogs!

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