I have a confession to make: When I first heard about Furbo’s Treat Throwing Dog Camera, I thought it was a total gadget designed for helicopter dog parents who want watch their puppy’s every move. Then I brought home a 12 week old Shih Tzu puppy with a severe case of separation anxiety and quickly changed my mind about the device, which just went on sale for Amazon. Prime Day. And as luck would have it, the device is still at 30% off right now.
My puppy, Zoey, was barking so often when I left her that a few neighbors in my apartment building complained, but I had no way of knowing until I got home. As I spoke about the issue, a friend of mine reminded me of Furbo, saying the bark alerts were a total game-changer when she trained her Australian Shepherd to stay comfortable on her own at the House.
Desperate to try anything, I ordered it online right after our conversation. As soon as he arrived, I set him up on the counter in front of his park, downloaded the Furbo app (the whole process took 10 minutes, at most), then I went for a run to test it. A few minutes later, I received a bark alert notification. When I clicked on it, I was taken to the Zoey Cam, where I could see a wide-angle view of the room in real time, with Zoey barking into her gaming pen.
After this first use, I used the Furbo dog camera every time I left my apartment without Zoey. As she’s gotten used to being alone, bark alerts appear less often, but I still open the app to take a quick peek and see what she’s doing. As a new pet parent, the device gives me peace of mind when I am separated from my puppy and that alone is worth the total price of $ 169 in my book. Right now, you can order it for just $ 118 with the remaining Prime Day deal.
As well as seeing what your furbaby is doing in real time, you can also use the Furbo to talk to your pets (it has two-way audio) and even toss treats at them. Simply load the camera body with your dog’s favorite snacks, and you can toss them while you’re on the go with a swipe of your finger in the app.
The smart design is so popular that it has accumulated over 17,000 five-star reviews from satisfied customers. “I love that I can go to work, talk to them, call them and see exactly what they are doing,” wrote one woman. Some users also say the Furbo has saved their pets from life-threatening emergencies. A man explains that the camera told him that his smoke detector was going off and that by checking the app he could see that his animals looked anxious. It turns out the stove was accidentally left on, which could have caused a fire if the app hadn’t alerted it.
The TL; DR? This device is definitely do not a gimmick, and now I recommend it to every dog owner I know.