Tuesday Tip: Monitor your Dog!
By Kate O’Neal
As many of you can relate, dogs are family. I am the proud owner of two rescue dogs, Hank and Gracie, and I admit I am extremely obsessed with those pups. My husband Travis and I try to stay active with them, whether it be hiking or playing with them in our backyard. Going back to work on Monday after a nice weekend is always difficult. Seeing those sad puppy eyes staring back at me when I walk out the door breaks my heart each and every day.
However, when I get home at night, the happiness to see my excited dogs quickly turns to frustration when I see they’ve been on the couch they aren’t allowed to be on (the couch in the picture above is their designated dog couch; there is another couch they’re not allowed on). Well, I hope I have found a solution. Let me introduce Dog Monitor.
Whether your dogs are running loose in the house each day or you keep them in a crate while you’re away, Dog Monitor can help you keep an eye on them. Dog Monitor is available on both Mac and Android operating systems. The app is $4.99. Keep in mind, if you download the iOS & Watch OS app, this is for use on only iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. I originally wanted to use the dog monitor between my iPhone and MacBook Pro, and in order to do this, I would need to install both the Mac OS app and iOS & WatchOS app, which would be two separate payments of $4.99. Instead, I setup my iPad as the “Dog Station” to record the dogs.
Once installed, one device is the “Dog Station” and the other is the “Person Station.” In my case, my iPhone is the Person Station. Once connected, you can watch live HD video of your snuggle muffin whenever you’re connected to the internet, as well as speak to your pup either live or through pre-recorded commands, and be notified when he or she is making noise.
I setup the Dog Station (the iPad) on a chair near the forbidden couch. When I checked in and saw Gracie sleeping on the couch, I was able to press the “Bad girl, get down!” pre-recorded command. You could see the shock in her face, and then the realization that she was caught and she slowly climbed off the couch.
I think this is an awesome app and can be used for many scenarios. Who needs to spend hundreds of dollars on a baby monitor or security system when you can simply purchase the Dog Monitor app!
I know I always wonder what my dogs are up to during the day and this app gives me a glimpse into their life. Enjoy watching your furry friends, and once in a while, try to break away and get some work done!
With multiple years’ experience working with clients in many industries, Kate brings her skills and positive attitude to Network 1’s team, clients and partners. She strives to provide the best service and solutions to her clients so they can achieve greatness through Worry-Free IT.
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