Furbo Pet Camera

Last updated date: October 8, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3

Furbo Pet Camera

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Overall Take

The Furbo boasts an elegant design, but the beauty is hardly skin-deep. Its camera can discern between a person or dog, and the sensor can send alerts when it hears your dog barking. The ability to play with your pet remotely via a treat dispenser is a great touch. In our analysis of 197 expert reviews, the Furbo Furbo Pet Camera placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Pet Camera for a detailed review of all the top pet camera.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
32 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
3,489 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Interact with your dog during the day with the Furbo Dog Camera that helps you to stay connected with a 2-way chat feature and even alerts you whenever your dog is facing the camera for a “selfie”. One of the best parts is being able to play a game of catch by having the camera to toss a treat.
- Safety
July 19, 2019 | Full review
The Furbo is definitely one of the nicer-looking units I’ve seen. It’s tall, angular and finished in glossy white, with a tasteful removable wooden lid covering the top. The height is necessary to provide adequate room to store your pet’s favourite treats in the easily-accessible hopper.
- Trusted Reviews
August 8, 2018 | Full review
Cameras like the Furbo work with your home's WiFi connection. The camera unit connects to the WiFi, and you can use an app on your smartphone or tablet to connect to the camera whenever you leave the house. Of course, the downside is that you need to have access to WiFi at home and a smartphone or other compatible device.
- Top Dog Tips
January 3, 2017 | Full review
Allows you to get insights into your pets life when you cannot be there. Talk with them with the two-way audio system, give them a treat and record them. Take photos of them to remain closer to your pet even when you thousands of miles away.
- Angela's Cat Care
The Furbo camera is one of the only pet cams developed specifically for dogs. This high-tech cam includes a real-time barking alert that sends a push notification to your phone when your dog speaks up.
- Wired
Ability to use a wide variety of treats in a generous, easy-to-fill hopper
- Heavy
Quick and easy to set up, connects to the smartphone app via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi — sends real-time alerts and push notifications.
- Business Insider
September 27, 2018 | Full review
Toss over treats to your pets with this camera. This is an all-around pet camera perfect for your dogs, cats, or any pets you have. This packs with a high quality 1080p camera that could be viewed 160° day or even at night. It allows two-way communication via audio or video calling keeping the distance within your reach.
- 10 Techy
The Furbo can also detect if your dog is doing something unusual or dangerous, like jumping on furniture or chewing on cords. It also has a person alert. The app will notify you when the Furbo sees a person come into view.
- Digital Trends
It also has intelligent sensors that send alerts on your phone when your dog is barking, so you can turn on the app and check if there’s any issue. Furbo has a night vision function and built-in infrared LED lights, so you can get a clear view of your pet during the night.
- ensmartech
May 8, 2017 | Full review
The Furbo Dog Camera uses a stable design because it is meant to be kept on the floor, instead of being mounted on the wall. You do not have to worry about it falling over because it comes with 3-M adhesives at the bottom. It also does not hurt that the Furbo Dog Camera looks very modern and sleek, especially with its bamboo wooden cover.
- All Home Robotics
February 7, 2018 | Full review
With a 160-degree wide-angle camera view complete with night vision and cloud-based recording features, you can monitor your pup any time of day. You can even see 90-second highlights at the end of each day.
- Paw Castle
The Furbo Dog Camera provides most of the capabilities that other treat-dispensing cameras do, as well as a lot of other functions that aren’t included in competing products.
- K9 of Mine
June 9, 2019 | Full review
The treat dispenser is definitely the coolest thing about the Furbo, it also has other great features. For example, it sends you bark alerts. The Furbo has a sensor that gets activated when it detects your dog barking.
- YouReallyNeedThis
July 20, 2019 | Full review
The Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing is a dog monitor that does just what the name suggests: allows you to watch your dog live and toss him treats as if you were there with him. In fact, this will even work with Alexa, so you could theoretically do most of your dog monitoring and treat dispensing without getting up from the couch. And for when you’re away, there’s a Furbo app that will allow you to interact with him virtually anywhere.
- Pup Life Today
July 9, 2019 | Full review
Built-in microphone and speaker dog camera to talk and listen via the FREE APP "BESTEYE".
Furbo has Smart Dog Alerts to notify you of your dog's activities. It will notify you when your dog is constantly active and will even take selfies whenever your dog faces the camera. It will also alert you when a human is detected.
- iPetCompanion
The Furbo Dog Camera is a top-quality pet camera that includes a treat tosser, HD Wifi cam and 2-way audio. If you’re the kind of pet owner who worries about your dog while you’re at work, or out for a night on the town, the Furbo is for you!
- Spy Cameras Reviewed
One of the best features of the Furbo is the high-quality camera which lets you see your dog in high definition, and it’s able to live stream directly to your computer monitor or smartphone without any trouble.
- Stop That Dog
One of the first things that jumped out at me was the design. We live in a mid century modern Eichler home and design is an important part of everything in our house from our eichler inspired dog house to the dog bowls to a treat launching dog camera. From the glossy white finish to the wood cap on top we are very impressed with the Furbo design.
- Puppy In Training
April 12, 2017 | Full review
This dog treat camera from a reputable brand, Furbo, deserves to be on top of the list of the best dog treat cameras out there. This is obviously because it is loaded with functional features. To begin with, there is a 1080p full HD camera that promises 160-degree wide angle. On top of that, you get an infrared night vision along with a 4X zoom. You will be able to see your dog clearly even at night.
- Breeding Business
June 10, 2019 | Full review
This gadget gives you multiple options through which you can monitor and interact with your dog.
- Crazy Over Dogs
The Furbo has dog recognition technology that can send you a dog alert or person alert and selfie. For all those times, you wondered if the dog walker was actually turning up to see your dog, you could now know for sure!
- Dog Health Know-How
Receive a push notification when your phone detects barking, and with the 2-way chat function, you can calm your baby down. It’s easy to use with any household that has a stable Internet connection and/or Wi-Fi signal.
- TreeHousePuppies
There is also a feature called doggie diary which allows you to see the highlights of your dog’s day in 60 seconds time.
- Pet Feeder Tips
This model ticks all the boxes for camera quality, connectivity and bonus tech. The camera provides a high quality screen over a 120 degree wide angle, with both 720HD film and a night vision mode. The makers promise a simple 3-step set-up with a helpful app and Wi-Fi connection that seems to be simple enough. There is also the additional benefit of the barking sensor with push notifications.
- The Pet God
You can talk to them and calm them down.
- PetSide
The camera on this dog camera treat dispenser is top notch and it even works at night and in low light. With a built-in infrared camera lens it is perfect for all times of the day.
- Devoted Dog World
A solid construction, built to last, yet smooth edges ensure even more comfort for your pet. What your pets can bite are the treats the gadget has inside and can toss them at your will.
- PetsNeedIt
The barking alert features pick up when your dog is speaking to you and sends an alert to your phone, whilst the 2 way audio means that although your dog can't see you, tey will able to hear your voice, allowing you the oppurtunity to comfort them.
- Pet Aware
February 2, 2019 | Full review
See, talk, and toss treats to your dog even when you’re not home.”
- helloBARK!
June 28, 2019 | Full review
It’s easy to refill. Simply pop off the lid and drop in your dog’s treats. Now here’s the veterinary warning – DUDE, your dog doesn’t need that many treats! Pick low-calorie ones like these and please only fill this once a month. More than that? You’re giving too many treats and your dog is getting obese. For real.
- Dr. Justin Lee
What experts didn't like
The audio capabilities aren’t quite as stellar as the video, however. The built-in speaker isn’t great, but then your pet probably isn’t going to mind too much unless they’re secretly hosting album listening parties while you’re out.
- Trusted Reviews
August 8, 2018 | Full review
The bark alert does not shut off when you're in the house unless you unplug the Furbo device, so it will alert you to your dog's barking even when you're home
- Top Dog Tips
January 3, 2017 | Full review
Many customers are not happy with the Furbo’s subscription program. It offers the premium functionality to monitor your pet, but many don’t find it worth the money.
- Angela's Cat Care
Occasionally laggy video feed with frequent quality downgrading
- Heavy
The device shoots out as many as 4 or 5 treats at once — be careful to use low-calorie treats or switch to your dog's kibble if it is small enough.
- Business Insider
September 27, 2018 | Full review
Sometimes its application is unstable and you could experience choppy, lag, or even incompatibility.
- 10 Techy
There are some complaints by users where the device won’t toss treats or transmit video.
- ensmartech
May 8, 2017 | Full review
An unstable Wi-Fi connection can make connecting to the Furbo app difficult
- Paw Castle
A number of owners complained that the Furbo app does not work well and is difficult to use, although it’s hard to say if this is due to a phone issue on the user end of a problem with the app itself. A few complained that the camera quality was poor, and some owners had connectivity issues despite numerous attempts to fix the problem. Still, these issues weren’t terribly common.
- K9 of Mine
June 9, 2019 | Full review
Other noises can trigger the bark detector
- iPetCompanion
The Connection Is Unstable.
- Puppy In Training
April 12, 2017 | Full review
Only works with dog toss-able treats and not any other form of dog food.
- Crazy Over Dogs
Mainly for smaller and medium-sized dogs
- Pet Feeder Tips
The feedback is mostly positive here, which is why it ranks in first place. However, there are a few connectivity issues and some have experienced glitches with the sound and treats. This can be frustrating for dogs learning to use it, as well as owners in need of a reliable supervision tool.
- The Pet God
The only issue I encountered with the Furbo Dog Camera is the cable that connects the Furbo to the power source can be quite delicate and easily damaged if you are not careful.
- helloBARK!
June 28, 2019 | Full review
The app went through several updates, which caused the app to work poorly. Looks like this was fixed recently however.
- Dr. Justin Lee

From The Manufacturer

"My heart breaks when I have to go to work every morning. Furbo to the rescue. It's the best dog camera!" - INSTYLE “Why didn’t I buy this sooner?” - BUZZFEED "Furbo lets you find out the secret life of your dog." - PEOPLE "I'm convinced Furbo has improved my mental health.” - TODAY “Gorgeous. Simple & easy to use.” - WIRED "The Furbo Dog Camera just got even better with its new Furbo Dog Nanny!" - FORBES "Furbo is the best treat-tossing pet camera" - GIZMODO The World's One and Only Camera Designed for Dogs - See, Talk, Toss Treats & Barking Alert hero 5,000 vets & professional dog trainers approved! Furbo saved over 100 dogs' lives! Fun TREAT TOSSING: TOSS a treat to your dogs via the free Furbo iOS/Android app. Fill it with over 100 pieces of your dogs’ favorite treats & play a game of catch. Round shaped treats with a diameter around 0.4 inches work best. Recommended treats: Zuke's Mini,Nutro Mini, Natural Balance Mini-Rewards, Crazy Dog Train-Me Mini Adjustable BARKING ALERT & 2-Way Audio: Furbo's Barking Alerts saved over 100 dogs' lives from fires, gas leaks and intruders. Know when your dog needs you. You can adjust the sensitivity of the barking sensor. 1080p FULL HD Camera & Night Vision: Live stream video to monitor your pet with a 160° wide-angle, 4x zoom day & night. Furbo Dog Nanny Keeps Your Dog Safe with Real-Time Smart Alerts & Cloud Recording Videos Dog Activity Alert Every camera comes with a 90-day free trial of Cloud Recording, Smart Alerts and a daily Doggie Diary. It's an OPTIONAL subscription that you can cancel anytime, so you can still see, talk, toss treats, and receive Barking Alerts even without a subscription. Be alerted of emergencies in real time! Unlike other cameras that send general sound and motion alerts, Furbo only notifies you of important dog-related events. 1. Real-Time Smart Alerts: Be the first to know when your dog needs help! Dog Activity Alert: Furbo will alert you when it detects dog movements like your dog jumping on furniture or chewing on cords. In addition to knowing when your dog might be in danger, this can also help you to identify separation anxiety through patterns such as constant pacing or licking feet. Person Alert: Know when a person comes into view: whether it's an intruder, a dog walker or just your partner Dog Selfie Alert: Know when your dog misses you. Furbo detects when your dog is facing the camera, taking the most precious selfies. You can choose to turn on/off each alert according to your own needs. 2. Event-Triggered Cloud Recording: discover what you’re missing in your dog’s day or find out what triggers your dog to bark. 3. Doggie Diary: see the highlights of your dog’s day in 60 seconds. Download and save it to your album to keep the memory of your furbaby. Furbo's Smart Dog Technology is always getting smarter. More alerts such as Home Emergency Alerts coming soon! (carbon monoxide alert, fire alert, etc) Alexa Toss a treat or schedule treat tossing as you head out the door, hands-free!

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An Overview On Pet Camera

One of the great things about owning a pet is the reaction you get when you walk in the door. After a long day, it’s good to get slobbery, yappy proof that somebody missed you. (OK, maybe that happens less often with cats — but they’re still nice to snuggle up to.)

The flip side of that is knowing they’re lonely all that time, and maybe wondering what mischief they’re up to. Well, it’s modern technology to the rescue as usual. A good pet camera can not only let you keep tabs on your fur baby, but interact with them, too.

Pretty much any remotely controlled camera can let you supervise your favorite guard dog or cat, and video quality can vary a lot among the cheaper models. 720p is a good baseline resolution, though most cams have some HD video capability. If you want a better view of your pet’s antics (or maybe clearer evidence of little “accidents” they may cause), maybe consider a sharper 1080p picture. Some upscale pet cameras even include the option for two-way video, allowing your dog or cat to see you while you look in on them.

Stationary cameras are at the low end of the price spectrum, but they’re not as common these days. And since even the laziest cats won’t stay put for an entire day, it’s best to invest in a cam with some range of motion. Modern pet or security cameras allow you to pan left or right, giving you a field of vision that can stretch up to 360 degrees. Most will also tilt up or down to a lesser degree.

For especially active animals, our home improvement expert Vicki Liston recommends considering a camera with motion sensors and tracking capabilities: “Instead of checking in and wasting time when nothing is happening, some models will send you an alert if it senses motion or noise, like barking. Once you receive this alert, you’ll be able to check the video and see what the commotion is all about (and whether or not your neighbor was telling the truth about your dog barking all day),” she says.

Want to hear what your pet has to say during the day? Audio feeds are a common capability on pet cams, and some even have a speaker built in so that the two of you can have a conversation. Again, barking is a concern for pet owners in densely populated areas. Pricier cameras might include audio detection tech, ranging from the ability to send alerts in case of loud noises to algorithms that can distinguish the sound of a yapping dog. In either case, they can provide a double dose of security, letting you know when your pup is upset and if there might be an intruder around the house.

Those are the most common features, but there are a ton of others. The latest puppy cams can let you play simple games remotely with your dog, and spit out treats to award good behavior. Cat-centric cams might have a laser pointer that you can control with an app, allowing you to amuse and/or confound your favorite feline. There are even cameras that use spritzes of aromatherapy to soothe excitable dogs. The makers of these pet cameras know there’s little we won’t do for our furry friends, so the sky’s the limit.

DWYM Fun Fact

What do you get the pet who has everything? A pet of their very own … who’s also secretly a spy. For the those who truly don’t want to let their puppy go for a second during that long workday, there’s the Vava Mobile Pet Cam. As the name implies, it’s a camera that rolls on tiny treads, controlled like an RC car by a remote app. With two-way audio, it allows you to ask Fido who a good boy is from anywhere in the house. It comes equipped with all the toys, including a laser pointer and even a feather for teasing cats.

The Pet Camera Buying Guide

  • High-ticket pet cameras might have a little extra sticker-shock when you set it up. Pairing up your camera to another device or video storage might require you to purchase the manufacturer’s app or subscribe to a storage service. Liston says to do your homework before you buy, especially if you’re on a budget. “Does the cam you like only allow you to use all its bells and whistles if you also purchase the subscription plan? Does the subscription plan include cloud storage for a certain period of time? Does it limit the video to one user at a time or can multiple members of a household stream the camera feed? Consider the additional cost of subscriptions with the camera’s features to see which model best fits your needs.”
  • To get the most out of your pet camera, place it in an area where it will do the most good. For most rooms, that’s going to be relatively high up in a corner (provided they can be mounted that way). This allows even stationary cameras to cover a wide swath. You might need to mount them closer to the ground if they include interactive games or treat dispensers, but Liston urges caution there, too: “For those with problem-solving pets, it’s best to place or wall-mount treat-dispensing pet cameras just out of reach. The camera may be chewed on, knocked over and pummeled over and over in an attempt to get at the entire cache of deliciousness inside,” she says.
  • Most pet cameras will trumpet their hi-res video as a big selling point, but more pixels isn’t always a plus. Keep in mind that constantly streaming super-HD video can put a strain on your Wi-Fi. Do you really need to see every whisker on your cat for the entire eight-hour workday? If your wireless capability isn’t the best, you might want to consider a more modest camera resolution.