It’s a tale as old as time: cats rule, dogs drool. But whichever ball of fluff you prefer – or any other kind of pet – this is the month to celebrate each and every one of them. That’s because, this month, we have two occasions to honor our pets – National Pet Adoption Month and National Animal Safety and Prevention Month. And here are 3 great ways to make the most of your relationships with your pets.
Animals Make the Best People
The saying goes that pets tend to reflect their owners, and owners their pets. (For a perfect example of this, just see how Champion the Three-Legged Dog from NBC’s hit show Parks and Rec makes everyone better.) Beyond that, there are also multiple health benefits to owning a pet – including improving allergies and asthma, decreasing social anxiety and depression, and diminishing heart disease. So, if you do want to return the love this month by adopting a pet – or by treating the one you already have a little better – then these three smart devices will help make both of you a little happier and healthier.
Ever wanted to watch and talk to your pets while you’re away at work? Well, now you can! This miSafes wireless camera is just the device to monitor and manage your home all day.
The motion detection function sends you alerts when the camera picks up any motion. Then it lets you view – remotely, and in real-time – a live video stream of your home. You can also record videos or take still photos, snapping a picture of whoever or whatever set off the camera. It can also record at night, as it has a lot of LED lights to capture the best picture.
The miSafes works remotely on any WiFi, 3G, or 4G network, so you can view your loved ones from a computer or a smartphone anywhere and at any time. Simply download and use the free miCam app for your Apple or Android smartphone, sync it with the miSafes, and you’re ready to record. There’s also a SD card slot that gives you the ability to save up to 64GB worth of moments to revisit later.
The miSafes shoots video in 720p HD and uses a 120° ultra-wide angle lens, meaning that your recording will be clearer, wider, and sharper – even though the whole device itself is miniature in size: 2.4 x 4.2 x 2.4 inches. And with its 2-in-1 functionality, not only is it a security camera with video monitoring, but it also lets you connect with your family, friends, and pets via its two-way talking capability. Oh, and the miSafes camera comes with an 18-month warranty, and it’s super easy to set up with simple steps, all in under 60 seconds.
Want to give your pets the ability to come and go as they please, but don’t want to compromise the security of your entire home in the process? With this device, that’s no longer a problem. The PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor allows you to control the access of your pets. It even features programmable selective entry, exit, and auto-locking functions to provide convenience for both you and your pets.
When the SmartDoor is set to “Automatic” mode, only your pets wearing one of 5 SmartKeys on their collars can pass through the SmartDoor. As your pet enters the adjustable range (up to 3 feet) of the SmartDoor, the device detects the SmartKey and unlocks automatically. And after your pet passes through the SmartDoor, it will lock automatically once again. Without the SmartKey, no other critters – such as stray cats, rodents, and squirrels – can get in.
The SmartDoor is battery operated (by 4 D-Cell Batteries) and is designed for a DIY installation in interior/exterior doors. There’s also a wall installation option, which the company has made possible with the purchase of an additional Wall Installation Kit. Other features include a durable plastic frame with LED Indicators, Sensitivity Control, installation instructions, and a cutting template. And, if paired with a home automation hub (such as the Iris Z-Wave radio controller), not only does this allow you to switch modes from a smartphone or PC (locally or remotely), but it also monitors which animal (based on the collar transmitter) exits or enters. That way, you can look at the “activity log” in the app and know if the kids actually let the dogs out.
And, unlike most other pet doors, this weatherized model stops heavy winds with a rigid, solid, plastic door as opposed to the simple, rubberized flaps that need regular replacement. This also prevents it from having any problems with binding or jamming. And as a brand, PetSafe is an industry-leading US manufacturer of pet behavior, containment, and lifestyle products since 1991, and they help millions of people and pets each year.
You love your pet, but you hate when he barks endlessly at nothing, or when he escapes the yard and doesn’t obey your commands. But you’ll never have to worry about that again with the Bluefang Pet Collar. It’s a 2-in-1, smartphone-controlled, remote training and advanced bark-control collar that uses the Bluetooth capabilities of your iPhone or Android to send commands and corrections from 400 ft. away. You can even control an unlimited number collars and set individual intensity and duration for each stimulus level and each dog.
This lightweight, rugged, waterproof collar for dogs weighing 5-120lbs is guaranteed to stop dog barking faster and more humanely than any other collar. The “Training” feature uses 3 positive sound tones to quickly teach good dog behaviors like sit, stay, and heel. And on the flipside, the “Corrective Stimulus” setting instantly stops “bad dog” behaviors like digging, jumping, and chewing with 3 adjustable stimulus levels. Use the mild level to get your dog’s attention, the medium level to stop the bad behavior, and the strong level for those rare times when you must stop dangerous activity like chasing cars or fighting with other dogs.
The “Bark Control” feature also has the unique ability to distinguish between nuisance barking and intruder/alarm barking. So, you can choose from 3 correction modes to Stop Nuisance Barking, Stop All Barking, or Stop Barking and Howling while still allowing for intruder/alarm-type barking, if you so choose. The collar uses harmless, progressive, static correction that starts mild and increases with each bark.
The Bluefang collar also boasts the amazing ability to send new firmware to the collar with each new app update. Hardware already built into the collar will come alive to perform new tasks such as virtual leash and pet pedometer. The free smartphone app also gives you the latest instructions and product info/support, as well as tips on training, animal health and fitness, and many other pet-related subjects.
In the end, the Bluefang is not simply a remote-training collar. It’s a high-tech, interactive device that will improve your communication with your dog, keeping him well behaved all the while.
So this October, show your fur babies even more love than usual, with more walks, more hugs, and more toys. And if you need any assistance getting your high-speed Internet set up to better handle transmitting the data from these devices that your home needs to keep your pets happy and healthy, then Allconnect is always here to help.