How Using a Dog Treat Dispenser Can Help You, Your Australian Shepherd, and... Even Your Neighbor

By Anton Hout, author of The Guide to Aussie Training & Care

A dog treat dispenser can be a great way to interact with your dog when you're away from home and even work on simple obedience commands like "sit" and "stay". It can keep your neighbors happy by allowing you to curb nuisance barking while you're out of the house. It's an ingenious idea that puts the latest technology to great use for you and your four-legged friend.

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If you're like most dog owners you probably get a little anxious when you leave home to go to work, or just run out to the store for a few hours, wondering what your dog may be up to in your absence. Some dogs may actually have issues with separation anxiety that can lead to bad behavior or just excess stress. A treat dispenser with a built in camera is the perfect solution for this problem.

The device works fairly simply. It has a built in wide angle camera and an automatic dog treat dispenser that you can use remotely or set to automatically dispense treats at a certain time. The camera can be accessed via your smart phone using a specially designed app that includes video and audio functions as well as a treat dispensing function.

How A Dog Treat Dispenser Can Help You and Your Australian Shepherd - Photo: A Border Collie catching a dog treat.

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A Border Collie demonstrating how much your Aussie is gonna love having a dog treat dispenser. ;-)

With the app you can access the camera to see exactly what your dog is up to and the microphone function allows you to speak to your dog, which can help to allay separation anxiety or allow you to stop him from barking. A simple swipe of your finger activates the dispenser and shoots one or several treats out to your dog to reward good behavior or simply let him feel like you're there with him.

Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, Full HD Wifi Pet Camera and 2-Way Audio, Designed for Dogs, Compatible with Alexa (As Seen On Ellen)
Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, Full HD Wifi Pet Camera and 2-Way Audio, Compatible with Alexa (As Seen On Ellen).

There are also special features that can provide extra security, including bark alerts and a motion detector that can be used both during the day when you're not at home and at night with a night cam. The bark alerts send a message to your phone any time your dog is barking. Once you get the message, you can choose to access the dog treat dispenser and see exactly what your dog is doing and quiet him if necessary.

The motion detector activates a recording device and notifies you when your dog is moving around so that you can see what's happening. Since the camera picks up any movement, from animals or humans, it can also let you know if a pet sitter is there to do his job or if an intruder is in your home so you have an added sense of security.

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Petcube Bites 2: Smart Pet Camera with Treat Dispenser
Petcube Bites 2: Smart Pet Camera with Treat Dispenser

A dog treat dispenser like the Furbo or the Petcube Bites 2 can be a particularly invaluable tool for owners of active breeds like the Australian Shepherd that need constant stimulation and respond well to commands. Simply fill the dispenser with his favorite treats and then you can check in on your pup during the day, work on his commands, and toss him a treat as positive reinforcement.

Go easy with the treats though. Remember, it's a treat dispenser—not a feeding machine. ;-)

Dog owners have been raving about these handy little high tech devices since they first came on the market several years ago. Dogs love the comfort of hearing your familiar voice and the fun of getting their favorite treat and owners appreciate the peace of mind that a dog treat dispenser with built-in camera gives them while they're away from home. It's the perfect way to stay connected to your Aussie no matter where you are.

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