Dog Monitor App Review

OK so for all my  pet parents out there I have found the perfect app for you especially if you worry about your pets all day while you are out or if you just plain miss them! It is called Dog Monitor by the company TappyTaps and it lets you see what your pet is up to all day by using your own devices. Their long term plans are to utilize Windows and Chrome devices as well as Apple Watch and Android Wear so stay tuned :). Forget shelling out over $100 for one of these puppies because this app only costs $4.99 in the App Store.

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So when you first download the app to both devices it is super easy to link them, the app walks you through it and involves typing in a pass code shown on one device into the other.. no big deal. The app asks you to differentiate which device is going to be the “Dog Station” ,meaning which device is going to stay home with your furry friend, and which device is going to be the “Person Station”, or which device is going to travel with you. These can be changed each time the app is opened though so no fear of commitment there ;).  As you can see from the picture above there is also an activity log showing you when monitoring your dog started, when he was resting or noisy, and how long they were monitored for.. so fancy.

The Dog Monitor works whether or not you’re on WiFi or using your phone’s data, but the live camera monitoring only works when both devices are on WiFi. Don’t fret though, if you’re out and about and not on WiFi you can hit the camera button and get a snapshot of what your pet is doing at that moment. When not monitoring your dog on the camera you get a cartoon picture of a dog, which one depends on whether your pet is resting or being noisy.img_0085img_0080img_0081

When Pongo was younger and I was a helicopter dog mom I used an app called ICam, which I loved and was similar to this. But Dog Monitor has a feature that ICam didn’t and that is I can hit the microphone button and talk to Pongo! This is my favorite feature on this app but I’m not too sure Pongo agrees :D. img_0084

TappyTaps has other apps one being a baby monitor version, you can check them out here. This app is pretty solid the only real “problem”I had was it makes a super loud alarm sound when one end is disconnected, but that is not a deal breaker for me and I highly recommend this app to my readers!

Check it out and let me know how you liked the Dog Monitor in the comments.. I’d also love suggestions on new pet friendly apps to try!

Ashley & Pongo

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How I Got My Dog To Enjoy Bath Time

 

Hi Everyone!! Like I said before I am NO expert on dog training. But we have had our little problem child for over three years now and have miraculously gotten him to listen to us on some things ha. One of those being bath time! When he was a ten pound puppy holding him in the tub wasn’t so hard but when they grow too big for you to lift them easily, and you need them to get in the bath tub (or the car or anywhere really) it helps when they get in there themselves. Pongo was afraid of the bath tub at first but loved attacking the hose at the dog park. So instead of waiting until we got home to bathe him I brought a towel and his shampoo there. I’d squirt the hose on the table to entice him to jump up for the water instead of dragging him onto the table like many others did. Then I started slowly wetting him and praising him while I did it with pats on the head and a few good boys :). And after awhile when I started walking for the exit he jumped on the washing station without prompting. He knew our routine and all the park goers commented on how well behaved he was ( if they only knew the truth) and how easy it was to bathe him.

Then came the ringworm incident… *shudder* which meant medicated baths once a day everyday for two weeks in the evil bath tub.  Not only did we have to get him IN the tub but after applying the shampoo we had to KEEP him in the tub for 10 minutes while it soaked into his skin.. I thought who came up with this idea but my husband and I set out to try anyways. Like at the park I thought about what would motivate him to even come into the bathroom. He loves the hose like I said but just turning the faucet on was not enough to draw him in. Pongo is also heavily motivated by treats and food so I held his favorite treat near the bathtub and he actually jumped in! To keep him in my husband fed him treats while I bathed him (so spoiled). But it worked and now all we have to do at bath time is turn the faucet on and call him name then he comes running ( and most importantly stays in the bath tub until we are finished).

So if you are reading this and having trouble bathing your dog think about what he or she loves and will always want. Could be food like Pongo, or maybe their favorite toy. Use that item to slowly introduce them to the bath and hopefully it works out for you. Not all dogs are the same, and I can’t say this enough but patience and going slow are key here you don’t want to force them into a situation where they are scared. Hopefully I’ve given you a different approach to try that you haven’t thought of before and I hope it works out for you and your furry friend!

Let me know what you think in the comments and any other tricks you may use to get your dog into that evil bathtub!

Ashley & Pongo

 

Training Fails

Pongo is our “first dog” we’ve gotten on our own and 3 years later we still have no idea what we are doing.  He has a schedule, he gets one or two walks everyday plus dog park time once a week. But he refuses to let himself fall asleep because he will most definitely miss something. That results in “zoomies” around the house almost every night. I affectionately call him “Satan”.

He will steal anything and everything he sees and we never know what he is going to go for. Except if there is a sock nearby. He will always choose the sock.

He jumps. He whines.  He never listens. He doesn’t obnoxiously beg at the dinner table, but if anyone drop something it is fair game and he always wins. He sounds like a ferocious beast when playing tug. Every game is tug so forget about getting his toys off him either. Except for the Kong because he needs peanut butter.. Obviously. He’d be good with eating bugs though, and lizards if I’m not watching, oh and the dead things so gross. He will also chase the kitties all day long if I let him.

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But when he finally relaxes he is the cutest thing ever.He is also super cuddly in the morning (or whenever he wakes up, since we managed to get him to sleep in). He knows lots of tricks too like bang and rollover and the names of all his toys which he’ll bring to you when you ask for them. He also knows that we love him and that he makes us happy. So I guess we did something right.

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Can anyone relate? Lets talk about our perfectly imperfect pets in the comments. 🙂

Ashley and Pongo