Monday, January 18, 2016

Petzi Treat Cam review and GIVEAWAY

Have you ever wanted to peek in on your dogs when you're not at home? See if they're barking, throwing a party, or napping comfortably? The good news is, you can! Petcams are great for checking in on your pet while on vacation or at work. My son uses one, and even had to rush out of the office once because he saw his new puppy eating its way through his living room couch. (He was able to get home before the whole couch was ruined!)

We are excited to have the opportunity to review the Petzi Treat Cam, AND I have one to give away to a lucky reader, too!

















The Petzi Treat Cam allows you to ('see') video, ('speak') audio, (‘snap’) take pictures and (‘treat’) dispense treats to your pets remotely using any internet enabled device at anytime from anywhere. I was especially excited about the interactive features and couldn't wait to give it a try.
 
Petzi unit and plug, with tiny dog treat.

















To be honest, I put off setting up the Petzi Treat Cam for quite some time, because I was worried it would be complicated and glitchy, like some tech products I've tried in the past. When I finally set to it, I was pleasantly surprised. Petzi is simple and quick, and you need no special technical skill to do it. Just set it up, download the app, plug it in and you're good to go.

Now let's look at the four features of Petzi:
1. SEE:
Video Quality: The camera has a GREAT wide angle lens. From where I set it up, it takes in the whole hall and part of the living room. This is where my dogs spend most of their time when no one is home (staring at the front door) so there's a good chance of seeing them whenever we check in. The picture is clear, the color bright. The night vision feature is a little grainy, but good enough to see your pet in the dark.

2. SPEAK: 
The microphone works quite well. It's loud and responsive. There is a delay- you hit the microphone button, speak, release the button, wait a second, and then it plays in your home. The dogs don't seem to recognize the voice as mine or respond to it very much though.

Ike is taking in the chime, but hasn't yet learned what to make of it.













3. SNAP:
Picture Capture Quality: The images are a bit fuzzy. I think stationary items come out quite well, but if your pets are moving they come out blurry. But I don't expect to use this camera for sharing  images as much as for viewing my pets when I'm away.

Here is an image capture from the camera. Wide view.











4. TREAT:
The treat launcher is a lot of fun. Once you press the treat button, the camera mechanism whirls and clicks, and before long a couple mini treats are launched out onto the floor to the surprise of unsuspecting canines (and felines!). A bell chimes when the machine turns on, and the dogs quickly learned that the noises meant a treat would soon be launched. They waited, ears cocked, until the Petzi spat out the goods. (Ike did better at this, as Kelly is 14 and her hearing is not what it used to be.) Sometimes one treat came out, sometimes three or four. You can use different miniature treats, and crunchy treats work best.

Kelly and Ike definitely enjoyed the treat launcher.


 













A Few Treat Considerations:
*The noise of the launcher is quite loud. If you have a skittish pet they may be frightened. Have them get used to the sound while you are home. Also, the treats come out with some force. If a pet gets too close, they will get hit, although I doubt it will really hurt them.

*Multiple pet families will have to judge if their pets can share or will squabble over food tossed on the ground. I was skeptical, because Kelly is bossy and we feed them in separate rooms. But I also know that Ike defers to her without fail, so that if there was an issue it wouldn't escalate. Well, the first few times we launched (while home to supervise) they did fine. But then the next launch, they were going for the same treat and Kelly went into her frenzy and barked her bossy "It's mine!" warning. As predicted, Ike just walked away. But I wouldn't want to set them up for a skirmish like that, especially when no one was home to monitor. When we are home, I would never throw food on the floor between them and have them go at it! One option is to only use the food launcher when we see just one dog in view. Or just use the camera and not the food launcher. Although that is the most fun of the Petzi.

Here is when Kelly decided the food was "MINE ALL MINE."













*Food Motivated Dogs- You will have to think carefully about where you place this. Kelly wasn't so curious, but Ike was VERY interested in this camera. Once he connects that there is food inside, it is likely that he will attempt to get at it. I wouldn't leave this camera anywhere he could reach or jump to.  Also, I could see him staring at it all day, awaiting the whirs that signify a treat launch!

Ike waiting for a launch.













Petzi Treat Cam features:
- EZ-PZ set up and intuitive interface
- Multiple mounting options (attach to wall, velcro to furniture, etc)
- A treat dispensing system that holds an ample amount, and allows you to use your choice of treats (providing they are small enough)

The food hopper full of treats.











- Treat level notification that alerts you when treats are running low so your never out
- HD camera delivers up to 720p video
- Low-light IR video capture
- Wide angle viewing with Pet motion detection
- extended range audio


OVERALL-
We like the Petzi Treat Cam very much. It does just what you need it to do: provides a way to check in on your dog while your not home, with a broad view and decent video and audio quality. Plus, adds the unique and fun feature of launching treats to your pet from anywhere in the world!

-The Petzi is priced at $169.99 and is available on Amazon or at PetSmart stores.

And now, here it is! We're giving away one Petzi Treat Cam to a lucky winner. Enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway









*Full Disclosure: I was given one Petzi Treat Cam to review and one to give away in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my review, and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

38 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, this sounds like it would be both useful and fun! We had a product similar to this but it was the glitchiest thing ever and most of the time, it refused to work. We would love to be able to see & talk to Oz while we are out, especially on our Habitat for Humanity volunteer days, when he is left home alone for a decent stretch of time.

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  2. I have ALWAYS wanted to see what my pets are doing while I am at work - both because it would be fun but also helpful to check up on them on nights where I have to work late. Would absolutely love to try this!

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  3. I have been very curious about these! I'm not sure I'd use the treat launcher since I have two dogs but I would sure love to keep an eye on them and say hi when I'm not home.

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  4. Having had a few sick pets lately it would be great to be able to closely monitor them while I'm at work.

    It would also be great to monitor my dogs and make sure they are behaving while I'm gone.

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  5. i would love to win, so i could keep track of my oldest dog when i am away from home to make sure she is okay. i would also like to see what mischief the 2 younger girls are getting into.

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  6. This would be great! I've always wondered what Melvin does while we are gone during the day. Also, I'd love to give him a treat or two..(if he's being a good boy! HA) Thanks for the chance!!

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  7. Oh this is a good one! We would love to spy on the woman
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  8. I would like one because we just moved into a new house. I noticed the dogs are very unsure and scared about the recent changes, I'd like to be able to reassure them when I am not home.

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  9. What a cool concept! I would love to win a petzi cam so that I can stay connected with my big guy when we aren't home. Last year his kitty passed away and ever since then he's been really bored and lonely while I'm at work. Maybe something like this will stop him from flipping the dining room chairs over!

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  10. I know my furbabies (four Coonhounds and three cats - all rescues) miss me and get bored - and therefore sometimes get into trouble - when I'm not home. I'd really love to not only be able to see what they are doing, but reward them when they ARE being good, when I'm away from home.

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  11. This looks so cool! I love that it dispenses treats. :)

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  12. Would love to win to keep track of my dog when I'm not home.

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  13. This would be such a wonderful way to interact with my pets while I'm away!

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  14. What a great way to play with the pups!

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  15. We have two large, mixed breed rescue dog and I want to see what they do all day. If they are just laying around, I will try to come up with some stimulation for them.

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  16. I would love to win one to see how my dog is doing during the day.

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  17. I worry about Mr. N when I'm gone because he has separation anxiety.

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  18. Would be great for rewarding calm behavior in my younger dog.

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  19. I have been wanting one of these for my daughter. Her puppy is notorious for getting into things while they are gone. This would be a wonderful way for them to speak to her and offer treats to deter the cabinet surfing!

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  20. Having two very active furbies, one 8 yrs old and one 4 mos old, that run around the house like two buffalos, this would definitely be a plus!!! Being able to reward them for "good" behavior.

    anncluck(at)att(dot)net

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  21. I would love to be able to reward Schooner and Skipper for being good....or when they are jumping all over the furniture and taking the cushions and pillow off the couch and chairs I could release a treat and they could watch the Pezi Treat Cam to see if anymore treats are coming for awhile.

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  22. I like to try this with my friend's dog who suffers separation anxiety.

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  23. I want this cause I'll be good to reward my dog if he's good and can check on him

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  24. great idea to check on our pup

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  25. I'd love to be able to see what Dexter and the kitty do when we're away at work!

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  26. Would love to be able to see what the pup does when we're at work!

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  27. I LOVE this idea! I'd love to know what Bella does during the day (although I might be afraid to find out. ;)

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  28. Would like to see what my dog does when I'm gone!

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  29. I have always wanted to win a pet cam so I can see what my dog is doing while I am at work all day. She is home with my parents when I am at work but I would still love to be able to watch her and see what she is up and see her adorable little face! It would be fun!

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  30. Wow!!!! This would be so amazing to keep an eye on my fosters while im at work :) always wondering what they are you to.

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  31. Wow!!!! This would be so amazing to keep an eye on my fosters while im at work :) always wondering what they are you to.

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  32. I like the idea of giving Shunta a treat when I'm not there. She deserves it. Also watch and make sure she is alright since is 12 years and not as young as she used to be.

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  33. With 4 pets in the house, 2 mini Schnauzers, 1 naughty kitten & 1 elderly calico cat I would love to see how they get along when we're not around!

    Thanks for the opportunity,
    Pam, Oskar, Olive, Chloe & Bruce Wayne

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  34. this is such a cute idea, i would love for my dogs to be able to use this!

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  35. I would love to win this because I can't afford it but would so love to be able to interact with Kirby when I'm at work. Debby Martin

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  36. I would love to be able to interact and keep an eye on my girls while I'm at work or if we are on vacation.

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  37. I would love to win this because I suspect my dog of hosting beer and pizza parties when I'm gone.

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  38. I would like to win so I can reassure my dog Augie throughout the day that I will be home soon and he does't need to worry.

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