Review: Furbo Automatic Treat Dispensing Dog Camera

It's hard to walk out of the house to go to work with those sad puppy dog eyes staring at you. We know our dogs are lonely at home alone during the day, but what can we do to help them? Thanks to new technology, dog cameras, like the Furbo, now allow us to check on our pets when we're out of the house.

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

Depending on the type of camera you buy, it may also be equipped with a microphone that can allow you to record a message or speak through your smartphone and play a message for your pet. This may be extremely helpful for dogs who suffer from separation anxiety.

The Furbo offers all of these features and more! That's why I wanted to test it out and share my review. It's one of the most popular dog cameras on the market, and I wanted to see if it lived up to the hype.

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Furbo Automatic Treat Dispensing Dog Camera Review

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

As you'll see in my video review, Furbo is very easy to use. I was a little intimidated at first because I am certainly not tech-savvy. I'm the girl who has to ask my husband for help with the television remote, and my children can do it on a laptop or smartphone than I can.

I was able to set up this dog camera in about 5 minutes easily, and the majority of that time, I was just waiting for it to connect to my home's WiFi. Below, you can watch my unboxing video to see just how easy the Furbo really is to set up.

All you have to do is take the pieces out of the box, fill the Furbo with treats (you even get a small bag of treats to start with included with your purchase), put the top on the treat dispenser, plug in your Furbo, and wait. While you're waiting, you can download the FREE app that is available for iOS or Android devices.

Your Furbo will connect to your home's WiFi, and you'll see the light on the bottom of the device turn green when it's ready to go. I point this out in my video review, but it's a bit hard to see because the lighting is so bright.

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I walk you through the app in my video, but it's super easy to navigate – even for the most technologically challenged. Once you sign in to the app, you just select your Furbo, and it will upload the live feed from the device in your home.

There are three buttons at the bottom of the screen. One allows you to turn on the microphone and send a message to your pet. It will continue recording and sending messages until you turn the microphone off. Unlike other similar products, the Furbo doesn't just play the same prerecorded message time and time again. You can send a unique message every time.

Another button allows you to take still photos or short videos of your pet to save or share on social media. The third button looks like a little dog biscuit. When you press this, the Furbo device will launch a dog treat onto the floor for your pet to enjoy.

Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, Full HD Wifi Pet Camera and 2-Way Audio, Designed for Dogs, Compatible with Alexa (As Seen On Ellen) Not only is the Furbo great for treating and talking to your pet while you're away, but it also gives curious dog owners a way to see what their pet is up to all day. I worry about our Boxer, Chloe when we're gone. No matter how long I am gone or what time I return home, she's always sitting in the same spot in front of the window, waiting for me.

I always wondered if she just sat there all day worrying if I was coming home. Chloe's a rescue dog, so we don't know what her life was like before we adopted her. Was she abandoned by a family she once loved? Is she worried that I am leaving her too?

My mind was put to rest once we got the Furbo. Chloe doesn't sit by that window all day long. She spends most of the day relaxing on her dog bed, but she also plays and wrestles with our two dogs from time to time.

I have seen her eating and drinking when I'm not at home. I know that even though I'm not there, she's happy. She must know the distinct sound of my car and races to the window when I begin slowing down to turn into our driveway.

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I haven't even told you about my favorite Furbo feature yet. It has a bark indicator that will send a message to your smartphone or tablet whenever your dog is barking. You can sign into the app and check to see why your dog is making so much noise.

The bark indicator is a bit annoying sometimes, though. It alerts you about every 30 seconds, so if your dog barks for a long period of time, you'll get multiple notifications back to back.

It also alerts you anytime your dog barks, even if you're home. However, if you go into the settings menu, you can turn the privacy mode on. This allows the Furbo to be off automatically when you're home.

The Furbo works much better than some of the other dog cameras I've tested.

Many similar products have a long lag time and freeze quite often. While the feed from the Furbo isn't perfect, it's much better than any other camera that I've tried.

As with most products, better quality usually means more money, and that's true in this situation. The Furbo sells for $196.15 on Amazon. You can find other similar products for $100-$150, but they won't have as many features, and the quality probably won't be as good.

The Furbo certainly isn't a necessity, and I know it won't fit into everyone's budget. It's a fine toy, though. It would also make a great gift for the dog or dog owner on your shopping list that seems to have everything.


Since publishing this review on the original model, Furbo has unveiled an updated model. They are calling it the “first AI-powered dog camera” because it uses machine learning and computer vision to notify you when your dog is pacing, chewing, or playing. This new device also automatically takes a picture of your Fido when he’s looking at the camera and lets you know when it detects a human in view.

This could be a great addition for anyone who wants to check in on a pet sitter or dog walker. And it could also let you know if a puppy napper is in your home! The upgraded Furbo camera is equipped with a 1080p HD camera with 4x zoom, night vision, and a 160-degree wide-angle lens.

Summary of the Furbo Treat Dispensing Dog Camera Review

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


  • Allows you to see what your dog is up to when you're not at home
  • Dispenses are treated with the push of a button
  • Connects to a FREE app that is available for both iOS and Android devices
  • Alerts you when your dog is barking
  • Allows you to take still photos and record short videos to save or share on social media


  • The bark alert sends you a message about every 30 seconds, which gets fairly annoying if your dog barks for a long period of time
  • 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.
  • More expensive than many other dog cameras

Now it’s your turn to review the Furbo Treat Dispensing Dog Camera

Do you have a Furbo? Have you ever used one? Was the connection clear? Do you and your dog benefit from using it? Your opinion could help other pet owners who are shopping for a dog camera. Let us know your opinion in the comments below, or share your own reviews on our Facebook page.

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Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.
furbo-dog-camera-reviewThe Furbo automatic treat dispensing dog camera is a fun gadget to use. You can check in on your Fido when you're away from home and give him a treat, but is it worth the $225 price tag?