How can a webcam be a puppy trainers best friend, I’ll tell ya!
Having a puppy in your house is like having a baby. They need constant supervision. They need to be reminded when to eat, where to go to the bathroom and what they are and are NOT allowed to chew on. When you are home, this is a fairly routine task. By blocking of certain areas of the house, tethering the puppy to you via a leash or paying 100% attention to every movement that puppy makes, you can watch your puppy for cues like need to use the lawn, boredom and looking for something to eat. When you work out of the house, this becomes a more difficult task.
When I first get a dog I start ‘crate training’ them. This means when I am not able to give 100% of my attention to the puppy, I place them in their crate. I create a ‘den-like’ atmosphere with a sheet over top, enough space to move around, a comfortable mat for them to lie on and a few choice toys or chew bones to keep them occupied. My first two dogs loved their crate. There were many times that I would wonder where they were as adults and find that they had wandered over to their crate. It was essentially their room in the house and it provide them with a sense of control and ownership in the house and in the family.
My new puppy, Sadie, is a Labradoodle. Although, we have undergone the same techniques as her predecessor, she HATES her crate. I don’t know if its a FEMALE thing, that she doesn’t like to be alone (trust me I get it!) or if its a breed thing, but no matter how fancy it is, where we locate it or what we add to it, Sadie hates her crate.
Although it was 100% necessary in the beginning stages of puppy training, as Sadie begins to mature and catch on to the rules of the house (no chewing walls, no going to the bathroom on the floor), we feel that we can leave her out for short periods of time (i.e. running to the store to pick up a few items). Since we are in the ‘new’ stage of leaving her alone, I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall and see what she does when we aren’t home and be able to stop bad behaviors with verbal commands she already knows.
Puppy Training with a Webcam
1. Pick a good spot – If you observe your puppy for a day or two, it will become apparent where there special spot is. Maybe its on the couch, maybe its under the kitchen table or maybe its at the front door. Learn where you puppy spends most of their time and set the camera up there.
2. Choosing a camera – The camera I chose was the Logitech’s Circle Home Connection Camera The Circle is a premium device, specifically designed for capturing all the magic moments of home, so you never have to miss a thing, even when you’re away. The Circle is great because it offers you the ability to experience HD videos both day and night from anywhere in the world, thanks your smart phone! With features like “Replay the Day“, a 30 sec video clip encompassing your entire day and ‘Smart Video Filtering‘ which captures the memorable moments while limiting the false notifications, you can learn what your puppy is up to when you are not around. With the ‘2 Way Talk & Listen‘ feature you can stop your dogs bad behaviors before they start!
3. Test it out your Camera before you leave home – The first thing you want to do is find a good location for your camera. It should be somewhere that catches the action and doesn’t become part of it! On a shelf or a table, out of puppy’s reach, is ideal. The last thing you want is your camera to get knocked over or become a new chew toy!
4. Record the first session while you are home – To begin, simply download the Logitech app on your smartphone, pair it with the camera and sit in another room and see what you capture. This will allow you to make minor adjustments to the camera to ensure that you get the best shot. It will before the big test. It will also allow you to gage how your dog will react to your vocal commands when you are not physically present.
5. View session from a remote location – It’s time for the big show! Enjoy your day outside of the home, while you can still monitor what is going on inside your home. Watch the day in review in 30 seconds or what it in real time to see what modification you need to make (i.e. put the Kleenex box up higher, remove kids stuffies from room).
Happy Puppy Training!
What are some of your favourite puppy training tips and tricks?
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