Petcube Bites? What in the world is that, I wondered as I sneaked up on Bailie when she was writing her letter to Santa. I had to go jump online to find out why she wanted one of these things so much.
My GBGV Life received a Petcube Bites WI-FI Pet Camera from Chewy.com to review as a member of the Chewy Influencer Program. My GBGV Life did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. The opinions in this review are the honest opinions of My GBGV Life. Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. My GBGV Life may receive a small commission for products purchased through the links.
It looks like Bailie is getting her Christmas gift from me early this year. I pretended to be surprised, and not know what was in the big box from Chewy.com when it arrived. Bailie was super excited to see if it was food or toys, but actually it is a little of each!
I think I was more excited about trying out the Petcube Bites WI-FI Pet Camera than Bailie was! Can you imagine the excitement in your own home when your dog opens the box from Chewy.com to find this super cool treat dispensing camera?
Setting Up Your Petcube Bites
I immediately took the box out of the cover and started to read the directions, I am a girl, so that is standard. It is pretty easy to set up from what I was reading. The main thing is to have it set up near your WI-FI connection since it is operated remotely via internet.
Inside the lid of the second box, there is a quick reference manual which is real helpful. The device can stand on a table, or shelf, or it can be mounted on a wall. We are gentle at my house, so I opted for the table. If your dog is the type to attack a device to get the food out of it, you should probably mount it on the wall.
Next I set the base on the table, added the treat container to the top, and started putting treats in it. The dispenser holds up to two pounds of treats, up to an inch in diameter.
How Does It Work
The Petcube Bites works with Android or iOS smartphones. Start by downloading the app to your smartphone, then follow the directions to hook up with your dispensing magician. There are all kinds of settings in the app. It may take a little practice to fine tune it all to just how you want to use it. My screen name is MadDog because Madison is taken, and my mom calls me MadDog Madison sometimes.
Some of the available options are to simply monitor your dog while you are away, send treats on a schedule or manually, set a maximum number of treats, who you want to share videos with, a sound option for when you turn the camera on, set what triggers the camera to film, and more. The camera has an1080p HD video stream with night vision and 3x zoom allowing you to watch your pup in real time, and the two-way audio lets you hear and talk to your pup.
The Petcube Bites In Use
We did some practice runs from home first to see how it all works. Bailie and I are both super curious about this machine, even days after first using it. This shot was captured early in the morning. Who are those two noses? Note the buttons on the left and right? The bone is the sign for treats, and it even tells you when you are getting low. The microphone is turned on and off by touch. On the right side, the camera is for a screenshot, and the other icon is to start and stop video.
The most important icon is the bone quivering in the middle. If you touch the bone on the left, it turns yellow for on, and the quiver bone in the middle appears. Simply slide it up, fling it up, with your paw to send treats to your pup. It is not immediate, as the machine has to load, and deliver. While delivering, the machine makes noises. Your dog will train herself to know what that sound means in about one second. The microphone can also be turned off and on so you can talk to your pup.
Screenshots can also be taken in daylight. Have a look at your pup as she patiently waits for treats to come flying at her.
Mom and I had to do some things last week, so we left Bailie home to test the Petcube Bites. She was overjoyed to wait at home, and eat the treats that would be flung at her. At one point on our excursion, I sat down with my cellphone, and thought, I should send Bailie some treats. The ability to do this, and see how happy Bailie was, removed any guilt we had about leaving Bailie home. The only hiccup we can think of is a multi dog home. If you are flinging treats, it could cause fighting over food when you are not there. It is something to think about. We will use it only when one of us is home alone.
We have a short video for you, so you can see how this amazing treat dispenser works. Some of the video quality is not the best, but that is how it came out. Also, for some reason it doesn’t record sound most of the time. The most important is seeing how we love it anyway. Our device is set to chime once when it is activated from our smartphone, letting us know we need to wake up from out nap, and get to the machine for treats.
Now can you see why this Petcube Bites is on the wish list of every dog? Pretty cool, isn’t it? It makes your pup happy, and removes guilt from your human conscience. Imagine the fun you can have at the office gathered around the water bowl, flinging treats to your dog, and letting your coworkers watch on your phone! These Petcube Bites are on sale right now on Chewy.com and are available in silver/black like ours, all black, or rose gold/black. Stop by and grab one for your pup.
If you need some other gift ideas for your pets, check out the holiday pet shop for all pets!