Is a Doggy Cam Right For You?

Is a Doggy Cam a good idea? We have all seen the prime-time news magazine stories showing tapes of neglectful or abusive nannies. Nanny Cams have become so ubiquitous most nannies feel that they are likely under watchful eyes at least some of the time.

If you have hired a dog walker or dog sitter, have you ever wondered whether something fishy is going on? Just like any loving parent, we want to be assured that our kids are being taken care of properly. But would you go so far as to install a Doggy Cam? Have you gone that far? I would love to hear about why and how you arrived at that decision, and what you learned.

I’m fortunate in that I don’t often need someone to check in on my dogs. They are low energy and I sometimes wonder whether they have stirred at all from their customary chair or couch. But if I had to hire someone to check in on them or walk them on a regular basis, I wonder whether I would be tempted to go the Doggy Cam route.

It is certainly becoming more and more feasible. They are relatively inexpensive. You can find them made to look like alarm clocks, air purifiers, carbon monoxide detectors and AC adapters. Personally, I don’t have a problem with the concept. The next time I have a litter I  plan to have some sort of setup for them so I can check in periodically during the day. Why not make it inconspicuous and leave it in place…just in case?

While the thought makes me a tad queasy, the thought of allowing a relative stranger to care for my kids is also unsettling.  There are I suspect legal issues to consider as well as moral ones. I’m wondering whether anyone has installed a Doogy Cam and what they found? If you were a dog sitter/walker, how would you feel about it?

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2 Responses to “Is a Doggy Cam Right For You?”

  1. Donna 12. Apr, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    As a person with a pet sitting business this idea of a “nanny cam” comes up frequently. In past years it wasn’t so much of an issue unless the pet owner was going on an extended vacation and wanted to see how things were going in their absence. Recently though, the idea comes up with just the routine daily visits. I am delighted when the pet owner tells me they have a recording devise somewhere. If they don’t mention it I don’t ask however, I assume most home owners do have one some place. Obviously, if one is doing what one was hired to do who cares if its being recorded. Let’s face it, we are being recorded all day whether driving, getting gas, walking in the mall or using a public restroom so why not be recorded when we are involved in taking care of someone’s beloved pet. I’m all for it.

  2. Elizabeth Deitz 14. Apr, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    I wish you lived in my area!!!! I love your attitude and couldn’t agree with you more. It is a fact of life that we are often photographed or videod without our knowledge. I may not like it, but it is a fact of life now. In a typical office environment, you are being watched by your boss. In the pet sitter’s case, the home he or she is visiting is the equivalent of an office.
    Thanks for the comment. By the way, where ARE you located?

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