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Pet-Proof Your Home: 7 Smart Home Solutions Pet Owners Must Have!

by Ann Ferguson

When it comes to our furry friends (or feathery or scaly friends), we want nothing but the best for them. And in this age of smart homes, we can use technology to simplify our lives and make our pets' lives better and safer. From smart thermostats that keep them comfortable to cameras that let us check in on them during the day, there's a whole world of possibilities.

So, if you're a pet parent looking to upgrade your home, you're in the right place. Let's explore how to make your smart home pet-friendly!

1. Smart Thermostats for Comfort

Closeup of a man adjusting thermostat through smart control hub

Smart thermostats are a pet owner's best friend. They're not just about saving energy or maintaining your comfort but also about keeping your pets happy and healthy.

Whether you have a husky that prefers cooler temperatures or a parrot that thrives in a warmer environment, a smart thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature based on your pet's needs. You can program it to maintain the optimal temperature range for your pet, ensuring they're always comfortable, even when you're not home.

And the best part? You can control it remotely. So, if there's a sudden heatwave or cold snap while you're out, you can adjust the temperature from your phone. That's smart comfort for your pets!

Pro Tip: Consult with a vet to understand the ideal temperature range for your pet. This can vary based on their species, age, and health condition.

2. Smart Cameras for Pet Monitoring

Closeup of someone reviewing their home footage with their dog next to them

In a smart home, monitoring your pets becomes a breeze. With the integration of smart cameras into your home automation system, you can watch your furry friends from anywhere, at any time.

These cameras can be programmed to send you alerts for unusual activity, so if your pet is in distress or getting into mischief, you'll know right away. You can react quickly to potential issues, ensuring your pet's safety and well-being. You can also program your system to play calming music if the cameras detect your pet is anxious, or you can talk to them through a two-speaker so they can hear your voice!

Pro Tip: Let our custom integrators know where your pets' favorite spots are so we can cover them with enough surveillance.

3. Geo-Fencing for Pet Safety

One of the most innovative ways a smart home can ensure the safety of your pets is through geo-fencing. Geo-fencing uses your home's Wi-Fi or GPS to create virtual boundaries for your pets.

Here's how it works: You set a specific area as a safe zone for your pets. If your pet steps out of this zone, you'll receive an immediate alert on your smartphone. This can be especially useful if you have a pet that loves exploring or need to keep them away from certain areas, like a busy road or a dangerous part of your garden.

But geo-fencing isn't just about keeping your pets in; it's also about keeping potential threats out. You can set your smart home system to alert you if an unknown animal or stranger enters your yard, giving you time to bring your pets inside.

Pro Tip: Geo-fencing can also automate other parts of your smart home, like setting it so your smart door locks automatically when your pet enters the house, adding an extra layer of security.

4. Automatic Door Locks & Codes

Dog walker looking up code to use to be let into the house

We all want the best for our pets, which sometimes means entrusting their care to others. Whether it's a dog walker for your energetic pup or a pet sitter for your independent cat while you're away, granting them access to your home is necessary. But with a smart home, you don't have to hide a key under the mat or give out copies.

With smart locks, you can create unique access codes for each person who needs to enter your home. You can even set schedules for these codes, ensuring they only work during specific times. This means your dog walker can only enter your home during their scheduled walk times, adding an extra layer of security.

And the best part? You'll receive a notification every time your door is unlocked, so you'll know exactly when your pet is being cared for. Plus, you can revoke or change the access codes at any time, giving you complete control over who enters your home.

Pro Tip: When combined with a smart video doorbell, you can see who is at your door before granting access, which is helpful if you have a new pet sitter or dog walker.

5. Smart Lighting and Motion Sensors: Guiding the Way

Letting your pet out for a late-night bathroom break can be a hassle, especially if your yard is dark. But with smart lighting and motion sensors, you can light up your yard automatically when your pet steps out. No more stumbling in the dark or worrying about your pet's safety.

And it's not just about outdoor lighting. Indoor smart lighting can be programmed to turn on at low brightness during your pet's active hours (why are the cats up at 1 a.m. anyway?), preventing any bumps in the night so you can sleep undisturbed. You can also program the lights to come on while you're away at work so they're not in total darkness!

Pro Tip: You can also coordinate your smart blinds with your smart lights so your pets can look out the windows and benefit from natural light.

6. Water Leak Sensors: Protecting Your Aquatic Pets

Large built-in aquarium in luxury home

For those with aquatic pets, water leak sensors are a must. These smart devices can detect even the smallest leaks from your aquarium, alerting you before it becomes a major issue. This protects your home from water damage and ensures the safety and comfort of your fishy friends!

Pro Tip: Place water leak sensors near your aquarium or any other area where water spills are likely.

7. Other Smart Devices: Making Pet Care Easier

Beyond the standard smart home solutions, there are also devices designed specifically for pets. These devices range from smart pet doors that allow your pet to come and go while keeping unwanted animals out to automatic feeders that ensure your pet is fed on schedule even when you're not home. Some interactive toys can even keep your pet entertained while you're away.

While these devices aren't necessary for every pet owner, they can add an extra layer of convenience and peace of mind to your smart home.

Paw-fect Harmony

Young woman playing with her puppy and a tablet in hand

Creating a pet-friendly smart home is more than just a convenience — it's a way to ensure your furry friends are safe, comfortable, and happy. With these smart solutions, Audio Video Intelligence can help you transform your home into a pet paradise.

So, if you're ready to start, call us or drop by today, and we'll set up your consultation appointment. From there, we'll review all the must-haves you need for your smart home and plan the best solutions!