Man’s Best Friends: Dogs & SmartThings

A dog owner talks about how he uses SmartThings to monitor his pooch’s health and prevent accidents before they happen.

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“We rescued an Australian Cattle Dog mix a few months ago. She is a great dog in every way, except that she’s allergic to a bunch of foods and has some serious tummy issues. Unfortunately, she can’t hold it in very well and will sneak off to a specific secluded spot in our house every time she gets sick. 

Eventually, I recognized this pattern and set up a SmartSense Motion sensor where she goes (it’s a hallway that leads to a guest bedroom that we don’t normally use). I’ve been able catch her before she has an accident so I can get her outside. With the event logging, I’ll be able to see if she does this at regular times and can adjust her potty break schedule accordingly.

Less cleaning up messes means happier dog owners! Thanks, SmartThings!” –Freddy

What you need:
Free SmartThings iOS or Android app
SmartThings Hub
SmartSense Motion sensor

There are two ways to get notifications when motion is detected in your home:
• You can either set up the “Notify Me When” SmartApp by going into the “Convenince” SmartApp category, tapping “Configure,” and then selecting “Motion”

• Or you can set this up through the Dashboard by clicking on the “Damage & Danger” section, selecting “Unwanted Access to Dangerous Items,” and then tapping on “Alert when there is motion near…”. We will soon launch a new category of our Dashboard called “Motion & Cameras” that will make setting this up in the Dashboard much more straightforward!

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