Testing Petzi, The Pet Cam That Shoots Treats

By Derek Ward, Published Aug 14, 2015, 12:00am EDT

Do you love dogs?

Do you love the Internet of Things?

Then we have a product for you.

Half camera, half remote-controlled pet treat dispenser, Petzi lets you shoot treats at your dog. That's my dog going for a Petzi treat:

After doubling their IndieGogo goals in 2013, Petzi has finally hit the market, promising users an easy way to look in on, talk to, and best of all, shoot treats at their pets.

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Comments (35)

Ross. When is Zeke's Birthday?

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No word on Lenel integration status ;)

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Was this the product on Shark Tank?

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Ok, found the one I was thinking of.

iCPooch

A similar concept product, but this one uses a tablet that you provide with two way video on a treat dispenser.

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I think IPVM offically jumped the shark with this review.

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Does it come with a GoDogPro camera too for tracking where your dog is snooping while you're gone?

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Looks like these guys saw this on the Ben Heck Show and ran with it.

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Finally a real solution for those not home on Halloween!

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Cat Facial Recognition Feeder - CatFi:

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Raccoons and possums will hate this.

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Is it possible to intercept the stream?

I have three dogs so something like this could be great, if for no other reason than to have a way to calm them down when the neighbors call to complain about howling and we are not home. Distraction works wonders. Unfortunately, the lack of functional IR and recording is disappointing. Those two oversights made me put away my credit card.

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What do you mean by intercept the stream? As in can someone hack it? Or as in can it be streamed to another recorder?

The answer to the latter is no, there's no RTSP stream. Video is sent to the cloud with no local viewing option.

The answer to the former is trickier. Petzi doesn't mention what sort of encryption they use on their communications. We did not Wireshark it but I suspect they some sort of standard encryption.

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Sorry, RTSP. That option is a no-go then.

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Unfortunately, the lack of functional IR...

The IR was disabled to prevent possible pet injuries caused by a non-technical owner innocently launching a delicious treat at a hungry dog in a pitch-black room.

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Petzi 2.0 to include remote controllable white light....

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Throw in a laser pointer and the fun never ends...

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Finally, treat dispenser and laser fun in one!

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With how much force are these treats ejected from the dispenser?

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With enough force to send treats ~3' or so on a table, but it's not enough force to actually hurt someone (unless you put your eyes directly in front of the dispenser.) Here is a gif showing treats being shot out:

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Not too much:

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I dont get what you are saying?? are you syaing you would like to hurt mans best friend with your LMS array of weapons?

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...are you saying you would like to hurt mans best friend with your LMS array of weapons?

0.006 Joules is about as much energy as a fly farting.

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Ha! Ok get it!! :)

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This is taking camera shootout to a whole other level.

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I can't help but keep visualizing this product after being attacked by a persistent, strong jawed pooch that is driven by food. What is the IP rating for drool under pressure anyway?

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IK-9

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Well played!

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Great review and as always in depth factual!!

Unfortunately this would be no good for me…… I have two Beagles.. and as anyone who has owned or owns one will tell you this great dogs undoing is FOOD! The last shots you’d see this camera putting out at my place is being ripped off its mount and swallowed once the treats ran out!! J

Maybe play the sound of cats fighting would be a be an option to attract our best friends into the FOV?

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My grand daughter is starting a new job that won't allow her to come home at lunch to spend time with her beloved dog - this is just the ticket for her!

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Thanks for this review guys! What I would love to see is a combination of this product with a collar cam that produces a vibration/shock. This way I can use the carrot and the stick to correct behavior.
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I'd like it to detect motion so when I'm not there and my dog heads into the family room where he LOVES to leave me "surprises" it would detect & shoot treats across the room leading him away from the potty spot! This product has infinite possibility :)

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Has anybody used this for guard tours? When the guard's scheduled to tour the facility the system both throws treats to them and documents their tour? Just a thought.

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I see it as a better human kids toy/game. Parent loads it up with small candy treats, kids (minimum age probably 4 or 5) put on safety goggles and stand back 10 feet then parent sits & watches thier favorite TV Show or catches up on Facebook while shooting treats out to the kids. The kids will love the game, parents will get some uninterupted time - its a win/win! Of course caution should be excersized to only use this game in the morning so they have the day to get the sugar out of their systems; not a good pre-bedtime game!

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