Setting up the Furbo 360° Dog Camera couldn’t be easier. You plug it into an outlet and wait for a blinking light to appear at the base, which doesn’t take long. Meanwhile, you need to download the free Furbo smartphone app and create an account.
Once you’ve signed in, the app will automatically walk you through the connection process. Some of the steps include turning on your phone’s Bluetooth signal and entering your Wi-Fi password.
I always hold my breath when a product has to connect to my Wi-Fi. A few smart home devices never get past this stage of testing. But the Furbo did just fine and connected after a few seconds.
Here’s one of my few complaints about the Furbo: it has to be placed on a table that’s within about 15 feet of your internet router and, of course, within about 6 feet of an outlet. For me, that meant I could only put it in the living room.
Fortunately, that’s exactly where my couch potatoes hang out, so it wasn’t a big deal. But if I wanted to make sure they weren’t getting into trouble elsewhere in the house, I’d have to move my router and cross my fingers that an internet cable existed nearby.
You need to do a little training with your dog to help them understand the treat-tossing game, but Furbo gives you instructions and resources to make this easy. You start by letting your dogs watch you load the treats into the Furbo, and then you feed them a couple of treats by hand near the Furbo. Finally, you toss the treats on the ground while standing next to the Furbo.
When your dog can successfully find the treats you tossed, you can launch one from the Furbo. Just open the app, tap the camera view, and then tap the cookie icon in the center of the screen.
The Furbo will make a squeaky toy sound and then fire out a treat. Soon, your dog will start to associate the squeaky sound with an impending treat launch and will come to the Furbo. This makes it easier to call your dog to the camera when you want to make sure they’re okay. Alternatively, you can replace the squeaky sound with your own 6-second recording.