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Paul79UF Oct 30, 19 10:54 pm

WOPET Automatic Dog Feeder For My English Cream Golden Retriever - Mini Review & Pics
 
Some nights my wife and I don't get home from the airport until 10 or 11pm and our poor dog has to wait to eat dinner until then. I don't want the dog walker to feed him since she tends to way over feed him and I would rather he wait until 5 or 6pm rather than 3pm when she is there. So I went on Amazon and read some reviews on automatic pet feeders. I picked a nice blue (my favorite color) automatic dog feeder from Wopet that had good reviews. I actually feel really guilty that I didn't think of this idea sooner. Our dog gets a walk at 3pm but I don't feed him until 5 or 6pm most nights. So if we go from work straight to dinner, a happy hour or some other get together, we don't get home until almost midnight some Friday nights.

I almost splurged and got the treat dispenser with a camera on it so I could see my buddy, but I already have a few WiFi cameras I can use for that.

It was pretty easy to set up. The clock is in the 24 hour format instead of AM / PM but that's not a big deal. I recorded a quick "dinner time, come get it" message on the voice recording feature. My dog was confused the first two meals but now he runs on the stairs when he hears my recording. https://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smi...grin_upper.gif

The food popping out of the dispenser sounds like an old school slot machine. Except it is nuggets of salmon and sweet potato coming out instead of coins.

I'll have to play around with the four feeding times and portion size control to get the perfect 1.5 cups of food twice a day that he gets.

This would probably be a great thing for cat owners who travel for two or three days and just leave out a bunch of food. I know my mother's cat got really fat when she started doing that for her weekend trips.

Here are some pics -

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...ef725d5b34.jpg
Unboxing
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...4bcb23dc36.jpg
Programming
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...6cab5a48ca.jpg
Waiting for his first meal.
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...26d11d7d3e.jpg
Still waiting.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...83047e4970.jpg
Slot machine sounds
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...c2f3fcedcd.jpg
Dinner Time!

rsqrott Nov 1, 19 6:24 am

A nice review and a gorgeous dog :)


Originally Posted by Paul79UF (Post 31684583)
Some nights my wife and I don't get home from the airport until 10 or 11pm and our poor dog has to wait to eat dinner until then. I don't want the dog walker to feed him since she tends to way over feed him and I would rather he wait until 5 or 6pm rather than 3pm when she is there.

When we need to board our girl (rottweiler), or have a pet sitter come in, I always portion out the food in advance in either ziplocs or containers, this way I know that the amount will be correct.
However the cat is trickier as, if we leave food in the self feeder she will eat herself sick so someone must come in to feed her. This might be a good way to go for her.

Your mention of the treat dispenser made me laugh. I remember years ago I bought a kong dispenser for our last rottie. It would chime gently and then dispense a Kong onto the floor. I thought this was a great idea, prefilled some kongs and gave it a try for a few days. We'd come home to four full kongs on the floor. It was good to know that the soft chime didn't disturb her all day nap.

Jaimito Cartero Nov 1, 19 6:28 am

How does it handle the electricity going off?


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