By Andrew Liszewski
One of the things I like about dogs is that they do their ‘business’ outside, instead of in a small box in the corner of your laundry room like other pets. But without the ability to operate a deadbolt or a door knob on their own, they’re pretty much reliant on you to let them outside. And if you forget to do so, things could get messy, so installing this pet sensing doorbell will ensure you always know when they’re ready for you know what.
The unit mounts to the wall near a door in your house and relies on a smart key attached to your pet’s collar to know when the animal is in the vicinity of the door, and presumably wants to go outside. The range can be adjusted from 6 inches to 3 feet, and when your pet does approach the doorbell it will ring a tone for about 7 seconds, every 5-10 seconds, until you get up and let them out. The volume can also be adjusted with 4 different settings that go as loud as 101 decibels. The Pet Sensing Doorbell ‘starter kit’ comes with one of the smart tags and will set you back $79.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer. But it can actually be used with up to 5 different pets at once and additional smart tags are $29.95 each.