Dog Sitter Nightmare: Why You Need a Nanny Camera
Hi there!! For anyone who is new to my blog, let me introduce the whole crew here. I’m Carson Presley, and I write the content behind Girls & Dogs, Oh My. I graduated college this May (err--sort-of, just not traditionally because of the Coronavirus).
The luckiest person in the world, I have two adorable Labradoodles! Scout, who is two-years-old, and Ryder, who is just 7-months-old. My better half, Shelbie, is the most amazing dog mom who helps me keep a handle on our two wild fur babies.
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Everyone who follows along here knows that we have two adorable pups at home, and also knows we love to travel! Normally, we don’t go anywhere our dogs can’t go, but there have been a couple of occasions where we have left them with a sitter.
Spring of 2019, we left Scout with a sitter for a couple of days and she was AMAZING. She sent a bunch of photos of Scout (and good ones too--who doesn’t love a dog sitter who is also secretly a photographer??) and we could tell that she was genuinely having a great time.
Recently, Shebie’s mom took us out to a resort for a couple of days and we wanted to leave them with a sitter instead of bringing them with us. Our sitter from the year before recently got a cat so she doesn’t sit anymore.
We found someone else and felt pretty confident in our decision….. And that’s where everything starts going downhill. There were some issues throughout the trip, with the sitter not following our guidelines/requests of how to watch our dogs, but we looked past those.
Our dogs were safe and that’s all that really matters to us!
When we got home, we found a steak knife with a chewed up handle nestled in their dog blankets. We were seriously in shock and couldn’t help but think of all the horrible things that could have happened to them.
Thankfully, neither of them was hurt and they’re both safe. After this, we realized we need a nanny cam!! Maybe if we had had one, we would have been able to stop Ryder from chewing on a steak knife while our sitter was asleep in the other room.
Keeping your pups safe is part of your responsibility, even when you aren’t there. Cameras are a great way of helping keep them safe, which is why we’re going to cover some key information you need to know, different types of cameras, and the advantages and disadvantages of cameras!
While there are a ton of actual dog cameras, such as Furbo, I would consider looking into either indoor security cameras or a nanny camera. Dog cameras, such as Furbo, offer super cute features such as being able to toss a treat to your pups, while indoor surveillance offers more security for your family, especially while you’re away.
Before purchasing a nanny camera, be sure to read up on your state regulations. All 50 states allow you to record in your home without notifying your guests.
That being said, there are further regulations, such as where you can monitor them. For example, secretly putting the monitor in a bathroom, bedroom, or other private area is illegal and honestly, not incredibly considerate.
Even your nanny has the right to privacy in your home and to dance like this without too much judgment.
Another section of variation is whether or not you are allowed to put audio with the recording. There are a handful of states that don’t allow you to record sound without notifying the guest. Make sure to check with your state laws before purchasing and using your camera!
If you want to read more about exposed versus private nanny cameras or different factors to consider before buying a camera, Reolink does an outstanding job breaking these down!
Advantages to Having a Nanny Camera
1. First and foremost, safety and security!
Being able to keep an eye on your fur babies while you’re away will help make sure that they stay safe. It covers all aspects of their safety.
I know I’m not the only dog momma who worries when I’m gone. Having a nanny camera will allow you to leave your pup out with a little less worry. You won’t have to question whether or not you completely puppy-proofed the house!
Whether there is an intruder while you’re at work or if you have someone watching your pups, you’re able to check-in and make sure that everything back at home is going smoothly.
2. Bond more with your pups!
If your camera has audio, then you can talk to your pup while you’re away. Are they on the counter? Chewing up your couch? With a camera and audio, you can correct that behavior and save you some money (which you can later spend to spoil your pup...obviously).
Your dogs miss you while you’re gone, which is inevitable. They might also have anxiety when you leave, which can cause some of the previously mentioned behaviors. You can talk to them and help ease their anxiety and sadness while you’re gone and they miss you.
The Disadvantage of Having a Nanny Camera
Unfortunately, there are bad people who do bad things, even when it comes to indoor surveillance. I had to do some research for this one, but people can hijack your security system if you don’t have it properly protected.
This allows them to see inside your home, your family, your belongings, etc. and allows them to get a look at your personal life. Once they know the layout of your home, they can plan their attack.
Extra side note: If you’re contemplating whether to have a hidden or exposed camera, there are a couple of things to consider. Telling your nanny that you have a camera allows them to be able to talk to you when you’re gone. If they have a question or if they need to reach you or show you something, they can easily do so using the camera!
I didn’t previously invest in a nanny cam for a couple of reasons. One of them being that we never really leave the dogs for extended periods of time. Our pups are here for a shorter time than us, so we try to get them out to see as much of the world as possible.
After this experience, we started looking into different options and will do a review once we decide which one we want to try! I personally think it’s important to share with your dog sitter that you record them, but ultimately you know what’s best for you and your family.
What do you think? Do you have a nanny cam? Have you had any scary experiences with dog sitters? Share below!