Amazon Alexa is not only a phenomenal voice assistant for people’s needs, wants and personalized automations, but also for our pets.
Would you believe us if we told you that you can use Alexa to play exclusively composed music for your dog, or that you can call in a virtual dog trainer in case your dog misbehaves? Well guess what? You can! And the intuitive, interactive pet technology doesn’t stop there.
Alexa can use many of its standard features, in addition to a slew of downloadable skills, to optimize the lives of our furry companions, and we’ve put together this guide to educate you and yours on some of Alexa’s pet-friendly capabilities.
Soothing music to stop the crying
A constantly barking dog is a very stressed dog (and an equally stressed bunch of neighbors). In addition, when we are away, when there is a storm, or when a stranger comes to visit that your dog or cat is not used to, your pet may not bark or hiss, but they may still be anxious deep down. This is where fantastic skills like Comfort My Dog and Calm My Cat come into play.
Free to download and easy to activate (with a voice command or using the Alexa app), both Alexa skills are essentially the same. If you know (or suspect) that your pet is stressed, you can activate Comfort or Calm to play a stream of soothing, pet-friendly music from one of your Alexa-enabled smart speakers or displays.
Better yet, you can use the Alexa Sound Detection feature to build a custom routine that automatically launches the skill in the event that an Echo device hears your dog bark (no support for meowing or hissing at the moment).
And if you’re not a fan of the yoga-adjacent playlists that Comfort and Calm bring to the table, you can always program an Alexa routine that starts streaming music from a playlist of your choice, be it via Spotify, Apple Music, or another. Alexa supported streamer.
Kitchen help when you need it most
Feeding Rover table scraps is a tradition of the man’s best friend as old as time itself, but the last thing we ever want to do is give our pet something that will make it sick. That’s where skills like Dr. Dog come in handy.
Around Halloween, you might be tempted to feed the dog a handful of Twix or Snickers bars (don’t!). Well, before you go ahead and make such a decision, you can, with Dr. Dog installed, ask Alexa if your dog can eat chocolate. And if Dr. Once Dog answers with a resounding “no,” we hope you’ll put the food on the shelf for people.
you can dr. Asking dog if your dog can eat a variety of different foods from meat to vegetables, but at the end of the day this is an Alexa skill and there is no better advice than the words passed down to you by a professional vet . Consider Dr. Dog as the unpaid animal health intern.
A virtual trainer like no other
Pet training is a profession that can easily be taken for granted, especially when you consider how much a reputable coach charges per hour or session. That’s why Al the Dog Trainer is an Alexa- and cost-friendly alternative to traditional training.
In the event that your dog is misbehaving, or you have a question about his behavior, how to get him to respond to commands, etc., you can call Al the Dog Trainer (via Alexa) to explain what kind of problem you are experiencing. has’ if you have with your dog, and Al (a real human with a wealth of dog training experience) will provide an insightful answer on how to deal with whatever your problem may be.
And if you have one For real difficult time with your dog, you can even contact Al directly! That’s an Alexa skill that goes beyond the parameters of virtual assistance.
Smart home cameras for the win
Our pets enjoy our company and are often heartbroken when we go to work or out for a little outing, so what can we do to remind them that we still exist and are still around to go? That’s where a smart home camera comes into play, and thankfully most reputable brands these days are all about interactivity. Let’s unpack this a little further.
Let’s say you just want to be able to keep a pair of eyes on your four-legged friend. Well, just about any smart security camera, indoors or out, gives you the ability to call up a live feed from a remote location, and Alexa can help you jump-start these real-time images with some routine tweaks.
The Alexa Sound Detection feature allows you to program an Alexa routine that will automatically notify your phone when the dog starts barking. If this is an everyday phenomenon (your dog barks when you leave for work), it might be a good idea to create a time window where Alexa not respond to the noise – maybe between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM He or she may have to go through the initial stress of your departure.
In the event that your dog does start howling after that time, when you receive the routine notification, you can use Alexa to fetch a live feed from a security camera. Arlo, Ring and Google Nest are all excellent options for keeping an eye on where you live, but so is a regular Echo Show screen. And while you may not be able to rotate a Show 5 or 8, the Echo Show 10 sits on a rotating shaft, allowing you to rotate the lens in any room where the barking was heard.
Here’s a unique idea: If you’re considering investing in a robot vacuum, you can opt for a robot vacuum with a built-in security camera. Use Alexa to build a routine that activates the vacuum when the dog starts barking, so that not only does your house get cleaner, but you can also control the vacuum (using the companion app) to see what’s going on with the vacuum. hand is with the dog.
Now let’s not forget the two-way chat capabilities. Once most of these cameras show a live feed, many models (including robot vacuums) allow you to talk to people (or animals) in the room and have them talk back as well. And for many pets, nothing is more soothing than the sound of their owner’s reassuring words.
Programmed treat feeding
Giving our pets a treat is a simple yet satisfying exchange that both parties can appreciate, especially when Alexa can help with the give and take. While the smart assistant can’t open the pantry to get the top-shelf bones, there’s a whole market of smart pet technology out there that’s more than capable of distributing treats.
One of our favorite treat feeders is the, an automatic dispenser that can be programmed to throw treats at predetermined times. In fact, the Bites 2 is also a great way to keep an eye on your pets and interact with them, as the device includes a built-in camera and the two-way chat option. Best of all, the Bites 2 has Alexa built right into the device, allowing the feeder to function as a standalone Echo peripheral.
Here’s our Alexa-optimized suggestion: Let’s use the example above (smart home cams) to kick-start a routine. Every day, between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., Alexa simply ignores the sounds of your dog’s barking. But if the dog starts to riot after 10 a.m., you can program Alexa Sound Detection to listen for the barking, which has the action of Alexa spreading a treat from the Bites 2.
Of course, without routines, you can always use the Alexa app (and the Bites 2) app to manually distribute a treat any time of the day, or use the camera and two-way chat capabilities to confer with your furry friend.