Feeding Your Dog with an Automatic Dog Feeder Timer

In the world of convenience we live in now, I’m not surprised to see the range of automatic dog feeders on the market. However, they vary A LOT in terms of performance, so I’ve spent time to research the best ones available in the USA and the UK – and I’m sorry that the exact same models don’t seem to be available in both regions, but them’s the breaks! Also, I notice that this is the case with higher-value technology items sometimes. At least you can be sure all of these have been tried and tested, and have relatively good customer ratings too.


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Available in the USA Available in the UK

PetSafe Healthy Pet Automatic Dog FeederSize: 13.3 x 10.3 x 15.8 inches; 47.1 x 22.1 x 31.4 cm

Weight: 6.5 pounds; 2.09 kg

Average customer rating: 8.6/10

==> price check it here: USA or UK


This automatic pet feeder can be fully programmed to feed your dog as per your requirements. It ensures he/she gets the amount of food you want at the right time, even if you are out of the house.

Unlike the other models reviewed here, this feeder uses a conveyor belt system to dish up your dog’s meals, and works with most dry and partially moist dog foods.

Portion size can be customized, ranging from 1/8 up to 4 cups. One of my favorite features is the “slow feed” option, which spaces the food delivery out over 15 minutes to prevent your dog from gulping their food. This is a huge health benefit in my eyes, as it goes someway to preventing bloat and/or vomiting if your dog is prone to eating too quickly – especially when you are not around.

It comes with a stainless steel bowl, which is not only a hygienic choice, but it can easily go through the dishwasher for an extra thorough clean every so often.



  • The lid and dispenser have a pet-lock, which prevents unwanted access into the food!
  • It can actually dispense meals up to 12 times a day, which may be useful for diabetic dogs that need to eat little and often to regulate their blood sugar levels
  • The storage hopper can hold up to 24 cups, and is translucent so you can easily see when the food is running low
  • It is battery operated, but you can buy a power adapter separately is you want to. (It’s good to note that the manufacturers state the average battery life is 1 year)


PetSafe Automatic Dog Feeder in Action

Is there anything that’s not so good?

  • It doesn’t come with the batteries, but the D-model required can be purchased here if necessary.
  • Some people have found it quite complicated to program, but have liked it once they have got it working
  • Some people have found it hasn’t been a good option for very small dogs, as due to the small meal size the food has actually dropped down and bounced out of the bowl.


2. SMARTFEEDER FROM PETNET – Automatic Pet Feeding from your iPhone

Available in:

Available in the USA


Size: 24.6 x 11.9 x 11 inches

Weight: 11.2 pounds

Average customer rating: 7.8/10

==> price check it here: USA

Available in the UK

Whilst this exact model is not available from Amazon UK, a similar feeder in terms of quality (rated 7.2 out of 10) and function is the Unimall Automatic Smart Pet Feeder



Truly harnessing the power of technology, this really is a “smart” solution if you want to make your pet’s feeding totally stress free. The combination of sensors, software and information from pet food databases, the aim is to marry up your individual pet with a feeding regime that is right for them.

For example, the SmartFeeder will tailor ingredients that are deemed right for the breed of your dog, their age, weight and how active they are. It also arranges for delivery of the food to your door, monitoring when you are running low.

This intelligent feeding system has been developed for use with iPhones, and can therefore be operated from anywhere you have your phone and a signal.



  • You can keep track of your pet’s meal times from just about anywhere and at any time
  • Food portions are dispensed based on your individual dog and his/her circumstances, so could potentially prevent any overfeeding!
  • Although it forms the best meal, you still remain in control of your dog’s feeding times
  • Gives your dog a nutritionally sound feeding regime

Petnet SmartFeeder for dogs


or for a good alternative in the UK,


Is there anything not so good about the PetNet Smartfeeder?

  • Technology is great when it is working, but the more complicated a system the more difficult it can be to work out what’s wrong if it’s not working properly! A few people have had issues with the “techno” part of this, including sometimes losing connectivity.
  • Reading many reviews, it also appears that some dog foods don’t dispense particularly well – however, anything that is roundish appears to work well.
  • It does not work with any other smartphones – only an iPhone!
  • Also beware if you buy more than one if you are a multi-dog family. At the time of this review you can’t control more than one unit with a single email address.



Oxgord Automatic Electronic Dog Feeder

Available in:

Available in the USA

Size: 17 x 9.5 x 14 inches

Weight: 6.5 pounds

Average customer rating: 6.8/10

==> price check it here: USA

Available in the UKWhilst this exact model is not available from Amazon UK, a similar feeder in terms of quality (rated 9.8 out of 10) and function is the AnGeer Programmable Automatic Food Dispenser


Packed full of many nifty features, this feeder can store up to 45 cups of dried food (10.5L). The portion sizes can be programmed from 1/2 a cup, right up to 2.5 cups for larger dogs. The number of feeds per day can also be programmed, and ranges from once to 4 times daily.

This modern feeder comes with a Smart Sensor, which is designed to prevent overloading of the feeding tray. More importantly, there is a pet-proof lock on the lid to prevent either your pet gorging or accidental spills.

New features were added to this model in 2015, and now include a unique anti-jamming feature, to ensure smooth delivery of your dog’s food. The clear storage section allows you to easily see the actual level of food. All parts are easily removed to make cleaning a breeze.

One of the best things is being able to record a personal message for your pet! There is also alarm that sounds to alert you when a programmed schedule has expired, which is a great reminder that you need to input a new one. It is battery operated, and has a special indicator to alert you when the they are running low.


  • The programmer allows both controlled portion sizes and feeding times
  • With the voice feature, you can actually record your usual “dinner call” message to encourage your dog to come to the feeder for their meal if you are away
  • The unit has a heavy enough base, that it is not easily tipped over
  • Detachable parts mean the unit can be easily dis-assembled for cleaning

Components of Oxgord Automatic Dog Feeder



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Is there anything not so good about the Oxgord feeder?

  • Whilst this product is marketed as suitable for small to large dogs, I disagree. I don’t think it’s big enough to use for very large dogs – not because it wouldn’t deliver enough food, but more from the point of view of being knocked over.
  • Some people have experienced problems with the dispenser jamming on occasion.
  • It’s disappointing that batteries aren’t included with the unit. It requires 4 D batteries, which can be purchased here.

I hope you like like the look of these feeders, and if you have nay other suggestions of good models you’ve used, please feel free to let me know. As always, your comments are welcome below as well.

14 thoughts on “Feeding Your Dog with an Automatic Dog Feeder Timer

  1. I love the concept of this. So incredibly thoughtful.

    And I feel really excited about this. Let me explain. 🙂

    A while back I and my husband decided we would like to get a puppy. A dog we could raise from very early of his days as we have an almost two-year-old daughter. The problem, however, was that there is no one to feed him/her during the day as we usually are not home during the working days. But I can see how this would solve the issue entirely.

    With this, we’ll be able to reconsider.

    Thank you for all the insights, I deeply appreciate it!

    Have a Wonderful Day!


    1. Thanks Rasa – that makes me so happy that it might be able to help you make a decision to get a puppy. Your 2 year old daughter would love a puppy I’m sure, and children are so lucky to have animals in their lives while they are growing up. I believe it helps teach responsibility and kindness. I’m so glad you found these reviews helpful and I wish you all the best with your decision. Mara

  2. I have to admit, I had no idea such things existed until very recently. Overall, I found the article remarkably insightful. And it helped me a lot. 

    I was looking into these as my grandma needs one. She really wants to go back working as she realized she enjoyed it so much, her only ‘but’ was I don’t have anyone that can feed my dog. She’s very strict about the meal times and everything. I bet I’ll have to help her set it up but I sincerely appreciate the insights you provided. As far as I can tell, seems that the Petsafe one will be pretty ideal.

    Again, thank you. Cheers and have a Great One!


    1. Hi Matiss. This sounds like the perfect situation for an automatic feeder! I love that your Grandma wants to go back to working because she enjoys it. I think it’s so important to be happy, especially at that age. I’m glad this has given you some ideas and you’ve found a feeder you think will work for her. All the very best, Mara.

  3. Wow! Thanks so much for this eye opening post on dog feeder timer. I’m so appreciative of this post as this will enable me to keep my dog home when I’m going on weekend visits to friends and when I’m off to work. I personally have heard about the petsafe healthy pet automatic feeder and how good it works but I never really gave it much thought till I just read it on this post.  Well, the price isn’t that much too though and I should get it soon.

    thanks for this post

    1. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. I do agree there are times when it’s convenient to have an automatic food timer, especially if you’re running late and your dog is hungry! I also think they are reasonably priced and a great option to keep things running smoothly in dog homes. Let me know how it works out for you.

  4. Automatic dog feeders!! Oh dear, oh dear, what is the world coming to?

    Apart from my obvious cynicism regarding the topic of automated pet feeding, I have to congratulate you on a lovely, well written and well researched article.

    My dog is a Gulper, and herculean to boot so none of these would be found the right way up when I got home.

    As for your great article I just spotted 1 type’o’. In the first review 2nd paragraph you have put ‘mist’ I would presume that was meant to be ‘most’.

    Once again great article, thank you very much.



    1. Hi Adrian,

      Thanks for reading and sharing your views – I realise these might not be for all dog owners, but some may appreciate the convenience, especially if they often run late home from work, for example. Thanks for your kind words on my writing style though, and I’ve corrected the typo you identified. Sometimes you get so into the writing zone, these typos creep in, so it’s great you picked up on that. You dog sounds ace – I’m a fan of large dogs. I wish you both well, Mara.

  5. Wow, this is a beautiful article. All my life, I have seen in movies and seen friends and coworkers running home because they have to go and feed their dogs or pet. If not that way of running home, they either hire someone to do that for them while at work or far away from home. And this is taking additional money and time away from them.

    With this new invention, to me, it is new because I am hearing and seeing for the first time and I know many are out there just like me. All the hassle of running home and hiring someone to do the job will properly be taken care of with the automated machine feeder. 

    And finally, people will be at peace and rest assured wherever they are that their dogs or pets will not go hungry and they can have plenty of time for themselves. Thank you for this info, I will definitely share with my friends and family and colleagues 

    1. Thanks for your feedback Augusta – I didn’t really know much about them either, until I started researching things that might make owning a dog a little more convenient for some people who are out of the house a lot. It would be great if you can share with other people you think might be interested, and I thank you for that.

  6. Hi Mara

    Thanks for the post. These look like great options for automatic feeders. I have a lot of friends who have dogs (and cats), and their pets are left home alone for long periods. These would be perfect.

    Unfortunately, I live in Australia, but I do have friends that have feeders for their cats. They’re not very good since the feeder is a rotating version with only 5 servings. If they had one of these they could fill will longer-term bulk amounts, and with the connectivity, check that everything is working right.

    Cheers, and again, thanks for the info.


    1. Hi Dave – how nice to hear from an Australian! I’m a Kiwi originally, now living in the UK. I realise I only offer USA/UK options at the moment, but I still appreciate you taking the time to share your opinion. One day I might be able to expand into other areas! Thanks again for reading.

  7. Hi, what a great set of reviews on the auto dog feeder. I will be suggesting one for my girlfriend as she often goes away on weekends. I like that you give the good and bad points of the systems.
    Was easy to read and well presented covering all important workings of the system and what size dog they suited which is important when choosing one.
    Can they be secured to ensure they cannot be tipped over?
    Would these systems also handle dispensing water?
    Thanks, very helpful.

    1. Hi Caroline,

      Glad you liked these reviews. I don’t think there would be any problem securing them to something, using non-slip plastic ties, for example. Just as long as dog can’t untie and do any damage to themselves in the process. I wouldn’t use these for water for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the balance and dispensing methods are all based on dried food. Secondly, the automatic controls may be affected by water and stop working. The premise is definitely to stop a dog over eating, or being able to provide food if you’re away or running late. Not the same principle for water usually, as it can be left out for the dog. I will have a scout around though, and if I come across any automatic dog water dispensers, I will let you know.


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