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.

1. PETSAFE HEALTHY PET AUTOMATIC FEEDER

Available in:

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

WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?

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 mist 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.

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT?

  • 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)

==> GET YOUR PETSAFE AUTOMATIC FEEDER HERE: USA or UK <==

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

Petnet-SmartFeeder

 

 

 

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


WHAT EXACTLY IS THE PETNET SMARTFEEDER?

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.

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT?

  • 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

 

==> GET YOUR PETNET SMARTFEEDER HERE: USA <==

or for a good alternative in the UK,

==> GET YOUR UNIMALL SMARTFEEDER HERE: 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.

3. OXGORD AUTOMATIC PROGRAMMABLE DOG FEEDER, WITH ELECTRONIC TIMER

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


WHAT EXACTLY IS THE OXGORD FEEDER?

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.

 

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT?

  • 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

==> GET YOUR OXGORD AUTOMATIC DOG FEEDER HERE: USA <==

or for a good alternative in the UK,

==> GET YOUR ANGEER AUTOMATIC DOG FEEDER HERE: UK <==

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.

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

  1. Caroline

    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.
    Caroline

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    1. Mara Post author

      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.

      Mara.

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