I have a bit of a unique situation that I’m trying to solve. I’m trying to find a very close proximity sensor, like within a foot or so that can send an alert when triggered. Most products I’ve seen do the opposite, ignoring small pets. I need a dog collar FOB with a sensor that triggers within a foot or two.
We have a small, older dog that doesn’t make much noise but knows to go up to the back slider when he wants to go out. We have 2 cats that are not allowed outside because we live very close to coyotes so a pet door is not an option. I was looking at some pet fencing solutions to keep the cats in but for now I just want an alert when the dog is at the door and wants to go outside so one of us can go let him out.
This would need to be something that attaches to his collar with a sensor placed at the door and triggers when he’s within 1-2 feet of it and sends a real time alert.
A little backstory: it’s never really an issue when the adults are home because we’re either in the living room/kitchen or the dog is with us in the bedroom. The problem is when my son is home alone with him, he’s in his room usually with headphones or music and although he swears that he lets the dog out often, we almost always come home to pee on the floor. Last night we got home around 8pm to a mess, the golden child swore that he had just let the dog out “20 minutes ago” and it’s not his fault. Well, guess what my Samsung open/close sensor I have on the back slider shows that the last time it was closed was at 4:00 PM. That 20 minutes was really 4 hours!
So if I could have a way of alerting everyone’s phones that the little dude is at the door and needs to go out, if I’m away from home I can monitor the slider to make sure it gets opened relatively quickly after receiving the alert and if not I can just call him and tell him to take care of it. As I get deeper into this stuff I could probably automate it (If pet proximity alert triggers and door is not opened within one minute -> then set all lights in the house to strobe lol)
If anyone has any cool alternate ideas I would love to hear them!