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A cute dog weighs in on Petnet's smart food bowlShould you buy Petnet's $149 SmartFeeder? Here's a cute dog to tell you all about it.
[MUSIC] Meet Birdie, a mild mannered King Charles Cavalier toy poodle mix I stole from my in-laws house to film this video. Birdie is the second dog I've enlisted to help me test out Petnet's $149 smart feeder. A wi-fi Food bowl with a built in reservoir that holds up to seven pounds of dry dog or cat food. The smart feeder's main selling point is that it dispenses portioned meals automatically adding Convenience to your daily routine, but it also offers extra features to help improve your pet's help. Including nutritional facts on their specific facts on their type of food, and recommended feeding amount based on their age, weight, and activity level. The smart feeder comes with a power adaptor, but it can also run on a rechargeable battery for up to seven hours, and the related PetNet app houses all of the details of your Pet's scheduled feedings. But there's a huge problem with this product's design. It doesn't fully dispense food. Yes, annoyingly, all of the food gets dispensed, but a portion pretty much always gets stuck, in this weirdly designed no mans land space, between the reservoir and the bowl. I tried different quantities of food, and even different brands of food to To no avail. Unless the portions are very small, say, at or under a half cup. Some of the food will likely remain out of reach. What is it Birdy? Megan, Megan, Megan. The food is stuck. The food is stuck! I want food, I want food! Megan, Megan, Megan! Okay, let me get the ramp. Pet Net is aware of this issue and offers a free ramp accessory separately to provide a steeper angle to allow the food to come out. But that doesn't change the fact that the smart feeder's design is fundamentally flawed. And on one occasion it even caused the dispenser to jam. So what do you think Birdie, should people buy Pet Net's smart feeder? [SOUND] [MUSIC] Unfortunately, that's a no. [MUSIC]