Dog Timer

The Brief

Rowan Roudebush

  20% of dogs have separation anxiety. There are many causes for this type of anxiety, but a dog being left alone at home is the main one. It makes sense, everytime you leave the dog alone at home the dog doesn't know for sure when or if you're going to get home.  The Dog timer is a timer for dogs to know when their owner is going to get home. It gives off a soothing odor up until the owner clicks a button on an app on their phone which lets the machine know that they're going to be home in 30 minutes. The machine then gives off a scent to the dog which lets it know the owner will be home in half an hour. It gives off a different scent for when the owner is going to be home in 20 minutes, then 10 minutes. 

       The body of the timer is curved so that it will tuck in nicely next to the dog's bed. It has cups filled with a scented liquid with a screw going down the middle. It will also have a sealed lid on the screw which will move above and below holes releasing and sealing off the scent of the liquid. I was inspired to make this project when I first heard about this issue when I came across a box of pills in the kitchen at my friend's house. My friend asked his mom who they were for, and she said they were for their dog, who has anxiety. In the pill box, there were somewhere between 10-20 pills per day. I made this project hoping to reduce the 20% of dog's in this situation, with a simple, and easy to work product.


Sophia Cohen

     Humans are not able to be with their dog 24/7. When they are away, the dogs worry about their owner coming back for them. Now there is a safe, innovative, and unique way to notify the dog that their owner is on their way home. While the owner is at work or on-the-go, they can press a button to release 3 different scents. With repetition, the dog will learn that the scents are associated with the owner being 30 minutes, 20 minutes away, and 10 minutes away. The scents within the device are smells that dogs love; it will soothe the separation anxiety and tension that they are dealing with. 

     The device is designed specifically for the well-being of the animal and the owner. It is animal-friendly, such as, the dogs are not able to reach the scented oils or eat the box. Additionally, the device can fit conveniently on the side of the dog bed. For the owner, they can easily use the app and change the tubes that hold the oils . The scents soothe the dog, while the owner can relax knowing that their dog is calmly waiting for their arrival. 



Rowan Roudebush and Sophia Cohen
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