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Tired of being at the mercy of your dog’s non-stop demands? “Feed me!” “Walk me!” “Play with me!”

It’s 2020. There’s an app for basically everything your dog needs: boarding, pet meds, food, even TV for dogs! Yet you’re still the one managing everything.

At RoboForm, we knew there had to be a better way. We’ve been helping humans securely access websites and apps for 20 years. Why not our canine companions too?

Introducing BarkPass. Now your dog can log in, so you don’t have to.

Until recently, there’s been a singular insurmountable obstacle to solving this challenge: typing. Traditional password authentication is cumbersome enough for people, but it’s practically impossible for dogs. Anyone can attest to the gibberish that comes out whenever your pooch puts his paw on a keyboard.

However, the sound of your dog’s barking is highly specific. Aided by recent scientific breakthroughs and algorithms that analyze the acoustic features of dog barks, it’s now possible to authenticate at the individual canine level. All without needing to lift a paw. According to researchers, “The use of advanced machine learning algorithms to classify and analyze animal sounds opens new perspectives for the understanding of animal communication.”

BarkPass is compatible with all major smart home devices. It grants dogs unprecedented secure access to systems that cater to their needs, giving them a degree of independence they could only dream of before.

Dog hungry, but you just got home and need a few minutes to unwind? Take all the time you need. With BarkPass, your dog can feed himself using your automatic dog feeder.

Time for a potty walk? Not so fast. With BarkPass, your dog can let himself out and come back in when he decides he’s dug enough holes in the yard.

Dog whining outside the bathroom door because he wants to watch his favorite show on DOGTV? With BarkPass, he can BarkOn to his DOGTV account on his own and watch for as long as he wants.

With BarkPass, your dog is in charge.

BarkPass gives you more time for the things you and your dog love doing together, and less time tending to his basic needs.

BarkPass works with all breeds and can be used in multi-dog households. 

Setting up BarkPass is as simple as 1-2-3:

  1. Create a Bark Profile for your dog in BarkPass, then record several variations of his bark (Bark IDs). Associate each Bark ID with a different system account.

    Due to the unique acoustic features of Bark IDs, dogs can’t access each other’s bark-protected accounts. However, in multi-dog households, there will necessarily be some functional overlap (for example, each dog should be able to let himself in and out of the house for potty breaks). For this reason, when setting up a multi-dog household, one dog should be designated the Alpha Dog and given appropriate system-level access befitting his status as leader of the family pack. Providing just one dog with administrative access to certain system capabilities anticipates the very real possibility that the dogs in your house may initially go a little crazy with their newfound power and abuse the BarkPass system for their own amusement. Unless you enjoy endless games of BarkOn / BarkOff with the living room lights, and mischievous dogs preventing other dogs from returning to the house after potty breaks, you’ll want to put an Alpha Dog in charge.
  1. Train your dog to recognize which Bark ID to use for accessing each system account. Spend as much time as necessary to train him thoroughly, and try not to get frustrated if he’s slow to distinguish between the Bark ID that barks him on to DOGTV versus the ones that dispense more food or turn off the lights. With sufficient practice, it will eventually click for him, and his life will never be the same.
  1. Repeat steps 1&2 for each dog in multi-dog households.

Once your dog has all his BarkOns set up, make sure he learns about BarkNotes. This is an incredible feature, but only suitable for true Alpha Dogs. BarkNotes enable dogs, who are notoriously in the moment, to record what they’re thinking so they can return to it later. Not every dog will appreciate this feature, but it will be a life changer for some.

With BarkPass, your dog can lead a happier, more independent life, and so can you. It’s a win for both of you. Get BarkPass today!

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Posted by Simon Davis

Simon Davis is the VP of Marketing for RoboForm.