GoPro Dog Collar

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Introduction: GoPro Dog Collar

About: I have a burning passion for building and creating things, and that's why I admire Instructables so much - everybody welcomes and helps inspire creativity.

Dogs are amazing. Anyone that has had one knows exactly what I'm talking about. So have you ever been interested in seeing life how your four-legged friend sees it? Well after a little experimenting, there's finally an easy way to do just that.


Here's some video using the GoPro Dog Collar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56-OaEwo3KE

Step 1: Tools & Materials

To build this GoPro Dog Collar you'll need some basic items and some basic tools.

Materials:

• A GoPro and it's original packaging

• 4 small bolts

• 4 small nuts

• A thick, wide dog collar made of nylon/leather that is capable of carrying a GoPro camera.


Tools:

• A Dremel

• Drill bit and Cut-Off Wheel bit for Dremel

• A screwdriver

• A wrench/pliers

• Sandpaper (optional)


Oh, I almost forgot, you're going to need a dog too!

Step 2: Gopro Display Plate

When you purchase a GoPro it will be screwed into a plastic plate inside the packaging. It attaches to the plate using what is called a quick release mount, a commonly used tool with the cameras. You'll need to separate this plate from the packaging, as you're going to make some cuts to this thing with your Dremel.

Place and line up the display plate on your collar as shown in the photo. Make marks on plate for where to cut. The goal is to cut the plate to the width of the collar, but no more and no less. You're essentially making a belt-buckle. After you've cut the plate, you'll probably have some rough edges. Take some sandpaper to it if you feel like it, it will be more comfortable for the wearer.

Proceed to drill 4 holes through the plate and through the collar in the exact places. The holes must be lined up correctly for the next steps to be successful. (Ignore the extra holes, some were used in packaging.)

Step 3: Attaching the Mount

Insert the bolts into the holes you've drilled in the collar. If you're using nylon, this will be tricky. A screwdriver or possibly even drill will be necessary to screw them into the collar.

Once the screws are in place, place the plate you've just cut to size on top of the collar where you've chosen to mount it. The bolts and the holes in the plate should patch up perfectly, and there should be enough bolt sticking out of the plate to fasten a nut to. Use your wrench or pliers to attach the nut tightly. By now there should be little to no bolt protruding past the nut.

Step 4: Finished GoProduct

Now you're all set to film some footage! I've used this mount countless times with my German Shepherd, she seems to enjoy running around with it on. This is one of the most unique GoPro mount I've ever seen, so enjoy the neat footage you get while using it!

Thanks to all of my supporters, subscribers, and feedback givers!

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25 Comments

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Pet guy
Pet guy

8 months ago

I own a pet sitting company and dog walking is a service I provide. I used every commercially available harness out there and got brutal results. After seeing this article I wasted no time building a collar cam. The results are significantly better but I have some rowdy dogs so I still get some dizzying footage. I’ve ordered a simple custom built leather collar. I wanted the back left natural to provide extra friction. I also purchased an easy walk no pull harness. Something easy to adjust for different size dogs. I plan on using a buckle and webbing to hold the collar in position. That’s mostly for when running at top speed with quick stops, rough play and head shaking.I own a pet sitting company and dog walking is a service I provide. I used every commercially available harness out there and got brutal results. After seeing this article I wasted no time building a collar cam. The results are significantly better but I have some rowdy dogs so I still get some dizzying footage. The first collar was thick with padding and very bulky so I’ve ordered a simple lighter weight custom built leather collar. I wanted the back left natural to provide extra friction. I also purchased an easy walk no pull harness. Something easy to adjust for different shaped dogs. I plan on using a buckle and webbing to hold the collar in position. That’s mostly for when running at top speed with quick stops, rough play and head shaking. I should have all the pieces for final assembly and trial runs by the end of the week!

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JustinC326
JustinC326

1 year ago

I'm super excited to do this! I just got the new Hero 7 Black with the hyper smooth feature! I'll let you know how it turns out!

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Ben Parker
Ben Parker

5 years ago

How much is a camera like that?

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artenlor
artenlor

Reply 4 years ago

I got mine for about 60$

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Arr0gantExp3rt7
Arr0gantExp3rt7

6 years ago

Is there any way to make it a live feed??

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trans4mation
trans4mation

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Yes! GoPro includes wifi hotspots built into the camera, therefore you can pair the camera to your smartphone, and watch a live feed! It's very cool.

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kiley_bell
kiley_bell

Reply 5 years ago

I'm interested in buying a GoPro (and attaching it to the collar like you've shown above...great idea!) but I'm a bit confused about the wifi hotspots/live stream thing. My dog roams the forest behind my house a lot and I would love to see what he is getting up to in real time by checking my smartphone to see the live feed. Do you know if this is possible or does he have to be within WiFi range to my house? (which would only be a few feet at best)

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JoeG122
JoeG122

Reply 4 years ago

The app for smartphones actually results in your phone pairing to an ad-hoc wifi created by the GoPro, or at least the newest versions do. So you're limited to a fairly short range created by the camera itself.

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Wolf321
Wolf321

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Yes. The go pro app can stream live feed.

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ASCAS
ASCAS

6 years ago on Introduction

AWESOME! This is going to be fun!

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Lokisgodhi
Lokisgodhi

6 years ago on Introduction

Uh oh. Now there'll be evidence of all the things your dog does that he doesn't want you to know about.

Expect to be served with a lawsuit from the ACCLU* for invasion of privacy forthwith.

*= American Canine Civil Liberties Union.

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trans4mation
trans4mation

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

You'd be surprised to know whenever I put it on, she doesnt talk back about it! :P

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kaldridge1
kaldridge1

6 years ago

must do

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Nhoj16
Nhoj16

6 years ago

What no video? :)

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Javin007
Javin007

6 years ago on Introduction

I'd do this, but I'd end up with 20 hours of the bed comforter. The other 4 hours would be the window sill. :/ And they're not even old. Just lazy.

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trans4mation
trans4mation

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

I know the feeling, I have a golden retriever (also not old) that is not much of a retriever. Go figure? :P