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Old 01-08-2016, 09:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought I'd post about a little gadget hubby and I got last month that we are loving!

It's called a 'Fitbark' and essentially is the dog equivalent of a Fitbit (funny name huh?). It's a small plastic thing that attaches to the collar and is weather and waterproof and clocks up your dogs activity.

We're quite into our gadget and apps and hubby saw it and wanted to give it a try. It's about 60 so by no means cheap and then you download a free app that synchs with the gadget on the collar.

We're having great fun with it! We've set an activity goal for Monty based on his age, breed etc (this can be adjusted to suit your dog). We started him with an average goal for his age/breed but soon realised he was smashing it just with his normal routine so we've set him up somewhere between 'active' and 'olympian'. It then measures the amount of time your dog is 'active' (walking around, moving), 'playing' (running, jumping, swimming) and 'resting' (sleeping or sitting down). The app allocates points based on his movements and you can see in any hour, how much time he's spent doing any of the above. This all tots up to your daily goal.

It is, of course, completely unnecessary but we have found it useful in a few ways;
-you can see whether he's had a good nights sleep or not (useful after his castration)
-generally how active he's been and whether to reduce or increase food as a result
-what he does when left alone (is he resting or spending his time playing around)
-after his castration, we obviously wanted to reduce his activity and therefore adjusted his daily goal

You have to be near him to synch it so you'll only know how he's doing once you come back to him and synch. However, I'm at home mostly in the day so I'm syncing and hubby is logging onto the app at home and can see when we're out for a walk etc (this does sound like some sort of stalking but I assure you it's all in good fun!)

I'm also told if you have a Fitbit you can synch it alongside your dogs Fitbark but I've not tried it. You can also follow other dogs you may be friendly with and see what they're up to.

Anyway, attached are some screen shots from the app. Do you need it! No. Will it change your life? No. Is it a lot of fun? Yes!
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Old 01-08-2016, 09:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I do a fair bit of running and have a GPS watch, for ages I've been meaning to attach it to one of the dogs collars to see how far and how fast they run when out and about. I reckon if I walk about 3 miles, they must run about 5 going off the track, backwards, forwards, round in circles chasing each other! This has just reminded me I must do it!

Does this track the distance they cover?
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Aw what a fun idea! I've been looking at getting a Fitbit for myself as i'm always saying I wonder how far I actually walk on dog walks.

I'd be interested in their night time activity, as we often head them banging about downstairs so wonder if they have a night time play session!

Thanks for sharing
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Thanks for sharing Kate. I have a feeling my husband (also a bit of a gadget man) will be wanting one of these for Archie and Polly.
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Phil G, it doesn't have GPS currently. Their logic is it would be too heavy and the battery wouldn't last as long (currently lasts between 7-10 days on one charge.

It is a bit of fun.

I can see he has an 88% sleep score (very good for a young dog) and I can also see he mostly slept between 10-11 when I left him to pop out.

It is easy to get obsessed with it!
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