If like us, you’re currently setting yourself a few health and fitness challenges for the year (you’ve got to try right?), don’t forget your furry friends who may also over-indulged in all the wrong things.
Dogs make great exercise partners, so to kick things off (and offer a bit of encouragement for those who need it!), we’ve rounded up five great fitness trackers for pets. Use them to set daily goals, benchmark your dog against breed guidelines, monitor their vital health signs, and even link it with your own fitness tracker. Sound good? Ready, set…..GO!
This award-winning new dog fitness tracker is already popular with health-conscious hounds, and it’s easy to see why. PitPat offers exercise guidelines for your dog based on their age, breed and activity levels – with information on over 200 breeds. The device, which is super strong and waterproof, attaches to your dog’s collar with velcro strap and talks to the app on your iPhone or android to give you a clear picture of your dog’s actual activity versus their goals. Your pooch will be beach-ready in no time!
£39.99 – pitpatpet.com
This sleek looking little health tracker by Whistle can attach to any collar and will give you a clear, detailed picture of your pet’s wellbeing and activity levels. Work towards daily goals, track progress over time with the app, and easily keep track of food and medications with reminders.
USD$79.95 – whistle.com
Not forgetting those flabby felines, the Pet Pace pet health tracker can be used by cats and dogs of all sizes. Keep track of your furry friend’s activity levels and calories burned, as well as their vital health signs including temperature, pulse, respirations and posture.
USD$149.95 + monthly service plan – petpace.com
The folks Fitbit are on a mission to get dogs and owners feeling healthy together. One of the original dog fitness trackers, Fitbark can now be linked to your own Fitbit so you can track Fido’s health alongside your own. The Fitbark bone-shaped device and phone app allow you to set fitness goals for your dog based on their profile and track their progress. Go for Average (50th percentile), Active (75th percentile) or really shoot for the stars with Olympian (90th percentile). Your dog’s activity is converted to Barkpoints so you can see how well they are doing against their own goals, as well as their pooch pals.
USD$99.99 (currently on sale for USD$69.95 + free worldwide shipping – fitbark.com.
Stay on top of your pet’s daily activity and make sure they’re getting enough exercise with this smart activity tracker. Tractive Motion tracks the daily activity of your pet, including steps, movements and play time, and categorises these into three categories – ‘lazy’, ‘active’ and ‘dynamic’, to tell you whether or not your pet needs to be more active. This gadget can be used for both dogs and cats, so there’s no more excuses for those plump pussies and pooches!
USD$99.99 – tractive.com
Does your dog need to shift some weight? Have you tried out these or any other fitness trackers? Share them in the comments below!