Pet tech continues to soar in popularity, as we reported in our Top 6 trend predictions for dogs in 2019. And with many owners wanting to get in shape with their pooches, the wearable fitness market for hounds is flying.
Not only can these clever gadgets help you stay in tune with your dog’s exercise and activity levels, they can also help you track their overall health, and even their location. To help you sort through the options, we have rounded up the latest dog fitness wearables for 2019.
The folks at FitBark are on a mission to get dogs and owners feeling healthy together. The upgraded FitBark 2 can be linked to your own Fitbit, Apple Healthkit or Google Fit, so you can track Fido’s health alongside your own.
The bone-shaped device connects to your phone app and allows you to set fitness goals for your dog based on their profile and track their progress. 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.
One of the biggest upgrades to the original model is the six month battery life (or 3 and a half dog years!) so you need not worry about constantly charging, and can spend more time having fun with your pup. The FitBark 2 was built in collaboration with over 45 veterinary schools and research institutions – so there are even more handy features and information on the health and wellbeing of your furry friend.
Available at amazon.co.uk – £119.70
PoochPlay is one of the lightest trackers on the market with a clip-on device that you attach to your dog’s collar or harness. It’s really small, so an ideal size for dogs such as Chihuahuas that might be swamped by some of the other trackers. PoochPlay connects via Bluetooth; once you have filled in your dog’s profile, you are given advice on feeding and exercise. There are also handy reminders for worming and vaccinations you can set up, as well as a microchip checker.
Available at www.amazon.co.uk – £39.99
3. ANIMO BY SURE PETCARE
Animo is a lifelong activity and behaviour monitor from Sure Petcare, which learns and accurately interprets the unique behaviour and activity patterns of your dog. We road tested this clever device recently – you can check out our review here.
The Animo cleverly delivers insights into a dog’s activity and sleep, as well problem behaviours such as shaking, scratching and barking, to help you better understand your dog’s needs.
With three different sized attachment bands, and weighing just 22g, it suitable for all types of breeds, even smaller dogs. A six month battery life makes charging fuss-free. Once you connect to the Sure Petcare app, you can set and monitor daily activity goals, check last walked time and view activity reports, calorie tracker, behaviour tracker, and also sync up with family and friends to share your pooch’s information.
Available from www.amazon.co.uk – £59.99
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The more sociable pooch and owner will love Wonderwoof – the wearable tracker that connects to a social network of local dogs and their owners. The super cute bowtie design stands out in the style stakes and provides all of the usual information on your dog’s activity.
Need more motivation to get your dog out walking? You can log walks, earn badges and see other dogs nearby to meet up for a play date. It also has a “reminder” feature, allowing you to set alerts for feeding time, playtime, walks, grooming and when they need to take medication.
Available at – wonderwoof.com
5. PITPAT 2
This award-winning dog fitness tracker is 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 for over 200 breeds.
The device captures your dog’s motion and its advanced ‘dogorithms’ translate it into walking, running, playing and resting, so you can see exactly what your pooch has been up to!
The tracker, 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!
Available from www.amazon.co.uk – £39.99
6. KIPPY VITA
The Kippy Vita combines an activity monitor and a live GPS tracker, allowing you to pinpoint the exact location of your pooch. A “geofence” feature lets you create a safe virtual area where your dog can stay, like your garden or park, and an alarm goes off if they go outside the zone. To use the tracking service, it will cost you £4 per month via your mobile phone network.
After inputting your dog’s age and breed, the tracker will suggest exercise goals and a daily report will rate their success as well as let you know how much sleep and calories they have burned. The tracker is available in black, green, pink, navy or camouflage.
Available at www.amazon.co.uk – £49.99
The Mishiko dog tracker is similar to the Kippy Vita, in that it combines an activity monitor with with GPS tracking, so you can trace your pet to within just four metres. It also has a geofence that can be activated to prompt alarms if your pet strays outside of a certain area.
Once you have input your dog’s date of birth, breed, weight and gender, Mishiko works out how many steps they should take each day. The app also shows how many kilometres the dog has travelled, as well as the hours and minutes they’ve been active for, but it isn’t broken down into walks, runs or play like some of the other devices.
It comes in either black or white and with its own collar, or if you want to attach it to a different collar, there’s a Velcro strip you can use. It also has a handy wireless charger.
Available at www.amazon.co.uk – £108.
Do you use an activity monitor for your dog or have you tried any of these? Tell us in the comments below!