Fitbark pet activity monitor Review

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A few weeks ago I previewed a new pet accessory that works in a similar way to the fitness trackers many of us use, but for our dog: theFitBark.  I recently got my paws on one, and here is my review:


What Does FitBark Do?


FitBark measures your dog’s activity levels each day (and night) and syncs wirelessly using Bluetooth with the free FitBark app so you can monitor progress. This device is quite similar to the devices we use, like those made by FitbitMisfit, or Jawbone.  The Fitbark tracker, is a small, thumb-sized, bone-shaped (as you can see above) device. It can be used to monitor rest, activity level, and playtime.  Those stats can be saved or shared with the free FitBark app (for iOS and Android); it doesn’t even equire a subscription.


Hands-on


rsz_1rsz_1rsz_coog_fitbark.jpgStraight out of the box, the FitBark was easy to use. Mine didn’t seem pre-charged, because it wouldn’t connect to the app once I had it downloaded, so I charged it up for a few hours and it was ready to use.

 

The tracker found the app right away, and initiated set up. The app itself was easy to use, and the account set-up process was simple and quick.

 

The FitBark attaches to nearly any collar using tiny black elastics. I had some difficulty with the elastics. They were extremely hard to stretch enough to get them around the collar, and afterwards, they were pretty hard to undo. With that said,  I’m confident that means they won’t just fall off the collar, and are in place for the long haul. The tracker was so small and lightweight, my dog was completely unaware she even had anything on, and I think that’s a plus. So with the device strapped on, and the app loaded, it was time to wait for the dog to do her thing so we could see it in action!

 

To read the rest of this review please click through to the Future Shop Tech Blog. Note: I’ve been writing for Future Shop for some time and they’ve now merged with Best Buy where you’ll now be able to read my tech blogs and reviews going forward. 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. flingandblanket on April 12, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    wow i didn’t know they made such things

    • ErinLYYC on April 17, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Crazy, right? Pet fitness is a huge industry.

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