Measuring progress towards goals is one way to stay accountable and keep on track. The Babel Bark dog fitness tracker is an inexpensive tool to track dog health. In the app you may plan, monitor, and track your dog’s diet, exercise, medications, vaccinations, and more, all in one place.
The dog fitness tracker
The Babel Bark monitor is about the size of a quarter. It attaches directly to the collar, and it comes with rubber bands sized to fit small and large width collars. The monitor communicates with the free partner app via Bluetooth. It’s powered by a watch battery that last approximately six months. It comes with an extra battery.
The monitor records your dogs activity as points. The software calculates points according to your dog’s age and weight. A points system makes sense for dogs, because the wide variety in size makes keeping track of steps virtually impossible.
The monitor retails for $29.95 (as of May, 2018). If you are enrolled in the Fit2BPawsome Challenge, you are eligible for a 25% discount. This is quite a bit less than some of the other dog fitness monitors on the market. Because the monitor connects via Bluetooth you will not be able to sync data continuously via wireless. The other drawback to this monitor is that it is not rechargeable.
I recommend that you monitor your dog’s baseline activity level over a few days before setting a goal. Increase your dog’s activity gradually as you work towards your goal.
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You may use the free partner app with or without the fitness monitor. With the app, you can connect to other pet parents, share your dog’s profile, and connect to your veterinarian and other service providers directly. The app lets you monitor your dog’s weight, medications, diet, and activity. I have created a video to demonstrate how useful this app can be.
If you aren’t using the fitness monitor, the app will let you set an activity goal for your dog based on miles traveled. The app will only track miles if you and your phone are with your dog.
My dog Kawai has been wearing the fitness monitor for about a month now. It does a very good job of tracking his activity through the day, and I can also see when he is up during the night. The app is relatively user-friendly. The only issue I have encountered is that my dogs tore the rubber band on the monitor when they engaged in some friendly rough-housing. I replaced the rubber band that came with the product with a heavier, standard rubber band, and I have not had a problem since.
I would recommend this as a good place to start if you are serious about tracking your dog’s health and fitness. There are other monitors on the market that have more features, but they are also considerably more expensive. I give this monitor and app 8/10.
Babel Bark is a sponsor of the Fit2BPawsome Challenge, and provided a monitor for testing. KC Pet Collective is not affiliated with Babel Bark and does not receive a commission on sales.