Exercise & Preventative Care

Great device and awesome app I've ordered four FitBarks now, two for my dogs and two to give as gifts. Needless to say, I couldn't be happier. This is one of those products that deserves two separate reviews, because there are really two different parts: an app and the device itself. I gave it 5 stars overall because the device has exceeded my expectations. The app is good and keeps getting regular updates with fun new features. Also noteworthy - the customer service is tremendous. Like, the best I've ever encountered for any company (and I don't say that lightly).... Fetch More

Great device and awesome app

I’ve ordered four FitBarks now, two for my dogs and two to give as gifts. Needless to say, I couldn’t be happier. This is one of those products that deserves two separate reviews, because there are really two different parts: an app and the device itself. I gave it 5 stars overall because the device has exceeded my expectations. The app is good and keeps getting regular updates with fun new features. Also noteworthy – the customer service is tremendous. Like, the best I’ve ever encountered for any company (and I don’t say that lightly).
Part 1, the device
Things I love: it’s smaller and lighter than it looks. It’s highly durable. Lola, my beagle/boxer mix isn’t kind to it. Between playing rough with others at the dog park and occasional swims in a nearby creek, our fitbark has seen its share of mistreatment. After nearly 8 months, the FitBark not only functions, but still looks very good with only a few light scratches. I’m averaging a little over a week between charges. It is very convenient to charge also, because you don’t have to take it off the collar.
The app:
Initial setup was easy. The design is unique, intuitive, and I figured out the basics after a few minutes of playing with it. It keeps updating every month or two with new features. Most recently (and my favorite part) they added a “top dog” leaderboard to follow other dogs and compete or compare activity.
Bottom Line: I’m a non-tech savvy dog lover and I use FitBark literally every day. I can honestly say it has made me a much better dog parent and I highly recommend it. It’s one of those things I didn’t know I needed and now can’t live without.
willtheworld

Exceeded my expectations I love everything about this product! My eight year old golden retriever was getting out of shape while i focused on meeting my fitbit goals. Now we can stay healthy together. Customer service is stupendous. once i messaged them at 8 pm and they responded immediately. I am 62 and not tech savvy, but this is so easy.

Julia Smith

Terrific App, Device and Service Helps us see when our younger Vizsla is active, playing or sleeping. We can crank up more active state to tone him up. Nice to share with whole family and we have idea what he's doing when we are not at home. Now to their service. I admit, I'm a techie type. Had problems setting up the FitBark and instantly was talking to the service people LIVE. Turns out that I made a mistake in setting up family accounts. They patiently and quick resolved the issue. Never experienced this level of service "after the sale".... Fetch More

Terrific App, Device and Service

Helps us see when our younger Vizsla is active, playing or sleeping. We can crank up more active state to tone him up. Nice to share with whole family and we have idea what he’s doing when we are not at home.
Now to their service. I admit, I’m a techie type. Had problems setting up the FitBark and instantly was talking to the service people LIVE. Turns out that I made a mistake in setting up family accounts. They patiently and quick resolved the issue. Never experienced this level of service “after the sale”. Sure, the photography online stores will talk to you about buying but after the fact tech support is “meh”. FitBark has raised the bar!!! My dog adds “4 Paws Up”!

BayouBlues

Device is awesome, app is good and keeps improving I ordered this as a second FitBark to give as a gift after using my first FitBark nearly two months. This is one of those products that deserves two separate reviews, because there are really two different things: an app and a device. I gave it 5 stars overall because the device has exceeded my expectations. The app is not yet perfect, but I have witnessed constant improvements with every update in my short time as a user. Also noteworthy - the customer service is tremendous. I have emailed a couple... Fetch More

Device is awesome, app is good and keeps improving

I ordered this as a second FitBark to give as a gift after using my first FitBark nearly two months. This is one of those products that deserves two separate reviews, because there are really two different things: an app and a device. I gave it 5 stars overall because the device has exceeded my expectations. The app is not yet perfect, but I have witnessed constant improvements with every update in my short time as a user. Also noteworthy – the customer service is tremendous. I have emailed a couple of times and always gotten a helpful answer back same day.

The device:
Things I love: it’s smaller and lighter than I thought. It’s very durable. Lola isn’t nice to it (she starts chaos at the dog park), and her best friend is a Macaw (it’s survived several times under the pressure of that beak). Even after 2 months, the FitBark still looks very good. I’m averaging a week + between charges. I appreciate the attachment mechanism, which is designed so that I don’t have to remove it from Lola’s collar to charge the Fitbark, which is very convenient.

The app:
It was easy to get started. The design is unique, intuitive, and I figured out the basics after a few minutes of playing with it. Everything felt natural, although I would have expected a bit of a tutorial in the beginning. They keep adding new features and it seems to load and update quicker than it did last month.

Bottom Line: I’m a non-tech savvy dog lover and I use FitBark literally every day. I can honestly say it has made me a much better dog parent and I highly recommend it. It’s one of those things I didn’t know I needed and now can’t live without.
I’ve attached a photo of the Fitbark on Lola’s collar (you can see it’s pretty small). I’ve also attached a photo of the new fitbark I’m giving as a gift next to the old Fitbark Lola has been wearing for just over 2 months now. It’s worth mentioning, Lola isn’t nice to it. She plays hard with dogs at the dog park and we also have a Macaw at home who I’ve caught chewing on the Fitbark more than once. And after all that, only a few very minor scratches. I’m very impressed.

Perplexy

Kaylee is a working sled dog who snuck on a few extra pounds during a slow season. We've been working to help her lose them since June with limited success. We've had the FitBark since the end of September and it is really helping us see what activities are burning the most energy and helping us set and reach fitness goals. We've only got 3 lbs to go!

Sam S.

Very Impressed I've been using the FitBark for over a week now with our 3 year old Maltese. I was very happy to see that it was much smaller than I had expected it to be. It was easy to place on his collar, and he doesn't mind wearing it at all. The app is very user friendly and helpful for the set up process. It is amazing to be able to monitor your dogs level of activity, and it has influenced us to take longer walks and stay more active. The app makes it easy to set and change... Fetch More

Very Impressed

I’ve been using the FitBark for over a week now with our 3 year old Maltese. I was very happy to see that it was much smaller than I had expected it to be. It was easy to place on his collar, and he doesn’t mind wearing it at all. The app is very user friendly and helpful for the set up process. It is amazing to be able to monitor your dogs level of activity, and it has influenced us to take longer walks and stay more active. The app makes it easy to set and change your dogs goal for the day, and monitor his progress via Bluetooth connection with your phone. I’ve tried a couple other pet “wearables” and the FitBark is the best I’ve come across so far.

Rachel Moody

It's user friendly and really fun to use Huge fan. My cavalier gained weight due to a medical condition and now that we have a diagnosis, we can lose the weight. It's user friendly and really fun to use. I linked up with my friend's dog and anyone who watches my dog over a period of time can download the app and track him as well. I am very happy this exists! My dog is losing weight and having fun!

Deborah Moss

Awesome device for track pawed pals' activities It gets me and my husky healthy together. It reminds us how many more points we need to work out to reach our goal every day. There is always people help us when we log on.

Maska

Fantastic App, great customer service! With the latest update, the folks at fitbark made an already great app fantastic. We have three fitBark dogs and at a glance we can see if they are getting enough sleep and exercise. It's very easy to dive in to get more data on a particular dog or look at larger trends, like sleep over the past month. We really love the new Top Dog Board which ranks our pups in the house by activity. It also provides stats on similar dogs so you know how you're dogs doing in comparison. This is super... Fetch More

Fantastic App, great customer service!

With the latest update, the folks at fitbark made an already great app fantastic. We have three fitBark dogs and at a glance we can see if they are getting enough sleep and exercise. It’s very easy to dive in to get more data on a particular dog or look at larger trends, like sleep over the past month.

We really love the new Top Dog Board which ranks our pups in the house by activity. It also provides stats on similar dogs so you know how you’re dogs doing in comparison. This is super helpful since we have three dogs ranging from 3 months to 10 years and they obviously require different levels of playtime.

We really love this update. The customer service at Fitbark is amazing. They go out of their way to help and make sure your issue is resolved.

If you’re looking for an activity tracker for your dog this is the best one on the market.

Buddhagem

Critical for every dog owner, since our pets cannot speak to us I couldn't come up with an objective reason to give this item less than five stars. The unit is essential, I think, for any dog owner. Your pet's activity level is critical to its physical and mental health. While everyone understands how calories are burned and muscle is built through exercise, I think fewer people realize the mental aspect of activity for dogs. If your pet is antsy, seems anxious, or behaving poorly, the easiest step to trying to fix those things is giving it more exercise. While... Fetch More

Critical for every dog owner, since our pets cannot speak to us

I couldn’t come up with an objective reason to give this item less than five stars. The unit is essential, I think, for any dog owner. Your pet’s activity level is critical to its physical and mental health. While everyone understands how calories are burned and muscle is built through exercise, I think fewer people realize the mental aspect of activity for dogs. If your pet is antsy, seems anxious, or behaving poorly, the easiest step to trying to fix those things is giving it more exercise. While that absolutely will not solve all problems, many problems stem from owners not providing this critical component of their animal’s daily life.

Pet physical fitness and weight are also important to their longevity. While this unit doesn’t solve the problem of overfeeding dogs, it does provide a concrete number that can be referenced to see if you are providing your dog with enough exercise to burn the calories he’s been fed.

This unit is valuable to me and my fiancee because it takes the guesswork out of our 12 pound dachshund’s daily exercise. Was that walk long enough? How much exercise does chewing a bone provide? Does he need to be running or can short bursts and tug of war wear him out? How much was he played with before my fiancee went to work tonight? Not having to wonder about these questions is well worth the rather high price tag, as it ensures that my dog won’t drive me crazy (which he will do if he’s not exercised) or begin to misbehave and potentially cost me more money in something he’s decided he would like to chew on.

As I mentioned my dog is a small 12-pounder, and the unit is not too big for his collar. I’ve seen pictures of it on even smaller dogs. Its very likely that it will be able to fit around your dog’s collar without being disruptive. In the image you can see that there are two hooks in the center of the bone. It is attached to the collar by what appears to be an o-ring, or a strong elastic. You hook one end of the ring onto the hook, wrap it around the collar, and wrap it around the next hook. I was a little skeptical of this method, but it does ensure that if something happens to the ring (they give you three) you can easily replace it. You don’t have to worry about a latch breaking and rendering the device useless. I think it was a good less conventional design decision.

I read a few reviews about the software being lackluster, but they must have made an update to the app, because it looks full-featured to me. You can view your dog’s activity down to the hour, and the history builds to show you averages, top scores, and all the usual fitness statistics. It works by detecting agitation through an accelerometer. There are three categories of rest, active, and play depending on the level of agitation. All levels give you the “bark points” that gauge your dog’s daily activity, which can be thought of as calories in humans. Even at rest the body burns calories. However, active and play hours will need to be spent in order to reach the dog’s daily goal. You can set your dog’s personal level as you see fit with recommendations to guide you. You should go more based on your dog’s need rather than the recommendation.

Also you have a suite of options available to manage people who can connect to the fitbark such as co-owners, friends, or your vet. This eases the issue of communicating the information on the fitbark and describing your dog’s history or changes in your dog’s activity. If the fitbark is somehow lost or destroyed you can connect another bitbark to your dog’s account.

Justin