Exercise & Preventative Care

Great tool for the conscientious dog owner I love this tool! It's an awesome complement to my fitbit charge hr! I give it a 4 instead of a 5 because getting to know the app takes some time and work. Once you get it all figured out though the data tracking is awesome! I have a Weimaraner and I live in an apartment, but I am also a runner and very active. As a breed that requires a lot of exercise, I really feel like it helps me better gage if my fur baby is getting his needs met, especially... Fetch More

Great tool for the conscientious dog owner

I love this tool! It’s an awesome complement to my fitbit charge hr! I give it a 4 instead of a 5 because getting to know the app takes some time and work. Once you get it all figured out though the data tracking is awesome! I have a Weimaraner and I live in an apartment, but I am also a runner and very active. As a breed that requires a lot of exercise, I really feel like it helps me better gage if my fur baby is getting his needs met, especially since he is crated for about 8 hours of his day. I recommend it to anyone who is conscientious about their best friends whole being! Plus, the fitbark team is very kind, quick, and eager to help you, as you help them create a better device and app!

FitBark Customer

Great gadget for dog parents I am a health and dog nut and could not be more pleased with FitBark. I have two small Westies and the monitors fit their collars perfectly; it is very light and fashionable. The information I get from the app is very valuable, I am able to see the exact times they are active, when they get walks from our dogs walkers, and most importantly how they do compared to each other and other dogs from the same breed. The staff at FitBark is extremely friendly and responsive; They really care about the users and... Fetch More

Great gadget for dog parents

I am a health and dog nut and could not be more pleased with FitBark. I have two small Westies and the monitors fit their collars perfectly; it is very light and fashionable.
The information I get from the app is very valuable, I am able to see the exact times they are active, when they get walks from our dogs walkers, and most importantly how they do compared to each other and other dogs from the same breed.
The staff at FitBark is extremely friendly and responsive; They really care about the users and make sure that we have all the info we need.
I love FitBark!!!

Tgraef84

That seems to be his sweet spot for activity - if he gets that amount ... I debated for a while whether to get this but broke down and got it before Christmas. I have a young active Golden and wanted to make sure that I was providing him enough exercise. This product provides that information and so much more. We've had it almost a month now and it's really worth it. I go in and check the app everyday to see how much exercise he's had and if it's on the low end we play a few extra games... Fetch More

That seems to be his sweet spot for activity – if he gets that amount …

I debated for a while whether to get this but broke down and got it before Christmas. I have a young active Golden and wanted to make sure that I was providing him enough exercise. This product provides that information and so much more. We’ve had it almost a month now and it’s really worth it. I go in and check the app everyday to see how much exercise he’s had and if it’s on the low end we play a few extra games indoors to bring his activity level to around 10,000 steps. That seems to be his sweet spot for activity – if he gets that amount of steps he’s content, if not he’s asking for more attention – jet his way I can easily monitor it. Even better we’ve added ‘friends’ which are his dog buddies that also have one which also pushes us to compare and contract with our friends. It’s easy and fun and a must have for dog owners. Off to get one for my little 10 pound Morkie too (7 years old) as the product is quite small and will not be a burden for his collar.

NFL

Absolutely wonderful My dog is slowly reaching his senior years, though still considered an adult, and I don’t want to lose him. I’ve been noticing that he’s been very lazy, lethargic, and gaining weight — as many middle-aged beings tend to be 🙂 So I thought — okay, I’ll give this a whirl. I seriously felt silly buying this. “What am I doing, buying this gimmick?” I thought; but the reviews “talked me into” giving this a try, anyway. So now we’ve been using it. It’s been a number of weeks now, and we are THRILLED. The app could definitely... Fetch More

Absolutely wonderful

My dog is slowly reaching his senior years, though still considered an adult, and I don’t want to lose him. I’ve been noticing that he’s been very lazy, lethargic, and gaining weight — as many middle-aged beings tend to be 🙂 So I thought — okay, I’ll give this a whirl.
I seriously felt silly buying this. “What am I doing, buying this gimmick?” I thought; but the reviews “talked me into” giving this a try, anyway.
So now we’ve been using it. It’s been a number of weeks now, and we are THRILLED. The app could definitely use some work, it definitely takes a bit too long to fetch and load and all of that, but that’s peanuts, and the device itself is awesome. We’re thrilled. And tired. 😀

In the picture: Boo, my dog, with his fashionable FitBark, after a grueling workout 🙂

Emma Gat

The Awesome FitBit for Furbabies! I purchased this product looking for a pets equivalent to Fitbit. This is the ultimate. It even integrates with fitbit to see your progress together. Batty, my minpin, was 13 lbs at his last vet visit and so the vet placed him on orders of an additional long walk per day. Therefore I wanted a better way to see how he was doing like I see mine, as well as walking him the long walk every day. I'm more than pleased with this! While the android app is in Beta, it works great on BlackBerry... Fetch More

The Awesome FitBit for Furbabies!

I purchased this product looking for a pets equivalent to Fitbit. This is the ultimate. It even integrates with fitbit to see your progress together. Batty, my minpin, was 13 lbs at his last vet visit and so the vet placed him on orders of an additional long walk per day. Therefore I wanted a better way to see how he was doing like I see mine, as well as walking him the long walk every day. I’m more than pleased with this! While the android app is in Beta, it works great on BlackBerry 10 devices as well as android, and the Apple app is impressive too! Kudos and thank you! If you have fitbit and a furbaby, you need to get this for your pup!

Susan Chappel

So fun and healthy At first these seemed ridiculous... And then you use it!! My boyfriend and I love competing with our fitbits. It keeps us both from getting too lazy, and holds us accountable when we claim the gym will happen "tomorrow" too many days in a row. We found these fitbarks and figured we'd buy one for our one lazy paws girl to see how it works. We got to see how much more she plays at daycare than at home, and gives us a well deserved guilt trip when she doesn't get a walk. The app isn't... Fetch More

So fun and healthy
At first these seemed ridiculous… And then you use it!! My boyfriend and I love competing with our fitbits. It keeps us both from getting too lazy, and holds us accountable when we claim the gym will happen “tomorrow” too many days in a row. We found these fitbarks and figured we’d buy one for our one lazy paws girl to see how it works. We got to see how much more she plays at daycare than at home, and gives us a well deserved guilt trip when she doesn’t get a walk. The app isn’t awesome, but its clearly improving, and we can even see our fitbit data alongside her fitbark data! So fun! We ordered another for the lazy one’s rambunctious sister and can’t wait to compare and compete the whole family into maintaining a healthy life together.
Kristen

FitBark - Fabulous! What a great concept: Fitbit for dogs. The FitBark doggie tracker came nicely packaged and was up and running after charging it. Putting the tracker on my dog's collar was super easy. Pairing it with my iPhone via Bluetooth was even easier. After a few minutes, I synced the tracker with my phone and was pleasantly surprised by the FitBark app. Ease of use, aesthetically pleasing design, and a simple setup makes for a great user experience. Well done!

Enrique Griffeenfay

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

Great way to bond with my dog! My dog has severe anxiety and I noticed that the days he exercised, he felt better than the days he did not. I bought the FitBark to help me find the right amount of daily exercise he needed to stay calm and relaxed. As they say "A tired dog is a good dog!" When I first got the FitBark, I had issues syncing the device. I reached out to customer support and within minutes they responded. This was at 8 pm! They walked me through step by step and before I knew it,... Fetch More

Great way to bond with my dog!

My dog has severe anxiety and I noticed that the days he exercised, he felt better than the days he did not. I bought the FitBark to help me find the right amount of daily exercise he needed to stay calm and relaxed. As they say “A tired dog is a good dog!” When I first got the FitBark, I had issues syncing the device. I reached out to customer support and within minutes they responded. This was at 8 pm! They walked me through step by step and before I knew it, we were able to see my dogs activity. I love that you can record daily notes and see how your pets activity compares to other dogs. I’m excited to tell everyone about FitBark and keep building my dogs health, happiness, and our bond.

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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.
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