Motivation

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

Great Product! We got this for our dog for Christmas and it has been wonderful. It keeps us motivated to get our pup out for a walk when she needs it (it even sends reminders when she hasn't been active for a while!) By using the product, we were also able to see that our dog walker was not taking our dog out for the full hour walks and sometimes forgot to come at all! The customer support has been amazing for any questions to you have - We bought the wifi base station and had a bit of difficulty setting... Fetch More

Great Product!

We got this for our dog for Christmas and it has been wonderful. It keeps us motivated to get our pup out for a walk when she needs it (it even sends reminders when she hasn’t been active for a while!) By using the product, we were also able to see that our dog walker was not taking our dog out for the full hour walks and sometimes forgot to come at all! The customer support has been amazing for any questions to you have – We bought the wifi base station and had a bit of difficulty setting it up but customer support helped us in no time. They are very responsive. I would highly recommend this product to any dog owner!

Cheryl

Keep those paws moving Great set of tools in the app that really give insight into your pet's activities (or lack there of). Having a lot of fun tracking Murphy's adventures. This weekend I will match it up with my FitBit ... I have a feeling he will put me to shame!

jocely7n

This is a great little product for your dog This is a great little product for your dog. It works as designed but you need to spend a little bit of time understanding the data provided. Once you start to use it you get to understand the information more. It really gives you a sense as to what your dog is doing and really how little exercise they do. It makes you want to take them for a walk so that you can get a little more exercise. The UI is nice.

Daynas Corman

Great product, awesome customer service! We picked up this activity monitor a few weeks ago to see how much exercise our pooch was getting with their walker. This device is tiny and actually provides us with more info than we would have anticipated. Plus, it keeps us honest and motivated to get my pup out and about. The interface is good, not great, but fitbark are working on making it more user friendly -- I know this bc fitbark actively solicited my feedback and explained the app's feature. A good friend has the whistle but I was never convinced, esp... Fetch More

Great product, awesome customer service!

We picked up this activity monitor a few weeks ago to see how much exercise our pooch was getting with their walker. This device is tiny and actually provides us with more info than we would have anticipated. Plus, it keeps us honest and motivated to get my pup out and about. The interface is good, not great, but fitbark are working on making it more user friendly — I know this bc fitbark actively solicited my feedback and explained the app’s feature. A good friend has the whistle but I was never convinced, esp after reading reviews. So happy I went with my gut and tried out this new product.

MKT22

We Love Our FitBarks Bought two of these via Kickstarter and a third via Fitbark.com -- ahead of when amazon was selling them. I've also got the wifi base station and using all of this via iOS. First off -- for a gen1 solution, I've been very impressed with device and how responsive the customer support folks are when working through challenges. I had some initial setup issues with my home wifi (not related to fitbark) that was causing issues with the wifi base station. Working with their customer support, we figured out the issue .. And it was due... Fetch More

We Love Our FitBarks

Bought two of these via Kickstarter and a third via Fitbark.com — ahead of when amazon was selling them. I’ve also got the wifi base station and using all of this via iOS.

First off — for a gen1 solution, I’ve been very impressed with device and how responsive the customer support folks are when working through challenges.

I had some initial setup issues with my home wifi (not related to fitbark) that was causing issues with the wifi base station. Working with their customer support, we figured out the issue .. And it was due to my net gear router .. Not fit bark’s fault.

The customer support team is very helpful with my questions – and has taken a few suggestions for enhancements on the iOS app, the wifi base station, and device itself.

Have not had any issues with the devices failing and I’m getting about a week between battery charges.

This is a great way to monitor the health and activity levels of your dogs — and encourages you to spend more time with your pups!

Too Many Labs

Useful tool This product is wonderful for making sure your pup or adult dog is getting enough exercise! It pairs up using Bluetooth making it quick and easy to get the data straight to your phone. However, because the fitbark emmits such a low Bluetooth signal the fitbark won't pair unless you are close to your pet. So you'll have to wait till you get home to see how active they were. Though it is a wonderful device because it compares your pets data with similar breeds and size of dog as well as what percentile he is in of... Fetch More

Useful tool

This product is wonderful for making sure your pup or adult dog is getting enough exercise! It pairs up using Bluetooth making it quick and easy to get the data straight to your phone. However, because the fitbark emmits such a low Bluetooth signal the fitbark won’t pair unless you are close to your pet. So you’ll have to wait till you get home to see how active they were. Though it is a wonderful device because it compares your pets data with similar breeds and size of dog as well as what percentile he is in of all the fit bark users. So in case you are unsure of where to set your goal they have some data to offer suggestions. We got ours because our blueheeler/beegle mix didn’t seem to be getting enough energy out. So we set the average goal and found out he had more to burn. It is a great way to keep your pet healthy and active. As well as keeping yourself in good shape too! The fitbark companion app also syncs up the data from your fitbit as well. If you have a cuddly critter that you think needs more or less exercise then this is a great way to manage that, plus you can earn bragging rights for the amount of barkpoints your pet earns! Plus you can add other pets of friends with fitbark to a friends list and compare and compete with them it is lots of fun for homosapien and kanine.

BigAl

Watch out for health-monitoring-addiction in your pet! At first, this seemed like a great idea... I monitor my own bodily functions 8 ways to Sunday, so why shouldn't my little Pookie have the same data? At first, things are great... Pookie takes to the challenge like a champ, getting more and more steps in every day, getting healthy, getting fit... But then the darker side of pet fitness showed it's paws. Next thing I know, Pookie is checking her barkPoints 4,5, even 6 or 7 times a day! She's started waking me up early to go for an extra walk!... Fetch More

Watch out for health-monitoring-addiction in your pet!

At first, this seemed like a great idea… I monitor my own bodily functions 8 ways to Sunday, so why shouldn’t my little Pookie have the same data? At first, things are great… Pookie takes to the challenge like a champ, getting more and more steps in every day, getting healthy, getting fit…

But then the darker side of pet fitness showed it’s paws. Next thing I know, Pookie is checking her barkPoints 4,5, even 6 or 7 times a day! She’s started waking me up early to go for an extra walk! I like having a fit pet, but I need my dang sleep! And, honestly… I can’t afford all the protein powders and post-workout-recovery-drinks Pookie is ordering.

I mean, it’s great that Pookie is taking an interest in education… I never managed to even get her to “sit” or “roll over”, and her obsession with Bark Points has gotten her back into school… she’ll be graduating with an MS in Kinesiology by the end of the year… but the constant reminders of how out of shape I am are really getting annoying… I even saw her setting the cat up with an exercise and diet plan.

Jack Brinloe

Motivates me to take my dog out more!  I can't say enough good things about Fitbark. I love being able to track my dog's fitness, and being able to set goals motivates me to go for more walks and runs with him. My first Fitbark malfunctioned, and the amazing customer support team fixed my problem instantly. They provided constant support, even after hours and on weekends, which is true dedication and shows their passion for their product and their customers (thank you so much!). You won't regret getting this little gadget, and your pup will love you for it!

BettinaE

Love Fitbark with my Fitbit. Jack (my dog) got his fitbark for Christmas. So far it's great. It's fun since I'm addicted to my Fitbit. It adds another dimension to exercising. And I like all the follow ups checking on how we're doing.

Nyleve