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FitBark Dog Activity Monitor -Track The Most Essential Piece Of Your Dogs Health

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When you become a dog owner you really start to love and create a special bond with your dog. Your dog quickly becomes part of your family, and you want the absolute best for your dog, and you will do anything and everything possible to ensure your dog is happy and healthy. That’s where the FitBark dog activity monitor comes in, this tiny bone shaped device will monitor the most essential piece of your dogs health – their activity.

Your dog cannot tell you when they are not feeling well, or when they are tired from not getting enough sleep, or if they are getting enough exercise in a day. The FitBark tracks your dogs overall health index and allows you to catch any early signs that your dog is in pain or sick. You can even share this information with your Vet.

In this article I will review FitBark, and will provide an overview of what FitBark is, and why it would be beneficial to your dog and yourself.

FitBark is available online at fitbark.com, for $69.95 (US current price).

What Is FitBark?

FitBark is basically the dog version of the Fitbit for humans. It is an activity and sleep monitor for your dog. This device will be able to track your dogs physical and rest levels 24/7, which will provide you with answers to questions like “Is my dog getting enough exercise?”, “Is my dog anxious when I am away?”, “how many calories has my dog burned?”, and answers to many more questions.

FitBark is a great way of letting you know if your dog is getting enough exercise while you are away. For example, if you hired a dog walker to walk your dog, you can see if your dog is actually being walked, and the dog walker is doing what you are paying them for – walking your dog!

FitBark is a great way to improve not only your dogs health but your own health too. If you own a Fitbit, or another human fitness tracking device, you can link it to the FitBark mobile app, and start tracking your activity level next to your dogs.

Overview Of FitBark

  • tiny bone shaped device, that attaches to your dogs collar
  • fits dogs of any breed, size and weight
  • monitors your dogs activity and sleep levels 24/7
  • gives you insight into your dogs health and behavior
  • allows you to share useful information about any changes in behavior and health issues with your vet, such as mobility, anxiety, skin conditions, and other health issues
  • motivates you and your dog to be healthy and active together
  • tracks minute by minute activity, calories burned, distance traveled, sleep quality, and overall health and behavior
  • Waterproof – can be submerged underwater up to 1 meter, for up to 30 minutes
  • Compatible with IOS and Android
  • Sync range is 30 feet (9 meters), sync requires an internet connection, and compatible IOS or Android device, or FitBark Wi-Fi Base Station

FitBark vs. FitBark2 What Is The Difference?

FitBark was first launched in 2015, and has become the most popular and highest rated dog activity and sleep monitor on the market.

FitBark2 was launched in 2017, and has some impressive improvements compared to FitBark. Let’s look at the differences below.

FitBark

  • Launched in 2015
  • Battery Life: lasts 14 days on a single charge.
  • Memory: stores 28 days of minute by minute data.
  • Fit on collars: The FitBark will work on any collar that is not wider than 30mm. (1.18 inches).
  • How it connects to your dogs collar: uses elastic bands to attach to the collar.
  • Material and Design: Dimensions are 1.6 x1.1 x 0.4 inches (41 x 28 x 11mm), Weight is 0.28 ounces (8 grams), and made from ABS plastic, which is sturdy but a cheaper form of plastic.
  • Colors: 7 available to choose from.

FitBark2

  • Launched in 2017
  • Battery Life: lasts up to 6 months on a single charge.
  • Memory: has the capacity to store 100 days of minute by minute data.
  • Fit on collars: supports collars up to 38mm. (1.5 inches).
  • How it connects to your dogs collar: uses 2 zip ties to attach to the collar.
  • Material and Design: Dimensions are 1.6 x 1.1 x 0.5 inches (41 x 28 x 13.5mm), Weight is 0.35 ounces (10 grams), and made from high impact Polycarbonate.
  • Colors: only available in Black, but there are 12 interchangeable colored covers to choose from (sold separately).

When looking at the main differences between the FitBark and FitBark2, it is safe to say that the newest model the FitBark2 is superior to the FitBark. FitBark2 is stronger and more durable, and not having to worry about charging the battery for 6 months is very impressive. The choices of 12 colored covers to choose from, you can give your dog a signature look.

What Comes With The FitBark2 In The Box

  • FitBark2
  • Black Cover
  • 8 Zip Ties
  • Charging Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

FitBark offers a 30-day money back guarantee, free US and Worldwide shipping on anything over $15.00, and a 1-year limited warranty.

When you first get your FitBark, you will need to charge it for 90 minutes, and make sure you have Bluetooth on, on your IOS or Android device, then download the FitBark Mobile App and follow the instructions on screen to set up a user profile and dog profile.

FitBark Can Provide You With Answers

The FitBark activity and sleep monitor can provide you with many helpful insights into your dogs health. Let’s look at some common questions, and how FitBark can answer them.

How Can FitBark Help My Dog Lose Weight?

When you set-up your FitBark, you are asked what lifestyle you want for your dog, based on 3 percentiles, Typical, Active, or Olympian. The FitBark will offer real time comparison between dogs of similar age, weight and breed across the world. Your dogs activity is measured in BarkPoints, a higher level of BarkPoints means your dog is more active.

You can also measure how many calories your dog has burned. When your dog moves he/she will collect BarkPoints, and more calories will be burned. You can use this to estimate how much food to feed. An active dog requires more caloric intake than a less active dog.

How Can FitBark Help Monitor My Dogs Separation Anxiety?

If you have a dog that suffers from separation anxiety, you know firsthand how stressful it is to leave your dog at home when you go to work. Your dog doesn’t understand where you are going, or when you are coming back, and you have no idea what to expect when you get home. Your dog may have destroyed or chewed the furniture, or peed in the house, and when you get home you have to check every room in the house.

With FitBark, you will be able to check the mobile app and track your dogs activity level. You will be able to see if your dog has settled down after you left (less BarkPoints), or if he is active, the higher the BarkPoints, the more anxious your dog is. You can compare your dogs daily activity levels, average BarkPoints from a day spent with you, to that of a day spent without you.

Is The Dog Walker I Hired Walking My Dog?

You hired a dog walker for your dog, and are wondering if your dog is getting enough exercise, and you want to be sure that you are paying your dog walker for doing there job. With FitBark you will be able to track how much exercise your dog is getting. Just open the FitBark mobile app, sync via Bluetooth when your dog gets home and you can find out in seconds.

FitBark Dog Activity Monitor

The Pros And Cons Of FitBark2

Pros

  • Affordable at $69.95, comes with 1 Year Warranty, and 30-day money back guarantee
  • Tracks your dogs activity and sleep 24/7
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Waterproof
  • 6 Month Battery Life
  • Easy to set up, pair and sync to your smartphone
  • Compare your activity with Apple and Fitbit devices
  • Fits all dogs
  • Works worldwide
  • Gives consistent, accurate and dependable data, that you can share with your friends and Veterenarian
  • No monthly fees for use
  • Dedicated customer support, available 24/7 from the mobile app or your computer

Owners love how the FitBark keeps their dog happy and healthy, and it benefits them too. They are getting more active, and it motivates them to take longer walks or have more playtime with their dog. The setup is so easy, and the mobile app is user-friendly.

Cons

  • You need to use a collar that is less than 1.5 inches wide
  • Does not have any GPS tracking abilities
  • Have to use new zip ties every time you want to attach it to a different collar (comes with 8 zip ties)
  • Common complaint is that the colored covers tend to fall off. This is usually a result of the covers not being attached properly.
  • Common complaint is that it is not waterproof like it says it is. This is because you need to make sure that the charging pins are kept dry. After the FitBark has become wet, you should remove the cover and let the pins dry fully before putting the cover back on.
  • Does not track your dogs heart rate. Not yet anyway, FitBark could be working on this in the future.
  • Does not work on a harness. Using it on a harness will reduce the activity and sleep tracking accuracy.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a way to improve your dogs health and happiness, or to see how your dog measures up to other dogs of the same age, weight and breed then the FitBark is an excellent choice for you.

FitBark would be beneficial to you if you worry about your dog being anxious when you are away, or if you are trying to help your dog lose weight. It gives you peace of mind knowing that your dog walker is actually walking your dog.

I highly recommend the FitBark, it is an affordable way to track the most essential piece of your dogs health. It is also a great way for you to get more active and healthier too.

Try FitBark You Will Love It

Get yours at fitbark.com, 30-day money back guarantee, free worldwide shipping (over $15.00), and a 1-Year Warranty.

What About You?

Have you tried FitBark yet? Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you.

 

About Jenny

I am the proud owner of a Golden Retriever named Ellie. She keeps me busy, and when she is resting, you can find me working on my blog. She is always close by though. I live in Peterborough, ON Canada with my husband, and we both enjoy the never a dull moment life with our Ellie.
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32 thoughts on “FitBark Dog Activity Monitor -Track The Most Essential Piece Of Your Dogs Health

  1. Thank you for your review, I was looking into getting one of these to see how much activity my dog tracks throughout a day since he is extremely active in the backyard so I was curious. I love that the FitBark 2 has a 6 month battery life. I feel like having to charge every two weeks can be inconvenient so for the extra 45 bucks I might as well get the FitBark 2. I am surprised to see it uses zip ties to attach to the collar though. Do you know if you were to say use something else to secure it that can be reused would it mess with the accuracy?

    1. Hi Huy, thanks for your comment.  The FitBark2 uses zipties to attach it to your dog’s collar, each FitBark2 comes with 8 zipties.  You will need 2 zipties to secure it in place, as long as you don’t plan on changing collars you will be fine.  However, if you do switch the FitBark2 to a different collar then you need to use 2 new zipties.  Extra zipties can be purchased for a minimal fee.  The zipties are specifically designed for the FitBark2, and using anything else to try and attach it to the collar could likely disrupt its accuracy.

        1. That is right, no need to change the zipties. Even if you want to change collars, you will get 8 zipties in total, and you can always order extra. Thanks for your comment Huy.

  2. Who would have thought,  this is  a really great way to monitor  your dog. I like that you can also monitor your dog’s health. Great post, it gives a detailed description of this device. An essential monitor for new dog owners and it’s affordable too. It’s really impressive that it can be connected to your smartphones and it’s waterproof. Great stuff.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Brenda, thank you for your comment.  The FitBark is really great, and it is affordable, so that every dog owner can monitor the health of their dog.  It is a great device for new dog owners, to give them a better understanding of how much exercise, and food their dog needs, but it is really a very valuable device for any dog owner that wants to keep a close eye on the health of their dog.

  3. This is crazy, I have been looking for things that I need to get for when I buy my children a new puppy and I thought I had seen it all until I saw this Fitbit for dogs!  Does it really track everything that a human Fitbit tracks? I can’t imagine having to check their stats at the end of the day, especially a puppy, I’m surprised the Fitbark doesn’t blow up the amount of movement a puppy goes through a day. I have been spending money like fun lately for a dog that we haven’t even got yet as it hasn’t had its shots yet. You say that I need zip ties to attach it to the collar but isn’t there a way where you could create a collar that would have a pocket that the fitbark would fit into? Surely that would work much better?

    1. Hi Matthew,  FitBark is a great device that will allow you to track your puppy’s activity and sleep level.  There is some great data on fitbark.com showing that puppies sleep way less than human babies, and that they have the most trouble sleeping at night, and they are the most active between the ages of 3-6 months.  You will really find that this device is helpful, and fun to use.

      The FitBark2 does come with 8 zipties to attach it to your puppy’s collar.  You will need 2 of them to attach it securely in place, and if you plan on changing collars you will need 2 each time you do so.  If you don’t plan on changing collars then you will be fine. The FitBark needs to be securely in place, attached to the collar in order for it to display accurate results, so creating a collar with a pocket would decrease its accuracy.

  4. Wowwww. Hi Jenny. I must be lucky to have come across your blog and your contents. Good to know that there is the dog version of Fitbit which is FitBark. Technology advancements are of great benefits to us and to animals too 🙂

    Thanks for sharing a way with which I can easily improve my dog’s health and happiness. I love the Product

    1. If you have the Fitbit yourself, you can easily link it to the FitBark, and track your activity levels next to that of your dog’s.  I am so glad you enjoyed my article, and that you love  FitBark.

  5. Wow! Amazing article. I have always been a dog person and I love my dogs so much. I think that this is a great product and I am really wondering why I haven’t heard of it before. 

    I think that many people who have pets almost forget that they are pet owners. I know that I myself don’t spend enough time working with my dogs. I think that this will help me hold myself accountable and let my little guys be happy and healthy. 

    Thank you for this information. I look forward to giving Fitbark a try!!!

    1. Hi Anthony, thank you for your comment.  I am happy to hear that you will give FitBark a try, it is a great way for you and your dogs to get healthy together.

  6. Wow! This would certainly be very helpful in managing your dog’s health. Does the FitBark give you reports? That would be very helpful to be able to share the report with the vet or dog trainer so they can see changes or patterns over time. It’s also a good way for your dog to communicate with you. You can see the activity and stress even if the dog can’t talk. I think it’s a great idea!

    1. Hi Jenny, thank you for your comment.  The FitBark is a great way for you to share valuable data with your vet, or dog trainer.  The FitBark monitors your dog’s health index, you will be able to compare your dog’s typical activity levels and sleep levels, with your dog’s recent levels.  If your dog is ill, or in pain, you will be able to notice any changes in behaviour right away, by looking at the data on the mobile app.  Changes in your dog’s typical behaviour, can help you discover any medical issues and concerns, and you can share this information with your vet.

  7. Wow, I had never heard of the FitBark Dog Activity Monitor until I read this article. I have some close friends who can definitely benefit from this as they have 3 dogs. I love that it can track your dog’s physical and rest levels at all times and even check if your dog is anxious. The FitBark 2 definitely sounds like the one to go with especially since it has a bigger battery life as well as larger memory storage for important stats. Too bad it doesn’t have GPS capabilities though if your dog should ever get loose. Do you know if they are working on a 3rd version of FitBark 2?

    1. Hi Brian, the FitBark2 with its 6 month battery life, more memory storage, and durable design, make it the better option.  The FitBark does not offer any GPS capabilities, as of yet, perhaps in the future, I am not sure.  The main focus of FitBark is the health of your dog.

  8. Many times, I had to guess if my dog was ill or not, the use of FitBark Dog Activity Monitor must be the real deal. I like the fact that you can monitor the activity, anxiety and other moods of your dog even from your work place, that is a game changer for me. One question though, does it have maximum distance it can cover for good results?

    Thank you so much for a great article

    1. Thank you for your comment.  FitBark is a great device that will be able to track the early signs of your dog being ill, or having anxiety.  Just by comparing a normal day of activity to that of a day that you may be away from your dog, you will be able to notice changes in behaviour, such as if your dog is anxious.  You asked a great question, as long as you have your mobile phone (IOS or Android), or FitBark Wi-Fi Base Station synced with your dogs FitBark, you can track the daily activity using the mobile app.  

  9. Wow i am very impressed , i never knew that fit bark is good for my dog and is also good for my health too… some dogs are very aggressive to a point where they can even chase to bite vicious snakes, so let us say i am not seeing my dog when maybe it is in it is unable to move or any thing that might have happened to it , Is it possible to search for my dog and get it using the fit bark?

    1. Thank you for your comment.  FitBark is a great way for you and your dog to get healthy together.  If you own a Fitbit, or any type of human activity monitor, all you need to do is link it to the FitBark mobile app, and you can monitor your own activity level next to your dogs.  FitBark works by tracking your dogs activity levels, in the instance that you describe, you will only be able to tell that your dogs activity has gone way down by looking at the mobile app.  FitBark does not have any GPS tracking ability as of yet.  Maybe in the future. 

  10. FitBark sounds like a great product. I like that it fits any dog and is easy to use.The price is not too low, but it is affordable and will be a good investment for new dog “parent” who wants to know more about a dog’s health. What is most important for me is a money back guarantee, that basically gives me a 30 days trial period. Thank you for this detailed and clear review.

    1. Hi Mary, thanks for commenting.  FitBark is great for any dog parent, whether they are a first time dog owner or not, they will be able to get insights into their dogs health and behaviour.  The 30-day money-back guarantee, and 1 year warranty on the FitBark is great and gives you comfort in knowing that you can test it out for 30 days.  I am glad you enjoyed my review.

  11. It’s really smart that a device like this exists. Dogs are definitely my favorite companion and I plan to get a dog sometime next year and I’m really excited for it. I’m really glad I came across this, and the price of fitbark is not over priced. 

    Its good to track your dogs health, its not like they can tell you whats wrong with them. 

    This is probably a dumb question, but could I throw this on a cat if I wanted to? I’m sure it would work the same, even though cats don’t get much exercise anyway.

    1. Hi Ty, that’s a great question.  Yes a cat can wear a FitBark, as well as other animals like a bunny, but there will not be many comparisons or baselines.  When you set up your FitBark, you will want to choose an animal that is within the “not a dog” list.  I hope that has helped to answer your question.  FitBark also monitors sleep behaviour, so that may be more beneficial to you for your cat.  Thanks for commenting.

  12. I like that the Fitbark2 has a 6-month long lasting battery, syncs up with my smartphone for easy monitoring and that it is affordable and durable. Not really sure I trust the waterproof part. it would be a really good additional feature if they would include GPS tracking. Great idea for dogs who need to lose some weight or just to see the activity level and comparing to your own fitbit data would be fun.

    1. Hi Alexander, thank you for commenting.  The impressive battery length of 6 months, is one of the many great improvements on the FitBark2.  It is waterproof, it can be submerged up to 1 meter, for up to 30 minutes.  You do have to make sure that the charging pins are kept dry, when the device has become wet you should remove the cover and let the pins fully dry, before placing the cover back on.  FitBark is a great device for dogs who want to lose weight, even for dogs who need to gain weight.  

  13. What next. I haven’t heard of this fitbit type monitor for dogs and I would have thought most dogs are naturally active enough not to need one of these to measure if they are getting enough exercise or not. 

    However it is a great idea to check on things like whether or not your dog walker is actually taking your dog for a walk, just like you suggested, or for an older dog to see if he is getting enough activity or not. 

    1. Hi Michel, there are so many gadgets for dogs on the market today, sometimes it is hard to keep up.  The FitBark is a great way to see how your dogs activity level measures up to other dogs around the world, who are similar age, weight, and breed.  Certain breeds require much more exercise than others, and there are so many dogs that are not meeting their recommended activity levels.  An active dog is much happier and calmer than a dog that is not active enough.  When a dog does not get enough exercise, that built up energy has to be let out somehow, and most of the time it results in bad behaviour such as chewing, excessive barking, or being destructive.  

  14. HiJenny and thanks for the well-written review of FitBark for dogs. I am absolutely sure that it is a must-have device for your pet’s health control. You mention at cons part of the review about lack of GPS tracker. GPS tracker for pets is another device, and it is up to every dog owner need this tracker or not. 

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed my review of FitBark.  I highly recommend it for any dog parent that wants to monitor their dogs health and activity.  It does not have any GPS tracking abilities, not yet, maybe in the future.  FitBark prides itself on the lightweight design, and how small it is.  By adding a GPS sensor, the size and weight of it would increase, making it very bulky.

  15. Hi there!

    I’m glad I found your website to read this interesting article to know more about how I can know how active is my dog, so hard to know that for sure.

    My dog is not my first dog, but each dog is unique, it doesn’t matter how many dogs you have had, there’re always some questions with a dog and to know if it is doing enough exercise is something I always wonder, it looks like my dog loves to sleep all the time.

    As you said on your article, by getting the FitBark dog activity monitor I would know for sure if he slept all day while I was at work or if he did some activity.

    It will help me to know also how much food do I need to give him to keep him in good shape, lol.

    Thanks so much for sharing a good article that will help me to know more about my best friend!

    1. Hi Wayne, thank you for your comment.  With the FitBark you would be able to tell if your dog was sleeping or moving around all day while you are at work.  Every dog is different as you said, the FitBark is a great way for you to compare your dogs activity to that of other dogs around the world that are similar age, weight and breed.  I am so glad to share this helpful article with you. 

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