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[UPDATED OCTOBER 2022]
Welcome to my FitBark GPS Review.
The FitBark GPS is an all-in-one health tracker that is the smallest and lightest of its kind!
FitBark’s GPS version was first introduced to the US market in 2019 and since its launch, sales have skyrocketed!
Fast forward a few years to 2022, and there is a new version!
Introducing the FitBark GPS second generation.
What exactly has changed?
In this in-depth review, we’ll look at all of the features of the FitBark GPS, how it works, its design, pros and cons, plus how the FitBark GPS second generation has improved!
Let’s get to it!
FitBark GPS 2nd Generation What’s New?
As of May 2022, the FitBark GPS 2nd Generation is available to the U.S. market.
Let’s look at what improvements were made:
Supports All 3 Major U.S. Wireless Carriers
A major improvement from the first version, FitBark GPS 2nd generation now supports all 3 major U.S. wireless carriers.
It automatically and seamlessly switches between Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile 4G LTE-M networks.
You’ll get the best coverage possible! The embedded sim is separate from your own smartphone’s wireless provider.
Multiple Satellite Constellations
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, SBAS, and QZSS are all supported to give you state-of-the-art real-time tracking, whether your dog is in an urban or rural area.
3x Antenna Performance
The placement and design of the antennas have been improved to offer better location tracking and overall performance.
Better Escape Detection Reliability
The platform is much smarter and is able to tell the difference when your dog escapes or just takes a stroll around the perimeter of a safe place.
You can expect fewer false exit notifications.
Improved Battery Life
Most pups recharge for 2 hours every 3 to 5 weeks. The previous version’s battery life was 2 to 3 weeks.
Light, Rugged & Waterproof
FitBark GPS 2nd Generation is even lighter than its previous version, weighing only 16 grams.
It is made of high-impact polycarbonate, making it super rugged and durable. It’s not 100% bite-proof, so make sure your pup doesn’t chew on it!
Designed to be sleek and lightweight, it doesn’t stick out past your dog’s collar, unlike other GPS trackers.
Speaking of collars, it fits collars up to 1.5″ wide.
Just like the previous version, it is waterproof up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Great news for water-loving dogs!
Just be sure to let the unit fully dry by removing the soft cover.
What Does The FitBark GPS Do?
The FitBark GPS is an all-in-one health activity monitor.
Not only does it monitor your dog’s sleep and activity, but it allows you to track your dog’s location 24/7.
Below is an overview of its features, and what the FitBark GPS does:
Wi-Fi Safe Zone Alerts
You will be able to create multiple safe zones for your dog around familiar Wi-Fi networks, for example, your home, friend’s house, relatives, or daycare.
When your dog enters or leaves the safe areas you will get alerted on your mobile phone.
Pinpoint GPS Location In Minutes
In case of emergencies, you will be able to track your dog anywhere in the U.S. via the embedded cellular service.
You will receive 1-minute location updates until you are reunited with your dog.
FitBark GPS uses Verizon’s 4G LTE network to send real-time location updates to FitBark’s server and the FitBark app.
A subscription plan is needed and is separate from the service plan for your phone.
Monitor Your Dog’s Sleep And Activity 24/7
Track your dog’s quality of sleep, activity level, calories burned, distance travelled, and overall health and behaviour.
You can set fitness goals with other dogs of the same breed, age, or weight.
Monitor Mobility And Pain
You can invite your vet or dog trainer to monitor any changes in your dog’s mobility, osteoarthritis, or orthopedic rehabilitation.
By following the FitBark Health Index you will be able to catch any early signs of discomfort or disease.
Monitor Stress And Anxiety
Keep an eye on how your dog is doing while you are away, or while he is in the care of others.
By looking at the Hourly View after you leave home, you will be able to discover if your dog is anxious while you are gone.
FitBark is a great way to monitor your dog’s separation anxiety to see if it has improved or worsened.
Monitor Itchiness And Skin Diseases
The FitBark nightly Sleep Score will help you track any skin conditions in your dog that develop over time such as dermatitis, hot spots, or flea allergies.
Your dog could be up all night scratching and licking and a low sleep score will be an indicator of that.
Link To Your Human Fitness Tracker
Be active and stay healthy right alongside your dog.
If, you own a fitness tracker like the Fitbit, Apple Watch, HealthKit, or Google Fit device you can link it to the FitBark.
The FitBark Watchface is available for Fitbit Versa 2, Versa and Ionic.
Once you install the app, you can glance at your Fitbit and get updated on your health, your dog’s health and his location.
FitBark GPS Design
Alright, let’s talk about the design of the FitBark GPS.
Not only is the FitBark GPS favoured for its health and activity tracking, but its design is pretty impressive!
Unlike other dog GPS trackers that are heavy and bulky, FitBark GPS is small and light. Let’s take a closer look:
The FitBark GPS is shaped like a tiny bone that fits dogs of all sizes from a tiny Chihuahua to a large Leonberger.
This tiny bone-shaped device is durable, lightweight and waterproof.
Made of high-impact polycarbonate, it is super durable and rugged.
As mentioned above, the FitBark GPS 2nd generation is even lighter than its previous version.
Weighing only 16 grams, it is much lighter and designed to be flat and non-bulky.
It won’t stick out past your dog’s collar, and it can fit collars up to 1.5″ (38mm) wide.
If your dog likes to play or swim in the water, no problem!
The FitBark GPS is waterproof and can be submerged up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
Just be sure to allow the unit to fully dry by removing the soft cover after it has been in the water.
Battery life on the FitBark GPS 2nd generation is typically 3-5 weeks.
It takes 120 minutes to fully charge a dead battery.
Factors That Directly Affect Battery Life:
- Bluetooth Proximity: FitBark GPS will use less power if connected to an owner’s mobile device. The more authorized owners nearby, the better. If fewer owners are nearby, day or night, the more power it will use to reconnect or scan for your WiFi Safe Places.
- Wi-Fi Signal: The Wi-Fi signal strength could affect the battery life. If you are in a congested Wi-Fi area, it could be harder for the FitBark GPS to locate your Safe Place Wi-Fi network. The harder it is to locate your network, the more battery power is drained.
- Cell Signal: A weak cell signal impacts the battery life. This will happen only when the FitBark GPS is not in a Wi-Fi Safe Place, or when it is not connected to an owner’s device.
- GPS Signal: If the device gets lost (solo mode), it will try to understand its location by acquiring a GPS location. This will use more power, affecting the battery life.
Different Scenarios and Battery Life:
- If your dog is always with you and within Bluetooth range of your phone, you can get 30-plus days of battery life. Providing you have the FitBark mobile app running in the background at all times with Bluetooth on.
- If your dog is typically in a Safe Place such as your home with a good Wi-Fi signal, and you do a couple of 30-minute walks daily without any Bluetooth connectivity, then you can expect to get 20 days of battery life.
- If your dog enjoys daily alone time and is typically in a Safe Place with a good Wi-Fi signal you can get 10 days of battery life. This is if your dog likes to spend a few hours a day outside without any Bluetooth connectivity and without the FitBark mobile app running in the background.
- If your dog is lost and is outside of a Wi-Fi Safe Place with no Bluetooth connectivity and no FitBark mobile app running in the background, the battery life will be 4 days.
How To Set Up The FitBark GPS
If you are a new user you can easily set up your new FitBark GPS device by following these steps:
1. Create Your User Profile
After you have downloaded the FitBark App from either the IOS App Store or the Google Play Store, you need to open the app and create your account.
This is your personal profile, your dog’s profile will be created later.
2. Pair The FitBark GPS To Your Phone
Make sure Bluetooth is on in your IOS or Android device, and select “set-up device”.
Plug the FitBark GPS device into the charger only when prompted by the app.
The LED will start blinking rapidly to show it is in pairing mode.
After 10-20 seconds the “next” button appears and once the FitBark App connects to the FitBark GPS, the screen will display the text “woof”.
3. Create Your Dog’s Profile
You’ll be able to fill in all of your pup’s personal information such as name, age, breed, weight, medical conditions, location, as well as what lifestyle you want for your pup.
Choose from Average, Active, or Olympian lifestyles.
4. Attach The FitBark GPS To Your Dog’s Collar
The device can be attached to your dog’s collar (up to 1.5″ wide) by using 2 zip ties that are included.
The following video shows you how to attach it:
5. Firmware Update
You may be prompted to update the device’s firmware.
Just follow the on-screen instructions.
Depending on how extensive the update is, it could take a couple of minutes to 1 hour.
6. Create Your First Wi-Fi Safe Place
The Safe Place feature provides you with entry and exit notifications and allows the device to save significantly on power.
It is recommended to set up your home as your first Safe Place so that your pup’s health data sync regularly.
You will be able to add more Wi-Fi Safe Places later on from the app settings, which will allow you to achieve a longer battery life.
7. Choose A Subscription Plan
The FitBark GPS requires an active subscription plan.
All new subscriptions come with a 30-day money-back guarantee from the time of activation.
You can choose from a monthly plan with no long-term commitments, a 1-year plan, a 2-year plan, or a 3-year plan.
What Is Included In The Box?
- FitBark GPS Dog Health Monitor
- 2 Black Covers: Different case colours are sold separately.
- 10 Zip Ties: You will need 2 zip ties to attach the device to your dog’s collar. If you decide to change dog collars you will need to use 2 new zip ties. Additional zip ties can be purchased separately.
- Charging Cable
- Quick Start Guide
How Much Does It Cost?
The FitBark GPS 2nd generation is priced at $49.95 plus a subscription plan (monthly, 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year).
If you purchase from fitbark.com you receive:
- Free Shipping
- 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee: You can try FitBark for one month and if you don’t love it you get your money back, and FitBark will even pay for the return shipping (U.S. residents only).
- 1-Year Limited Warranty.
- Support Chat is available 24/7.
FitBark GPS Pros And Cons
- Best design compared to other dog GPS trackers. It is the world’s smallest and lightest dog GPS tracker.
- It fits all dogs and breeds. Dogs that weigh 5 pounds up to 240 pounds can wear a FitBark.
- FitBark’s customer service is fantastic! Live Chat Support is available 24/7 and they respond quickly.
- It is easy to set up, and the FitBark App is easy to use.
- It is durable and waterproof, which is ideal for dogs who love to run, play, and swim in the water.
- Tracks your dog’s location anywhere in the U.S., and gives you peace of mind. It’s another layer of security even if your dog is microchipped.
- It works even if you travel outside of the U.S., as long as your dog is in the U.S.
- The battery life is pretty impressive, 3-5 weeks.
- It supports all 3 major U.S. wireless carriers to give you the best coverage. It is separate from your mobile phone account.
- The GPS version is only available in the U.S. at this time.
- To use the GPS you will need to purchase a subscription plan. The good news is that you can change or cancel your subscription at any time.
- The battery life is 3-5 weeks on average, which is pretty good, but, if you’re used to the FitBark 2 (non-GPS version), then you are used to the battery lasting up to 6 months.
- It cannot be used on a harness, you must attach it to a collar that is no wider than 1.5″.
How Does The FitBark GPS Differ From The FitBark 2?
Obviously, the main difference is that with the FitBark GPS you are able to track your dog’s location anywhere in the U.S.
With the FitBark GPS, you will receive alerts every time your dog enters or exits a Wi-Fi Safe Place.
Plus, it syncs your dog’s health data typically every hour via Wi-Fi without the need of a smartphone nearby, unlike the FitBark 2.
FitBark GPS is slightly bigger, weighing 16 grams vs 10 grams for the FitBark 2.
The battery life of the FitBark GPS 2nd generation is 3-5 weeks compared to 6 months for FitBark 2.
The FitBark GPS requires a subscription plan vs no additional fees for the FitBark 2.
If you are upgrading from the FitBark 2 to the GPS you can keep your existing profile and all of your dog’s historical data.
RELATED ===> The FitBark 2 Dog Activity Monitor Review.
As an all-in-one health and activity monitor and location tracker, the FitBark GPS is pretty impressive!
FitBark takes great pride in its design, battery life, easy integration with human fitness trackers, and its platform which is used and trusted by over 100 vets and research institutions.
Not only is the FitBark GPS a great device for any dog owner who wants to improve their dog’s health and monitor their activity levels, but it is an added layer of security if heaven forbids your dog gets lost.
Even if your dog is microchipped, having a GPS tracker will allow you to track your dog’s exact location, with updates every minute.
The FitBark GPS is only available to the U.S. market at this time. Hopefully, in the near future, it will be available to other countries.
However, for now, if you don’t live in the U.S., you can still take advantage of everything the FitBark 2 offers.
Have you tried the FitBark GPS for your dog? Do you currently use a FitBark?
Share your thoughts and comments below, plus if you have any questions, please ask! I would love to hear from you!
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