FitBark a Fitness Tracker for Dogs
Luna has her own Fitness Tracker just like her humans except hers is called a FitBark.
We love the idea of helping our senior dog stay healthy, happy and fit for her age and abilities. She has some hip problems and arthritis so we have to be careful and thoughtful as when it comes to her fitness routine. That is one of many reasons I was thrilled to be a part of the Google Hangout to ask questions of Dr. Kurt Venator a veterinarian with Purina and to receive a FitBark for our dog Luna. The hangout was to discuss how pet owners can help their pets stay fit and healthy during summer and all year long, perfect. We learned a lot at the Google Hangout from what we were already doing right and some things we could incorporate that we hadn’t yet thought about.
For example, we take our dogs and cat for regular check ups to our veterinarian but we had never thought to get their advice on an exercise routine for them, especially Luna who as mentioned has arthritis, hip problems (which we are helping her with those nutrition wise) and is going blind. We know it’s important to keep them active for their physical well being but also their mental well being. We love that Purina aims to drive the health and well-being of pets and their owners so we can all live bigger, healthier and happier lives together. That is the utmost importance to us and we want to do what we can for our entire family.
It’s a small unit that you attach to their collar. You download the FitBark app and it walks you through how to set it up. It took me about 10 minutes but it can be done quicker I just had some wifi issues at the time. You set the lifestyle suited to your dog and their abilities, select breed etc.. Although for Luna she is a Blue Heeler, you have to look up Australian Cattle Dog, not Blue Heeler, same breed and the official name.
There are lots of other options you can select as well from joining “packs” to having a support chat. It fits dogs of any size since it goes on their collar, you just need to make sure the collar is not too wide as you use an strong elastic type of band to attach it to the collar and it doesn’t stretch that much. It’s rugged, waterproof, obviously bluetooth since it syncs to your phone and the batter lasts up to 14 days.
This is when we first set up Luna’s FitBark. You add a photo of your beloved dog and get going from there.
You can see Luna’s grey FitBark on her collar in the photo below, it blends in with her fur. As you can see it’s not big at all and doesn’t have a display on it. When you first plug it in to sync it does blink lights to show you it’s syncing.
Now that we’ve got Luna set up on her FitBark and have talked to our veterinarian about what types of exercise and how often we’ve been incorporating it all daily. It really does keep her healthy. I think we forget sometimes the importance of mental health for our dogs. If we keep their minds engaged it’s just as important, especially for Luna’s breed which is high in the intelligence level and they need lots of exercise. Now that she can’t do as intense of physical activity that she used to we have to adjust for her to keep her happy. So we do lots of shorts spurts (as recommended by our vet) of playing fetch, her absolute favourite thing to do and very short walks in the evening when it’s not hot. This keeps her busy throughout the day without physically overtaxing her arthritic joints.
Not only does this all help Luna, it also helps us, we get to have fun and physical activity together and since the FitBark can also be paired with a FitBit we’re all keeping track of our activities together, what fun! Thanks Purina for helping us to learn more on how to keep our entire family happy and healthy.