Best Dog Activity Monitor: FitBark vs Whistle vs Link AKC & More

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Technology has come a long way for both humans and pets over the years. Now there’s a way to track your dog’s daily activity (think Fitbit for dogs).

We reviewed the latest and greatest products in the “dog Fitbit” category, including key features and pricing for each. From GPS tracking and fitness monitoring to goal setting and comparing your dog to others of the same breed, you are going to be blown away with all the things you can do with a dog fitness tracker.

Article Overview

What Are Dog Activity Monitors?

Dog activity monitors do just what they sound like they would do: they monitor the activity level — or lack thereof — of your dog. It can be used to track when they play, nap or walk over a day and to find your pup if it’s lost. You can even use it to keep tabs on who’s hanging out with your dog when you’re not around. Other common features include:

  • GPS to track your dog anywhere, anytime (dedicated GPS dog collars also work similarly) in case they get lost
  • Bluetooth capabilities to see who’s with your dog at any given time
  • Progress trackers to monitor how often your pup is active (compared to similar dogs)
  • Messengers and to-do lists to keep all your dog’s caretakers in the loop
  • Goal-setting capabilities to proactively help your furry friend live a healthier life

Best Dog Activity Monitor

Now that you know how they work, let’s share our top picks for each category. Then we’ll share some other popular dog activity trackers below.

Easiest Dog Activity Monitor To Use: FitBark 2 Review

FitbarkView on Amazon

The bone design of FitBark’s on-collar monitor is cute and smaller than most other monitors and comes in black with colored cover options for an additional cost. The app performs well, and the pet activity tracker is easy to use.

The monitor is strong and durable, so it will survive your dog’s adventures. It has a long battery life (3.5 dog years) and can link to your fitness tracker (Fitbit, Apple, Google).

Key Features

  • Monitors:
    • Activity
    • Sleep quality
    • Distance traveled
    • Calories burned
    • Overall health
    • Behavior
  • Waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes (IP67)
  • Compare your dog’s activity to other dogs of the same breed
  • Share your dog’s activity report with your vet
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • No monthly subscription fees
  • Free iOS and Android apps
  • 1-year limited warranty

Price

Video: FitBark Overview

Watch this 2-minute video to see how this tiny, comfortable clip can provide endless insights into your furry friend.

Click Here To Read Our In-Depth FitBark Review

Most Accurate Dog Activity Monitor: Whistle 3 Review

Whistle 3 Dog Activity MonitorView on Amazon

The Whistle 3’s sleek, attractive design does three things at once: tracks your dog (or cat)’s GPS location, activity and pet care history. This clip on-collar activity monitor tracks rest patterns, allows you to set fitness goals and gives you easy access from your smartphone at any time via the free app. It even gives you a map of your dog’s steps down to the exact paw up to 3,000 miles away.

However, Whistle’s accuracy and advanced features come at a price. There’s a monthly subscription plan required (starting at $6.95/month) which uses AT&T’s cellular network and is only available in the U.S.

Key Features

  • Monitors:
    • Activity
    • Location
    • Sleep quality
    • Distance traveled
    • Calories burned
    • Overall health
  • Waterproof for splashes, rain/snow, shower (IPx7)
  • Keep track of medications, a food log or make notes of things you noticed that day
  • 90-day money-back guarantee
  • Free iOS and Android apps
  • 1-year warranty

Price

Best Dog Activity Monitor For Closely Tracking Health: PetPace Review

PetPace View on Amazon

PetPace is a smart collar system that tracks data including temperature, activity, pulse, respiration, calories (consumed and burned) and heart rate variations to detect health trends and potential concerns. The 1.5 oz collar collects data throughout the day and communicates with the base station every 1-2 minutes (when within 1,000 feet) and alerts you and your vet at the moment it signals a problem.

You can also log in to an online account or use the app to see your pet’s dashboard to see trends, health history, daily progress and more. Note: the gateway base requires an ethernet port to transmit data and a yearly monitoring plan (but could be worth it for the in-depth health analysis and ability to share data with vet). It has up to a 3-week battery life, is adjustable and comes in 4 sizes (including cats).

Key Features

  • Monitors:
    • Activity
    • Pulse
    • Respiration
    • Heart rate
    • Calories burned and consumed
    • Overall health
  • Water-resistant (IPx7)
  • Temperature alerts (if it’s too hot for your dog, it notifies you)
  • Alerts you and your vet if it detects a problem
  • Share your dog’s activity report with your vet
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Free iOS and Android apps
  • 1-year limited warranty

Price

Best Dog Activity Monitors

Below are other dog activity monitors that we’ve reviewed. Although they weren’t winners in our three categories, one may be a good fit for your pup.

Link AKC | PetKit | TaggTractive Motion | Voyce

Link AKC Review

Link AKCView on Amazon

Unlike the other many activity trackers we reviewed that clip on to your dog’s existing collar, the Link AKC is a collar itself with a removable and rechargeable tracking unit. It comes in five sizes, and all are adjustable in a stylish light brown stitched leather.

One unique feature of this smart collar is the built-in LED light that helps your dog be seen at night and sound alert to assist in training, both of which can be controlled remotely using the app. It’s similar to the Whistle with its pinpoint GPS technology via AT&T, which requires a monthly service fee starting at $7.95.

Key Features

  • Monitors:
    • Activity
    • Location
    • Sleep quality
    • Distance traveled
    • Overall health
  • Waterproof (IP67)
  • Temperature alerts (if it’s too hot for your dog it notifies you)
  • 24/7 access to vet professionals in case of emergency
  • 90-day money-back guarantee
  • Free iOS and Android apps
  • 3-year limited warranty

Price

PetKit Review

PetKitView on Amazon

PetKit is no longer in production. You can still purchase it through third-party sellers, but we’d recommend buying a different tracker with better support.

Tagg Review

TaggWhistle (reviewed above) announced in January 2015 their acquisition of Tagg. It was still called Tagg but was sold under the Whistle umbrella for some time. Whistle has since discontinued its activity monitor.  

Tractive Review

TractiveView on Amazon

Attach the Tractive MOTION to your dog’s collar, and data will be sent directly to your smartphone. The tracker collects data 24/7 so you know precisely what your pet is doing. Your dog gets points for the level of activity throughout the day, and you get notified if your pet is being too lazy.

It tracks ambient temperature so you can see the correlation between the environment and your dog’s behavior. The tracker is waterproof so your dog can still play in the water.

A subscription plan is needed and starts at $5 per month. Unfortunately, it only works on pets who weigh at least 9 pounds. The battery recharges in 2 hours and can last 2 to 5 days.

Key Features

  • Monitors:
    • Activity
    • Location
    • Distance traveled
  • Immersive waterproof up to 1 meter (IPx8)
  • Free iOS and Android apps
  • 1-year warranty

Price

An Active Dog Is A Happy Dog

Wondering how your dog’s breed activity level compares to others? Check out our article with data from FitBark to see how your dog competes. If you really want to pimp out your dog’s collar, you can add even more bling including a dog camera and smart ID tag. Then your dog will definitely be the techy pup on the block.

What activity tracker does your dog use? Would you recommend it to others?

About The Author:

Sara is a writer for Canine Journal. She adores dogs and recently adopted a rescue pup named Beamer. Whole she may be adjusting to life with another being to care for, she needed no time to adjust to all the extra love.

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