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A Fitness Tracker for Izzi

Screen capture from Izzi’s FitBark.

Screen capture from Izzi’s FitBark.

Provided by TechSupport@DreamDogs & Izzi

This past June, my dog Izzi turned 2 years old. So what do you get the active dog that has everything?...a fitness tracker of course! This little, 48 pound Boxer girl is very active and also my running partner. We primarily run on the beach where she is doing figure eights, chasing birds, and long sprinted rings around my run the entire time. I wanted to know how many miles this little athlete is logging on every run. Sure, I could tie my GPS watch to her collar for a couple runs to determine her miles, but what fun is that? So began the search for the fitness tracker that one, made sense for the price and two, provided the information I was looking for...less frills and good info. I soon found out there are several available, but there seemed to be seven that had decent Amazon ratings and reviews. 

Spoiler alert, we settled on the FitBark...for price and the basic mileage information. Again, not many frills and a good price point. Am I happy with the product? So far so good...I am learning that Izzi tracks between 10-15 miles on a run and between 3-8 miles on her off days, I know approximately how much she sleeps and her percentile for these two areas based on her age, breed and activity level. The FitBarkworks great for what I want to know about my training partner for now. Will we up-grade in the future? Perhaps as technology improves, new features become available and prices come down, but for now our fitness tracking needs are met. (Thumbs up emoji)

If you are in the market for a fitness tracker for your best fur-friend or interested in the GPS tracking for your wander-dog, here is the review of seven trackers that may fulfill some of your Fido-fitness informational needs. Good luck with your search. If you are currently using a fitness tracker for your BFF, please share on the FaceBook post from the newsletter. We'd love to hear about your choice!

7 Best-Reviewed Dog Fitness & Activity Trackers in 2019
Mark Braeden - 02.01.2019 20:09

A Tired Dog is a Good Dog!

Hiking is a great option for both of you getting out and about.

Hiking is a great option for both of you getting out and about.

Exercise, we all know, is fundamental to good health. For dogs and humans alike, slothful ways lead to, at best, diminished well-being and poor muscle tone, at worst obesity, heart ailments, and joint problems. In dogs a couch potato existence can also prompt behavior problems. Sometimes just quirks, sometimes full-on neuroses similar to those seen in caged dogs.

Almost all dogs were bred with a working purpose in mind. The seemingly sedate Basset Hound? Bred for rabbit hunting. The Corgi? A herder. It makes sense, then, that all dogs need to run their engine, whatever its size, frequently and vigorously to function well. (And contrary to popular belief, dogs rarely self-exercise if left alone outside. They stalk birds, bark at strangers, and lie around in the shade.)

Exercise earns you a happier, better-behaved dog. Tired dogs bark less, chew less, sleep more, and rest easier when left home alone. And exercise has profound effects on a dog’s personality. The same dog can either tear through the trash and disembowel the couch cushions or snooze peacefully, depending on the quality of the workouts he gets.

So, must you take up marathon running if you have a Border Collie or a terrier mix? Of course not. But a stroll around the block is not enough. Train your dog to fetch or play Frisbee. Sign up for a dog sport or activity like tracking, flyball, or agility. Let your dog play with other dogs regularly. And if life is too busy, consider hiring a dog walker, or, if your dog enjoys the company of other dogs, send him to doggie day care.

Knowing you’ve upheld your end of the bargain as a loving guardian, that’s healthy, too.