Best in show: The top fitness trackers for dogs

There's a whole host of fitness trackers on offer from the likes of Jawbone, Nike and FitBit, but what are pooches looking to shed some pounds meant to do?

There’s a whole host of fitness trackers and exercise accessories on offer from the likes of Jawbone, Nike and FitBit, but what are pooches looking to shed some pounds meant to do?

Luckily, there’s a surprisingly strong collection of fitness wearables designed exclusively for dogs of all shapes and sizes, so now there’s no excuse not to force your furry friend to join you on those evening runs.

Read on as we reveal the top fitness trackers for dogs.

Fitbark

Price: £65 ($100)

Available from: Fitbark website / Amazon.com

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Start earnin’ those BarkPoints.

Born through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, Fitbark is capable of telling dog owners just how active their pet really is.

Working alongside an iOS and Android app, this mini bone-shaped gadget comes in a range of colours and converts activity into BarkPoints, which will add up as your pooch moves around throughout the day.

This ‘rugged’ wearable fitness tracker for dogs is 100% waterproof.

Health goals can be created and edited as needed and total scores can be compared with other dogs of the same breed via the mobile app and website.

This ‘rugged’ wearable fitness tracker for dogs is 100% waterproof which means that it’ll survive walks outside.

Whistle Activity Monitor

Price: £65 ($100)

Available from: Whistle website

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Whistle’s app lets you share photos of your dog with friends. Hoorah!

The Whistle activity tracker costs £65 and offers all the features you need to determine just how healthy (or not) your dog really is.

Dubbed ‘the perfect companion for your daily adventures’ by its creators, Whistle is a lightweight device that attaches neatly to your dog’s existing collar and offers feedback through a mobile app. Tucked into the mini device is a battery that lasts ‘up to a week’ between charges.

Users can log photos, notes and memories with ‘networks of dog owners’.

Whistle’s aim is to alert users when their dog isn’t getting the recommended amount of exercise each day, offering tips and tricks on how to get this sorted. Custom goals can be set based on dog breed and age, and push notifications let you know how things are going.

Unlike other pooch fitness trackers, Whistle’s app offers a neat sharing feature where users can log photos, notes and memories with ‘networks of dog owners’. If you’re the competitive type, you can compare your dogs activity with other locals.

Tractive MOTION Pet Activity Tracker

Price: £69.99

Available from: Tractive Website / Amazon

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Find out the correlation between your pet’s activity and external influences like temperature or daylight.

The Tractive MOTION tracks your dogs daily deeds, using movement and sleep data to group your pet into one of three categories: Lazy, active or dynamic.

As with the FitBit, the PetBit allows you to set activity-related aims and goals, with the device showing you the progress towards that goal throughout the day. The wearable itself weighs just 7g and is ‘100% waterproof’.

Tractive MOTION groups pets into one of three categories: Lazy, active or dynamic.

Active pets will get their paws on Pet Points, which are calculated through ‘steps, movements and playtime’. Chasing the Postman every day in the week should rack up some solid points, for example.

As with most activity trackers, the Tractive MOTION works with a smartphone app. The MOTION app for iOSAndroid and Windows Phone and will hold your data for multiple pets, so if you want to track more than one animal at a time it’s possible. The FitPet will also wirelessly sync data too, so there’s no need to plug a wire directly into your dogs head.

Here at Shopomo, we like the simplistic look and size of the MOTION, which makes the Voyce tracker look massive in comparison.

Voyce

Price: £200 ($299 + shipping, tax and membership plan)

Available from: Voyce Website

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Turn your dog into a macho mutt with Voyce.

The Voyce activity tracker for dogs was originally unveiled at CES 2014 and its makers boast that the tracker is lightweight, durable, dustproof and waterproof up to 1 metre (Rated to IP67).

Users will only have to charge the gadget up once a week using a micro-USB, and the health band monitors key vital signs including heart and respiratory rates, along with total activity, rest, calories burned, and more.

Voyce is lightweight, durable, dustproof and waterproof up to 1 metre (Rated to IP67).

The curved Voyce is light, weighing less than 6 ounces which includes the band.

Buying the Voyce means you’ll also be treated to ‘expert tips’ and doggy guidance via the official Voyce app, which you’ll have to pay for on a monthly basis.

Voyce is the most expensive product on your list, but you can’t put a price on your dog’s health, right? Right?

Dog Tracker Plus

Price: £300 (tracker + one year’s service agreement)

Available from: Dog Tracker Plus Website

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Dog Tracker Plus is fairly chunky, so it’s ideal for bigger dogs.

If you’re willing to invest a significant amount of money when it comes to tracking your dog’s fitness habits and knowing where your furry friend is hanging out, then the Dog Tracker is a solid option.

Although this collar costs upwards of £250 if you’re looking for a permanent purchase, renting the collar costs just £30 for 30 days.

Anti-theft features are on board, including a ‘panic alert’ that tells owners when dogs go outside a specific area.

Dog Tracker Plus boasts more features than any of the other trackers on our list, which perhaps helps to justify the price tag somewhat. Anti-theft features are on board, including a ‘panic alert’ that tells owners when dogs go outside a specific area. The collar itself is made from ‘anti-cut webbing’, making it tough to forcibly remove.

The Dog Tracker app for iOS and Android also has some tricks up its sleeve, boasting daily report cards that help dogs unlock achievements for their work.

Live tracking means owners can spot their dogs whereabouts at any moment on their smartphone.

This high-budget gadget also offers a battery life of ‘up to 5 days’, an auto-tamper alert system, power save mode and is waterproof (IP67-rated).

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