FitBark Review 2017 – The FitBark is a dog activity tracker designed for dogs (or other willing pets). We were recently fortunate enough to test and review a FitBark, so we invited the charming English Bulldog, Humphrey (pictured above), to be our test subject. He agreed.
The small wearable device attaches directly to the dog’s collar and then communicates (via Bluetooth) to the FitBark app on your smartphone.
The FitBark currently comes in 7 colors: Grey, Purple, Red, Black, Blue, Green, and Pink.
Think of it as the ubiquitous Fitbit for dogs. Although the device is primarily marketed for dogs, the FitBark could hypothetically work for any pet who wears a collar.
Just like the Fitbit, the FitBark tracks activity levels, patterns, and can help you set goals for your furry friend.
This is what we learned after a week of testing, observation, and review of the FitBark activity tracker. We’ll cover everything from initial setup to results including learning that Humphrey averages 15 hours of rest per day.
FitBark: What’s In The Box?
- FitBark Device
- Rubber bands for attaching to collar (compatible with collars not wider than 30mm or 1.18 inches)
- Micro USB charging cable
Our initial reaction when the FitBark arrived was that the device is a lot smaller than expected. Although this didn’t matter too much for Humphrey, it is nice to know that the device can be used on dogs (or cats) of all shapes and sizes.
The FitBark easily attaches to a standard dog’s collar via the rubber bands which are included with the device. We attached the device to a neck collar rather than Humphrey’s larger, harness-type of collar.
A few days into using the FitBark one of the rubber bands snapped off. This caused the FitBark to fall onto the floor. We happened to see the device fall off and were able to retrieve and reattach the device using the remaining rubber band.
This could have been very bad for the simple fact that Humphrey would have turned the FitBark into a FitSnack. He chews everything in his path.
FitBark: Mobile & Web App
After downloading the app, you setup an account and sync the device with your smartphone. Once these steps are complete, you are ready to start tracking your dog’s activity.
The app shows total calories, health index, sleep score, miles walked, average rest, as well as what the comparable activity levels are for similar dog breeds.
The app works very well and has been designed well from both a functionality and usability perspective. It is easy to navigate and provides a nice array of data.
FitBark: Pros & Cons
Overall the FitBark works extremely well. The app didn’t seem to have any issues and was easy to navigate and figure out.
In addition to the app’s functionality, the FitBark’s battery life lasts up to 14 days. It is very important for wearable devices, regardless if they are for humans or dogs, to have a good battery life. Nobody wants to constantly remember to charge their devices.
The FitBark does require you walk 1 mile with the device for an initial calibration. While this isn’t an issue for most dogs, Humphrey does not typically go for long walks.
The FitBark is also waterproof which is nice for when there was slobber everywhere.
Below is a breakdown of the FitBark’s positive and negative aspects upon initial review.
FitBark: Final Review
Overall, the FitBark is a great tracking device for dogs. It is interesting to see how much rest the dog gets throughout the day and easy to track why your dog is happy to see you at the end of the day and usually ready for a long walk.
The FitBark can be used for research to compare and contrast similar breeds of animals and test their levels of activity.
The FitBark also helps motivate increased exercise through longer, or more frequent, walks.