Fitbit for Dogs: 7 Best Fitness Trackers for Dogs

Fitbits (and similar fitness trackers) are great for keeping track of our overall health and for motivating us to achieve our daily fitness goals, but did you know that fitness trackers for dogs exist too?!  

From dedicated doggy health and fitness trackers to dual-purpose fitness and GPS location trackers in 1, check out our top 7  fitness trackers for dogs below.

Fitbit for Dogs: 7 Best Fitness Trackers for Dogs - Image by Joséphine Menge via Unsplash.

Image by Joséphine Menge via Unsplash.

Benefits of fitness trackers for dogs:

Also known as activity trackers and activity monitors, investing in a fitness tracker for you dog can result in some of the following benefits;

  • They enable you to monitor your dog’s overall health and track changes over time, aiding in the early detection of illness. This information is also valuable for your vet.
  • They can help to prevent obesity and keep your dog’s weight under control by way of weight tracking, nutrition calculators and by meeting daily activity goals.
  • They help to motivate you to keep fit alongside your dog. Some devices can even be linked to human fitness tracking apps so you can compare your achievements!
  • Meeting your dog’s daily activity and exercise goals is great for your dog’s physical and mental health.
  • Dual-purpose fitness/location trackers can help to reunite you with your dog quickly if they ever escape or become lost.
  • Many doggy fitness trackers also enable you to enter programmable reminders for vaccinations, worming and appointments, making sure you never miss an important doggy date again!

Things to look for when choosing a fitness tracker for your dog:

Depending on your preferences and fitness goals, some things to keep in mind when looking at fitness trackers for your dog include;

  • Waterproof – is the device likely to be submerged while on your dog? Check waterproof ratings are suitable for your dog’s needs.
  • Size and design – make sure it is a suitable size for your dog’s collar and consider durability requirements with respect to your dog’s size and activity level.
  • Battery life – how often are you willing to charge the battery?
  • App and subscription requirements – most trackers require the user to download a mobile app in order for your to track fitness data, while others also require a paid subscription before you can access all of the device’s features – are you willing to pay for a monthly/yearly subscription?
  • Fitness tracking capabilities – consider what health and fitness tracking elements you value most as not all trackers monitor the same things.
  • Dual-purpose trackers – do you also want to track your dog’s location via GPS? Some devices offer this feature in addition to fitness tracking while others do not.

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Best dedicated fitness trackers for dogs:

Our top picks for dedicated health and fitness tracking devices for your dog (without GPS location tracking).

Image via FitBark.

Keeps track of:

Active time, activity type, sleep quality, distance traveled, calories burned, mobility, stress/anxiety, weight, and skin condition (via FitBark Health Index).

Other features:

Activity goal tracking, health alerts, links to Fitbit, Apple Watch, Healthkit and/or Google Fit devices. Lightweight, waterproof design, up to 6 months of battery life.

App required. No subscription needed.

Image via Whistle.

Keeps track of:

Calories burned, distance traveled, active time, time spent licking/scratching/sleeping, time spent running/walking/playing.

Other features:

Programmable alerts and reminders. Tele-vet accessibility (free for a limited time), goal tracking, weekly wellness reports, health notifications and nutrition calculator. Lightweight and waterproof design. Up to 15 days battery life.

App and paid subscription required ($35.40 per year)

Image via Dogtra.

Keeps track of:

Total steps, calories burned, active time, activity type, distance traveled and temperature.

Other features:

Programmable alerts and reminders. Customizable led light colors incl. smart lights for activity, alerts and goal tracking. Waterproof. Bluetooth compatible.

App required, no subscription needed.

Best dual purpose fitness/GPS trackers:

Our top picks for dual purpose, GPS location and fitness trackers in 1.

Image via Whistle.

Keeps track of:

GPS location, calories burned, distance traveled, active time, time spent licking/scratching/sleeping, time spent running/walking/playing/resting.

Other features:

Escape alerts, real-time location tracking , Tele-vet accessibility (free for a limited time). Fitness goal tracking, weekly wellness reports, health notifications and nutrition calculator. Programmable reminders. 24-hour timeline. Lightweight, waterproof design with nightlight. 5-20 days battery life. Multiple colors available.
 
U.S. coverage only.
 
App and paid subscription required (plans start from $6.95 per month).

Image via Tractive.

Keeps track of:

GPS location (and location history with paid subscription), distance traveled, daily active time, calories burned, rest time.

Other features:

Escape alerts, lightweight, waterproof design, 2-5 day battery life, location sharing (with friends/family).
 
Worldwide GPS coverage.
 
App and paid subscription required (plans start from $4.99 per month).
Fitbit for Dogs: 7 Best Fitness Trackers for Dogs feat. Fi Smart Dog Collar - GPS Tracker & Activity Monitor - image via @fi.dogs on Instagram

Image via @fi.dogs

Keeps track of:

GPS location (with paid subscription), steps, distance traveled.

Other features:

Powerful GPS tracking capabilities. Chew-proof and water-proof design. Bluetooth enabled. Unmatched battery life. Escape alerts. Lost dog mode. Built-in LED light. Daily step goals and tracking. Multiple colors available.

30 day risk-free trial + 1 year warranty.

Predominantly U.S. coverage only.

App and paid subscription required for full GPS functionality ($99 per year).

Image via FitBark.

Keeps track of:

Location, active time, activity type, sleep quality, distance traveled, calories burned, mobility, stress/anxiety, weight, and skin condition (via FitBark Health Index).

Other features:

Activity goal tracking, escape alerts, live location tracking, health alerts, links to Fitbit, Apple Watch, Healthkit and/or Google Fit devices. Lightweight, waterproof design, 10-20 day battery life.

U.S. coverage only.
 

App and paid subscription required (plans from $5.95 per month).

Summary Comparison:

Device

Fitness Tracking

GPS
Tracking

Subscription Needed*

Battery Life

FitBark 2
$69.95

< 6 months

$35.40 per year

< 15 days

< 4 days

U.S. only

From $6.95 per month

5-20 days

Tractive
$49.99

Worldwide

From $4.99 per month

2-5 days

U.S. only

$99 per year

< 3 months
(2 days in ‘lost dog’ mode)

U.S. only

From $5.95 per month

10-20 days

* all prices displayed in U.S. dollars and correct at time of publishing.

If you enjoyed this post, you might like to check out some of our other doggy product round-ups too!

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