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PitPat Activity Monitor Review
Copper wearing PitPat activity monitor (Photo: ispywithmylittleskye / Instagram)
Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Updated on June 24, 2019

Dogs can be a great source of motivation to stay fit.

Our canine companions require daily exercise to stimulate their minds and senses, as well as working off those tasty treats.

Anyone with a dog will tell you that our four-legged friends are never afraid to let us know when it’s time for a walk.

Dog owners have an array of fitness watches and trackers to keep tabs on their calories burned, active minutes and distance travelled.

Thanks to PitPat, pet parents now have the opportunity to monitor their dog’s activity every day too.

In this article, we’re going to review PitPat Activity Monitor based upon our experience using the product.

We’ll break the article in the following sections:

• What is PitPat activity monitor?
• What functions does PitPat activity monitor have?
• Our verdict
• What other customers are saying
• Price
• What does PitPat stand for?
• Anything else to consider?
• In conclusion

What is PitPat activity monitor?

Skye wearing PitPat activity monitor (Photo: ispywithmylittleskye / Instagram)
Skye wearing PitPat activity monitor (Photo: ispywithmylittleskye / Instagram)

PitPat founder Andy Nowell launched the activity tracker in 2015.

The goal was to transform how dog owners look after their furry friends, bringing both parent and pet closer together.

Initially, it started off just as an activity tracker but as a community of users grew, there was a demand for PitPat Life.

A club for every dog owner, PitPat Life rewards dogs and their owners for hitting their daily goals with lots of perks and prizes.

PitPat brought together expertise in technology and pet behaviour to design their device specifically to reflect the demands of pets and their owners.

What functions does PitPat activity monitor have?

Battery life The activity tracker has a one year battery life, so you won’t need to be constantly changing the battery or charging the monitor.

Weight You don’t need to worry about Pitpat’s device slowing your dog down or putting a strain on their necks. It weighs a nifty 81 grams so your canine friend won’t even notice it’s there.

Waterproof PitPat’s activity monitor is waterproof so you wan’t have to worry about getting caught in an unexpected rain shower or running through puddles if that’s your thing.

Activity tracking Your Pitpat activity tracker isn’t just for going on runs with your dog. It’ll record a variety of different activities in your pup’s every day life. You’ll know how many minutes your pooch spends walking, running, and playing. It even notes when they’re pottering about or resting.

App Pitpat have a free app where you can create a profile for your dog, including some key statistics such as weight, age and breed. The app will give you goals for your dog based upon the information you input. This includes how many minutes of exercise your dog requires every day.

Our review

PitPat kept track of Skye and Copper on our morning runs (Photo: @ispywithmylittleskye / Instagram)
PitPat kept track of Skye and Copper on our morning runs (Photo: @ispywithmylittleskye / Instagram)

I love to run with my two Alaskan Klee Kai dogs multiple times a week. I alway get a kick out of checking my stats on my fitness tracker after a 6 kilometre run but I often wondered how many calories my two dogs burned.

PitPat’s activity tracker provided me with fascinating insights and stats. I was able to see which of my dogs burned more calories – and whether I was using up more energy than them. I also found it extremely useful how they gave my dogs a customised exercise goal. As Alaskan Klee Kai are quite rare, there isn’t a lot of guidance on their exercise requirements. They’re an adaptable breed that is happy to go for a run or nap all day. PitPat’s “dogorithms” analysed their data and instructed me to give Copper and Skye 50 minutes of exercise a day.

Copper wearing PitPat activity monitor (Photo: ispywithmylittleskye / Instagram)
Copper wearing PitPat activity monitor (Photo: ispywithmylittleskye / Instagram)

My wife and I always thought our younger dog Copper was the laziest member of our little pack. But he actually did more pottering about the house than his sister. To our surprise, Copper was burning more calories than his sister Skye every day, which could explain why he was always hungrier at dinner time.

What other customers are saying

PitPat activity tracker has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.co.uk. Of the 61 reviews, 83% are five or four stars.

One customer called Heather bought PitPat to help her overweight dog following an epilepsy diagnosis. Heather writes:

“I like the way it gives you walking, running and playing times as well as calories used and distance covered. My dog has already lost 2kg and doesn’t even know he’s being monitored. I would definitely recommend the PitPat to other dog owners.”

Another PitPat user Fiona revealed how PitPat helped to uncover her dog walker wasn’t properly exercising her pup. Fiona said:

“Wonderful to see the mileage my furry companion does compared to me on an off lead walk – actually helped in finding out our dog walker (I broke my leg) wasn’t walking her properly too!”

Finally, another Amazon customer encouraged all dog owners to to have a PitPat device:

“I use this product to keep track of my dogs activity – I think of it like his equivalent of a Fitbit! It’s fantastic. Really interesting to see what he does when home alone (mostly sleeping!) and also to see which walks are the most beneficial to get him running and playing.”

What does PitPat stand for?

Love for dogs PitPat strive to do what’s right for dogs.

Building trust They use “proper dog science from proper dog scientists” to provide you with the best possible activity tracker.

Fun with your pup Although getting your dog in healthy shape is important, they want you to have fun while you’re doing it.

Affordable for everyone You won’t have to delve too deep into your pockets to afford PitPat’s activity tracker, unlike many other models (for dogs and humans).

Simple but quality Their product is designed to be simple to use without compromising its quality and functionality.

Price

PitPat’s activity monitor costs £39. For this price, you’ll be able to use their free app with customised exercise goals, weight management, stars and badges. If you’re willing to pay £4 a month, you can earn points that unlock a range of rewards for both owner and dog.

Anything else to consider?

PitPat can also be a great tool for dog owners when you’ve got to leave your canine at the kennels or with a dog sitter.

Whether you’re out of town for just a day or away on long weekend, you can log in to see if your dog has been getting regular walks and exercise.

Our verdict

Skye wearing PitPat activity monitor (Photo: ispywithmylittleskye / Instagram)
Skye wearing PitPat activity monitor (Photo: ispywithmylittleskye / Instagram)

As a fitness enthusiast, I really appreciated having the ability to learn more about my dogs’ daily activities. Excercising with my Alaskan Klee Kai is a big part of my routine and being able to see how many calories they were burning was truly fascinating (and surprising).

It also helped to monitor their weight and ensure that we as dog parents were providing them with sufficient exercise on a daily basis.

In conclusion

PitPat activity tracker is a great tool for dog owners who want to keep track of their pets.

For dogs that are overweight, it can be a great source of motivation for pet parents to get their pup back in shape.

With a thriving community of PitPat users, both human and dog can feel like their working towards a common goal with their other fur friends.

For more information visit www.pitpat.com