We attended Dog Fest last month and I finally got my hands on a PitPat. A PitPat is effectively the dog version of a Fitbit where the dog wears it on their collar and it monitors their activity. The PitPat is a light weight monitor, weighing in 12g, secured by a piece of magic velcro. Once secure to your dog, you simply download the PitPat app for your phone, connect the monitor and the app via bluetooth and set your pooch up a profile. Dependent on their breed, age and weight it’ll calculate how much exercise your dog needs per day. I’ll state this now – it doesn’t track the dogs actual whereabouts and has no GPS features.
The PitPat states Rufus requires 60 minutes a day of exercise. This can be achieved by running, playing or walking so it doesn’t necessarily mean we have to go on an hour’s worth of walks a day. To be able to access the information to see what exercise your dog has gone, you simply sync the PitPat to the app. The app is super simple to use. It can show the breakdown of the day, the activity your dog has done through out the month
It’s the simple yet effective way of wracking those exercise minutes up. Simply pop your dog’s lead on and go walking. We usually get Rufus’ daily quota through our walks; we always have a walk in the morning around the neighbourhood and then either go for a run and walk on a field before teatime. On our evening walks, we’ll mix it up with a bit of fetch whilst he’s off his lead to build up some running and playing time.
TAKE THEM WITH YOU
I’m one of those dog owners who usually takes Rufus with me everywhere. Wherever dogs are allowed, he will usually follow. Recently, we tried tackling Birmingham on our by travelling on the train. Rufus took it all in his stride and the minutes on his PitPat were soon adding up. With the UK becoming more and more dog friendly, there’s no excuse not take your pooch out with you. Rufus and I regularly go out to our local pub or coffee shop with friends. He’ll happily people watch under the table and be fussed by our friends!
The easiest way for us to get in our daily exercise is letting dogs be dogs together, I love getting Rufus together with our dog friends and letting the pooches run wild. It’s becoming more of a regular occurrence with more of our friends getting dogs. Rufus can easily tally up over 200 minutes in an evening when he’s with one of his pooch friends When he does have a crazy day, we do make sure he takes it easier the next day as we don’t want any injuries or him overdoing it. It’s one of my favourite things about using a PitPat – you know when your dog should take it easy by seeing how much they are moving.
One of the best things about the PitPat is that it’s waterpoof and can survive a good swimming session. Since Rufus has discovered his love for water, we go to a local stream at least once a week so he can embrace his love for water. Swimming is not only a great way of exercising your dog but it’s perfect for those warmer days to keep them cool and bring a little variety in their lives. Rufus will happily chase a ball in the stream for hours.
Not only does the PitPat record running and walking, it also records playing. It’s a great little feature when you’ve got a mad terrier running around your house demanding to play tug of war or fetch all the time. I’ve found it’s been a great little feature when the weather has been rubbish, and you just need those few minutes to be topped up to reach your daily goal.
We really love our PitPat. It’s a great piece of kit for the technology lover in me but also wanting the best for Rufus. We now know when not to over do any exercise to prevent injury, it’s gives us the kick up the bum when we do need to get outside and stop having lazy day and it ensures that Rufus is getting the best life he can exercise wise!