One of the big trends right now is having some sort of activity tracker strapped to your wrist. We all know at eventually these things are going to wind up in yard sales, but until then, we can get valuable data about our exercise or lack thereof. And now you can do the same thing for your pet!
Take A Walk, Fido
Essentially, Tagg is what pet owners are familiar with, especially ones with outdoor animals: A GPS tracking tag that gives you your pet’s location. If you’re a jittery pet owner with two adventurous animals, like me, these can do a lot to calm your nerves and help you find your pet.
But, of course, it also tracks how active your pet is. Extensively.
Charts And Graphs
Basically, every time your pet moves, Tagg will track how far, how fast, how long, and other information you might need. If you use one of these things for yourself, then you’ll be fairly familiar with the data; you can see how active your pet is over time, how many total hours they were active, and other fun stuff. Just don’t expect to see them doing push-ups, because, you know, they are animals. They mostly sleep.
But Should You Track It?
Anybody who owns a dog knows that, well, dogs tend to mix bursts of activity and energy with much longer periods of sleep. Seemingly infinite periods of sleep, when you have to get them off the bed or when you wake up to them lying on your face. So, this can be useful if you’ve got a dog who needs to lose some weight, but by the same token, it’s worth talking to your vet about your pet’s needs before you start tracking them. After all, overwalking the dog is just as bad as underwalking. Especially if you’re trying to just get them to the freakin’ groomer.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.