It attaches to a dog’s collar and monitors activity levels and creates a timeline to help pet parents make more informed decisions about their pet’s health and needs and comparisons can be made with other dogs of the same breed.
The device was given to product tester Cooper to test. His mother is a busy mom with two kids and a baby on the way. Cooper gets lots of exercise at home in the garden and playing with family members but doesn’t get to visit a dog park. This is the feedback from his pet parent:
“The design of the product is cool. It’s small, sleek and most importantly, lightweight and Cooper isn’t aware that it’s on his collar. It’s also waterproof.
“It was very easy to set up. The whole process took about 5 minutes
“It has excellent battery life. A one-hour charge kept it going for nine days. The device, which works with a free mobile app available for both Apple and Android, also has a battery life indicator.
“The Whistle allows you to set goals and share progress with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and I love this interaction.
“Further, it sends an alert to your phone when a goal has been met.
“After using it for a week, I was very impressed with how easy it is to use.
“My kids love to check to see how Cooper is doing with his goals and he’s been exceeding them! Further, as a pet parent it’s re-assuring to know that although he doesn’t have a social life in dog parks, he is in fact getting enough activity in his home environment. And because it tracks rest patterns, as well, I can see how Cooper is sleeping, which is interesting.”
The Whistle Activity Monitor costs $129 from PetSmart
The Whistle Activity Monitor gets my “Must-Have” rating.
Product tester for this review was Cooper.
The Must Have Stamp of Approval is based on my personal opinion and the test experiences of the Reigning Cats and Dogs product testers as well as my personal knowledge of the product category. The Must Have Stamp of Approval is designed to advise pet parents on products that will in some way improve their pet’s health and well being, or, their own experiences as a pet parent.
Manufacturers are welcome to submit information and samples of new and innovative products for testing. The product testing team consists of dogs and cats of different temperaments and activity levels etc in an attempt to cover a lot of bases and produce worthwhile reviews. The team loves what they do and get to keep the products so they can show off to their friends and further spread the word.