Our dog activity monitor is the heart of everything PitPat. It sits quietly on your dog’s collar, where its three-axis accelerometer captures and records your all your dog’s movements, 24×7.
Our advanced “dogorithms” analyse those complex movements every 10 minutes to decide what activity your dog was doing during that period. They also let us estimate daily distance covered and calories burnt.
Your PitPat can store up to 10 days-worth of your dog’s activity. Every time you press the orange “fetch data” button, all this information is sent via Bluetooth up to the free PitPat app for permanent storage, and for you to see and interact with.
PitPat doesn’t just sense how much or how hard your dog is moving. It also recognises what kind of activity is happening. That’s important, because some kinds of activity (walking, running and playing) are much more effective as exercise than others (pottering and resting).
PitPat recognises walking or running – and distinguishes between them – by sensing the natural “gait” motion of your dog. If your dog constantly swaps from walking to running, stopping, starting and changing direction, PitPat recognises that as playing. If your dog is moving about, but only gently, that’s pottering. Everything else is resting!
PitPat also estimates the distance your dog has covered each day. It does this by simply counting the steps it senses your dog taking, and multiplying by the average length of your dog’s stride based on the breed you’ve selected. The result is an estimate of total distance for the day.
Bear in mind that this is an estimate, and for all sorts of reasons it won’t necessarily be exactly the same as other measurements you may make on your own smart watch, for example.
Our proprietary dogorithms estimate the number of calories your dog burns each day by taking into account factors including your dog’s breed, age, weight, whether they’ve been neutered, and of course how much activity they’ve been doing. This information can help you to decide how much to feed your dog each day, and so maintain a healthy weight.