Dog owners buy a monitor for lots of different reasons. Here are just a few.
If you’ve got a puppy, you’ll want to do the best for them. They look to you for love and affection, and for things like food and exercise that they can’t choose for themselves. Because their joints are still developing, you’ll want to make sure they don’t over-exercise. Even if you’re an experienced dog-owner, a dog activity monitor can help you know for sure just how much exercise your puppy should get, and confirm that they’re really getting it (and not over-doing it).
Maybe your dog is part of the family with lots of people looking after them. But who’s done what? Has the dog been walked today? A dog activity monitor can help you keep track. And if you use a dog-walking service or put your dog in kennels – even if you trust them implicitly – a monitor can help you keep tabs on just how well your best-friend is being looked after.
No-one likes to admit it, but some of us are little (ahem!) bigger than we would like. And our furry-friends are no different. A dog activity monitor – provided it includes a weight function – can help you keep an eye on your dog’s size, and take steps if you need to help them lose a few grammes. And if your dog is spot-on perfect, a monitor can help you keep them that way.
Oh dear. If your best friend in a fur coat needs the help of our best friends in white coats, you have our sympathy. If your dog has an operation, your vet may recommend a period of rehabilitation. An activity monitor can help you and your vet limit the amount of exercise they get at first, and then build it back up until they’re fully back on their furry feet. (And if you’re a vet, read the paper from our veterinary director on activity monitoring in practice).
Just like us, dogs can enjoy a long and happy retirement – all the more so if they keep getting regular exercise (but not too much). An activity monitor can help you with that, and it can help you spot the signs of slowing-down so that you can give them the care they need at this important time. And if your dog is on medication for arthritis or joint-pain, an activity monitor can especially help you to keep a closer eye on how well they’re moving.
Why do you need an excuse? All these things are great, logical reasons for getting an activity monitor. But you know what? Lots of dog-owners buy one just because they want one. Then they discover what everyone else has already discovered. Activity monitoring is fun! Do you know what your dog has done today?