Review: Whistle Activity Monitor
Copy: Serena Faber Nelson
Photography: Serena Faber Nelson & Whistle
One of the hardest things about being a dog owner is monitoring your dog’s health on a daily basis.
Just like us, their weight can creep up, their activity can slow down and their overall wellbeing can be slowly compromised without us noticing a thing. Before you know it your pooch can be facing major health problems and requiring extensive work to turn things around.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Say hello to the Whistle Activity Monitor – a simple, fun and easy way to keep your dog’s health and wellbeing on track.
It’s just like a Fit Bit for dogs – but SO much more.
We took one for a test spin and here’s what we found out…
HOW IT WORKS
The Whistle Activity Monitor is a clip on collar device that measures your dog’s activities – from walks, to play, to rest and everything in between.
The sleek stainless steel device – only a smidge bigger than a bottle cap in size – clips onto your dog’s collar and then connects to your phone through a downloadable app.
With 24 hour monitoring, the device then feeds information through to your phone telling you what your dog is up to in real time.
Did your dog just go for a walk? You’ll see that the Whistle has logged in their 20 minute stroll. Have they had a play in the backyard? The Whistle is recording it. Time for a nap? By checking your phone you can see exactly when and how often your dog is resting.
No matter where you are each day you can see just what your dog is getting up to and how healthy their lifestyle is on a daily basis – helping you with their long term health and fitness goals.
When our Whistle arrived in the post, I simply removed it from the packaging, charged it up via USB, attached it to Soda’s collar using the included attachment and downloaded the free app onto my phone.
3 easy steps and we were ready to go!
TRACK YOUR DOG’S FITNESS
The first day that we connected the Whistle was an eye opener.
I could see in real time just how much Soda was sleeping, when she was active and could monitor exactly how long our walks were.
I could tell straight away that when I wasn’t engaging with Soda during playtime or walking, she was pretty much in rest mode.
Knowing this is the exact motivation I and many other dog owners need to make that daily commitment of walks, off leash time and play.
While perfect for all dogs, I can see the Whistle being an invaluable device for overweight, inactive and senior dogs. The ability to monitor your dog’s daily fitness levels and set goals for their activity would be a huge step in ensuring their overall health and wellbeing. You can see on a daily basis just how effective your fitness regime is and tweak as needed.
As an added bonus, the app also has options to add in your dog’s mealtimes, medications or additional notes you want to make – meaning every bit of information about your dog’s lifestyle is always at your fingertips.
STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR DOG 24/7
The #1 thing I loved about the Whistle was the ability to monitor Soda 24/7 – even when I was away from her.
The creators have made it so multiple people can download the app and access the one dog’s account. So every family member has the option of keeping tabs on the family pooch. With a click of a button you can see if Fido has been for a walk or eaten already that morning.
I have to say it was great to be at the office and to see that Soda had been up and about that morning. Then when I noticed she rested for the majority of the afternoon, it was just the motivation I needed to take her for a walk as soon as I returned home.
It’s the perfect way to be there for your dog when you actually can’t be there.
CONNECT AND COMPARE WITH OTHER DOG OWNERS
One of the bonuses of the Whistle is the social aspect of the device.
In the app, you can share photos, connect with other owners, and compare data with other breeds to see where your dog fits in.
It’s a great way to capture memories and create an online diary for your dog.
WHAT WE LOVED:
- Easy to use – simply clip on the Whistle and download the app.
- Tracks your dog’s activity – including exercise, play and rest.
- Monitor your dog from your phone – no matter where you are. Great for days at work or trips away.
- Great way to set health and fitness goals for your dog and track their progress.
- Charges with USB, you’ll get a notification on your phone when the battery is low.
- Waterproof, stainless steel design – sleek yet hardy.
- Suitable for iPhone/iOS and Android devices.
- Dogs of all ages and sizes.
- Health conscious dog owners wanting to monitor their dog’s fitness and activity.
- Time poor and working dog owners that want to stay connected to their dog while away from home.
- Overweight dogs – a great way to monitor their activity and fitness goals.
- Senior dogs – an easy way to monitor their health and activity levels.
- Social dog owners – wanting to connect and compare with other dog owners.
CLICK TO BUY
To purchase and find out more visit Whistle.