Our mobile phones have become a central hub from which we can monitor and control almost every single part of our lives, and our pets’ lives. We can get insights into whether our doors are locked, who is at our front door, how many steps we take, how well we sleep, and of course whether or not the temperature is safe in our homes or our RV units during those times when we cannot be with our dogs. Innovative businesses are continuously launching new products, and the pet fitness monitor is a popular item for tech savvy pet owners.
Pet Fitness Monitor Basics
Just like we humans can monitor our own Fitness including steps taken, calories burned, our location, and even how well we slept, we can now monitor those same things for our pets by attaching a pet Fitness monitor to their collar and view data through an app on our mobile phone.
Of course, when it comes to a pet fitness monitor, we are mostly talking about dogs, since cats sleep most of the day. Pet Fitness monitors are small electronic devices that are worn on a dog’s collar. Some attach to your dog’s regular collar and others come already mounted on a special collar.
Many pet fitness monitors include real-time geographical location tracking that rely upon technologies like Wi-Fi, cellular technology, or GPS. As a result, most trackers require a monthly service fee to use this technology. Some Fitness trackers allow you to establish a home range or area and alert you if your dog moves outside of that area.
In addition to providing geographical information, most pet fitness monitors provide data about your dog’s movement and whether he is sleeping, moving around, or running full-on-zoomies around your living room. Some monitors provide information on heart rate, respiration, temperature, and calories burned.
Fitness Goals for Pets
You can partner with your veterinarian to establish healthy Fitness levels for your dog and then set goals to ensure that your dog is staying fit and healthy. Of course, pet owners should always consult their dog or cat’s veterinarian before starting a new exercise plan and for guidance on how much Fitness dogs at certain stages in their lives can safely enjoy. Just like with human wellness, exercise is only one part of maintaining a healthy weight, so it is important to also make sure that you are feeding an appropriate diet for your dog and that you know how many Kcals you are feeding your pet each day.
Pet Fitness Monitor and the RV Lifestyle
Whether you are a full-time RVer or take periodic camping trips with your dog, a pet fitness monitor can be a lifesaver if your dog were to get loose and become lost. Fitness monitor can often pinpoint the exact spot where your dog is located so that you and your dog can be united quickly. This is extremely helpful if you are constantly changing locations and your dog is not familiar with their surroundings or the way home to your RV unit.
Important Collar Safety Information
Although one of the benefits of a pet Fitness monitor is to have visibility into what your pet does when you are not with her, it is important to put collar safety first. Collars pose a choking hazard to dogs who are left alone in kennels and crates, outside in fenced areas, or loose inside a home. Additionally, collars can be extremely dangerous when dogs play together. The safest type of dog collar is a breakaway collar like the Keep Safe Breakaway Collar that is designed to come apart if enough pressure is placed on it. This type of collar is specially designed so that you can override the breakaway function when your dog is on a leash.