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kstaron
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2/24/2015 | 5:18:58 PM
Maybe not so silly
Part of me find the idea of a fitness tracker for dogs silly, I mean really, if they are a bit chunky send them out to run around or something. But if it could be combined so I know where the little dog got to when he burrowed under the fence, or monitored the health of my ailing pet so I could give it the right medicine at the right time to live a few more months, I know loads of people who'd be willing to do that. Toward a pet's end, it's hard to let go and if there had been something to help mine live a little longer, have her feeling a little better, then maybe not so silly after all.

However on simply the fitness tracker, I'm having a hard time finding a reason for it. Would it come in handy training rescue dogs or show dogs or something?
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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2/12/2015 | 11:02:02 AM
What About For Kids?
A lot of the comments are looking at benefits beyond activity, such as location. It makes me think there must be a market for this kind of thing for kids. Activity, location, baseline health info, amount of sleep: there's lots of data that I can see parents wanting.
danielcawrey
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2/10/2015 | 5:02:56 PM
Re: Fitbit For Dogs: Readers Respond
I don't think fitness tracking is the endgame here. I believe this is more about overall pet health, something owners will be able to monitor from afar with these devices. 

Yes, on the surface this stuff sounds stupid. But I think wearable device makers are simply looking for ways to offer products consumers want, and they have to experiment in order to get there. 
Ariella
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2/9/2015 | 2:45:46 PM
Re: Fitbit For Dogs: Readers Respond
@Curt true, and people do like to keep tabs on their pets. Some people I know seem to worry about their dogs than their spouses!
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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2/9/2015 | 2:07:46 PM
Re: Fitbit For Dogs: Readers Respond
@freespiritny25, you mention something that I suspect many people will be interested in: Keeping track of how their pet is being treated in their absence. We seem to be living in a world of "trust, but verify" and something like  Fitbit for dogs can be an important tool for verification!
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2/9/2015 | 12:21:47 PM
Less Regulation
I imagine the pet health-centric wearable has more potential for taking off, as it's not going to be long before those claiming real health benefits of a wearable will need to prove them. That won't be the case with wearables designed for animals. Of course that means the quality will likely be lower and the results more dubious, but I doubt that will stop people buying them.

In all fairness, having a tracker on your pet at all times just so you know where it is, isn't a bad idea so if that's all that happens, I doubt anyone will be too bothered. 
freespiritny25
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2/9/2015 | 11:53:27 AM
Re: Fitbit For Dogs: Readers Respond
My pets health is important to me and my family. I would buy Fitbit for my pup to manage his health and also to make sure my dog walker is getting my pet the exercise I pay for. I can also see this being useful for any pet owner that wants to keep their pet healthy. This will help avoid pet obesity and all the illness that comes with it.


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