My PitPat Review
We’re all doing it – wearing smart devices on our wrists and measuring our activity on our phones. What seemed like a craze a few years ago is an established thing today.
Now, with PitPat, your dog can do the same. PitPat gives you an easy way to keep track of your dog’s activity level, to manage their weight, and because it’s all about your dog, to have lots of fun along the way.
You can also use PitPat dog activity monitor to keep an eye on the exercise your dog gets while other people (like a dog walker or kennel) are caring for them, or even to check up on your husband/wife!Pit Pat Home
● Designed with vets and made in the UK.
● Lightweight, comfortable and very robust.
● Fully-waterproof for swimming and diving (even in the sea).
● Long one-year battery life (user-replaceable). No recharging!
● Quick set-up with our fun and easy-to-use app.
● Friendly UK customer support.
The PitPat (which is V2 at the time of writing) comes in a small plastic case, with some instructions and a short piece of Velcro, which is used to attach the device to your dogs collar.
The monitor is battery operated and comes with a battery pre installed. Power consumption is low, so you can expect the battery to last a long time. Replacements are readily available and cheap. The battery is housed behind a small screwed cover which is at the rear of the device.
On the front of the device is an orange paw print button, with a circular light around it which lights up when pressed.
It’s very small, lightweight and very secure on the collar when installed. It’s dog friendly too, it wont get in their way and has no restrictions. The PitPat is waterproof, so it never need to be taken off.
I found the supplied velcro a bit on the small side for any of Saber’s collars except his rolled leather one. If I had known how short it was I would have ordered the larger piece which is available separately.
My view would be it should be supplied with the collar. larger dogs do have larger collars in the main so a method of attachment is a must. I would have also liked to be able to attach it to his harness, but without a longer velcro attachment it can’t be done without using maybe a plastic tie wrap.
The PitPat uses a CR1632 cell battery which is available in most supermarkets and online. The battery should last for about a year, but you’ll know when the battery’s flat as the button won’t flash when you press it.
The PitPat App
The free app is your easy-to-use window onto your dog’s life with PitPat. It works with the PitPat device (or for some features, without), to show you what your dog is doing, when they’re doing it, and how they’re doing against their goals. It should be noted that it is not a GPS and there isn’t a GPS version.
You can add a picture of your dog his weight and age and also set an activity goal.
Connecting the device to the app was simple just allow the app to have permissions for location when asked, then press the orange Paw image on the PitPat device and that’s it connected.
Once connected you can download all the activity from your dogs day easily just by opening the app
Clicking on the images will open them full size..
As can be seen from the above screenshots once connected you can see quite detailed information about your dogs daily activity. It even shows resting time and pottering around time.
The first screenshot was taken before I took Saber on his daily walk while in lockdown. Normally we would be out for hours and Saber would have had his run on the beach by now. The last screenshot shows his activity at the end of the day.
What Purpose Does It Serve ?
Well it can be used for numerous reasons.
If you have an older dog and need to monitor activity closely. Perhaps if you have an overweight dog, it can be used to help keep up activity and monitor weight loss.
Or just for fun like me. I can always check his activity after each walk to make sure Saber is getting the exercise he needs to keep him in good shape.
I actually bought the PitPat at £19.00 with a discount code from Identibase but the PitPat costs £39.00 I don’t think it is really all that expensive if you want or need a unit like this.
I must admit I was and still am impressed with the activity monitor.
As can be seen in the screenshot it is quite detailed and gives you all the information you need to keep your dogs exercise requirements on track. Also it can be fun collecting badges 🙂
Do you have a PitPat or some other similar device? let me know or ask questions about the device in the comments section below.
I had a slight problem with my PitPat, it was not a complete failing of the device just a niggling little problem that occurred just once, thus far. The response from customer services at PitPat called (helping Hounds) was very fast and extremely helpful. If for any reason you have to pull the battery from the unit, I.E it locks up or needs changing be aware that the data saved for the period you used it will be lost and it resets the PitPat device.
Unfortunately my PitPat device has yet again developed a fault. When retrieving data the App shows initially the correct time of exercise that Saber has had, but then for some strange reason it knocks off about an hour. I was told that this is a glitch in the app itself which they are working to rectify.
10/11/2001 now the device has stopped functioning at all. I changed the battery but to no avail. I have now given up on the unit and can no longer recommend the PitPat.
I have reduced the overall score to reflect this.