Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Busy Dog or Lazy Pooch? Your Pet's Activity Level and GIVEAWAY

Do you wear a FitBit or other activity tracker? You know they're helpful in managing your activity goals. But have you ever wondered if your pet is getting enough exercise?

Petey, photo by Roy Gumpell
















Are your walks together long enough? Is he running around in the yard or just laying in the sun? When you leave the house, is she actively playing or is she sleeping on your bed? If only you could have a FitBit for your dog!

Now you can, with the Poof activity tracker. AND, we're Giving Away Two Poof Activity Trackers at the end of the blog!!













Poof sent us two activity trackers to sample and review, and two to give away. We tried out the blue Bean for Petey, and the green Pea for Ernest.

Setting Up
At first I was a little intimidated because there seemed like a lot of parts. But the instructions are really clear and simple, and the parts are very straightforward.

















THE BEAN- uses a USB cable to charge.
THE PEA- uses a battery

So the first step would be to determine which you would prefer, to charge or change the battery. Also, the Pea is a little bigger than the bean. The pea battery lasts up to 6 months and then you need to purchase a new battery. The bean charge lasts  6-8 weeks, then you need to recharge, which takes 4 hours to get a full charge--but you don't need to purchase anything additional. So, Question #1- would you rather have the convenience of a battery that lasts longer? Or, the cost-efficiency of recharging, but you have to remember to do it more frequently?

Getting Started
Once I put the pieces into the holders and attached them to the collar, it was time to download the app. You simply sign into the app, then hold the phone near the Poof on your dog's collar, and it connects! Easy peasy!


 



















Reading the Data
Checking the data is quick and easy. I was able to enter multiple dogs on the same app, and could easily toggle back and forth between Ernest and Petey.  At the top was the activity level for that day, broken into hours, and a graph to show light, moderate and high activity levels. Below that was a graph to show light and deep sleep.  Then there as a bar graph showing calories. You can even enter feeding information to determine calories consumed and calories burned.


Uses for Poof
Poof is a great tool for
*helping manage your pet's weight.
*monitoring sleep patterns
*determining if they're active or sleeping when you're out of the house
*discerning if the pet sitter/walker exercised your pet for the appropriate time
* realizing if your pet is active at day care
*understanding changing activity/sleep patterns that can indicate health concerns
 *In addition, Poof has a cool feature that maps your pet's location. Plus, Poof can send out alerts for your lost pet.
 Question #2- Which way would you find Poof most helpful with your pet?

The Results
I've been having fun observing the difference in my senior dog Ernest's activity, vs. my puppy Petey's activity level! As you can imagine, Ernest has many periods of deep sleep, and mostly light activity. Petey, on the other hand, has fewer periods of sleep and a majority of high intensity activity! So far I have enjoyed seeing that my dogs basically sleep the whole time I'm out of the house, and sometimes they are awake and active in the middle of the night when I think they're sleeping. lol. It's a lot of fun to check the Poof app at the end of the day and see how they're doing!






















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 Would you like a Poof  activity tracker for your pet? I'm giving away one Poof bean and one Poof pea! Just enter the Rafflecoptor below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

FULL DISCLOSURE: Poof sent me two Poof trackers to review and two to give away. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own. 

29 comments:

  1. What a neat idea! I do use an activity tracker and Ruby walks with me so we are both getting about the same amount of exercise.

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  2. These are so cool! My Lucky has cancer but is still going strong- lots of hikes and swimming! But I would love to see how active he is when I'm at work!

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  3. This is a good thingy... butt WE are more concerned with getting enough NAP TIME.. when will "THEY" invent a NAP TRACKER?

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    1. Never fear Frankie and Ernie-the Poof also tracks your sleep time and if you are in light or deep sleep! How's that?!

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  4. In answer to question #1, I'd really prefer a rechargeable battery. I try to recycle used batteries, but even with that, I know not every part of them gets recycled. I try to do my best for the environment - and my family, including my furbabies - so I like not having to throw out batteries.

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  5. I like rechargables, I have a rechargable light that goes on her collar when it's dark. Got 3 more for fosters. I need a tracker to keep up with what they do while I at the Rescue. Sometimes my house is a gladiator arena of toys. Lol

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  6. Rechargeable seems more convenient.

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  7. Either ...
    This sounds like so much fun!
    And since he got loose last week the finder would be great ...

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  8. that is the cutest picture of Petey!

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    1. Thank you! Hard to believe he was that little, he's growing every day!

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  9. i guess it depends, recharging is much easier, however, if your dont have a place to plug in/no electricity would be a problem. i like that the battery last longer however, it depends on how hard it is to replace.

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  10. i think Poof would be great to see what my girls are doing when i am not at home. that way, i can talk to the one that has made the mess in the house or destroyed something. i can find out who is running around or just sleeping. i also like the map location in case the girls get out by accident.

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  11. I think I'd prefer to recharge. And Mr. N could use the lighter weight too.

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  12. A rechargeable battery would work best for us!

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  13. I would love it to monitor my dogs weight. Even though we feed them a healthy diet as they get older I noticed they are gaining more weight as they're becoming less active.

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  14. I prefer the battery operated one because I'll forget to recharge. My dachshund struggles to keep her weight down so we would use it to monitor her activity.

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  15. I prefer the rechargeable one because it’s better for the environment.

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  16. I think the rechargeable battery. The reason being that you pay one price and it is lasts longer. Otherwise you will be spending more i would bet buying batteries every so often.

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  17. 1. Longer lasting battery is best.
    2. I want to know if my cat sleeps all day when I'm not home.

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  18. 1. I think a battery that lasts longer would be better than always recharging and 2. I would like to know my older dog's sleep pattern better. I want to make sure she is active enough still!

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  19. I would prefer the rechargeable battery. I would love to see what activity level my dog is at when I first leave the house because of her separation anxiety

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  20. Q1...longer battery but honestly I would be ok with either.
    Q2...keeping track of weight and activity would be such a big help. I try to have Twinkie healthy and go on walks knowing if I was over doing it would be a blessing.

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  21. Yes id love one. Id perfer the rechargeable one plzz

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  22. Question #2: I have a mix of rescues but, I am more inclined to want this for my oldest lady, Eva. She isn't fat but, very solid and I feel she would just be lazy all day if I didn't make her exercise LOL

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  23. I'd prefer a longer lasting battery.

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  24. Rechargeable seems more convenient to me.

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  25. I would prefer rechargeable batteries.

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  26. Would love the rechargeable batteries- thank you

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