Man vs. Pet
A Bit Fit for a Bark
This edition: The FitBark vs. the FitBit
It’s becoming common knowledge that a sedentary lifestyle for people can lead to heart disease, diabetes and other life-shortening conditions. Recently, activity trackers have become literal life savers for many of our pets’ humans. They can provide just the motivation you need to get you on the road to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

For dogs, while sitting and staying are useful skills, all-day snoozes can pose similar health risks as they do in people. In short, it’s not always great to let sleeping dogs lie. Luckily, the same devices that have begun to motivate humans in droves are now available to motivate those same humans to get out and move with their four-footed shadows.

Are you familiar with the FitBit? Now you can howl at the moon about the FitBark, just one of its canine counterparts. Both devices offer 24/7 activity and sleep monitoring, in addition to other benefits.

FitBarks are also fashionable: the cute, bone-shaped devices attach directly to your dog’s collar. They’re extremely lightweight, so even teacup Chihuahuas will find them comfortable. But the reason they’re so lightweight is because they don’t include a built-in GPS, which would be handy for those escape artists who can outwit any fence. We can only assume that technology is coming, though.

Perhaps best of all, both devices can be synced together so you can evaluate if you and your dog have met your respective goals each week. Here’s how else they compare.
two people and their dog on a stony path taking a hike
Welcome to "Man vs. Pet," where we compare technology meant for humans to versions adapted for our faithful four-footed friends. How does the pet tech stack up?
FitBark 2
FitBit Charge 2
Tracks calories burned
Heart rate
0.28 ounces
1.28 ounces
Battery life
Up to 6 months
Up to 5 days
Built-in GPS
iOS, Android
iOS, Android, Windows
YES, color covers
YES, Wristband, watch face
Monthly fees
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