Activity-Tracking Collar Tells You If Fido Needs a Walk

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Activity-Tracking Collar Tells You If Fido Needs a Walk
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Here's a whole new reason to play fetch with Fido. With Tagg - The Pet Tracker, the activity tracker for dogs, you can view how much activity your pet has had in the past 24 hours and determine if he needs more or fewer walks. And just like advanced activity trackers for humans, this one can differentiate between various activities -- in this case, catching a Frisbee, rolling over or playing fetch.

This new activity tracking will be available late next week for free to current Tagg owners in an over-the-air update. The current Tagg device is used solely as a tracker and uses GPS to keep tabs on your dog's location. This technology will still be available in the new version, but now includes the activity monitoring. To buy the collar attachment and base, it'll cost $99.95 plus $7.95 a month for the service. Or those with multiple trackers, each tracker after the $7.95 charge is .50 cents.

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“We created Tagg to help connect owners to their pets in new and meaningful ways,” said Dave Vigil, president of Snaptracs Inc., in a statement. “We all want our pets to live forever, to stay protected, and be safe and healthy. Tagg’s combination of activity monitoring and GPS location tracking puts pet parents in control of their pets’ well-being.”

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Pet parents can see how active their dog has been on the free iPhone or Android app, or on a desktop through a free Tagg account on the website. Movement is assigned a "Tagg Point" value based on the intensity and duration of the activity, ranging from resting to highly active. Tagg activity points are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Resting – Sleeping, lounging, lying belly-up in the sun
  • Light Activity – Rolling over, strolling to the water bowl, stealing food from the counter
  • Moderate Activity – Going for a walk, exploring the yard, digging up the flowers
  • High Activity – Running, catching Frisbees/balls, chasing squirrels

Tagg will notify you and up to five people immediately if your pet leaves the “Tagg Zone” – the area where the pet spends most of its time. You can also view your pet’s activity level and Tagg Points for each 10-minute period, plus weekly, monthly and 90-day charts displaying their activity levels. This way, pet owners can decide if Fido needs more outdoor time or can enjoy a treat and a nap.

Battery life of Tagg depends on how close your pet stays to the docking station, but if the battery does get low, you'll receive a text message reminding you to charge the device. It takes about an hour to charge it.

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Tagg comes in three colors and attaches to your dog's existing collar with a clip and strap. The rubber strap allows you to attach the Tagg tracker to various sized collars, but it won't work with metal, studded or jeweled collars. The collar is meant to be used for dogs and cats over 10 pounds.

In addition to tracking your pets health and location, the free apps can direct you to local vets, dog parks and pet stores.

Tagg is available on the company's website and on Amazon.com, Target.com, Apple.com, Petco.com and at Target and Apple stores, and veterinarian offices nationwide. The trackers being sold at Target and Apple retail for $99.95 with three free months of service. Soon it will be sold in Best Buy, Sam's Club and Staples.

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