Whistle Activity Monitorby Whistle Labs

  • Whistle Activity Monitor
  • Whistle Activity Monitor
  • Whistle Activity Monitor
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
73%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Whistle Activity Monitor is small and sophisticated looking, but also waterproof and durable, making it hard for water, mud, or your dog to ruin it.
  • The Whistle supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and it can deliver updates all day long, even when you're not around your dog.
  • Multiple people can use the app to monitor their dog's activity, and multiple dogs can be monitored using the same version of the app.

CONS

  • The Whistle Activity Monitor is on the expensive side for a pet accessory.
  • The device is on the small side, but it may be too large and heavy for very small dogs.
  • Whistle does not include GPS, so you can't see where the activity is taking place.
Ever wonder just how active your dog really is? Whistle Activity Monitor, a wearable for the canine crowd, can help. This small disc sits on your dog’s collar and communicates to a smartphone app by Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The Whistle tracks the duration and intensity of your dog’s activity, as well as his progress toward the goals you set. Whistle stays in touch with the app even when you’re out of the house, so you can see what your dog’s been up to while you’re away, and you can use it to track medication and your dog’s overall health.
NameWhistle Activity MonitorFitBark Activity MonitorVoyce Health MonitorWhistle GPS Pet TrackerTagg GPS Plus
ManufacturerWhistle LabsFitBarki4C InnovationsWhistle LabsWhistle Labs
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List Price$99$100$199$100$79
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I've never owned a young dog before and fell in love with her before I realized how much energy and bad behaviors she had. Whistle was just …

I've never owned a young dog before and fell in love with her before I realized how much energy and bad behaviors she had. Whistle was just the next thing to try in an act of desperation, but it definitely turned out to be a worthwhile investment.

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80%

The Whistle device looks like a chunky disc, and I was nervous at first about putting it on my 15-pound dog. But she didn't seem to mind the…

The Whistle device looks like a chunky disc, and I was nervous at first about putting it on my 15-pound dog. But she didn't seem to mind the weight or size of it one bit, and in fact, once I slid it onto her collar, it disappeared in her fur anyway.

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I know that this gadget certainly helped me make sure that my puppy was getting enough exercise when I recently drove across the United Stat…

I know that this gadget certainly helped me make sure that my puppy was getting enough exercise when I recently drove across the United States. I did find one major drawback with Whistle, however: It connects via Wi-Fi, not Bluetooth.

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In many ways it’s more important to track your dog than it is to track yourself. After all, you know that third slice of cake is a bad idea.…

In many ways it’s more important to track your dog than it is to track yourself. After all, you know that third slice of cake is a bad idea. Rex doesn’t.

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But what’s most intriguing about Whistle is it isn’t just a static service. It’s a data platform with the promise of becoming much more than…

But what’s most intriguing about Whistle is it isn’t just a static service. It’s a data platform with the promise of becoming much more than the activity tracker it is today.

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I was impressed with the Whistle’s ease of setup, its quick charging battery and the accuracy of the tracking. I do have concerns about the …

I was impressed with the Whistle’s ease of setup, its quick charging battery and the accuracy of the tracking. I do have concerns about the durability of the device and it won’t prove useful for everyone, especially if you and your dog are inseparable.

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Like my Fitbit, charging the Whistle is the biggest pain in the you know what. All the stars have to be aligned for me to charge the Whistle…

Like my Fitbit, charging the Whistle is the biggest pain in the you know what. All the stars have to be aligned for me to charge the Whistle; I have to be at my desk, Sydney has to be on her bed near my desk, and I have to get the notification to remind me that the battery is low.

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Whistle is made entirely with non-toxic chemicals, including stainless steel top and back caps, and durable black plastic sides – meaning yo…

Whistle is made entirely with non-toxic chemicals, including stainless steel top and back caps, and durable black plastic sides – meaning your mongrel can chew hers up without necessarily needing a trip to the vet.

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But can a pricey canine fitness tracker increase the likelihood that a sedentary writer and her furry companion would both get off their duf…

But can a pricey canine fitness tracker increase the likelihood that a sedentary writer and her furry companion would both get off their duffs? If guilt is the primary motivator here, then the answer is yes.

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My owner thought that Whistle was pretty neat, but I reminded him that it was pretty obvious how active I am, since he’s with me almost 24 h…

My owner thought that Whistle was pretty neat, but I reminded him that it was pretty obvious how active I am, since he’s with me almost 24 hours a day. I suppose if he left me at home, or if there were multiple busy dog owners trying to juggle their schedule, it could help to see if I need some more activity.

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In another instance, an owner was able to intervene and take her dog to the veterinarian after the Whistle showed that her dog was unusually…

In another instance, an owner was able to intervene and take her dog to the veterinarian after the Whistle showed that her dog was unusually sluggish. It turned out the dog had been bitten by a snake.

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Whistle syncs data to its app through Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth. That lets you check up on your dogs without being near them, so you can t…

Whistle syncs data to its app through Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth. That lets you check up on your dogs without being near them, so you can track how much exercise your dog is getting when left with dog walkers, a doggy day care or family and friends.

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For the non-introvert/recluse dog owners out there, Whistle allows shared access so that multiple people can be designated as “owners” of a …

For the non-introvert/recluse dog owners out there, Whistle allows shared access so that multiple people can be designated as “owners” of a dog, allowing anyone designated to view Fido’s data, talk about his diet, aggressive drooling issues, and so on.

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