Have you every wondered just how active your dog is? Or how much exercise they actually require? I have a new piece of pet tech that can help you with that! Introducing the Wonderwoof, a fitness tracker for your hound… For the past couple of weeks we have been putting it to the test for Pets Pyjamas.
So, what is the Wonderwoof?
At first glance you may think that is it just a very fetching bowtie, smooth and sleek it is perfect for any stylish canine [We opted for “Bad to the Bone Orange”] but it is so much more! The Wonderwoof is essentially a Fitbit for dogs, with it’s bluetooth connection you can connect it to your phone to see just how much exercise your dog does in the day – From their morning mad one to their last game of tug of war before they go to bed.They then have a simple, [good looking] straight forward app for you to track your dogs progress. You simply fill out your dogs information (name, age, weight ad breed) and the Wonderwoof gets to work calculating just how much exercise your dog requires. It was a big winner for me when I found out that is is done on their breed, as every breed is requires different amounts of exercise. For Alfie they worked out that he requires 1 hour and 40 minutes of activity a day, this could be through walking or just playing. After the initial charge it takes a matter of minutes to set up then you can carry on with your day.
There are many helpful additions to the app to help keep you motivated. There are 10 bones on your home screen each of these bones represent 10% of your dogs daily exercise, the aim is to fill these up each day [Or in Alfie’s case, we managed to double them on many occasions], the more bones you earn the more badges you unlock.There are also some fabulous extras, such as an alarm – lets say, like me, you are trying ever so hard to up your dogs teeth brushing, you can set the app to remind you daily! These alarms could also come in handy if you are trying to settle your dog into a routine. Setting their day out in a schedule can really help a dog settle. The app allows you to set alarms for dinner time, walks, medicine, grooming and play time.
The app also has a handy Maps setting, so you can track your walks and see if there are any other Wonderwoof users in your area – I can imagine this to be a great tool if you live near a city, perfect for meeting other dog owners! – For tracking your walks you must enable this in the map function.
Can I track where my dog is?
I really feel that I must point out that this is an app where you can review your dogs day, not one where you can track where your dog is at that precise moment. I have had a number of you [mainly spaniel owners] message to see if this would be suitable to keep an eye on where you dog disappears to on your walks. This is just to track your dogs activity, it does not include GPS so could not be used as a tracker.
How best to share our experience with the Wonderwoof than to give you a little insight into our daily antics, showing our results for each day.
First I feel I must give you more of an insight into our routine, as it is not how many would imagine a spaniel owners to be! We don’t have a routine as such, it’s more of just a way of life… Alfie is a very relaxed and content boy, he does not need to walk morning and night [I know, a calm spaniel? What is this madness?] Our mornings are very relaxed, usually consisting of a potter around the garden, some snuggles on the sofa then I head off to work, leaving him to snooze the morning away. That’s how he likes it. I’ve tried the whole getting up and making him walk… He just sulks, much preferring to sleep until I get home from work that afternoon. Over the winter months he only gets one proper walk a day, where he can run around just like a proper dog. I like to mix it up a bit sometimes with some swimming, playing ball or a nice mucky walk. Then he spends the rest of the day joining me on any other errands I have to run, whether it’s seeing clients, getting on with some of my freelance work or a trip to visit friends down the pub – He really is my shadow!
It’s not the traditional way of dog ownership, but it works perfectly for our lifestyle! I think the fact that I have a fit happy spaniel proves it.
Monday 2nd January
We definitely made the most of the bank holiday, I had been rushing around like a loon on shoots the days leading up to it so Monday was definitely an “Alfie Day”. Our morning was very relaxed, caught up on social media, snuggled on the sofa just spending a bit of quality time together before heading out on our favourite walk in the afternoon. Alfie loves our local nature reserve, running around like a lunatic tracking and scent of rabbit he can find before heading home to do some work.
Tuesday 3rd January
It was a chilly one on Tuesday, we stuck to our usual routine I headed to work until around 2pm then we headed straight out to enjoy the bit of frost that was left – You can not beat a frosty walk, there is something about the cold that gets him way too excited. We snapped some photos for an upcoming blog post, and I tried to do all I can to stop him from swimming in the frozen water [Which was a success, much to his disappointment].
Wednesday 4th January
On Wednesday we headed to our favourite woodland walk, to shoot some photos of a new lead set we were featuring on Instagram. These woods are a hidden gem, not many people know they exist so we always get a nice peaceful walk with lots of wildlife to sniff out. I always like to make the most of the fallen trees, finding obstacles for him to jump and trees to weave around. Makes a change to the normal zoom through the woods. Another woodland game we like to play is find the dummy, I simply cover his eyes then throw the canvas dummy into a hiding place then he has to work for it – Really gets his mind working!
Thursday 5th January
I just knew Thursday was going to be a very work based day, I had some blog posts to prepare and client photos to edit so today was definitely a swimming day! I’ve talked lots about the benefit of swimming, especially in accident prone dogs like Alf it is the perfect way to get those muscles working without over doing it. Over the winter months I try to swim him at least once a week, then I up it over the summer. It is his all time favourite! After a swim that’s usually him done exercise wise, one content spaniel!
Don’t worry the Wonderwoof is waterproof, it can be submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Friday 6th January
On Friday it was “Ball Day”, Alfie is a ball obsessed spaniel – So obsessed that if he knows there is a ball in my pocket he just spins around my feet like some out of control maniac, yapping [and drooling] with excitement. I have given up trying to train him out of it and have just embraced it. Now he only gets the ball on this walk [This saves any manic spaniel moments elsewhere], I just pop him in the car and head to the green and let him play ball until he is suitably tired. This is not something I do too often, as he does occasionally over do it when he is leaping about but it keeps him happy. I then give him a walk around my village in the evening to stretch those muscles.
Would the Wonderwoof suit your dog?
Overall I was very impressed with the Wonderwoof, it was interesting to see just how active Alfie is, even during the quieter winter months. I can see it being a great tool for those dogs who are in need of more exercise, possible to help shift some weight or work on their fitness… Very much like we would use our human alternative.
The Wonderwoof is available on the Pets Pyjamas website here.
Emma & Alfie xox
Featuring the Wonderwoof C/O The Pets Pyjamas