Pooch Play product review
Pooch Play is a dog activity tracker that can tell you how active your dog is, monitoring everything from a sniff around the garden to an afternoon nap. It’s a Bluetooth activated device that links to an app on your phone. The app can store information about your pet, making it easy to share with family, dog walkers or the vet. It also allows you to set up reminders for things like vaccinations, or flea and worming treatment dates.
Ease of use
What we like about the product
The product arrived in a smart box, with clear instructions on how to use it. The tracker is quite small, so it doesn’t look silly and it doesn’t bother Zuko when attached to his collar or harness. The device is waterproof and looks durable. The app is easy to navigate and has clear percentage recording, moves made and a graph so you can see how much movement your pet has made throughout that day. The app lets you add a picture of your pet, add their current weight, age, and body condition.
What we don’t like about the product
The app gives Zuko an activity target of 60 minutes per day based on his age, breed, and weight. Due to the tracker constantly recording, he usually reaches well above the recommended exercise amount by the early evening and that’s just from playing in the house and garden before we have even taken him for his 30-minute walk, and he usually sleeps for most of the morning. You can’t manually record a single walk or play session either as the app just works on how many ‘moves’ the pet makes throughout the entire day. The app states that it can set food reminders, I did try to set this up but didn’t receive any notifications for this.
The final verdict
I think it is a good product for tracking activity, but it doesn’t really do much more than that. I would say the other parts of the app such as the food information doesn’t really work very well. Although it makes me very happy to see that my pup is super active and always reaching well above his target, I would worry that some people may see this as an excuse not to take their dogs for proper walks. I would suggest that if people wanted to use this just to ensure they had walked their dog for long enough each day then it may be best to only attach the tracker to the dog when you go for walks and take it off straight after. I would say that the tracker is very reasonably priced, and the app is free to download which is great.
Zuko is a one-year-old Boston Terrier. He is very mischievous and is full of energy. He loves to run around in the garden and jump over things. He also loves to explore on walks and gets very excited when he bumps into his doggy pals in the park or when he meets a new human to play with! When Zuko isn’t running around like a crazy ball of chaos, he will chill out by having a snooze on my lap or snuggled up to us on the sofa.