“Activity, exercise and wellness are hot topics these days, and while there are hundreds of ways for people to measure their progress, there has not been a tracking option for pet parents to monitor the activity of their four-legged family members as they do for themselves," Dave Vigil, president of Snaptracs, the company that made Tagg, tells Mashable. "Much like the exercise journals and health records we use to help understand our own health and wellness, the data captured using the Activity Tracking feature will help owners monitor their pet’s overall activity so they can make informed decisions about their pet’s exercise routine and be alerted about changes in their pet’s activity over time.”
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
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.
Tagg comes in four colors: white, gray, blue and pink, 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.