Review: Track Your Pets & Their Fitness with Paby

In any economy, the pet business still does well. After all, pets are like family. And if you and your family members enjoy using fitness trackers, you may want the Paby Pet Tracker ($79.99) for your dog or cat.

Related: Pet Tech: Best Gear for Your Furry Friends

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The Paby is waterproof and uses a special magnetic charging cable, like other fitness trackers. It also lights up, which is nice for nighttime walks, but also cuts into battery life, which is a concern. The well-designed free companion app will alert you when the Paby needs to be recharged, which is something you'll need to do every couple of days. I remove my dog's collar at night, so it's not a big deal, but it is another device to remember to charge.

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The Paby is GPS enabled (just be sure to order the US or Europe version as needed) so you can track your dog or cat, using cell towers or GPS. If you want to keep the included GPS sim working; after a month you'll pay about $60/year, or use your own cellular provider and their sim card. A special screwdriver is included to make the swap.

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Pros

  • Waterproof with magnetic charging
  • Lights up
  • GPS enabled
  • Location and activity tracking
  • Well-designed app

Cons

  • Another thing to charge
  • A little big for small dogs and cats
  • Be sure to order the right model (US vs Europe)

Final Verdict

I found the Paby Pet Tracker a little big for my small (6.5 pound) dog; but for larger dogs, or even cats, it could be a nice way to keep track of your pet's location and fitness.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

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