Understanding Your Pet's Activity Data: Active Minutes, Calories, Rest

Note: This feature is only available on mobile devices (app version 4.0.0 or later) and with select Activity Monitoring-compatible GPS trackers.

Have you ever wondered how active your dog or cat is per day, how many calories they burn, or if they might be sleeping all day? You can now have this information at your fingertips, thanks to the new Activity Monitoring feature of the Tractive GPS app. 

In the new feature (released July 2020), your pet's activity data is measured by three metrics (Active Minutes, Calories, and Rest). This information is displayed to you in the Activity tab in the app like so:

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The amount of Active Minutes, Calories burned, and Rest for the current day is displayed on the left side of the screen followed by the daily average on the right.

 

Active Minutes

Active Minutes are the time the pet spends doing activities such as walking, running or playing.

 

Calories 

The Calories metric offers you an estimate of how many calories your pet has burned in any given time period.

 

Rest

Rest time includes all time your pet is sleeping or not actively moving.

 

How does the GPS tracker calculate my pet's activity?

Similar to human activity trackers, the Tractive GPS tracker features an built-in accelerometer which makes it possible to record a pet’s movement. Algorithms are then used to analyze this data to identify whether a pet was active or resting.

 

What happened to Pet Points?

Pet Points have been replaced by Active Minutes in the new Activity Monitoring feature in the app.

Compared to “Pet Points”, “Active Minutes” is a metric that can be more easily understood. E.g.: As a pet owner, you can easily understand what it means if your pet needs x more minutes of activity per day, to complete the daily goal and hence have higher motivation to do so.

 

What happens to my pet's activity data / Pet Points from the previous Activity Monitoring feature?

Data from the old activity monitoring feature / Pet Points will be converted into Active Minutes data, including Records.

 

Where is the activity data about my pet stored?

All activity data for your pet is linked to the Pet Profile, not the tracker or subscription plan. So in case you need to replace your device, your pet's activity data and scores will remain intact and will be transferred as soon as you assign the new tracker to the existing pet.

 

How often is the activity data updated in the app?

Whenever the tracker is near your phone and you open the app, the activity data from the tracker should be synced automatically to the app on your phone. In case you do not see any data, follow the troubleshooting steps here. 

 

Where can I view historical or statistical activity data?

Use the Calendar or Stats screen in the app to view historical and statistical activity data. For example, on the Stats page, you can view your pet's activity Records, such as the Activity Minutes on your pet's Most Active Day ever. You can also view all-time statistics, such as Average Daily Activity, Calories and Rest.

In the Calendar view, you can go back and select certain days to see how active your pet was in a given time frame.

The Calendar can be accessed by tapping the calendar icon in the top left hand corner of the Activity view.

Activity Stats can be accessed by tapping Profile > Activity Stats.

 

Does the tracker always have to be on my pet?

Yes, in order to derive meaningful and accurate data about the activity of your pet, the tracker needs to be on your dog or cat. 

 

Where do I put the tracker to monitor the activity of my pet?

You can put the tracker both on the collar or on the harness of your pet. However, in order to get the most accurate activity results, we recommend to put the tracker onto the collar of your pet.

 

What happens if the tracker is turned off or charging?

The tracker will not record any activity while charging or turned off.

 

Will my data be disclosed to anyone?

Protecting our customers and their pets is the number one priority for Tractive. Data will not be shared with third parties without your consent. 

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