Note: This feature is only available on mobile devices (app version 4.0.0 or later) and with select Activity Monitoring-compatible GPS trackers.
In the new Activity Monitoring feature from Tractive, you can set daily Activity Goals for your beloved furry friends to ensure that they get enough exercise and movement for their well-being. Activity is measured in Active Minutes, and you can choose how many Active Minutes you'd like to aim for with your pet each day by setting an Activity Goal.
To use the new Activity Monitoring feature, an Activity Goal for your pet must be set.
By default, we will suggest a daily active minute goal for your pet based on data we have collected from pets like yours over years. Of course, this is just a general recommendation from our experience, and you can always set and change your own personal Activity Goal for your dog or cat.
How to set your pet's Activity Goal
Upon first using the new Activity Monitoring feature, you will be prompted to enter your desired Activity Goal for each of your pets, along with certain data, such as their height and weight, which are necessary for making the activity metric calculations. You can also set the Activity Goal under Profile > Pet > Activity Goal in the mobile app.
How to measure your pet's height:
- For dogs: Measure from the floor to the top of the withers (highest spot of the shoulders blades).
- For cats: Measure the length of the lower back leg from the knee to the ankle.
If no Activity Goal is selected or such data provided, Tractive will use average statistical information for the pet type (dog or cat) to set these values for you. The new Activity Monitoring feature cannot be used without this information.
For the most accurate activity data, choose your own desired Activity Goal and enter your pet's correct height, weight, and birthday.
How many Active Minutes should my pet achieve per day?
What is considered a healthy amount of exercise and activity for a pet is very individual and can vary depending on the type of pet, breed, size, weight, age, and health condition.
Use the Activity Monitoring feature consistently over several days and weeks to learn what is normal for your pet and based on this information, set a reasonable Activity Goal for your four-legged friend.
If you'd like to support your pet in losing weight, you may want to slightly increase their activity level over time, for example by going for additional or longer walks, or enjoying more play time together.
How to change your pet's Activity Goal
Once set, you can always change your dog or cat's Activity Goal. The change will go into effect on the following day. You can change this value by following the steps below:
- Sign into the Tractive GPS mobile app.
- Select the desired pet, by tapping on the pet photo at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap Profile
- Scroll down and tap Activity Goal
- You can now adjust the Activity Goal for the selected pet.
Why does it take one day for the Activity Goal to change?
As you and your pet might have already been active and tried to achieve your current active minutes goal on the day you’re changing the goal, the new goal can only be achieved as of the next day.
Why is there a minimum and maximum possible value when setting the Activity Goal?
It's important that your pet does not get too little activity, but also does not overexert themselves. After years of experience from thousands of Tractive GPS devices and users, we've selected this range based on average data from the pets' activity of real Tractive customers from around the world.
What is a Streak?
A Streak marks the successive days of goal completion. For example, a 2-day streak will occur if your pet has achieved their Activity Goal for 2 consecutive days. The Streak is illustrated by the number 2 and green circle in the screenshot below: