For the millions of people who like to track their activities on their IPhones, and for anyone who wants a little introduction or refresher about the variety of activities available to help you and your dog stay active, Purina has developed the new P5 app for Apple products. (P5 will be available shortly in an Android app through the Google Play Store. – Ed.)
I used the Purina P5 app to track a week’s worth of walks with my Norwich Terrier, Punkin. We didn’t do any of the more formal activities like agility, obedience or diving, but instead played our usual games of fetch and went for walks, and then I used P5 to input the time we spent on these activities. Based on the app’s calculations, we need 7.9 hours of activity per week to fall within the mid-range on the app’s “community activity” scale. With just over an hour a day of walking, broken up into 15- or 20-minute increments, plus a few games of fetch, we were able to meet 100 percent of the goal the app set for Punkin.
I also reviewed the training video tips the app provides on motivation and obedience – just two of the seven categories offered – and because I had never heard of strength training for dogs I watched those videos as well. These videos would certainly be instructive for anyone who is new at training a dog in obedience, agility, Frisbee, diving or a similar activity.
The primary drawback to the app is that it is not yet available for other smart phones. Otherwise, for those who want to track their pet’s activity, it’s useful, and Purina appears to be the first to offer an app of this kind, free or otherwise. I was not able to find any other apps when searching for “pet activity,” “dog activity” or “dog exercise” on my IPhone.