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Corpulent Canine? There’s An App For That

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By Chelsea Karnash

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There’s a new product for portly pups and their concerned owners.

It’s called FitBark, and it’s a canine take on those popular fitness bracelets for humans.

According to the product’s website, FitBark is a small plastic clip you attach to your dog’s collar that will then monitor his or her physical activity, offering insights into your pet’s health and behavior.

In addition to the activity tracker, the app will allow pet owners to compare their dog’s physical activity to other animals of the same breed and then share it with the FitBark community.

And if you really want to go all-out, you can even get real-time updates on your pup, track how much time family or caretakers spend with her and receive an alert if your pet is far from reaching his or her fitness goal using the Wi-Fi base station.

“Be the best dog parent ever,” the website urges. “Redefine the way you understand your pup, her health and behavior.”

Unfortunately, dog owners anxious to get their hands on the canine fitness tracker will have to wait. Right now, FitBark is only available for pre-order, though the website says they expect to begin shipping the product in “early 2014.” And if you’re wondering how much it costs, FitBark will apparently retail for $99, or $149 for both the collar clip and the base station.

A small price to pay for a fit, trim and decidedly modern pup.

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