Four-legged fitness: I gave my dog an activity tracker to get him in shape

Lucy Holden
Doggy device: Lucy Holden with her lhasa apso Alfie, who has been using the PitPat tracker linked to an app Credit:  JAY WILLIAMS

The newest app on my phone asks "How about a little treat?" when I check in early evening over the weekend.

"Maybe I will have a treat," I think, already hearing the clink of ice in a G&T.

Alfie, my eight-year-old lhasa apso, stares at me disapprovingly from the floor. It is, after all, his new app.

Alfie has joined a new fitness club for dogs and for the past fortnight has been having his every move monitored by a small device on his collar called a PitPat, which allows owners to know exactly how much exercise their pets are getting. He has so far met his target of an hour's exercise a day with ease, and the app downloading his data on to my phone is full of praise.

Over two weeks he has covered...

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