The daily activity goal is a core part of Whistle that we’ve designed to encourage active lifestyles and help make sure pets (and their parents) are getting the regular exercise they need to be happy and healthy. Our data science team explored the data behind the activity goal to see how the daily goal impacts our users’ activity habits. Spoiler alert: the daily activity goal motivates pet owners to give their pet some extra exercise to hit their goal!
Pet Insight Project is collecting billions of data points from tens of thousands of participants, but we know that each dog has a special story that can’t be told through sensors and medical records alone.
We spoke with the human spokespeople (and loving owners) of a couple of very good Pet Insight dogs to learn more about their unique stories and how Pet Insight Project has influenced the way they care for each other.
In recognition of the important contributions of project participants, we’re teaming up with Wisdom Health, the leader in canine DNA testing, to offer a special reward to "citizen scientists" who provide long-term, consistent data about their dogs' behaviors. Participants who achieve certain Whistle usage milestones will be eligible to receive a free WISDOM PANEL Health canine DNA test. WISDOM PANEL tests your dog’s DNA with a simple cheek swab to determine the breed ancestry and genetic health. Learn more about WISDOM PANEL and canine DNA testing here.
At the core of Pet Insight Project is the principle that dogs show changes in behavior when they experience a change in wellness. That’s something both veterinary professionals and pet owners know and understand intuitively when something seems “off” about a dog, but we historically haven’t been equipped to objectively measure and evaluate these behavior changes. This weekend we’ll be at the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention in Denver, Colorado talking to veterinary professionals about how medical histories can act as “maps” to uncover and measure behavioral change. Here’s a sneak peek of what we’ll share.
Your pet is as unique as they are adorable, and we know you’ll do anything to keep them healthy and happy - and along with our partners in Mars Petcare, we’re always on a mission to help make A Better World for Pets™ (especially yours). Today, we have exciting news about how the engineers and data scientists at Whistle have teamed up with the veterinary medicine experts at Banfield Pet Hospital™ to unlock a new future for preventive pet care: Pet Insight Project.
Pet Insight Project is one of the largest pet health studies built using tech and medical records to interpret and decode pet behaviors over time. The goal of the study is to introduce the ability to detect early warning signs of health changes in pets, in hopes that what we learn during the study will help veterinarians and pet owners better partner together to detect, treat and care for pets.
Participating pet owners who enroll their pets into this exciting research will receive a Whistle FIT, a purpose-built activity monitor created to continuously track pet movement and behaviors. Pet owners will also take their pet into Banfield Pet Hospitals for repeat wellness visits to paint a clearer picture of their pet’s health as it relates to the collected movement data. Then, the data collected through the device and visits to the veterinarian will be analyzed by our teams of data scientists and veterinary medical professionals. This team of professionals will work together to identify hidden behavior patterns of hundreds of thousands of pets and see if they can predict or signal any changes in a pet’s well-being. Dogs can’t speak, but their data can.
Pet Insight Project is now enrolling participants across the United States. Be sure to follow the study and stay tuned for insights as they are announced. To keep up with research into the future of pet care, visit petinsightproject.com.