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Every-day behaviors, such as:
  • Vocalization: barking, meowing, hissing
  • Eating and drinking
  • Urinating and defecating (and in the case of cats, entering and exiting litter box)
  • Going up or down stairs
  • Changes in posture
  • Playing: fetching, wrestling
  • Jumping or pouncing
  • Grooming
Hard-to-find behaviors, such as:
  • Regurgitation: vomiting or hairball
  • Anxious behavior: pacing, whining, barking, scratching and chewing
  • Seizure
  • Mobility Issues (like limping, struggling while going up or down stairs)
"Itchy" behavior, such as:
  • Scratching
  • Shaking
  • Self-licking & chewing
Ear infection behavior, such as:
  • Head or ear shaking
  • Pawing or rubbing at ears

And any other behavior you wish you could monitor!

Note: Please only capture these behaviors opportunistically - DO NOT induce any of these behaviors or delay treatment for your pet


For ‘everyday’ behaviors (eating, drinking, urinating, defecating, etc.) you can often anticipate when the behavior may occur (e.g., just put food in the bowl) and have your cellphone ready. Rarer, potentially health-related events like scratching and vomiting are more difficult and may only be possible to capture if your pet has chronic medical issues. NEVER induce any of these behaviors/interactions or delay treatment for your pet.

Whatever portion of the behavior you can capture is helpful – we can use the video even if the interesting behavior is surrounded by minutes of ‘business as usual’ or is only a partial clip.

Your cellphone’s camera application is best. Record a video as you would normally. You will be able to select the video clip from your photo library whenever you choose to upload.

Our research team will review the video and label precise times at which your pet performs different behaviors. We will then pair the labeled video with the sensor data from your pet's Whistle device and apply machine learning algorithms to identify the 'signature' of the behavior patterns in the sensor data.

Great question! Your videos help us align a specific, real-life behavior to the associated accelerometer data your Whistle collects every second. We explain the whole process in a video here

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