For some dog owners, some of the time, for whatever reason there is a moment of panic – where IS Tongka? If the answer is: he’s hitching a ride to Mexico, you might want a GPS Tracker. This week’s newsletter details the 5 best available on the market today.
Thank you so much,
Sidra, David and Tongka
Having your beloved furry under control is one of the main reasons that push dog owners every day to find the right solution in case of escape. A dog is a member of the family: you wouldn’t know what to do without him. If the worst happens and one day he escapes while you are out for a walk or through a hole in the fence, how could you find it and bring it home?
Obviously, if a family member gets lost, it is easy to find him with a cell phone call, this is more complicated with wandering dogs. The best solution available at the moment to find a lost dog is animal tracking technology, specifically GPS and non-GPS trackers.
The tracker device must be in line with the appearance and size of your pet. Check the size of the collar and the weight of the support, so as not to allow the dog to free himself with a quick paw. In this regard, the quality of the materials must focus on an effective mix of adaptability, softness and cost. The rubber is usually among the first choices in terms of coating, with an adaptable strap and a simplicity of the controls that cannot be overshadowed.
The GPS connection must be immediate. Some manufacturers then add a subscription to the cost of the product to maintain the main functions and the different localization systems of your four-legged friend. A good locator always comes together with a quality app. Simple installation on devices such as smartphones or tablets, it must guarantee a simple and adequate interface even for those who do not have a great deal of experience in this regard.
The design must then follow some indications relating to comfort and portability. A low weight and adequate battery autonomy prove to be suitable choices so as not to lose sight of the dog, as well as an adequate acoustic signaling system or proximity software, ideal for understanding the approach to the animal through a sound signal has moved away.
In these cases, the dog tracker is the best tool to find and bring your dog home. Depending on the quality of your network connection, the type of signal used and the characteristics of the tracker, you should be able to find out the area where it is located and easily find the dog.
Dog trackers are not only practical, they also offer peace of mind for owners when they take dogs for a walk or leave their puppy alone at home. Some products will even allow you to set ‘safe zones’ for your dog and will warn you as soon as the pet leaves that area.
Some trackers are also able to monitor the dog’s activity and exercise levels, a great way to find out more about your dog and improve his health.
Here are the best GPS dog locators.
1. Whistle 100-04203-00 Go Explore
Thanks to Whistle you can find your dog up to 3,000 miles away. Using AT&T nationwide network and Google maps you can cover large areas near your home or when you go out for a walk. It also has a night light so you can locate the dog more easily.
This locator is also useful for keeping track of dog health, in fact it allows you to record many activities such as running, playing, walking, napping, calories burned, distance traveled and more. You can set up an email to the vet to update the dog’s progress and habits.
The battery can last up to 20 days when the signal is excellent, or 5 days if you cross an area with a low signal.
2. Petfone GPS Tracker
Petfon GPS tracker is a Real-Time Tracking Device. It does not require the payment of a monthly fee and also works where there is no cellular signal because it combines Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and radio waves. Thus it ensures total coverage even in great outdoors. Thanks to Google WiFi hotspot you can cover long distances up to 3.5 miles.
You can define a safe area around your pet’s location and you will receive a notification on your mobile phone every time the dog moves away from the virtual fence. The device is rainproof and dustproof, so you can use it anywhere without worrying that it will break or stop working.
A very interesting tool of this GPS tracker is voice recording. In fact, you can record your voice to communicate remotely with the dog, recall him even at long distances when there is eye contact but he cannot hear you and reassure him if he get lost and is hidden from your sight.
The device is equipped with a light to sight the dog from a distance in the dark or in the fog.
3. Bartun GPS Pet Tracker
Bartun GPS Pet Tracker is perfect for small and medium size dogs less than 28 lb. In fact, the device must be suitable for the size of the dog, if it was too large or heavy, the dog could try to take it off. For the same reason, Bartun Tracker is also perfect for cats.
The device is waterproof and shockproof, so your pet can run, jump, roll and play with other animals without risking losing or breaking it.
In addition to GPS, tracking works with other types of networks, so you will always have the right coverage to track the dog wherever you are. A subscription plan is required which can be chosen from USA Network Services or International Network Services in over 150 countries.
4. Pawscout Smarter Pet Tag
This tracker does not give you the exact position of the dog, but establishes a virtual fence in an area of 300 feet. It is used to support walks oudoor, in the woods and in the countryside to give you greater safety. The device is great for tracking dog health issues such as vaccinations and other medical reports.
In addition, thanks to the appropriate App, it allows you to create a digital flyer instantly and share it with other owners of Pawscout nearby, inviting them to search for your pet. Through the same app you can report to other dog’s owners if there are dangers for dogs nearby, or if there are safe areas and equipped areas, you can share photos of your dog and organize meetings and walks with others.
5. Garmin Astro 430/T 5
This locator is perfect for hunting dogs or rescue service dogs because it allows you to track up to 20 dogs. Even if you don’t have a hunting or rescue dog, you can take advantage of this technology when you face long hiking trails. If you are used to going out for many hours in the great outdoors, this is the GPS tracker that’s right for you.
The device track your dog up to 9 miles and allows you to monitor his movements on a real-time map. It connects to the satellite and offers maximum coverage even where there are no cell phone signals, in fact it is equipped with a collar plus a transmission device, in a single bundle. You don’t have to download apps or worry about your cell phone.
We hope that our GPS dog tracker selection will be useful. Remember to choose a device suitable for the size of the dog. Choose something according to your habits. Maybe you need just a virtual fence for more security, or you need a precise locator for a very large area. To familiarize yourself with the device and its functions, try it in a small area near your home.
Remember to always keep the batteries charged and that the battery maximum duration time works without unexpected events and with a good signal. In areas with a low signal, or when it rains, some batteries may last less.
If your dog is very lively, choose a sturd, waterproof and shockproof GPS Tracker! Good walk!