I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard about lost dogs and nervous owners! We all wish there could be an easier way to keep track of our dog when we let them off the leash or they get frightened, and luckily there is. A GPS dog tracker keeps an eye on your pooch so you don’t need to worry quite so much anymore.
How GPS Pet Trackers Help:
While we’re looking a little more at dogs rather than cats here, any pet owner will find that trackers are important. They help you find your pet when they’re out of your sight, whether they’re lost or just running around in the yard.
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Having a large yard doesn’t have to be a problem if you set up trackers along the boundaries. Your dog will stop before they get too far and you’ll be able to manage their behavior. You can even use these trackers for training.
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Every pet owner’s biggest fear is losing their dog in the dog park and being unable to find them. When you have a tracker, you can locate them instantly. Even if they’re just around the corner, the peace of mind you’ll get is more than worth it.
Types of GPS Dog Trackers:
As with any product, you’ve got to scour the internet and the store to find exactly the right one. There are multiple kinds out there, including collars and smart-phone trackers, but the basic types fall under radio and GPS.
Radio trackers are usually used with hunting dogs to pick up dogs at different ranges. The range increases when the price does unfortunately. GPS Trackers are more cutting edge and new. They allow you to pinpoint your pet’s location in real time, see a history of their locations, and beep you if your pet goes outside of boundaries. These work the same way as cell phones by using data or cell towers.
What To Look Out For:
It’s sometimes difficult to look for tracking collars thanks to how quickly technology changes. One day some feature is preferred, but other days, you end up buying something you just don’t need! There are specific features that should be in any tracker you buy though.
1. Main Features
It’s important to consider how the data is being updated when you buy a tracker. Is it live and real time? How much time does it take to send the data to your handheld device? You also have to consider accuracy. If your dog gets lost, an accurate tracker will benefit you the most.
2. Fees: Buying or Subscription
Collars can be either smart-phone based or independent. Smart-phone trackers send directly to your phone, but are completely dependent on your phone and cell plan. They require a monthly subscription fee to ensure it continues to work. Independent trackers that you buy don’t need the same subscription, but they do require a fairly high initial investment.
6 of the Top Dog GPS Trackers
Tractive GPS Pet Tracker
Tractive advertises not only for dogs but also for any other things you might want to keep close. With the smallest trackers, you get live positioning for your pets with real-time location. If you have the right cell service, everything will run smoothly. Read my full review on Tractive here.
- Gives you alerts when your dog leaves the specified zone
- Has a quick response to locate your pet faster than other brands
- The tracking function is real time and includes a very straightforward notification function
- Relies only on specific cell networks, and will not work for everyone
- Periodic software updates drain the battery even faster than normal
Tagg GPS Tracker
Your pet got out, but now there’s no need to worry! The Tagg tracker will send you an email alert when they go beyond the boundaries. It’ll also let you view and track their exercise levels so they can stay healthy too! Since it attaches to their current collar, you don’t have to worry about anything too fancy.
- This unit is smaller than some other units out there so it remains hidden
- It works better for small breeds and cats thanks to size
- Has a large battery life and will last for days
- Only works for certain networks, so if your house is a dead zone, you’ve got a problem
- It can snap off the collar if there is any pulling
Aptly named “Marco Polo,” this tracker is easy to use with real time distance and feedback. You can monitor up to 3 pets with 4 programmable zones with its rechargeable battery. It even works anywhere without any contracts or cell service.
- The tracker is easy to use right away with little to no hassle
- It fits on the collar easily and isn’t too large for smaller dogs
- The handheld unit is small and folds up nicely to protect the screen
- The unit is not live, so you can’t track your pet in real time
- It’s not long range and can only track to maybe medium range
Garmin Astro T5
This rechargeable collar lasts for days and extends for miles with its high-sensitivity GPS. If your dog gets lost, the Garmin has beacon lights and a rescue mode that will let you find your dog easily if they happen to get lost. There’s no more worrying required with this collar!
- Uses a secure fabric pouch, so you can be sure it won’t randomly fall off
- It works as part of your cell-phone with real time data and tracking
- It attaches to the collar easily and does not slip off
- It’s a larger unit, and may be more visible on your pet
- It can take a little longer to get the real time data, so there’s a bit of a lag
Gibi Pet Locator
You do need to register with Gibi for this collar to work, but
- Custom safe zones are very desirable, and multiple ones can be designed
- The device is waterproof and inconspicuous
- Customer service is excellent even if you do have problems
- Relies on certain cell networks, and will not work for everyone
- There’s a lag, which is up to 10 minutes
- There’s no app and the website is erratic and shorts out frequently
Set up a “whistle zone” safe area to fence in your pet and find lost pets quickly. Track directly from your smart-phone with nationwide coverage and on demand alerts to keep your pet healthy while knowing their location. Read my in depth review on Whistle here.
- Has great accuracy that’s worth the price
- The communication method saves a lot of battery life
- It tracks dogs’ locations with ease and using alerts
- The app contains lots of unnecessary social media that owners don’t need
- The tracker is really strange, and messes up your pet’s location a lot
- It takes 10 minutes before it even registers that your pet is gone