Do you have an escape artist?  GPS tracking for dogs

Do you have an escape artist? GPS tracking for dogs

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Recently pet trackers have become very popular with dog owners.  They are GPS, cellular, or radio frequency driven devices which attach to a dogs collar to track their location should they get loose.  It’s a great concept but can be costly.  There are so many to choose from – it can also be a little overwhelming.  I recently decided to invest in one after one of our rescues escaped our fenced in yard.  Luckily we got her back after a couple weeks but it was a very scary experience and we could have found her sooner if she had a tracker on.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Cost – Not only cost of the device which can range from $50 to several hundred dollars but the ongoing monthly subscription fee
  • Weight and size
  • Battery life
  • Precision and range that device with track
  • Interaction and use with smart phone applications, text and other social media
  • Ease of use

I ended up going with the Whistle which was one of the lower cost GPS devices at $75 and available through Amazon.  I chose it because it was light weight, had a rechargeable long life battery, had good reviews on the precision and can track anywhere in the US. The Whistle also has a lot of bells and whistles like weight and exercise information, will light up on command, and will send notifications to your smart phone as well as other social media options.  I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend the Whistle although I know there are a lot of other good devices on the market.

Click here to read review of the 6 best Pet Trackers issued this month.

5 Responses

  1. Margaret

    I read that neck trackers may overheat when left on for longer times, more than 2 hours, and this may cause a burn to the animal neck. What is your opinion on microchipping?

    • Hi Margaret. The Whistle tracker I bought doesn’t heat up at all or at least hasn’t yet. I’d be curious which brand that was reported on. I am a firm believer of micro-chips. I don’t adopt any dogs without them. There have been several dogs over the years that would have never been reunited with us or adopters if it weren’t for the microchip! They are inexpensive and truly a life saver. I strongly recommend them.

  2. Kerry Cates

    Margaret, I have heard microchips can cause cancer…. your thoughts?
    Scientific studies involving mice and rats show that test animals have developed aggressive and lethal microchip-induced cancerous growths. Scientific reports also show that chipped zoo animals have developed microchip-associated cancerous growths. Medical reports and scientific studies also reveal that dogs and cats have developed aggressive cancerous growths at the site of their microchip implants.

  3. Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to add the the list here, a new tracker in the market called TrackR bravo.
    We just placed an order this week for our pet. It seems light, versatile and I dont believe there is any monthly fee, apart from the initial cost of the device. But I am looking forward to receiving it and confirming its effectiveness.
    For the time being please feel free to check out their website.