Anyone who owns a dog knows the fear it getting lost or getting stolen and the uncertainty of how you would even begin the search for your beloved pet. According to the American Humane Association, approximately 10 million dogs and cats are stolen or get lost each year, which is cause for major concern. Therefore, pet location is very important to ensure their safety.
Parents use GPS watches, tracking devices, and cell phones to keep track of their children, but how do we keep tabs on our pups? We’re so glad you asked. We’ve put together a list of the best GPS pet trackers for you and your pooch. Whether you have a Houdini on your hands or are taking pets on holiday with you, these will help you keep track of them. You won’t be worrying about ‘who let the dogs out.’
It looks like 2018 is the year loads of pets are going to be using technological gadgets and gizmos for their safety—and our peace of mind.
You can find quite a few GPS pet tracking devices but how do you know which is the best pet tracker for your needs? Do you know how they work? And cost? How exactly will they keep your pet safe and what all is involved?
Never fear, we’ve got all the answers here. We have five of the best pet GPS dog tracking devices for you to choose from. They cover a range of prices to suit all budgets and there’s something for the technophobe all the way through to gadget-geeks.
At a Glance: Our Choices for the Dog GPS Tracker Choices
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The Link AC Smart dog collar is a stylish looking GPS smart collar dog tracking devices that help you track your lost four-legged friend, monitor his activities, record vet visits, plus a whole lot more with real-time tracking. These pet collars are available in small, medium, large or extra-large, and it includes a base station and cord for charging. You can use the base station as a charger as well and there’s a USB port so you can charge your phone and always know pet location.
You will need a Link AKC membership to activate the unit and have access to all the features of the app, which is available for download on Android and iOS.
Take a quick look at the review for the Link AKC Smart Dog Collar
No list of the best dog GPS tracker choices would be complete without the Whistle, even though it’s not a GPS tracker as such. It’s a dog activity monitor that’s very similar to Tagg and Tractive dog trackers. Whistle works with your smartphone, sending data about your dog’s daily activities, health trends, and his activity levels.
The monitor has various features like what your best pal did during the day, his activities and you can create a complete profile of your dog with the app. What we like about it is you use it to connect with the person who’s looking after your dog for regular updates.
The Marco Polo tracking system is a high-quality pet GPS system for dogs, cats or any other animals you want to keep track of. While it costs more than the mobile trackers, it has its own tracking technology rather than sending information to your phone.
The Marco Polo GPS collar is simple to set up and you only need to push one button to find your dog. The data is reliable and you can look for three or four pets at once and keep track of their whereabouts simultaneously. The advantage of this system is you don’t need external GPS support and you don’t need a monthly subscription. The disadvantages are it’s a bit more cumbersome to carry around and you don’t get all the cool Android or iOS apps.
Like most of the GPS collar companies, Tractive® is fairly new but it’s already proven itself as an innovative company that produces GPS tracking collars, dog training technology, and health monitors. They also have a hunting dog version that works well for dogs running through the bush, dense areas and rugged terrain.
Tractive® has an app for the live tracking of your dog or cat as well as fun apps like Pet BlaBla, Petnames, Dog Walk and Pet Battle, which monitor walks, generate names, makes your pet look like they can talk and a whole lot more. For under $100, this device has some very cool features, including the Location Alerts that lets you set safe zones like the backyard, for example. When your dog leaves the permitted area you get an alert. Tractive® is also the only GPS tracker we’ve seen with 24-hour reporting.
The Findster Duo+ Pet Tracker is a waterproof tracker collar designed especially for larger dogs weighing over 60 pounds. It has five positioning modes and an accuracy range of 0–50 feet. What we particularly like is the real-time historical route, which means you can track exactly where your pooch has been.
You can set a Wi-Fi fence that’ll alert you with an alarm via an app when your dog wanders beyond it and the LED lights turn on automatically in the dark.
No matter how well you’ve trained your dog to stay in the yard or to not wander too far away on walks, there’s still a chance of them getting out or going missing. But, thankfully, with today’s advanced technology we can keep them safe and find them if they get lost with GPS dog trackers. Hopefully, you’ve found one or two from our list that suits both your needs and budget.