When it comes to our dogs, even the toughest of us transform into worrying parents. Just like toddlers, these four-legged bundles of joy love going on their own adventures, without any warning whatsoever. If you want to avoid clipping your pet’s picture on all the walls of the city, it may be time for you to seriously consider opting for a dog tracking device soon.
We want to protect and pamper our furry companions at all costs. From choosing the best treatment for fleas, getting a dog insurance to cover their medical bills or surprising them with the most unique pet furniture, our dogs simply deserve the best! Their safety remains our #1 concern, but let’s face it, even the most careful dog owners can make mistakes.
Luckily for us, technology has come a long way, and many companies took it upon themselves to help us protect, track and monitor our dogs.
Read along to discover the 5 best dog tracking devices on the market in 2018.
5.) Alpha 100 TT 15 Dog GPS Bundle
Garmin GPS products need no introduction nowadays. If you like hunting parties with more than one dog, this might be a good choice for you, as the Alpha 100 TT 15 Dog GPS Bundle allows you to track up to 20 dogs or hunting buddies from up to 9 miles away, all while providing you with the necessary dog stats in one screen. The hunter-to-hunter position reporting is an interesting addition to the package, as it has preset messaging capability.
By setting up your virtual boundaries and utilizing the TOPO U.S. 100K maps preloaded on the device, you’re guaranteed to stay in control. Plus, not only does this tracker use GPS technology, it also relies on the GLONASS platform. You can now pinpoint the exact location of your pet.
The batteries are made of lithium ion; however, you may need to keep an eye on them. They can only last up to 40 hours of sporadic usage and 20 hours of continuous usage.
We love this tracker for all its functionalities; however, we can’t help but feel that the collar is a little bit too hefty. If a lighter version of the Alpha 100 TT 15 were introduced to the market, we would definitely be one of the first buyers.
4.) Tractive GPS Pet Tracker
Say hello to the best-selling GPS tracker on Amazon. This little square tracking device has more than one trick up its collar!
You can now track your dog 24/7 from your smartphone (iOS, Android, or Windows Phone) or from your computer. Using the device’s SIM card and GPS tracking technology, you can view where your dog is heading and receive real-time alerts when it leaves its designated area.
The Tractive GPS Pet Tracker is ideal for smaller breeds, as it only weighs 35g. It will also help your intrepid furry friend see better on its nightly strolls thanks to its integrated light.
Tractive GPS covers up to 150 countries, and the batteries can last from 2 to 5 days when fully charged.
On a side note, Tractive develops more than the GPS app: You can now download a Dog Walk app or even the Dog Battle app from Tractive.
3.) Link AKC Smart Dog Collar GPS Location Tracker
Ever wished to communicate with your pet via smartphone? Well, good news for you: Now you can… almost! The Link AKC is a gorgeous smart collar that lets you track your dog’s activity. It requires service plan connectivity to allow data to be transmitted, as the GPS tracking feature is enabled by the AT&T cellular network.
Not all dogs are the same; this is why you can now customize your activity goals depending on your dog’s breed, age and size. Speaking of size, you need to choose the right collar size to fit your dog. But if you ever miss the measurements, Link AKC will exchange it for free. Customer service on point!
Thinking of a late-night walk with your doggo? You’re covered: The smart collar has a remote turn-on LED light that lets you spot your best friend. Wondering whether your pet’s environment is too hot or too cold? You will instantly have the answer, thanks to the temperature alerts included in the collar.
2.) Pod 3 GPS Pet Tracker and Activity Monitor
Sleek design and powerful features: This is what came to our minds when we first discovered the Pod 3. This small tracking device can accommodate large breeds of dogs as well as smaller animals, such as cats.
This device is a total steal. In terms of technology, you name it, and they’ve got it. Next-generation GPS chips, Wi-Fi connectivity and syncing, Bluetooth and 2G/3G cellular coverage… We couldn’t hope for more.
The intuitive app allows you to access a 24-hour location history, receive alerts when your furry friend escapes the multiple free zones you set and monitor its health and fitness via the activity data. For the most adventurous pets out there, you can record their little escapades around the neighborhood. Rest assured, they can also safely jump in puddles or catch a stick in a lake: The Pod 3 is fully waterproof.
Unlike some other tracking devices, the Pod 3 can track your pet in more than 175countries. You can check whether your country of residence is included by checking their website.
1.) Whistle 3
Your dog is about to live its best canine days! Whistle 3 is the ultimate dog tracking device as it combines all the features needed to guarantee your pet is safe and healthy. Your pet’s location and activity level stats are available at the tap of a finger, either on iOS or Android systems.
The tracking technology not only uses GPS, but it also utilizes GLONASS, with a required 3G service and Wi-Fi network. Your pet’s movements can be tracked all across the U.S. in real-time, with texts, emails and app alerts instantly sent to you in case these sneaky goofballs trespass their safe zones.
Follow the app’s lead to figure out what your pet may need or to closely monitor its goals. We told you, it’s the beginning of a new era for your dog—and for you as well!
The battery lasts up to 7 days and only needs 2 hours to fully recharge, and if you’re not convinced of this top-notch dog tracking device solution, you have up to 90 days to try Whistle 3 risk-free. Who got better?
Do you think you may purchase a dog tracking device any time soon? What are the most essential functionalities you’re looking for in your dog tracking device purchase? Let us know in the comments below. Also, did you know fleas are a constant threat to pets, especially on the hotter days? Follow the guide in the next article to know more about how to deal with these parasites!