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Garmin

Alpha 100 TT 15 Dog GPS Bundle
Top-of-the-line quality
Battery life of 20-40 hours
Cost is expensive

Whistle 3

Pet Tracker and Activity Monitor
GPS technology at a low price
Doubles as an activity monitor
Requires a subscription fee

Link AKC

Smart Dog Collar with GPS Tracker & Activity Monitor
A GPS tracker and dog collar in one
Waterproof and packed with special features
Has mixed reviews

Findster

Duo + Pet Tracker
Offers real-time GPS tracking without requiring cell coverage
No monthly fees to pay
Range capability is dependent on surroundings

Tractive

3G Dog GPS Tracker
Lightweight and waterproof, for pets above 5 pounds
Offers an unlimited range
Subscription plan is required

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Every product we review is purchased with our own funds. No freebies are ever accepted from product manufacturers.
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  • 94 Consumers Consulted
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What exactly is a GPS Tracker for Dogs?

Last Updated May 2019

Different from GPS technology that we use on our smartphones, a GPS tracker for dogs works like this. It is a small gadget that you attach to your dog’s collar. This little device beams a signal to satellites, and through its technology you are able to know the exact location of the device. Keep in mind that if your dog isn’t wearing the tracker on his or her collar, it is not going to show you the location of your dog.

Who May Benefit from a Dog Tracker?

You might be wondering why you would need one of these devices. Let’s take a look at a few situations where a dog tracker may be particularly useful.

People who live on a lot of land

For those who live on an extensive amount of land, there is really no way to make sure you know where your dog is at on your property, unless you have a GPS tracker. On a large amount of land, it is virtually impossible to monitor and supervise where your dog is located. This can become a serious problem for dogs that are prone to venturing off of their property onto neighboring lands. Depending on the GPS tracker that you choose, you can define a safe zone for your pets. If they wander out of this safe zone, you will automatically receive an alert or notification.

Quick and adventurous pooches

Some breeds of dogs are known for their speed, such as greyhounds for example. Other dogs are known for their adventurous spirit. These super-active dogs include the rat terrier, Rhodesian ridgeback and the Australian shepherd. These adventurous dogs can be difficult to contain. With dogs such as these, it is difficult to try and stop their desire to roam. The best thing that you can do is keep track of their whereabouts with a GPS tracker.

Escape Artist Dogs

Even if you have a physical fence, some dogs will do whatever they can to escape their boundaries. A GPS tracker won’t stop your dog from escaping, but at least you will know where your dog has gone to.

Hunting Dogs

Many people enjoy hunting in the woods with their dogs. Dogs who enjoy the hunt may include Retrievers, Spaniels, Hounds and Setters. Once these dogs have their nose on their prey, it can be difficult to stop these running dogs. This is where a GPS tracker for dogs comes in handy. This allows the hunter to know the exact location of his dog in the woods without having to listen for his bark. The same goes for if you are hunting with a pack of dogs. Considerations when choosing a GPS tracker for dogs
  • Location tracking accuracy
  • Activity tracking
  • Alert and notification system
  • Is it weatherproof?
  • Does it offer safe zones for your pet?

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do you attach a GPS dog tracker?

A: This depends on the type of GPS tracker that you choose. However, a majority of them simply attach to your dog’s collar. There are some that have GPS embedded into the collar itself. Others resemble tags or pet IDs. You simply attach them to your dog’s collar using clips or D rings.

Q: Can I use a pet tracker on my cat?

A: Providing that it is the tag-type tracker, yes it can be used on your cat or any other animal that you wish.

Q: My dog is microchipped. Do I need a GPS collar?

A: Yes! A microchip is used to confirm the identity of a dog, and who he or she belongs to. However, it won’t tell you where the dog is located, or where they have been. Only a GPS collar can do that. To ensure the utmost safety for your dog, having a GPS collar along with a microchip is highly-recommended.    

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