Best GPS Dog Collars For Tracking Your Pup
Do you have a dogs that escapes? Like a bouncy Boxer who can jump fences with ease. Some dogs are highly prone to wandering – for a multitude of reasons.
The outcome can be scary – your dog could be hit by a car, end up in the pound, or become frightened enough that they become lost. This happened to a neighbor only recently when loud fireworks caused their dog to run away, never to be seen again.
There are several things you can do to prepare for such an incident – even if it is unlikely it can still happen. One option is to purchase an invisible fence but if you live in the city that may not be feasible.
Why You Should Consider a GPS Collar
While microchipping is a great option it still relies on someone picking up your pet and a vet scanning them for the chip. Plus if you ever forget to update the registration on the chip there is a chance this chip will not make a bit of a difference.
However, a GPS collar (generally used on medium and larger dogs as the collars are too heavy for small breeds and cats) can be the perfect solution to this problem.
Some GPS collars are more advanced than others – some simply show you a relative location and others can bring you turn-for-turn right to where your dog is in real time. These collars are especially great for dogs who are known escape artists!
What to Look for in a GPS Collar
- Price – buy the best that you can afford.
- Fitting – is it a good size / fit for your dog (some collars will be too cumbersome or heavy for smaller dogs).
- Range – How far will the GPS track the dog.
- Battery – How long does it last, how long does it take to charge, do you need extra batteries.
- Accuracy – How accurate is the GPS tracker?
DogTelligent Review: The Smartest Smart-Collar Around
Remember when you were a kid and all you wanted was a dog? Then your parents would continuously remind you that a dog is a big responsibility and you need to be prepared to take care of it properly? Yeah, me too.
Nowadays, there are many different bits of technology that will allow us to keep a better eye on our pets – one of the most recent and creative being the smart collar. There have been several different types of these collars, most offering a simple GPS in case of lost pets.
Then you have the DogTelligent – and it really does take smart-collar technology to a whole new level. Unlike traditional GPS collars, this one doesn’t simply help you locate a runaway pet. The DogTelligent also has a handful of features you will not find anywhere else.
Along with the GPS features that many dog owners have learned to love, you can also monitor your dog’s health and activity levels. You will have access to things like whether they are sleeping, walking, running or even if they get too hot or too cold.
This is especially helpful when you have a senior dog who needs more tending to for optimal health. It is also useful if your dog is pregnant or has other health concerns – although it is just as handy for any dog owner wanting to ensure the best for their dog at all times.
The collar also has a couple of different handy training features. If your dog is stubborn about learning his or her commands then this could be a safe and effective way to train your dog. The collar uses ultrasonic sound waves and vibrations to help train your dog.
There is even a speaker on the collar itself that allows you to talk to your pet from anywhere! So logically, if you worked on it enough times, you could tell your dog it’s time to come inside without ever leaving your living room! (You may want to consider a doggy door!)
You will also find that this collar has LED lights that will make it easy to find your pet in the dark. This is especially useful if your dog gets out at night as it will make it easier for people in cars to see your dog before anything bad can happen.
The collar comes in three different sizes, small medium and large – and it is adjustable as well. The material is water resistant so even if your dog takes an unexpected dip in the pool or a lake you can feel comfortable knowing the collar will still be intact and working!
Unlike other smart-collars or GPS collars, this one is not bulky – and it comes with a lot more features too! There is even a virtual leash and fence technology built in to help keep your dog in your yard, even when you don’t have a physical fence to do so.
If you were looking into a smart collar, then this is definitely the way to go. The collar has some of the best features on the market (and some features are exclusive to this collar!) and keeps charged for 7-14 days with quick recharge times.
It really is the best way to help you keep your dog healthy, happy and safe at all times.
Tractive GPS Tracker
It slides onto existing collars, and has its own cellular (3G) connection – including SIM card. This does mean it needs a subscription ($5 / month).
Battery lasts 2-5 days (with 2 hour recharge time).
There is no limitation on range whatsoever (tracked across the world). Your dogs location can be viewed via any web browser as well as through a dedicated app.
The tracker weighs 35 grams so is probably not suitable for dogs under 9 lbs (4.5 kgs).
You can set up a virtual fence, and receive notifications the moment your dogs wanders outside the ‘fence’.
Tagg Pet GPS Plus
A little less expensive than the Tractive GPS the Tagg Pet GPS Plus is another great option, especially for those on a budget. It works in a similar manner to the Tractive in that it runs on cellular GPS signals allowing you the ease of tracking your pet anywhere, anytime.
The “locator” for this GPS is an app as well – however, if you do not have a smartphone you can still get regular SMS (text) message notifications if your dog leaves the “safe zone”. This GPS also uses maps and directions to get you to your pet as quickly as possible.
This GPS is about as accurate when it comes to finding your dog as the Tractive and it comes with a slew of other features as well. Along with being a GPS, it can also track air temperature letting you know if your dog is too hot or too cold.
On top of that, it can also measure your pet’s activity and rest giving you a beautiful insight to your dog’s overall behaviors and health!
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Tristar Mini GPS Pet Collar
This collar is much smaller than the others and is the only one on the list that will work nearly perfectly for a smaller breed of dog. This collar runs on cell towers and works cooperatively with a smartphone app like the first two models we discussed.
This collar uses last GPS location return on texting the device or the option for 3-second signals sent to provide a full route – both of which provide exact locations to Google Maps and lead you right to your pet.
The tracker can be located or monitored by SMS, the internet, and by a mobile app for both iOS and Android.
In the end, each product does its job well and will be able to lead you to your missing dog in a little to no time at all.
The Best GPS Collar For Hunting Dogs
Garmin Astro 320 T5 Dog GPS Bundle
When hunting, the cute little collars that the city dogs wear are not going to do you much good. What you need is a collar with a strong transmitter that does not rely on cell towers.
When we were kids we had radio collars on for our hounds. The downside with radio collars is that you have to stay in range with the dogs… and on a good hunt, it can be a little nerve-wracking to stay in contact. (Which of course, was part of the fun of it!)
With a GPS collar, you have a satellite connecting you and your dog. This makes it so much easier to stay in contact with them and guarantees that you can always find the game…. and your hunting pal home with you at the end of the day.
Even though it uses GPS to track, you are limited to about a 9-mile range. So it’s still limited like the classic radio collars in that regard (only with a lot more range). It alerts you when the collar leaves the designated safe zone, so you are always keenly aware of where they are.
There are a few downsides and workarounds that you need to be aware of.
First of all, this is a bigger collar. If you have a big beagle (30lb+), it might work with them, but you might want to go with one of the micro collars GPS offers, instead. So definitely more of a hound-dog type of collar.
Additionally, the battery life is a concern. Most folks find that they need to buy a high-end rechargeable battery instead of using the ones that come with it. With better batteries, you should get an easy 4 hours of run time.
Finally, don’t forget that you may want to buy and download the software package with the more detailed map of your area. I know I really like having a better overlay of where the streets are in relation to where I am with the hounds.
Sure, there are cheaper GPS collars out there, but it is hard to find one that consistent. And since I don’t like having to retrain my dogs (plus, they are my friends and it stresses me out when they are gone overnight), it is well worth the extra money for this one.
Basically, consider it a “lifetime investment”. A little higher upfront cost, but it pays for itself on the backend.