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GPS for Dogs – Choosing the Right One

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Lost Dog FlyerEvery dog owner has had a lost dog a time or two. We have also known a few owners that has gone through the agony of a lost fur baby as well. In the past all we could do to try to find our dog is plaster the town with “lost dog” posters and hope and pray that someone would be kind enough to call.

Those days are far behind us. We have access to get the word out quickly with the advancements of technology. We have heard of or even own a cellphone with GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. This technology has made advancements to dog accessories as well. Now, a dog owner can find and purchase a GPS for Dogs (or any pet).

Isn’t the advancement of technology great! No more posters or canvasing our neighborhoods all day and night.

So Let’s dive right into some helpful information…..

Key Features

There are some key features that you want to pay attention too when in the market for one of these devices for your dog. GPS trackers come in many designs and are made for different uses so be sure that the ones you are looking into are specifically made to be used for dogs (or pets).Whistle 3

You will also notice that there are many manufacturers of these devices. Make sure that the manufacturer is reputable and they have a system in place that you can directly contact if you need support with your device. They should have a way an avenue you can take to hold them accountable.

The fit is also key. You want to make sure that the device is a good fit for your dog. If you have a smaller dog you don’t want anything too bulky or heavy. Make sure that the device can be securely attached (locks into place) to your dog at all times. The last thing you want is the device to detach from your dog when climbing, jumping, running, digging or squeezing under a fence.

You want a device that you can customize to your needs. Safe zone customization is great. What this means is that you can set up certain zones or areas, such as your yard, that are safe for your dog to be in. Look for a device that has the most features when it comes to customizing safe zones. One that allows you to draw shapes free-hand drawing and multiple creations of safe zones.

What is a tracking device without accurate tracking? You want a dog tracker that will give you quick and accurate tracking with notifications on leaving safe zones, current location and “live tracking” capabilities. Also, you will want one that allows you to custom set these notifications to your needs as well.

Battery life is important too. You want a device that will last long enough so you can locate your dog. Especially because this is the whole purpose of a GPS device for your dog. So, look for a device that will last without being charged for at least 24 hours.

We will talk next about two devices that has these key features and really good reviews and customer ratings.

The Whistle 3

Whistle 3

The Whistle 3 is a device that hits all of our key features. It is a GPS device that is made for pet, they are reputable, the fit is good and secure, you have safe zones customization capabilities, it gives you accurate tracking and quick notifications, and it has great battery life. Let’s go more details about this device…

  • Accurate: nationwide tracking that is accurate with the use of the AT&T network
  • Notifications: are specific, sent throughout the day, and on average received in 2 minutes.
  • Customization of Safe Zone: Entire control of safe zones is in your hands. You have the ability set oddly shaped yards or off limit areas with ease, you can add as many zones as you would like.
  • Secure: The Whistle 3 is easy for you to attach to your dog and easy and secure for them to wear. It comes with a simple sturdy base that you weave your dogs collar through. The device attaches securely to this base in a simple twist to lock and twist to unlock feature. *IMPORTANT NOTE*: if your dog (or pet) is less than 8 pounds the Whistle 3 is not the best option for you.

Now Let’s Talk Price….

Device Price: $99.95 (AT&T subscription needed)

  • Subscription Details:
    • $10.00 monthly (requires 1-year commitment)
    • $ 95.40 1-year commitment
    • & 83.40 2 year commitment

Trax G+

trax g+The Trax G+ is another device that hits all of our key features. It is a GPS device that is made for pet, they are reputable, the fit is good and secure, you have safe zones customization capabilities, it gives you tracking and notifications, and it has good battery life. Let’s go more details about this device…

  • This device uses a web application which is good for users that don’t have a smartphone. But works just as well for users with a smartphone.
  • Customization of Safe Zone: This device is even more customization features than the Whistle 3. Entire control of safe zones is in your hands. You have the ability activate preset safe zones for any situation (doggie day care, frequented locations) oddly shaped yards or off limit areas with ease, you can add as many zones as you would like.
  • Sleep Mode: Conserve your very critical battery life with the sleep mode feature. This device will activate and go into sleep mode when inactivity is present and deactivates when movement is detected.

Now Let’s Talk Price (it’s comparable to the Whistle 3)….

Device Price: $ 119.00 (plan needed)

  • Plan Price Details:
    • $ 54.00 = 6 months
    • $ 72.00 = 1 year
    • $ 96.00 = 2 years

Price Side Note: A 1-year commitment with Trax G+ is $23.00 less than a 1-year commitment with Whistle 3.

Know Before You Buy

Of course it is important to know key features to look for and have the two best recommendations but it is also important to know a few more things before you purchase a GPS for your dog.

The use of cellular signals is key to these devices. You need to know your local signal strength before you buy a device. Be sure that you know which cellular carrier or carriers are the most reliable in your area.

Know your needs when it comes to the waterproof ratings. If your dog spends a lot of time swimming or if you live near, next to, or around a body of water this rating will be imperative. If this is the case for you and your dog look for:

  • Rating of IPX7 (water immersion up to 1 meter deep) orWhistle 3
  • Rating of IP68 (water immersion of 1 meter or more)

Lastly, the set up of the device shouldn’t be hard. Look for a device with user-friendly set-up and use. The set-up of these devices should typically be easily done in around 5 steps.

Ready to Get Yours

Now that we have covered this information. You know about the key features for these GPSo devices; fit, customization features safe zones, accurate tracking and notification, and great battery life. You have two great recommendations; the Whistle 3 and the Trax G+ to choose from.

It’s important to know some other key things to consider; cellular signal strength in your area, waterproof rating needs, and easy use and set-up.
Now that you are informed enough to make a great decision on a GPD device for your furry loved one.

Make sure they are always safe, active and that you can locate them anytime with speed and ease. You’re armed and ready to get one for yourself.

Happy Shopping!

Deepest Regards, Barking Dog Accessories


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