Just about everyone loves their electronic devices including those with GPS. What’s great is that prices have dropped for some cool pet gadgets. Incorporating technology with dog ownership seems like a great proposition. This is exciting stuff, let’s check it out.
GPS technology can now be used for tracking your dog’s location! Does this seem like an awesome idea? We’ll break down particular situations for needing such pet tracking devices so you can choose which option is best for your situation.
Dogs that hunt are sometimes tracked with GPS. Those living in rural areas, who bring their hounds with them, may be familiar with Garmin’s products. If you aren’t a hunter but still wish to utilize tracking technology there are several other options.
Can I Get My Dog GPS Tracking? Answer: Yes, there are awesome devices!
The top of line is Garmin’s Astro 320 Tracking Bundle.
It’s used primarily for sport hunting dogs and it is as good as it gets when it comes to GPS technology for canines. Alternatively, the Alpha Track & Train System incorporates more advanced hunting techniques like teaching dogs not to chase what’s considered unwanted game. It’s capable of tracking up to 10 dogs simultaneously and the data updates every 2.5 seconds at a tracking range of up to 9 miles! If you aren’t a hunter, but you want the best device out there, you can still go with Astro. The neighbors will surely be jealous. It’s expensive but, in our opinion, worth it if you are a tech geek with a dog.
GPS tracking of your pet is obviously less intrusive than having a microchip placed under the skin.
Some Cheaper Alternatives
If you want something without all the bells and whistles then consider purchasing the RoamEO Pet Monitor System. The price point for this product is much lower than the Garmin yet the reviews are generally positive.
With this device you can track 2 dogs at once with a maximum range of 500-600 acres or about a half mile in any direction. If your clever dog moves out of this range you may lose the signal. It’s accurate within 9 to 12 feet but doesn’t track altitudes like the Garmin.
RoamEO is more of a practical solution instead a focus towards hunting. When you compare prices this really does seem like a good value.
Cheapest GPS Gadget
If you don’t need a visual handheld display but just want to be able to track down your dog, then you are in luck. There’s a solution called Loc8tor which will set you back less than $100 and apparently it works well. It uses audio and visual clues which emit from a handheld device in order to lead you in the direction of your dog. As you get closer, the sounds and lights increase in frequency which continues to guide you.
This Loc8tor device does not actually use GPS but rather radio frequency signals which can track your pet dog up to 400 feet away. That’s a small range so this is for more of a close quarters neighborhood solution. You’d bring this out if you are calling for your dog and they don’t run back to greet you.
Conclusion on GPS Tracking
There are several different GPS products which perform some pretty cool canine tracking functions to varying degrees. It really comes down to balancing your needs with your budget. If you live in a city or suburb, and don’t plan on hunting, consider getting RoamEO for your dog. It’s fairly priced while you still get to tinker with a cool interface and decent features. Loc8tor, while fairly useful, has range limitations but again that goes on a case-by-case basis. Let us know if you find any other neat GPS devices designed with dogs in mind!