If you’re thinking of becoming a high tech dog owner now is a great time to do so. Let’s be honest, people absolutely love their electronic devices and prices have recently dropped for these particular pet gadgets. Anytime you can incorporate cool technology with dog ownership it seems like a great proposition. This is exciting stuff.
People use GPS everyday to navigate the roads. This same technology, which beams downs from satellites in outer space, can be used for tracking your dog’s location! If this seems like an awesome idea then keep reading. I’m going to attempt to break down particular situations for needing such pet tracking devices so you can choose which option best fits, both for your intended purpose and budget.
Right now a high percent of dogs being tracked with GPS are hunting dogs. If you live in a rural area, bring your dog with you during hunting season then you are probably familiar with Garmin’s specially designed GPS device for tracking sporting dogs. If you are not a hunter but still wish to utilize tracking technology there are several other options as well.
Should I Get a GPS Tracker for my Dog? Answer: Yes, they are totally awesome
Garmin has designed the Astro 320 GPS Tracker which is used, as stated above, primarily for sporting dogs and hunting. This is the top of the line when it comes to GDP technology. Garmin also offers Track & Train System which incorporates more advanced hunting techniques such as teaching dogs to not case what is considered unwanted game. These handheld devices are amazing in that they are capable of tracking up to 10 dogs simultaneously, the data updates every 2.5 seconds and the tracking range can be up to 9 miles.
In any case, if you are not a hunter but you want the best device out there you can still go with this Garmin. Your neighbors will be jealous for sure. It is expensive but in my opinion worth it if you are a tech geek with a dog. It may even turn into a hunting hobby depending on where you live.
Cheaper But Effective Alternatives
If you are looking for something without all the bells and whistles then consider the RoamEO Pet Monitor System. The price point for this product is much lower than the Garmin yet the reviews seem to be 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 dog moves out of this range you may lose the signal. It is accurate within 9 to 12 feet but does not track altitudes as does the Garmin. This is more of a practical solution instead a focus towards hunting. When you compare prices this really does seem like a good value.
Even More Basic Yet Effective Gadgets
If you don’t need a visual handheld display but just want to be able to track down your K9 then you are in luck. There is a solution which will set you back less than $100 and it works well according to those who have purchased it. Loc8tor 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 move you in the right direction. Watch this video for a demonstration.
This device does not use GPS but rather radio frequency signals which can track your pet 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 he/she does run back to greet you.
Deciding Which GPS Tracking Device
We’ve presented 3 very different products which perform similar tracking functions to varying degrees. It really comes down to balancing your needs together with your budget. I would say you really need to think about what kind of range you realistically need. Is 500 acres enough? If so, and you live in a city or suburb and don’t plan on hunting consider RoamEO. It seems to be fairly priced while you still get to tinker with a cool interface and some decent features. Loc8tor, while useful, really has some range limitations but again that goes on a case by case basis.
Keep in mind, Amazon is really good about returns so if you try it out and don’t like it you can probably return it for a full refund. If you do decide to test out one of these devices please come back and tell us about the product and share your story here.