What Are GPS Dog Trackers?

GPS Dog Trackers or dog tracking collars are devices that may be used in order to track the whereabouts of your dog or dogs. GPS dog tracking devices, much like the GPS devices in your vehicles, utilize assisted global positioning satellite technology to track your dog. Although a tracking device is most often used by hunters in order to track their hunting dogs, anyone who needs to keep tabs on their dogs can use them. When it comes to GPS tracking devices there are a couple of different options. The one that most hunters will use though is the handheld version.

A handheld GPS dog tracker will consist of two parts. The first is the transmitting unit which is worn by your pet as a collar and the second is the receiver which is your handheld device. The transmitting unit will transmit information regarding the location of your dog to the receiver via a built in locator. That way if there is weak radio wave signals or no cell phone service in the area that you are in, you can still track your dog. There are many different types of handheld GPS dog trackers available with many different options on those devices.

Some of the many options available to you on a GPS dog tracker are as follows. Battery life in different devices will vary. Some of the devices have battery life for only up to 20 to 24 hours whereas others can last up to 30 days depending on the amount of usage. The range of each device is also another big factor. Some devices may have a long range, even up to as much as nine miles, but only in a certain terrain. In other words, some devices may have a long range but that long range may only be effective if you are in a non-dense area. Whereas others may have a long range and work even in dense conditions. By dense conditions we mean areas where there is a lot of ground or tree coverage. Typical ranges however are usually between three to seven miles. Another option that devices will come with is the option to track several dogs at one time. Some of the upper scale models of GPS dog trackers can track up to ten to twelve dogs at a time with one handheld device and just the collar for each of the dogs. Some devices are also waterproof which may be important to those who know they may be out with their dogs in the rain or snow. Many times, safety is also a concern, as it should be. When it comes down to it, don’t you really want to track your dog or dogs so that you know you can safely retrieve them. With that in mind, many devices will come with alerts if your dog or dogs are in trouble. You can even set a boundary on many of the tracking devices and then the unit can alert you if your dog or dogs are close or over that set boundary. Usually with that option also comes the option to be able to deliver an impulse correction to the collar of the dog or dogs who are outside of the set limits. Finally, check your pet size and get the right device based on the size of your dog. If you buy a device meant for large dogs and you have a smaller dog then the device may not work properly. Typically the GPS dog tracking devices work best with medium to large sized dogs.