Dogs are vivacious little (or big) things! They’re known for being super-energetic, extremely curious, and can often be spotted wandering around in amazement of everything they can see!
As adorable and sweet as this behaviour is, it can be a potential headache and a source of anxiety for many dog owners. The risk of your dog getting lost while walking in the park without its leash on, or even exiting the backyard because someone left the door ajar is always there.
That’s why, to save yourself and your dog the potential stress, getting a GPS tracker for dogs might be a great idea! GPS trackers aren’t good for just one thing though. They’re a versatile device that can tell you a lot about your dog whether you’re apart or together.
Let’s see exactly what a GPS dog tracker can really do!
Know Their Location at All Times
Of course, you saw this one coming. One of the main features of a GPS tracker is just that – tracking your dog and showing you their exact location at all times.
Instead of a GPS chip that some dog owners use, you can get a GPS tracker in the form of a dog collar. These collars usually come with their own software you can install on your phone or with hardware you can use to track the dog with. There are even watches you can purchase which are compatible with certain dog tracker collar models and will give you information about yourself as well as the location of your dog.
There are models that allow you to track up to 20 dogs at the same time through a little walkie-talkie kind of device equipped with AU/NZ satellite maps, so you can know exactly where your dog is. They can also feature a remote control operable beacon light on the collar that you can turn on if you’re in the location but still can’t spot the dog.
These tracker collars have a usual range of about 7 kilometres, which is quite a good distance to be able to cover. The collars are battery-operated and have a long lifetime, so you won’t have to worry about running out of juice when things get critical. They also usually feature a 2-second-refresh mode which will provide you with the most accurate location.
Monitor the Changes in Behaviour
It’s a known fact that when some animals don’t feel good, they may hide from sight and suffer silently somewhere in the house or the yard. By having a GPS tracker on your dog you can easily find them and tend to any potential underlying medical problem they are having.
In addition, if you see that your dog’s regular moving behaviour has changed, that they’re staying in and still for longer periods of time, you can also assume that something might be bothering them. This is especially useful while you’re away from the house, for example, when you’re at work or on a trip.
Some trackers that come with an app you can install may even notify you of changes in your dog’s behaviour since they measure their downtime and times they are active. If something starts to go amiss, the app will send you a notification letting you know that something might be wrong so you can check on your pup as soon as possible.
Keep Them Safe
I mentioned microchips that are basically a GPS tracker that is inserted under your dog’s skin. This is an easy and common enough procedure that many dog owners opt for when deciding how to keep tabs on their dog, but the truth is, it may get complicated.
Some dogs don’t do that well with wounds, and especially if you have an older dog or a dog with some kind of medical condition, such a chip might not be the best idea.
GPS dog tracker collars are the safest, painless method to substitute microchips with and make sure your dog isn’t going through unnecessary pain or having to recover from the implanting procedure. Sure, it is short and the pain they feel is not very significant, but if you still don’t want to expose your dog to the risks I’ve mentioned above, the collar tracker is the way to go!
To Sum Up
While it’s possible to put an end to unwanted behaviour like excessive dog barking, you can’t train your pet out from its curious nature and instinct to wander off. By getting a GPS tracker for dogs, you’ll make sure you have all the insight into your dog’s whereabouts as well as their health and wellbeing. GPS collars are definitely the best, non-invasive method of tracking and there are so many models and options out there!
Look around for what suits you best and don’t forget that you can track multiple dogs on one device! The collars usually have a sync option, so you’ll get detailed information on all of your puppies without having to carry more than one device around or have to have different apps!
Whenever you decide to pick a collar for your dog, make sure you pay attention to the size listed, as I’m sure you don’t want to end up with a collar that doesn’t fit right or at all!