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Using GPS to track your pet

Virginia Chavez-Nelson is an avid contributor of words for the greater good (see: writer) and a fun-loving Phoenician by way of Argentina. With a degree in Journalism from Arizona State University, Virginia has more than 10 years of expe...

Keeping your pets near and dear

As responsible pet owners, we take all the necessary precautions to keep our pets safe. Unfortunately, thousands of family pets end up in shelters or lost each year. GPS pet tracking devices offer the latest way to keep your pets close, even when you're far apart.

Woman recovering lost dog

Routine vaccinations, pet registration, proper tagging and micro-chipping give us temporary peace of mind should the unspeakable ever occur. All too often, "lost pet" postings becoming nothing more than a constant reminder of how badly we wish our four-legged friends could talk to us, text us or call us to establish their whereabouts. Luckily, GPS technology helps provide a voice for our loyal fur-friends.

Should you consider it?

Without a doubt, if your pet is an experienced escape artist, pet-tracking GPS is a must-have. On the flip side, having a loyal and well-trained pet doesn't guarantee safety. Many pets have been known to attempt escape from home to search for their owner when they are left home alone or are feeling separation anxiety. As with most things we hold near to our hearts, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

How it works

Pet GPS tracking devices work just like your everyday GPS device, with a different purpose in mind — finding your pet. Simply attach the small device to your pet's collar and voila! Advanced GPS tracking sends you notifications if your pet ever leaves the designated premises so you are always in the know. Real-time tracking allows you to know every detail of your pet's location so you'll never miss a step. For even quicker recovery, most systems provide specific directions to your pet's exact location. Products like the Tagg the Pet Tracker allow you to follow your pet via mobile site, app or text, keeping you a paw ahead of your pet no matter where you are. Other options like the Loc8tor Pet Kit allow you to follow your pet through a portable handset that communicates with your pet's tracker. The audio and visual handheld instantly directs you to your pet's location.

What you should know

  • Like most tech devices, GPS pet trackers must be kept charged in order to do their job. Make sure you know your tracker's battery life and how often you should be charging it to ensure accuracy. Some trackers will even notify you via text if your battery is getting low.
  • The range of distance tracking for each device may vary. If your pet is known to roam far and wide, you'll want to make sure your tracker will keep up.
  • Take the time to properly set up your device. Each pet tracker will require you to set up boundaries that are specific to your home and pet. Take the time to thoroughly review the set-up options to ensure the best possible accuracy for your device.

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