Before settling on your chosen GPS tracker for dogs, it is worth looking in more detail at a few of the important features that can help you make your mind up.
Accurate Location Tracking
Most people buy a GPS tracker for their dog so they can see exactly where they are at all times. And this means that you need an accurate location tracker. Many modern trackers use cellular connectivity to improve their accuracy levels throughout the country. Others come with preloaded maps to track location and movement. And while some promise tracking within a few miles of the device, other GPS trackers offer worldwide coverage, which will be especially important if you plan on taking your dog abroad to unfamiliar territory. Also look out for real-time mapping, which updates you on your dog’s location immediately and without delay.
For the GPS trackers which require cellular connection, you need to bear in mind that they require a monthly subscription to work. But for many pet owners, this is a price worth paying for accurate tracking of their four-legged friend.
If your dog loves going for a dip in the water whenever they get half a chance, it is important that the GPS tracker can resist this. Otherwise, you are likely to find that your tracker breaks very quickly. Even if your dog doesn’t like swimming, there is still every chance that they could get caught up in the rain or end up slobbering all over the collar! While we are on the subject of weatherproofing, some trackers have additional shockproof and dustproof features to keep them safe.
Choose a GPS tracker with a longer battery life and you won’t have to worry about continually recharging it all the time. The last thing that you want is for your dog to go missing, and you suddenly find that the battery has gone dead. Most have battery lives which last for at least a couple of days, but some trackers extend for a week or longer depending on their usage levels.
Notification and Alert Systems
Most GPS trackers come with a notification and alert system which tells you when your dog has wandered out of a pre-set ‘safe space’ location. Some allow you to choose whether you want to get these via email, text, app notification etc. After all, if your furry friend manages to get away from their designated area, you will certainly want to know about this at the earliest possible opportunity.
While you may buy a GPS tracker for its ability to see where your dog has gone, additional activity tracking features may sway you to buy one device ahead of another. Just as wearable technology such as Fitbits allow you to track your own activity levels, the same is true of some trackers. You can get information such as how far they have walked, their speed, and the route that you have taken on your most recent walk.
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