Your pet dog can be your companion, your playmate, your assistant, your bodyguard, and your best friend! As an owner, there is nothing you would not do for your beloved pet and of prime importance is keeping him safe. As technology has developed, there are several new ways of keeping a track of your animal and making sure that he is safe at all times. Canine tracking systems such as GPS pet collars are now available and offer the most effective way to monitor your dog’s activities throughout the day. These tracking systems can be used on the job (while hunting or search and rescue) or even on a daily basis where you need to know the location of your dog and how to find him.
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are now being applied to pet tracking systems by way of two main components ‘” the dog collar with the transmitter and the receiver. The transmitter is worn attached to the collar at all times and transmits information to the owner via the receiver or through email or text alerts. It really is that simple but there are several factors to take into consideration before buying such a tracking system for your pet. Some of these include:
Coverage: From how far away can the signal on the collar be detected? When choosing a GPS dog collar, ask about the range of the system. Some may only pick up signals within a one-mile radius while others might be effective only in flat, unobstructed terrain.
Size: Collars available in the market are more suited for dogs weighing thirty pounds and over. Check for comfort and safety before making a purchase. Remember, your pet has to wear the collar at all times so ensure that the choice is a practical one.
Price: There are collars that charge a monthly fee for the services provided and there are those that have a one-time fee. These are normally more high-end and offer a host of other services as well. It might be prudent to work out the long-term costs before making any decision. The budget GPS collars may not have the option that certain more expensive models do of being connected to tracking specialists and support staff who will assist you in searching for your lost pet. High-end models may also inform you when the collar’s batteries are running low and need to be recharged. This is especially important as low batteries could result in a low signal and create problems in tracking and locating your missing pet.
Safe Zones: Most providers will allow you to create specific virtual safe zones where your pet can roam freely without being alerted. For example, your backyard or the local park can all be created as virtual safe spots. If, however, you dog wanders away from these zones you will alerted. Check with the service provider about the possibility of setting up multi safe zones and how you will be alerted if an emergency arises.