How to track a dog
You have a dog (or dogs), and because you care about them, you want them to be safe. It doesn't matter how careful you are; sometimes, a dog will manage to get out and get lost, or sadly, in this day and age, dog theft is an ongoing problem. You'll already be aware of the microchip system, where your dog has a microchip implanted under the skin, but this system is very limited in its uses. If a lost dog is taken to a vet, they can scan the microchip and notify you. Not much use if your dog has been stolen, or if you want to locate a wandering dog, or if you move house and forget to update the chip details. Let's move on…What is dog tracking?
What you're looking for is a way of tracking your dog – using a GPS dog tracking system, an App on your phone – a form of tracking and locating your lost dog in real-time so you can get them back safe where they belong. So we're now going to look at the various systems that are available out there.
The first thing to bear in mind is that currently, whatever tracking system you choose, it's going to be worn by your dog – it can't be injected under the skin like a microchip. One day that will exist, and Safer Pet will be there to tell you about it when it does, but for now, let's look at what dog tracking systems are available here and now.
As a general rule, a dog tracking system works with a unique collar that incorporates a GPS. But tracking systems vary a lot in terms of what features they offer and how user-friendly they are. So let's consider the options available in more depth.
First of all, the obvious – collar size. You'll want to be sure that the collar is the right size for your dog. If you put a collar designed for a Great Dane on a Chihuahua, it won't stay tracked for very long! Better still, choose a tracker device like Safer Pet that fits your dog's own collar.
Think about battery life – some systems come with a battery saver mode which means the tracking system will last longer. And think too about how waterproof the system is – if your dog can't see a puddle without wanting to paddle in it, that's going to be important too.
What about the range covered? Some apps only track dogs locally; some track worldwide. Some offer a "safe zone" option to get an alert if your dog strays out of the zone. Some also record past movements – if you know where your dog went last week or last month, maybe that's the first place you should be looking when you can't find him now.
Some dog tracking apps offer a choice of communication tools – if your dog is in danger, you want to know as soon as possible, but what method of communication will get to you fastest? You can choose. Some apps also allow you to connect and socialise with other owners using the same app, so there are more "eyes on the street" that know you and your dog.
And of course, there's the cost – do you want a one-off payment or a subscription plan? Some apps allow you to cover more than one pet too, which might be more cost-effective.
Your own individual circumstances will decide which dog tracker is best for you.How to track your dog with an iPhone or android
The Safer Pet GPS dog tracker combines the latest GPS and WIFI technology to allow you to track up to three pets within ten metres anywhere in Europe. Along with many of the advantages listed above, it will enable you to monitor your dog's fitness and track and review walking routes using satellite and street view maps. It also gives you the option to share the tracker app with other family members if you like.
With a range of subscription plans and a 14-day money-back guarantee, it provides an easy and effective way to track your dog and keep them safe. To get started, you can order the tracker online to be delivered the next working day. Then, you simply fit the device securely to your dog's collar, download the Safer Pets tracker app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, and you're good to go. And don't forget that the Safer Pet tracking system includes online support if you need it for extra peace of mind.