Whether you’re tracking your sporting dog, trying to locate your missing pooch, or are just curious to see the secret life of your pet, a GPS tracker can be an important training tool, life saver, and fun gadget for dog lovers.
- 1 Product Guide
- 2 Product Highlights
- 3 Making your Purchase
The following guide summarizes key features of some of the top rated trackers available. Here’s what you should keep in mind when shopping
Price: These are general guideline and may vary with availability and promotions.
$: under 300.00, $$: 300.00—599.00, $$$: over 600.00
Range: While GPS depends upon satellites and therefore has unlimited range, this refers to how far away a dog can be accurately tracked from a handheld device and is most relevant for sporting dogs.
Weight: Most trackers are heavy and designed for dogs upwards of 30 lbs.
Battery Life: This is an average, but different types of usage will affect how long you can go between charges.
Rating: These are averages based upon actual users on Amazon.com and give a good indication of how the product really works under different conditions.
|Device Name||Brand||Price||Range||Weight||Battery Life||Amazon Rating|
|SportDOG TEK-V1LT 1.0 GPS+E-Collar||SportDOG||$$$||7 mi||3.6 lbs||Min of 20 hrs||3.6|
|Tagg-The Pet Tracker Master Kit||Snaptracs||$||N/A||1.2 oz||Up to 30 days||3.6|
|Garmin Astro 320 GPS Tracker for Sporting Dogs||Garmin||$$||7 mi||5 lbs||20 hrs||4.4|
|Garmin Astro 220 Dog Tracking GPS Bundle with DC40 Wireless Transmitter Collar||Garmin||$$$||7 mi||5.2 lbs||24 hrs||4.2|
|Garmin Alpha GPS Track and Train System||Garmin||$$$||9 mi||4.9 lbs||20 hrs||4|
While all these products would be excellent purchases, some get top grades as being ideal for certain purposes.
SportDOG TEK-V1LT 1.0 GPS+E-Collar
“A+” for Training
The SportDOG TEK-V1LT 1.0 GPS+E-Collar is a great fit for large dogs with an even larger roaming range. This tracking system is the first remote tracking and training system, and can track up to 12 dogs from up to 7 miles away. You can also receive reports on whether your dog is stopped, and if moving, which direction. This is perfect for hunting dogs, especially hounds, beagles, or bird dogs.
The box contains the handheld device, GPS collar, lanyard, long contact points, charging adapter, Allen wrench, test light, operating guide, getting started guide, and a basic training manual and DVD.
This collar features an impressive 7 mile range, and is expandable to 12 dogs. There are up to 99 stimulation levels, and you can select stimulation, vibration, or tone. The handheld is both waterproof and submersible up to 5 feet, and the collar uses DRYTEK technology to make is waterproof and submersible up to 25 feet, so it can easily withstand any rugged conditions you and your dog face. The handheld allows you to store up to 20 waypoints, and comes with a tilt-compensated compass that can be easily viewed using the devices backlit LCD screen. It also has a 75-mile diameter screen with auto scaling. The GPS collar reports every dog’s status, whether he’s on point or treed, or the direction of movement.
This system has up to 20 hours of battery life, and the battery can be recharged with the charging adapter that comes with it.
Tagg-The Pet Tracker Master Kit
“A+” for Smaller Breeds
The Tagg Pet Tracker Master Kit is one of the few GPS tracking systems that is lightweight enough to be comfortable for smaller dog breeds. This device allows you to track your pet’s location from your computer or cell phone. Plus, if your pet wanders outside of your “Tagg zone”, you’ll be notified via text message or email.
This purchase encompasses a Tagg tracker, docking station, collar clip assembly, quick start guide, and power kit. Also, in buying this unit, you receive 3 months of free service, the Tagg Pet Family Plan for up to 9 pets, and a 30 day refund policy.
The Tagg Pet Tracker gives the owner the ability to find their pet quickly and stress-free. When your pet leaves the customized safe zone, you will be alerted through either a text message or email, and then use the map to find your pet using a computer or cell phone. Plus, this device allows you to see your pet’s activity levels by day, and monitor activity trends over time. Also, you can use Tagg Points to reach your activity level goals, and easily share information with your veterinarian to help your pet’s health.
The battery life of the Tagg Pet Tracker can be up to 30 days on a single charge. The device comes with a docking station so you can charge the collar quickly and easily.
Garmin Astro 220 Dog Tracking GPS Bundle with DC40 Wireless Transmitter Collar
“A+” for Sporting Dogs
The Garmin Astro 220 is a top of the line product for all large dog breeds, especially hunting dogs. Coming from the brand Garmin, often considered “the industry standard”, this product lives up to the title with great features and content so you will always have peace of mind when it comes to your dog’s safety.
In purchasing the Astro, you will receive the Astro 220 handheld, wireless transmitter collar, carrying case, AC adapter, vehicle power cable, USB cable, wrist strap, belt clip, owner’s manual, and quick start manual.
The Garmin Astro 220 has top notch features that make owning and operating the device more user-friendly, helpful, and fun. The Collar Lock uses a four-digit password to insure that the contents of the handheld are viewed by only you. The collar can withstand even the toughest weather and terrain, and your dog’s location is updated as often as every five seconds to your handheld device. You can view your dog’s current status, whether he’s running, pointing, treeing, or sitting, as well as use the Covey Counter to mark the exact spot where your dog has found prey. Plus, the device is completed with a barometric altimeter, electric compass, area calculator, and celestial information. All of these features will insure that wherever you and your dog go, your journey will be safe and comfortable.
The battery life is 24 hours when the location is updated every 5 seconds. However, to increase battery life, you can slow the updates to 10 seconds for 27 hours, 30 seconds for 36 hours, and 120 seconds for 48 hours of battery if you are unable to charge for a long period of time.
Making your Purchase
Assuming that a tracking device fits comfortably on your dog, any of the products in this guide will provide safety, peace-of-mind, and loads of fun between you and your pet. Simply choose the right specifications for your needs and start tracking!