How to Pick the Right Tracking Collar for Your Dog

An electronic collar that operates on a cellular or GPS signal can help you keep your pets safe and close to home

Let’s face it, some dogs are easier to own than others. Whether your pet is a rangy sporting breed or a domestic layabout with the occasional case of wanderlust, knowing where they are at all times is vital. Here’s a look at pet-tracking technology that takes advantage of modern communication networks to help keep pets safe and their owners sane.

Durable & Waterproof

Modern smart collars use cellular networks to pinpoint your animal’s location. Amazon

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State-of-the-art smart collars use cellular networks and GPS in order to identify your pet’s location within a specified range. When searching for the right device, take note of the distance at which the collar is effective, as well as the fact that GPS-enabled collars tend to be more power hungry.

Includes Everything You Need

A self-contained collar doesn’t require monthly subscriptions or usage fees. Amazon

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For more independent tracking means, self-contained units do not rely on either GPS or cell coverage. They are bulkier but have no monthly connection or usage fees and works anywhere you and your pet are within range, up to two miles depending on conditions and environment.

Also Keeps Medical Stats

This one uses a beacon to let you know whether your furry friend has strayed from the safe zone. Pawscout

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If you don’t want to rely on wireless, cellular, or GPS, and prefer not to lug around a dedicated scanner, tracking tags with Bluetooth technology offer a lightweight and low-profile alternative. They work with any Android or iOS mobile device, have integrated community alerts broadcast to other users in the network, and also function as an activity monitor. On the downside, the range of Bluetooth is more limited than other devices.