A dog tracker will enable you to sleep more peacefully if you live with a lively and often exuberant dog – the kind where sometimes even just taking them for a walk you are afraid that they may catch you off guard and run away in the middle of playing happily. Being able to constantly monitor your pet’s location, even when we are not there – even when we are on holiday and have left our four-legged friend with a relative – comes as a relief for many of us dog owners.

How the dog tracker works

The dog tracker uses GPS technology to locate your pet anywhere in the world with no limits to distance or range. Indeed, it is a global positioning system (GPS) device which uses several satellites in orbit around the earth and managed by the United States army. Initially it was born for military purposes but access and use was since allowed to anyone with a GPS device. The applications of this technology are now countless and the dog tracker represents a typical example – although collars for dogs of this type have moved beyond a simple localization function to evolve into devices that we can easily define as smart, thanks to algorithms that translate the information transmitted by the collar into live tracking, activity tracking and all the other most common functions present today in many dog trackers.

Dog tracker

Advantages of the dog tracker

The localization function is obviously principally concerned with the real-time monitoring of our dog’s position: this is the main function of the device and will serve us whenever our four-legged friend has disappeared and we need to find him. However, there are further functions that aim to prevent such a situation from happening in the first place, and here I mainly refer to the so-called virtual fence and virtual leash. In the case of the former, the app allows us to define an area within which the dog can move freely, but if it exceeds these boundaries we would be immediately notified so as to be able to act promptly, avoiding lengthy searches and the risk that the dog could get hurt outside this safe environment.

The virtual leash, on the other hand, uses a range limited by bluetooth to give an alert whenever our dog moves more than a few metres away from us, exceeding the maximum length of our “leash”.