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things are more stressful than losing your little dog. Everything you
can think of that might happen to him is awful. You don't know if s/he'll
be attacked by a larger dog, mistreated by a new owner or savaged by a
there are some high-tech tools you can use to help find your dog, but
don't overlook the most obvious and least expensive tool: have your dog
and keep your contact information updated at the microchip registry.
tracking options range from computer-based Universal Serial Bus (USB)
collar tags to satellite GPS.
GPS (Global Positioning System)
is a satellite-based navigation system developed by the U.S. Department
of Defense but now available 24/7 for civilian use. It's great if your
dog is outside within a limited range, but traditional GPS does not work
well inside structures, such as homes and garages.
GPS means the satellite contacts cellular networks. You can locate your
dog even in a heavily wooded area or possibly inside a garage.
You're probably wondering then why anyone would then choose traditional
GPS. The pluses for GPS are that you aren't required to sign up for a
service plan and that you aren't relying on a third-party cell phone company
to find your dog.
a summary of some of the most popular products that are sized for a Toy
Pet - Ultimate Wireless Pet Locator
one is advertised for cats but it works just the same for small
dogs. I found that many of systems advertised for dogs were designed
for larger hunting dogs and the collars rarely fit my little ones.
wireless locator is a good one. Put the tag which is housed in a
silicone protector on your dog's collar. You can set an Alert Mode
that will send you a signal if your dog crosses a predefined boundary
such as the front door sill. Or, just use the locator when you want
to know where your dog is.
credit card size handset will pick up the signal emitting from your
dog's collar as soon as you press the locate button, provided you're
you do this very often, your dog will soon recognize the beeping
on his collar as a sign that you want him to come home.
in mind the drawback of GPS; however, this device only works for
a dog within 400 feet of the receiver.
is a more expensive upgrade to this one in Loc8tor
PLUS Locator Plus - Pet Handheld Pet Finder | Pet Locator | Lost
It has a range up to 600 feet compared to the less expensive
version above and comes with 24 tags compared to 2 tags with the
Astro 220 Dog Tracking GPS Bundle with DC40 Wireless Transmitter
product from Garmin was designed to track hunting dogs that might
get lost in dense brush or run astray in search of a downed bird.
It works well around the neighborhood but is expensive. (see picture
at top of page)
is a well known manufacturer of GPS equipment and you may have one
of their devices for your car already. The dog collar has all the
features of Garmin's top-line handheld outdoor device including
Micro SD card interface and can pinpoint your dog's position every
The included map shows highways, but not surface roads. It costs
another $100 to download detailed topography maps. It has a compass
and a barometric altimeter to provide elevation profiles for climbers
and hikers. It also comes with some games and a calculator although
I don't see the value in those.
collar is also big and bulky for a small dog although you may laugh
when you see your small dog running around with an antenna sticking
up from his collar.
you're a Garmin fan and your dog is an escape artist or you live
nearby wild areas, this might be a good but expensive choice. If
you take your dog hiking or camping in remote areas, this also is
a good choice. Garmin is noted for both its high quality and its
excellent customer service.
the average urban pet owner, however,it may be more money than value.
You also might consider waiting for the Tagg
pet tracker that is being designed for small dogs and
see which one offers the best features for your situation.
product has won raves for its accuracy at pet trade shows. It's
a lightweight device that looks like wristwatch but is attached
to your dog's collar so you can monitor him 24/7.
nice because you can track your dog real-time on your smartphone
with an app or even via text messaging.
use Tagg, you need a home computer and cellphone. You program your
dog's safety zone and when he leaves that space, you get an email
or text message where he's gone. You can track his movements until
you find him.
is a monthly service charge. Like the Garmin model, this one was
designed for larger dogs but the company plans to introduce a size
for Toy breeds in the near future.
(again, ignore "kitty" as this works for any
small pet) -
Attach the lightweight tracker to your dog's collar, use the USB
cable to charge it using your computer and then monitor his moves
using Google maps. This is a low-cost basic system that does its
lightweight system with very small tags is EZ-FIND!
25 Item New Design Electronic Locator with Mini Tags
This comes with 25 tags you place on your favorite objects
in addition to your dog. When when you want to know where Fido or
the TV remote can be found, you hit the 'find' key. Another low-cost
basic system that does the job and more
Smartphone ID Tag
someone (technically astute) finds your lost dog
Smartphone ID Tag allows anyone with a smartphone (iPhone,
Android or Blackberry) or other Internet-enabled device to scan
the tag on your dog's collar and read the information you have placed
on the PetHub website. After the initial purchase, there's no further
charge and you can update your dog's contact information anytime
you want. There is an optional paid plan that includes pet medical
solution is the Flexi
PC Pet ID Tag.
It's a USB flash drive inside a water-proof aluminum casing that
goes on your dog's collar. Someone who finds your dog can untwist
the aluminum cap, plug the USB into a computer and read the information
you created to reunite you with your dog.
ZMBK100 Advanced GPS Dog Locator
- Mentioned in October 2011 issue of Women's World
and on the Martha Stewart television show, this one offers GPS satellite
and cellular technologies but requires an annual service fee. My opinion
is its high profile publicity is more the reflection of a talented
public relations staff than the quality of the product.
PetSaver App that can be downloaded for less than $6.
It can access your dog's medical and dental records, locate the
nearest emergency vet hospital, and provide step-by-step instructions
on treating an injured dog.
photos of your dog, create a reminder file for medications or shots,
scroll down a list of poisonous plants with pictures and assess
the health of your dog with a helpful guide.
not a tracking device, this app is so comprehensive and low cost,
it should be in every dog owner's Android smart phone.
you're using an iPhone or iPad, purchase at