Top 13 GPS Pet Trackers (Dog and Cat Cell Phones) [Best of 2017 Reviewed]


February 11, 2016 46 Comments

Top 13 GPS Trackers for your Pets

by: Scott Roberts

Revised: July 11, 2017

Pet GPS Tracking Application iOS and Android
It's 2017 and we are off to a great start!  With the advances in Smart Watch Technology, Fitbit's Increasing Popularity, and the Apple Watch Launching during 2015... What do we have to look Forward to in 2017? It looks to be the year of the Pet Wearables - or should we say "Petables"? haha...

It's not a secret that we all love our pets and we are willing to try new methods of keeping them Safe and Healthy.  Grain Free Organic Foods, Personal Dog-Walkers, Pet Hotels, Doggy Go Pro's, and Now GPS Trackers for Cats and Dogs! (Basically Pet Cell Phones) 

But what Exactly are GPS Pet Trackers?  Which ones are the Best?  How do they work? How much do they cost? How will they keep my dog and cat safe?  We are going to dig deep into the topic.  We have compiled a unique list and reviewed  our choice for the Top 13 Pet Tracker for 2017.

We need to start by splitting them into 2 categories.  Radio Trackers and GSM (Cellular) GPS Trackers.  

Radio Trackers utilize a somewhat dated technology and have been used for decades.   These devices don't require a monthly subscription.  Radio Trackers are commonly used by hunting dogs, and cover roughly the same distance of a Walkie Talkie's Range.  It's important to note that the more you spend the greater your range will be.  These units can range from $200-$1000+ for the top of the line units. 

GPS Trackers are cutting edge technology that allows you to pinpoint your pets location in real time.  You can see a history of locations reported by the device to see every place your pet went while you were away.  Some of these GPS Trackers even give an alert when you pet leaves a pre-determined area (geo-fence).  In order to transmit the GPS location from almost anywhere and anytime use of cellular data and towers are required.  So the following would be classified as IoT and require a SIM card or cellular service of some kind. 

GPS Trackers (Real Time Tracking)

1. The Paw Tracker  (USA, Canada, & Mexico)

***Note: If you order this product from Amazon (3rd Party), it will not come with a SIM card or service.  You must purchase directly from www.thepawtracker.com to get tech support and an active SIM card.

The Paw Tracker uses GPS satellites to determine it's location then Cellular SMS to send those coordinates back to their servers. They are a USA based company and  have good customer service they called us back within a couple hours to answer some questions we had. Buy direct from their website.  Similar devices sold on Amazon or eBay may not come with an activated SIM card. 

The Paw Tracker Pet GPS Tracker GSMCute Design and 3 color options make this very popular for the Fashionable Pets. It comes with Application Download for iOS and Android   Being the lightest in weight the paw tracker is a clear choice for all cat owners.   Stash it in your car or track anything its attached to.  This device comes with a SIM card already activated so you won't have to change your cellular plan. (Except on Amazon and eBay)

Price: $99.95
Subscription Cost: $6.95-$9.95
Battery Life: 2-10 days
Weight: 33 Grams

2. Gibi Pet Locator 

 

The Gibi pet locator is a tough, waterproof, lightweight GPS tracking device for your active dog. The stylish tracking device uses Gibi’s online browser-based app; Gibi Pet Tracker Imageaccessible from anywhere an internet connection is available, using your mobile device or computer to instantly locate your four-legged family member on google maps. The Gibi browser-based app allows you to create safe zones. If your dog leaves your preset safe zone borders, you’ll receive alerts via email and/or text. Check your dog’s location with real-time updates, precise location information, and directions using Gibi’s one-click button. The Gibi pet locator is thoughtfully designed to securely attach to just about any collar, so you can keep using your favorite collar.

Price: $99.99
Subscription Cost: $9.95/Month
Battery Life: 1-4 days
Transmitter Weight: 43 Grams

3. Pod 2 GPS + WiFi Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor

Pod is one of the smallest and lightest GPS tracker plus activity monitor for dogs and catsPod 2 GPS designed to be attached to any size collar. It lets you locate your pet on demand, monitor their activity and record adventures on a smartphone or computer.  The Pod depends on your 2G coverage so make sure to check your address against the coverage checker tool on our website. 

Price: $197.94 (includes 1 year of service)
Subscription Cost: $49.99/Year (after)
Battery Life: 2-5 days
Transmitter Weight: 28 grams

4. LINK AKC - Smart Dog Collar


The LINK AKC smart collar is a sophisticated GPS smart collar designed for dog comfort, fit and fashion. It lets you track a lost dog with GPS, monitor activity, log vet records, receive ambient temperature alerts, and much more. The LINK AKC app to be used with the LINK AKC smart collar helps you take a more informed and active role in managing your dog's well-being and to feel connected to your dog when you're apart from each other. Included with each LINK AKC smart collar purchase is a Latigo leather collar (in your choice of size: S, M, L or XL) in the signature shade of Hask Brown, a LINK AKC tracking unit and collar carrier and a sleekly-designed LINK AKC base station and charging cord. The base station is used to charge the tracking unit and also features a USB port to make it convenient to charge both your dog's tracking unit as well as your cell phone simultaneously. LINK AKC memberships are required in order to activate the tracking unit and have full feature functionality of the LINK AKC app (available for download on iOS and Android). 

 

Price: $179.99
Subscription Cost: $9.95/Month
Battery Life: 1-3 days
Transmitter Weight: 4.8 ounces (150 grams)

5. Tractive GPS Tracker

 The Tractive Real-time GPS tracker device for pets and other animals will always let youTractive GPS Pet Tracker know where your pet is. Check your app in iOS or Android to get your pets GPS coordinates.  You can use your smartphone or tablet to sooth your mind when you are not with your pet.

 

Price: $129.99
Subscription Cost: $9.95 
Battery Life: 2-4 Days
Transmitter Weight: 35g 10lbs+ Animals can use

 

6. PetPace

Is more designed for the Health and Health Monitoring features.  It has a lot of featuresPet Pace Health Monitoring system for dogs that most of the GPS trackers do not have.  They are marketing more towards Vets. They do offer great features. With the high monthly cost and the size/weight of the device.  This is more suited for people who are trying to diagnose or monitor the health of a pet.  

Price: $149.99
Subscription Cost: $14.95 Month
Battery Life: 1-2 days

7. Nuzzle 

Pre-Order stage - This smart collar will keep you up to date with what your pet is doing throughout the day using GPS, Bluetooth and an activity tracker. Suitable for both cats and dogs, the gadget comes fitted to a collar but can also be mounted on your own collar or harness using the supplied attachment. Various factors such as temperature can be monitored using the Nuzzle GPS tracker for dogsdedicated app and you can even add multiple pets. You can also set up a geofence so that you get notified if your pet wanders off. Unlike some other animal trackers, there are no subscription fees. 1 Problem we cant figure out how to purchase a Nuzzle...???

Price: $170.00
Subscription Cost: No Subscription Fee
Battery Life: Changeable Battery
Transmitter Weight: Depends on size Collar attached

 

8. Squeaker Buddy 

 

Buddy GPS Tracker for DogsGPS is the next generation in smart wearables for your pet and the first smart collar to incorporate illuminating LED lighting with cellular GPS tracking and activity monitoring. Activity monitoring and temperature sensor with information displayed on a tiny OLED screen. Billed as the "FitBit" for your dog. Buddy is paired with the Poochlight LED lighted collar and leashes. Buddy is available in three sizes. An Insulated Wiring Loom protects wires from fraying. Water resistant*, 1 hour quick charge with charge indicator, will include a heart monitor, and is now fully funded on Indiegogo.com. 

Price: $250.00
Subscription Cost: $99.99/Year
Battery Life: 7-14 days
Transmitter Weight: 55 grams

 

 

 

9. Voyce

The Voyce is worn comfortably around the neck like a collar and tracks key wellnessVoyce GPS Tracker for Dogs  indicators, such as resting heart and respiratory rates, quality of rest, activity and intensity of activity, calories burned, distance, and more!  The data syncs to your Voyce Wellness Management Center via WiFi. This would be a good alternative to the PetPace

Price: $199.99
Subscription Cost: $9.50
Battery Life: About a week
Transmitter Weight: 40 Grams

10. Whistle

This GPS Tracker uses Cellular Technology and Verizon's Coverage area. The sleek Whistle GPS Tracker for Dogs and Catsdesign attaches to your existing collar. You can track your Pet from an Android or iOS phone. They offer a range of features that are comparable to Tractive and The Paw Tracker.

Price: $99.99
Subscription Cost: $9.99
Battery Life: 2-6 days
Transmitter Weight: 50 Grams

Radio Trackers 

11. Garmin Astro 320 T5 Dog GPS Bundle

The Astro offers a variety of GPS collars intended for hunting dogs.  They combine GPS
garmin GPS Trackerwith portable invisible boundaries, training features, and capability for tracking up to 10 dogs.  This setup is designed for Bird Hunting Dogs. Not so much for the Urban Pets. 

 

Price: $499-$799
Range: Up to 9 Miles
Subscription Cost: No monthly fee
Battery Life: 20 Hours (AA Batteries Required)
Transmitter Weight: 6.5 Ounces (without batteries)

12. Marco Polo Pet Monitoring/Tracking and Locating System

Uses radio frequency band that passes through walls and barriers.  You can set one Marco Polo Pet Tracker boundary to sound an alarm if your Pet leaves. One receiver (larger than a cell phone but still pocket-sized) can track three dogs at once. 

Price: $219.99 (Additional tags are $90)
Range: Up to 2 Miles
Subscription Cost: No monthly fee
Battery Life: 1 week to 3 months
Transmitter Weight: 1.7 Ounces

 

13. Loc8tor Pet The Ultimate Locator

The smallest of all the locators;  with the shortest range. This is best suited for small catsLoc8tor Pet Tracking  and dogs. Covers up to four dogs. Visually impaired people can use it with audio cues. This locator also comes in at only $99.99 so its affordable for everyone. 

Price: $99.99 (2 locators not water resistant)
Range: 400 Feet
Subscription Cost: No monthly fee
Battery Life: 2 to 5 Months
Transmitter Weight: .175 Ounces

 

The Paw Tracker is the only device that is suitable for cats as well as dogs.  

The Paw Tracker and Tractive our the top 2 GPS Pet Trackers picks for 2016.  The seem to have the best customer service, and are USA based companies tend to be more responsive to issues that may arise after purchase.  We found that Whistle has some negative reviews after they merged with Tagg.  Some Tagg customers, who switched to the Whistle Application, were not able to get proper customer service.  

The Paw Tracker is designed with a clip allows you to have multiple uses for this GPS tracker.  You can tracking your kids route after school by attaching it to their backpack. It is also small enough for cats.  They have a very cool story about a cat rescue on their facebook page.

For the Radio Trackers, we like the Garmin Astro 320 and the Marco Polo.  These represent the top of the line Radio Transmitter Collars.   The Radio Collars are great for certain households and great for hunting dogs. For all Urban and Suburban Real Time GPS trackers are recommended.  

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46 Responses

John
John

March 31, 2017

Like many of these comments, I too have Whistle. I bought Tagg when first out. It was great and precise. They were constantly updating the technology to their website and support was great! At one time, after warrantee had expired, one of the collar transmitters wings were chewed off. Tagg replaced unit FREE OF CHARGE! The day Whistle acquired Tagg, all went to hell. The site did not track daily activity like Tagg did. Receiving notification your pet is outside the safe zone is a minimum 10 minutes until you get the notice and likewise when returned to safe zone. The “real time” tracking sucks, pet may be out of safe zone for 30 minutes and will show only one position on map. Tagg would actually track pets travel. False notices, like middle of night when dogs sleeping in my room not wearing transmitters…Go figure! As for customer service, Tagg was top notch…Whistle sucks! Have tried contacting them several times via Whistle site never getting a response. Currently have one of my two just stopped working. Looking for replacement for two better made GPS units that comes with good customer service> Any suggestions?

Catherine Rhea
Catherine Rhea

March 06, 2017

I have had NUZZLE experience and would like to share that here. First, It’s not so much a scam as a startup operation that is pitching the company hoping for a buyout. BIG moola if they can pull it off, especially if they don’t actually have to produce anything. Google the names of the founders and you’ll see that one gave an interview last year saying just that. Second, they have a Facebook page where other frustrated people vent daily. They monitor the posts and delete anything negative almost daily too. I started posting every other day and I eventually got their attention which resulted in a refund. They were glad to get rid of me.

Kevin
Kevin

February 19, 2017

Free GPS tracker to be like a dog microchip there’s a battery Factor how would a power the GPS it is an implant. I don’t think they had a technology that can have an input at the GPS locator in a dog under the skin. People try to use common sense

Cliff
Cliff

February 15, 2017

I see some posting that they are concerned with the RF or EMF of these devices on the animals health. I am an RF engineer and have been for 25 years. The frequencies used in all of these devices, are what is termed non-ionizing RF. Putting this in everyday terms, the wave length of these frequencies are much too wide to interact with anything at a cellular level. If you pay attention to the articles that make statements to the contrary, you will notice they all seem to be selling or promoting some product to counter act the effects. Essential oils, beads and other such products can’t cure or protect from something that isn’t happening. It is settled science that the frequencies used by cellular, GPS (doesn’t even transmit), Bluetooth and NFC are not in the frequency ranges that are harmful to our cellular structures. They don’t cause cancer or DNA alterations. There is a direct relationship with the wave length of a frequency and its ability to interact with cellular structures. Now one could argue that if what I am saying is true, then you could stick your head in a microwave since they operate in the 2.4Ghz frequency. However, what happens with a microwave is it doesn’t interact with the cellular structures, but rather it interacts with the water in the item being cooked and boils it. This is what cooks the food in a microwave. Microwaves also present between 600-1200 watts focused in close proximity to do this. The output of the very small radios in these devices are very low and they transmit in all directions. No concentration of signal is entering the animal. It is also important to note that all of these devices only turn on to transmit at certain intervals. They do not constantly transmit or their batteries would run down in a very short period. So your animals are completely safe with one of these devices. They are all required to be certified by the FCC to be in compliance with the standards that have been determined through science to be completely safe. I hope you will accept this. As I said, I am an RF engineer educated by MIT, and building RF products for 25 years.

Art
Art

February 12, 2017

I tried the Whistle. They need to remove the word “live” from “Live GPS tracking” on their web page. Live implies real time (or at least close to it; live TV has a 7 second delay; truly live GPStrackers (which I haven’t been able to find for pets) usually have 1, 5, and 10 second delay settings). This tracker is up to a 12 minute delay.
Also, the statement, “Receive a notification through the app or via text message when your pet leaves their custom Whistle zone…” is incorrect. I tested the tracker about twice the distance from my house as the Whistle zone was set, and I did not get any notifications. Their tech support representative confirmed that it has to be far outside the Whistle zone. She told me to move 3-4 times that distance away from the Whistle zone before the notification would work. She was correct; I did get the notification when I got a little more than 3 times the Whistle zone distance away. I returned it. I will say that their customer service was very nice to work with.

David
David

February 01, 2017

These sound just what I’m looking for to put on my cat’s collar. She’s an indoor cat and I’m afraid someday she’s going to sneak out the door. Unfortunately all of these trackers have a VERY short battery life. I don’t want to be changing or recharging the battery every 7 to 10 days. Can’t they make one by putting 5 or 6 small batteries in the collar, and when one battery is depleted the device automatically starts using the next battery?

Christine Gibb
Christine Gibb

January 27, 2017

I am looking for a tracker that will allow me to see where my dog is when we are out walking on trails. For the most part he stays close but if he gets a scent of deer he will run. The area has dense bush. I have a strobe collar for him now but is not visible in the trees when he is running in a different direction. I am looking for something that will show up on my I phone with an app.

diane
diane

January 25, 2017

I think the NUZZLE is a scam too. Delays and can’t communicate with them no phone number available. Emailed them back for refund they will not respond

Nan
Nan

January 22, 2017

Is there a product that will track my dog if he becomes lost when we are traveling? I understand that most of the GPS trackers will track when the pet leaves a specific home area. But is there a product that will can be activated if there is no specific home base?

Jim Shelby
Jim Shelby

January 20, 2017

Nuzzle sent out an email on 21 January that went over ANOTHER product delay. I don’t think it’s a real product, I think they are running a pretty successful scam. I asked for my money back.

Robert Rowe
Robert Rowe

January 15, 2017

We are not happy with the Whistle tracker for a few reasons.

1. There is a 3 munute delay on the map display update, including the time he leaves his base station, which is useless when youre tracking a dog on the run.

By the time you get to the last tracking location, the dog is 3 minutes away which can be blocks away. Unless the dog is resting, you’re always a block or two behind. Even if you try to guess which way the dog went, it may have traveled a completely different direction.

2. The tracking device has dislodged or has completely separated from the collar cradle on several occasions. This is completely unacceptable…no need to explain why.

What good is a pet tracker if the device falls off and if it doesnt fall off, doesnt report a real time location of your pet.

I believe Whistle is coming out with a newer version, but unless these two issues have been addressed in the new design, I definitely would not consider purchasing a second Whistle tracker.

P.S. I’ve contacted Whistle regarding my concerns, but was only offered a 50% discount on a replacement tracker that fell of the collar and the dog chewed one of the antenna wings off. Why would I want a new tracker with the same issues?

Ann Ciaverella
Ann Ciaverella

January 10, 2017

I am looking for a GPS tracker that will record my dogs route and miles – curious how much he runs (total miles) at the dog park, as well as, on the trails when we run together. As far as I can tell, all of the devices are only live tracking. Is there such a device?

Dog owner
Dog owner

January 02, 2017

I had TAGG before they became whistle. Their product became terrible after the merger. I’ve been a three dog a month subscriber for years. My device failed and instead of sending me a new one they refused, resulting in having to refund me $75 in prepaid sibscription. Awful business model. I purchased nuzzle only to get postponement after postponement of shipping and the run around on any direct questions. How hard is it to make a reliable GPS device? My watch for aviation is more accurate than the instruments in the plane- so the technology exists and is affordable. Garmin needs to take this and create a pet GPS and clean up on this market.

Tami Palacky
Tami Palacky

December 24, 2016

i am looking for a smaller version of something for my cat. i was initially concerned she would lose it since she tends to figure out how to ditch her collars, but my neighbor pointed out that you can find the collar since it is traceable! which is great as i would not want to be replacing these expensive trackers on a regular basis.

Catrine
Catrine

December 13, 2016

PLEASE CONTACT NUZZLE AND VERIFY THAT THEY WILL ACTUALLY BE PRODUCING A GPS COLLAR. There is either a very serious issue with their design or manufacturing source OR they are a scam…….your article indicates they are the “best” of 2016. The reality is that they have been promising to ship the product every month since Jan. 2016 and yesterday delayed again until FEB. 2017. They have taken money from customers but have yet to ship one collar. Check it out, please.

Mike
Mike

December 08, 2016

STEVE CRINER Try using a harness type collar they can’t get out of them. My cat wonders all day everyday and I never see her all day long or where she goes for the last 2 yrs. Sometimes she doesn’t come home for a week. She’s not a friendly cat to other people being a domesticated feral cat so I really doubt she has another day family. Besides we have moved a lot lately. I want a tracker that will show me where she has gone and where she is at, at the moment and small enough for a med size cat. Most of these look to big for cats. Please help me out I need to know where she goes all day. I used to have a Loc8tor that used to work on a cat I had a long time ago but with this cat she goes farther away than 400’ to be able to find her. Need GPS with a SMS card.

Heather
Heather

November 21, 2016

All of these trackers are for attaching to collars. This does no good when your pet is STOLEN and they take the collar off the pet and throw it away. I’m looking for a GPS tracking system that works like the dog chips that the vet can scan and find the dog. But I am looking for it to be an active GPS tracker for the pet. Does anyone know if there is a GPS tracker that goes under the pet’s skin and if so, where can I find it?

Faerie DogMother
Faerie DogMother

November 11, 2016

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Faerie Dogmother
Faerie Dogmother

November 11, 2016

Remember there could be a EMF component to address while wearing this. I like the ceramic beads you can attach directly on device, some have holes you could tie on. Only around $15, we’ve tested them w/meters and they do indeed diffuse the concentrated energy. Like essentials oils, it’s unfair to attach something that may affect our pets unseen – their senses are so much more sensitive than ours and EMF studies (mostly Europe) show a direct link to EMF-DNA disruption and to follow, cancer /disease. The idea of something implanted under the skin sounds lovely and I think they make it for children now – with enough I would be wary as well.. At least find something that would help defuse the energy.

Susan Neal
Susan Neal

November 08, 2016

Someone needs to invent a GPS tracker that can be put in the animal like a microchip as collars are taken off if stolen or they fall off . if there was a central database if a dog was stolen in Essex an alert would go up with everyone with these GPS so that they can look out for them if they were taken to say Scotland - come on people in these days of technology surely someone would make a fortune if they were reasonably priced

Jerry Mann
Jerry Mann

October 29, 2016

I would not reorder a Nuzzle since they have not answered my 3 different emails regarding questions on when they will ship.

Jill
Jill

October 25, 2016

I have a 16-year-old wiener dog cross who has been diagnosed with doggie dementia as well as losing his hearing. I am having an issue with him catching ascent trail and leaving my yard which happens to be located near a busy street. We live on just over an acre and would like to find a device that will alert me if he leaves a certain set area. He is a very small dog and needs something that is not huge as well as not heavy. I can’t spend more than $150 on this unit do you have any recommendations ?
Sharon
Sharon

October 16, 2016

I have Whistle on our cat. The cell signal here is weak so location and tracking is spotty at best. Folks should be aware that strength of cell signal plays an important role in satisfaction with your unit. I am not satisfied.

Alex
Alex

September 29, 2016

Thank you for this comprehensive list is very useful.. at the same time drives me crazy to think $10 bucks a month for this service – this is the cost of another cell line with my carrier and I get the phone for free, anyway…. my acceptable limit on a regular fee is $5 bucks month and that’s it, so those $49 a year are even better than my threshold, I’ll end up going with one of those
I like much more of course, the model where you buy the device once and be done with it.

Grace Chen
Grace Chen

September 22, 2016

i have both Pod and Whistle for my 2 dogs. my dog with Pod is constantly showing at my neighbot’s house when Whistle is always exact where the dog is. On tracking, both area about the same time to track. Battery wise, Pod needs to be charge almost every other day while Whistle is charged every other week. Pod’s activity needs to be sync constantly when Whistle will send me the alert telling me my dog has met his exercise goal immediately. Whistle has ok customer service when Pod is horrible. always take forever to reply the email. the only good thing I can say about Pod is they are smaller than Whistle. Im about to change my Pod to something else while remain the Whistle on my one dog.

Marina
Marina

September 18, 2016

Which one is better to use in Brazil ?
I need a gps one..
All with de chip is gonna work here ?

Matthew Kimball
Matthew Kimball

September 16, 2016

Stay away from Whistle. TAGG used to be fantastic, service was great, support wonderful, but then they were bought out by Whistle who cannot seem to keep their servers online and tracking is nowhere near real time.

steve criner
steve criner

September 14, 2016

Hello, we sure could use some help..We are very interested in some type of device for tracking our cat.The only problem we can never keep a collar on him, no joke we have used at least a dozen of them and they never stay on..Any suggestions..Please help us,

PEte
PEte

September 09, 2016

Like COLLeen, I started with Tagg, and I really loved them. The tags would stay charged for a long time, and the service was awesome! With whistle, you have to charge the units all the time, you get false alerts, sometimes the commands do not work, so it’s more of a hands on , paying closer attention to what’s going on with the tracking, and locate. with whistle, I,am paying more a month now, and getting less.

RIck WIlliams
RIck WIlliams

September 07, 2016

We just cancelled our whistle account today. These people are terrible. Zero tech support, and if you buy a whistle,, you will definitely NEED tech support. Very hard company to work with

Sumu
Sumu

September 06, 2016

I switched from Tagg-Whistle to Pod. I love the technology and the low subscription costs, but it’s casing breaks after about seven, eight weeks. Since 12 days I am waiting for my fifth replacement and start looking for an alternative.
Anybody?

Thanks

COlleen
COlleen

August 24, 2016

I have a Whistle tracker and previously had the Tagg before they sold out to Whistle. I never had a problem with Tagg, unfortunately I can’t say the same for Whisle, although the customer service tech’s get back to you they just want to keep trouble shooting a device that clearly needs to be replaced. I’ve wasted a lot of my valuable time with these tech’s going over what the last tech already had me try! So frustrating! In the mean time I’m getting false notifications and constantly have to charge the device. There are lots of other companies out there, I’m amazed that they would rather pay all these tech’s to keep “trouble shooting” and loose a customer rather then send us a new device! Very disappointed!! My advice… Don’t buy a whistle product!!

Keshia
Keshia

August 08, 2016

We need a gps tracker for cats and dogs that go under the skin. While it’s okay for dogs to have collars on, it’s not the same with cats. When cats ware collars they usally end up getting those collars off. So seriously someone try to make a gps tracker that goes under the skin.

Peter
Peter

August 04, 2016

We’ve been using Tractive for a year. It’s pretty good – probably still the best out there. But for us it has these drawbacks:

1. Battery life – having to charge it every three days is a pain – just worth doing. Only improved hardware can fix that issue.

2. False positives – GPS (especially when indoors) can sometimes erroneously put the dog miles away for a second – unfortunately the Tractive service seems to respond immediately to short-term errors like that, instead of filtering them out as it should. They could and should improve the software to fix this.

3. Inflexible boundary system – it’s just a circle centred on your chosen home location. Since we take the dog for a daily walk, we’d like to be able to make the rough path of that walk “safe” – otherwise we have to turn the tracker off to avoid getting a false positive. THEN remember to turn it back on – and there’s the problem, all too often we forget. It would be great if they could do software tweaks needed to allow a more flexible safe zone, but I suspect it would need hardware changes in the unit as well. Tractive 2 perhaps?

Now the best part – the unit has a buzzer to help you find the dog, which is handy in itself. But for us, it’s way better than that: when we remotely turn the buzzer on, our dog immediately heads for home, so we don’t have to try and use the GPS map and clamber around neighbouring houses to find her. This is a wonderful bonus for us – your mileage may vary.

Given all the above, we’re looking for a medium-range RF based (not bluetooth) device which we can use to simply sound a buzzer on her collar, because it would have the same effect. Haven’t found a good candidate yet – all the decent key finder devices are BT these days, with line-of-sight and range limits that would be too restricting.

By the way Christina (June 17): The Tractive works in a whole range of countries, no SIM change.

Michele
Michele

August 03, 2016

So, these all look like great devices as long as your dog (or cat) keeps his collar on. Many lost dogs lose their collars fairly early on in their lost stage. And if someone steals your dog, which happens more frequently than you may realize, the first thing the thief will do is remove the collar. Overall, while this seems like a great idea it might be so only in theory.

Casey779
Casey779

July 25, 2016

I’m not sure why Pod Trackers isn’t on this list because it’s one of the top trackers (and the best in my opinion). Like someone said, it is one of the only ones still on the market. Someone also asked if there is a tracker that you can use outside of the USA – Pod does. The website says it works in 175 countries and we took ours to London where it worked. Like someone mentioned about the cracking we had the same thing happen with our Pod but the customer service is great. Apparently they have cleared their shelves and replaced all of old ones with new pod trackers which seem to be much stronger. So far so good anyway. We used to have two of the other trackers on this site and I can personally say that the Pod is the only one that has worked for us. Add them to the list!

C
C

July 11, 2016

The Garmin GTU was discontinued a while back. It was a decent tracker, but unfortunately the device is not supported anymore by garmin and you cannot get a subscription anymore.

Corine
Corine

July 10, 2016

PawTracker,

Im curious about your dog tracker. Im aware that your must purchase your product in order to work. I have a question. Does your system only track in your product only and the reason for my question is can Paw tracker enter a Micro chip ona dogs already existing to be input to your system to see if the dog can be tracked. Im just curious.

Thank you

Corine

MES Chalmers
MES Chalmers

June 29, 2016

I have had the Pod Tracker since January 2016. The customer service is phenomenal – absolutely terrific. That said, I live in a rural area and struggle sometimes to have our pet located. Pod Trackers operate on a 2G network. At my office in an urban area, the accuracy is very good.
Also, there was a design flaw with the rim of the receiver breaking and the battery no longer staying attached. The company was terrific about replacing it quickly, with no expense. The reason given was that it was an error on the part of the manufacturer that they had corrected. Unfortunately the replacement that they sent has now broken in the same place. Not sure what I will do next as I really like their customer service and am researching new devices. Nuzzle is available for pre-order to ship in November…

Christina
Christina

June 17, 2016

What I need is a GPS tracker that I can use with a dog while traveling abroad. Does anyone know of one where I can change out the SIM card from one country to another? Many of these are currently only available in North America requiring a cell plan in North American.

Doug
Doug

June 08, 2016

Has anyone looked at the fetch system? How is it?

Amanda
Amanda

June 01, 2016

I’ve had the whistle tracker (formerly T@gg) for a few years now. False notifications have become a big problem for me. I’ve rushed home too many times to find my dog sitting inside. The ONE time I’ve actually had to use the tracker, which helped me find my dog and bring him home, is worth having a tracker of some kind. But I am shopping other companies now.

Kathy
Kathy

May 31, 2016

I can’t seem to locate any info as to the accuracy of the gps trackers. Do any of the above listed give you exact coordinates or are they just ranges within say a 200 ft area? If my indoor cat gets outside, searching all directions 200 ft out from a given point would be useless. Any insight would be much appreciated.

Sharon Cannoy
Sharon Cannoy

May 28, 2016

I have the Whistle GPS tracker for my dog. Its premise is good. It will automatically notify you when your pet has strayed away from the base unit with the actual location. Even while traveling with your pet it will tell you where you are. However…..it has given me many false reports, sometimes with my dog sitting next to me. One false report was when we were out of the country and someone else was watching him. I am now looking for another option.

Todd
Todd

May 04, 2016

I wish this article would list gps trackers that are actually available today. Three of them accept only pre-orders and one is sold out until who-knows-when…I haven’t heard back from their customer service to find out. Looking at reviews, Gibi and Whistle must be the bottom of the barrel, leaving Tractive as the best option on this list. Have you reviewed Pod Trackers? How do they stack up? I can assume not well since they didn’t make your list of gps trackers (some of which aren’t even gps trackers as the title indicates).

Daniel
Daniel

March 08, 2016

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