Your pup is your best friend, a family companion, and a bundle of joy — and naturally, you want to keep them safe. Whenever you pass by a “Lost Dog” poster, you shudder. But what would you do if your dog wandered away from home?
It can happen to anyone. Maybe the side gate was left open, or maybe your dog is an energetic breed who felt like digging under the fence one day. In more ways than you’d expect, a GPS dog collar can keep your furry friend safe and secure.
Here are some of our top choices. Did we forget your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
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Currently in its beta testing phase, the Wüf dog collar bills itself as a “smartphone for dogs” — and we can see why! It offers location tracking using GPS, Bluetooth LE, Compass, and GSM technologies, and it incorporates a built-in data package with 3G coverage in more than 200 countries. Wüf also offers activity tracking, an “invisible leash” (or GPS fence), a training program, and even two-way audio.
It’s an impressive slew of features in a package that can fit small, medium, and large dogs — and once we get our paws on one, we’ll let you know how great it is in person! Wüf is currently available for preorder, and its website estimates full product availability in time for the holiday season this year.
Nuzzle is a dog GPS collar that is expected to ship in November this year, and it covers almost everything you would want in a smart collar for your favorite four-legged friend: it uses GPS and a cellular network to track your dog’s location. It also tracks their route, pace, and activity time.
But Nuzzle gets bonus points for a stellar battery life — it lasts up to five days. Don’t like how bulky the collar looks? You can always clip the Nuzzle tracker onto your pup’s regular collar with an included attachment piece. The best part: there are no monthly service charges with Nuzzle. Sign us up!
The PawTracker uses three types of communication to pinpoint your pet’s location: GPS, GSM, and WPS. We love that the small, lightweight tracker is designed to clip onto any regular collar (and it looks cute, too). It’s waterproof and shockproof, and you’ll need to pay a membership fee of $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year. The battery lasts between two to five days. You can control your power settings and GPS dog fence parameters within the app, which is available for Android and iOS.
Whistle GPS Pet Tracker, $79.95
Whistle allows you to track your pet’s location on-demand, directly from your smartphone. It uses cellular and GPS technology to alert you anytime your pet leaves their home zone, and its durable design is waterproof for even the most adventurous doggos. As a bonus, Whistle offers activity tracking, and you’ll receive alerts when there are significant changes to your dog’s activity or sleep patterns.
On Amazon, Whistle has 3.5 out of five stars. While reviewers point out that the tracker is bulky and alerts can take three to 15 minutes to reach your phone, the product has a majority of four and five-star reviews. One customer writes, “The GPS satellite image is astoundingly accurate, with physical feature of the landscape clearly evident.”
Marco Polo, $219.95
Want to track your dog with something even more reliable than GPS? The aptly named Marco Polo uses a radio frequency, which is able to pass through walls and barriers. You can use it to set boundary zones, and one receiver can track three dogs at once. You don’t have to pay a subscription to use this device, although its initial price tag is hefty. But with a two-mile range in ideal circumstances, this device might be your best bet if you live in a rural area outside of the cellular networks other GPS dog collars use for tracking. Plus, Marco Polo’s battery life can last up to three months!
RoamEO SeekR, $279
Whether your pup has wandered next door or you’re camping in dense wilderness, the RoamEO SeekR can track your pet by displaying their distance, direction, and speed in real time. It uses GPS technology that does not require a subscription, and you can use the ShadowFence feature to set a GPS dog fence that moves with you and your dog. It’s waterproof, boasts a five to seven-mile range, and lasts over one week between charges. The best part: you can use it to track two dogs simultaneously!
This system has 3.4 out of five stars on Amazon, and one long-time customer writes, “Our dog wandered off in a National Forest in Wyoming. We tracked her on the handheld unit and knew how far and what direction she was. She never was further than 500 yards of us, but at night in a forest, you can't see a thing.”
Described as approximately “the size of a wine cork” by one reviewer, Pod is a small GPS tracker designed to attach to your pet’s collar. It provides on-demand location tracking and activity monitoring, and its second-generation model has WiFi for indoor tracking. Keep in mind that you’ll need to pay an annual subscription fee of $50 in order to use Pod’s services.
You can set up a virtual GPS dog fence within certain boundaries, and you’ll receive an escape alert if your pup wanders away. It’s waterproof and lasts up to five days on a single charge. One reviewer loves Pod’s battery setup: “Whenever the Pod app tells you that the battery is low, you switch the empty battery from the Pod with the full one from the charger. This prevents the serious issue of forgetting to put the GPS back on the pet after charging.”
Operating through your home WiFi or cellular network, Kyon is a thin, lightweight dog GPS collar that is currently available for preorder. Here’s how it works: your phone or the Kyon Basestation creates a 300-foot safe zone parameter. If your snuggle-butt wanders outside of that zone, you’ll receive an alert. The collar’s battery lasts for up to 30 days, so you can easily put it on your pet without having to worry about charging.
Notably, Kyon also displays messages on its surface. If your dog wanders downtown and a kindly stranger notices their collar says “I am lost,” you could be one step closer to bringing Waffle home. Keep in mind that you’ll have to pay a monthly service fee of $4.99 per month.
From A GPS Dog Fence To Two-Way Communication
There are plenty of dog GPS collars on the market today — these just scratch the surface. Before you buy, consider what you need from your dog’s GPS:
- Are you in a rural area, outside of normal cellular zones? Pick a collar with radio frequency tracking.
- Do you want a device that attaches to your dog’s collar, or replaces their collar entirely?
- Are you okay with paying a monthly or yearly subscription fee?
- How small or large is your dog?
- Do you want a device that works with your smartphone, or works with a separate tracker?
Let us know in the comments below if you’ve ever used a GPS dog collar. We’d love to hear about your experience!