GPS Personal Tracking Systems

GPS Tracking Dogs

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Dog GPS Tracking

When April moved to her new town house in the Chicago-land area she couldn’t help but to feel excited and worried both at the same time. She was excited because the new town house had twice the space of her old dingy apartment, but on the other hand she was worried because her dog Sinatra was getting older and the thought of him getting lost in the new unfamiliar area was frightening. Sinatra was a Yorkshire terrier who was 12 years old and had some slight vision problems. Therefore, April decided she was going to take additional measures to make sure nothing happened to Sinatra. She started with conventional methods such as updating his tags with the new phone number and address as well as  purchased an invisible fence, which would send a small electric shock to the dog if he left the front and back yard area. However, she also heard about a more unconventional method known as GPS tracking. Although she was familiar of the concept of GPS satellite tracking, seeing vehicle tracking systems being used on detective and crime televisions shows, applying GPS monitoring to pet-recovery or dog tracking was a whole new interesting concept.

Real Time GPS Tracker For Dogs

How real-time tracking works is a combination of satellite and cellular technology. The GPS tracking device records position via satellite triangulation and information such as date, location, time, speed, etc. are all recorded precisely. The information is then stored upon the GPS system and is transmitted over a wireless/cellular network where the user can access it from a remote location via computer. How GPS tracking technology works with dog tracking applications is simple. The GPS system receiver is built into a dog’s collar. The position is then recorded by the GPS tracking unit and can be accessed over the Internet if the dog ever becomes lost. However, the dog collar must be charged consistently since the battery is very small. Since the GPS tracking dog collar needs to be small and compact, so it is not cumbersome for the dog, battery life can be an issue.

How To Find A Lost Dog At Night

One of the worst things that can happen to any family is losing a beloved pet, but everyday hundreds of dogs go missing for a variety of reasons. Whether it is because one of the kids left a side gate open, or an external factor such as fireworks spooked the family pooch, when a dog goes missing it can be challenging for any family. Although many dogs go missing every single day, many others are returned safely to their family homes within a short window of time if dog owners know what to do in the emergency situation. However, for those who may have lost a dog and are wondering how to find a lost dog at night possibility of a GPS tracker that will help determine the exact position of a dog if he or she ever becomes missing. Although equipping the family dog with a GPS tracking system is one proactive way of safeguarding your furry loved one in the event the dog becomes lost or stolen, there are many other ways people can increase the odds of having their dog returned home safely that are much less high-tech.

Time is of the essence when a family pet goes missing, and that is why it is important to move quickly the moment you realize your dog is lost. Posters and flyers are key to letting your local community and neighbors know that your pet is missing, and that is why experts say it is essential to put posters in locations such as dogs parks, retail centers, major streets, community mail boxes, local club houses and definitely in the areas were you believe the dog became lost. However, a detailed sign is also very critical to the recovery process, and that is why dog owners should use simple signs that are clear to read and understand. Big letters that state “LOST DOG“, stating a reward for the lost animal and colored text or backgrounds can all help make a sign as effective as possible.

Making signs nice and big can also help because it will allow motorists driving by to see the sign clearly. Also, include a picture of the dog if possible.

Making signs is a must, but sometimes dogs can wander off further than most people imagine, and that is why dog owners need to make certain they use the power of online communication to help them locate their missing pet as well. Posting “Lost Dog” ads on Craigslist, Facebook community groups, and local newspaper websites is an easy and free way for dog owners to get the word out that their dog has gone missing. Social media is also a good way to spread the word.

FidoFinder.com and LostDog.com are other great resources that people should look into.

Dog owners should also notify emergency animal clinics, animal shelters and animal control facilities within 50 miles so they can note if anyone brings in a dog matching the description. Filing a lost dog report at a local animal shelter is a must, but dog owners should contact the shelter about every 3 days to follow up because most animal shelters are under-staffed and over-worked.

For more helpful tips on what to do if your dog becomes lost please watch the above video clip and/or visit PetFinder for more information.

Tips To Find Lost Dog

  • Always make certain your dog has a collar with the most current information that includes address and contact number.
  • Microchips are also a great way to make certain the dog can be returned home safely if he or she continually chews on their collar.
  • Don’t support puppy mills! Adopt a dog from a local animal shelter because there are too many good dogs without homes!

Dog GPS Tracker Collar

Every year businesses and innovators from across the globe flock to the Nevada desert to witness and showcase the latest technological gadgets at one of the most popular trade shows on the planet: CES. The international Consumer Electronics Show which takes place annually in Las Vegas has been the location where all the coolest products typically make their debut, but one product at the 2015 CES that had most people talking was one for the dogs. This is because of a GPS-enabled device created by the folks at Motorola called the Scout 5000 that may change the way people monitor, safeguard and interact with their pets.

When crowds were introduced to the Scout 5000 developed by Motorola the first thought that crossed most people’s minds was, “I didn’t know Motorola was still in business”? All kidding aside, the Scout 5000 was introduced as a truly unique piece of equipment that offers video data, GPS tracking and WiFi connectivity, all technologies that will allow pet owners to locate their dog if it goes missing or simply see what the dog is doing via the pet owner’s smartphone. The product unveiling was quite impressive but now our security experts are going to break down some of the top features of the Scout 5000 and explain the benefits or disadvantages of the technology.

The smart collar offers video data that is transmitted via WiFi and can then be accessed by the pet owner by simply using a mobile app. This is personally our favorite feature of the product because personally I cannot tell you how many times I’ve sat in the office and wondered what my dog was doing throughout the day. Is he barking at the neighbors? Is he chewing on the furniture? Dog owners never have to wonder what their pooch is doing thanks to this feature.

Many people are now familiar with GPS technology thanks in large part to mobile GPS apps, but that same type of advanced locational data that can pinpoint where a car or person is at is also one of the advantageous features of the smart collar. Let’s face it, bad things can happen. A gardener can leave a gate open or a dog can simply impulse run. With the assistance of the GPS tracking feature designed into the Scout 5000 pet owner’s can rest assured they will be able to locate their dog if he or she gets lost.

Lost Dog Search

A unique feature that is certainly cool and can be advantageous in a emergency situation, the Scout 5000 smart collar offers two-way voice communication that will provide per owners the ability to speak directly to their pooch via phone. This, along with the GPS tracking feature, can be very helpful if a dog gets lost or runs away from home impulsively. Although we are not certain, the two way voice communication could require a monthly data plan cost and that would be one draw back of the feature.

The Scout 5000 is also being promoted alongside a more compact version for smaller breeds of dogs but the Scout 2500 would not offer video recording data in order for the device to fit more securely on a pooch. Although this GPS tracker for dogs is one of many products designed for pet safety, many people also ask about the potential shortcomings of GPS dog collars.

GPS Tracking For Dogs A Real Solution?

Initially very excited about the concept of real-time tracking technology potentially saving her dog if he ever got lost, April became a little concerned after learning the cost of the technology. Although the collar was only around $199.00, which was expensive but not impossible, the monthly service fees and 12-month service agreement were the biggest concern. With a monthly service fee of roughly $20, April realized she would probably have to cancel her gym membership in order to pay for the monthly service of the real-time GPS. Also, if she ever canceled the service early there was a hefty termination fee. Then of course the other concern about the GPS pet monitoring solution was the battery life. Recharging the battery almost everyday like a cellular phone seemed very inconvenient. The questions she began to ask herself were:

  1. What if she forgot to charge the pet tracker system and Sinatra was stolen or lost?
  2. Was adding $20.00 to her monthly bills, and the responsibility of charging the pet tracker nightly really worth it?
  3. Since the GPS tracking unit’s battery life was so poor if Sinatra ever became lost the window to find him may be very small. Could that be a problem?
  4. If the dog was ever lost in an area without cell phone coverage the pet tracking unit wouldn’t be able to transmit the position of the dog. Could that be a problem?

After careful thought about her finances and the potential shortcomings of GPS tracking technology with dog collars, April decided that a GPS tracking dog collar was probably not the solution for her. She still believed that GPS vehicle tracking technology was great and could be very useful and advantageous for fleet monitoring and things of that nature, but GPS monitoring her dog was simply not cost-effective, or most importantly, a full-proof method of protecting her dog.