Pet Pointers: GPS pet tracking devices
GPS technology is constantly improving and GPS pet tracking devices are now smaller and easier to use than ever. In this edition of Pet Pointers, Lisa Chelenza takes a new pet tracking device on a trial run.
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Most of us have used a GPS device while driving, and that same technology is being used to help us keep track of our pets. The Tagg Pet Tracker is the latest in tracking technology for cats and dogs over ten pounds. It is designed to snap on your pet’s collar and will show you when your pet strays beyond a set area.
First, charge the tracker on docking station. Log on to their website and create an account. You set a safe zone anywhere from 75-1,000 yards and if your pet goes beyond the boundary you set, you receive a text message on your cell phone and an email alert telling you that your pet is beyond your set boundary. If you look at the web site or use the mobile app, you can actually see where your pet is on a map anywhere in the U.S. as long as there is mobile coverage.
The mobile apps can also give you driving directions to your pet and help locate pet friendly places. The device can go anywhere with you. However, you have to remember to reset the location boundary and plug in the docking station.
The Tagg Pet Tracker is priced at $99.95 with one month of service for free and a $7.95 monthly fee after that. It’s lightweight, easy to use, durable and water proof.
Each year, more than ten million pets are lost and if you have a dog who likes to wander, this device can be a life saver, helping you find them faster than search on foot or in the car.
Overall, I like the Tagg Pet Tracker. Remember, it does not prevent your pet from wandering, but it can help you find them if they do. To learn more, go to www.taggthepettracker.com.