Many dog parents are looking into GPS dog collars to provide peace of mind knowing that wherever your fur baby runs off to, you’ll be able to find them. But with the various GPS collars and pet tracking systems on the market, which one should you get for your dog?
Here at The Best for Your Dog, we’ve done the research on the best GPS dog collars. Whether you have an adventure seeker on your hands or aging pet that needs closer attention, these GPS dog tracking collars will help you protect and keep an eye on your dog.
But before we get into the recommended pet tracking collars, let’s discuss the different types available.
Types of Pet Trackers: GPS or Radio
Radio: Radio dog trackers have been around for awhile, primarily being used to locate hunting dogs. Radio dog trackers are ideal for owners who live in more remote areas because they don’t require GPS or cellular networks to function. Radio dog trackers typically work by having a collar attachment and a handheld. When trying to locate your dog, you would press a button on the handheld device which would send out a radio signal to the collar attachment. If you are in range with your dog, his location will display on the handheld device.
GPS: GPS dog trackers offer greater precision and allow you to track your dog wherever they roam as long as you’re connected properly. Your dog’s movements can be tracked from your smartphone and in some cases, even your desktop. Most GPS dog collars come with an app that allows you to see where your dog is roaming with real-time tracking and satellite imaging. Most also come with the added feature of activity tracking to ensure your dog is staying active and healthy.
The type best for your dog will depend on where you live, the amount of safe zones you’ll need to set, the amount of dogs you want to track and your budget.
Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker
The Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker is an updated model to the original Whistle device and is much faster and more reliable. The Whistle 3 utilizes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and cellular networks to track and locate your dog. Escape alerts are much faster, enabling pet owners to track down their lost dogs quickly.
Whistle also updated their mobile app with a complete redesign making it easier to track your pup and monitor their daily activity levels. The app now allows for multiple “safe places” allowing you to create a safe zone for your home, office, or even vacation spot. When your fur baby leaves the safe zone, you’ll receive an alert via text, email, or app notification.
Another great improvement is the size of the device. The attachment is 50% smaller than before and now weighs less than an ounce, ensuring a perfect fit for dogs of all breeds and sizes.
Subscription Plan: Required; starting at $6.95
Battery Life: Up to 7 days
Weight: 0.92 ounces
Coverage Everywhere. No matter where in the U.S. your dog is, the advanced GPS and cellular technologies utilized by Whistle 3, will help you locate them.
Location Alerts & Trips. You can quickly locate your dog via email, text, or app notifications when they leave a safe zone. Additionally, the app allows you to view your fur babies Trips. See where they went and when they were there.
Multiple Safe Places. Set safe zones to be notified when your dog gets out.
Activity Monitoring & Progress Tracking. Ensure a healthy and active pup through the daily activity tracker.
Personalized activity monitoring. The activity tracker feature in the mobile app provides health and nutrition recommendations based on your dog’s breed. This feature ensures that your dog is getting the appropriate amount of activity needed.
Doesn’t support multiple users. If you’d like to add friends and family to your account to track your dog, you’ll have to share your login credentials. On the plus side, Whistle is working on building a feature that supports numerous users.
Find My Pet Nano GPS Dog Tracker
The Find My Pet Nano GPS Dog Tracker is also an upgraded version of the original product. The latest model utilizes GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular network tracking, whereas the previous version only used GPS.
The Find My Pet GPS is durable and waterproof. You won’t have to worry about water damage when your dog takes a swim or travels through rough terrain during hikes. It also allows you to set up a GEO-Fence, or safe zone, to alert you when your dog runs off as well as view where your dog has traveled.
Subscription Plan: Required; starting at $4.99 a month
Battery Life: 2-4 days
Weight: 0.6 ounces
Alerts. Get email and app notifications when your dog is on the move or has left the safe zone.
Tracking History. View your dog’s travels over the last year.
Add Family & Friends. Your friends and family can be added to your account to view alerts and help locate your dog if they run away.
Indoor and outdoor tracking. The Find My Pet GPS can accurately track down lost puppies indoors using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals. This is a definite pro because most GPS dog collars can’t track indoors.
Multiple tracking uses. This product was made for dogs, however, you can use it to track down just about anything, from dogs, horses, and cattle to people or vehicles.
Only one safe zone. You can only set up one safe zone or GEO-Fence through this device. We recommend the Whistle 3 for setting up multiple safe zones.
Difficult to attach to a dog collar. The tracking attachment can be difficult to attach to your dog’s collar, but utilizing the fabric pouch seems to be the easiest way.
Garmin Astro 320 T5 Dog GPS Bundle
The Garmin Astro 320 and T5 Dog GPS bundle is ideal for sporting dogs and can be used for dog owners living in remote areas. It is also best for larger dogs as the GPS collar is heavier than the others mentioned.
The T5 dog collar utilizes high-sensitivity GPS receivers and transmitters with a durable stainless steel radio antenna positioned upright to ensure the best reception. Whether your dog is running through heavy tree coverage or deep in the canyon, you’ll be able to find him. The device itself is also very durable and waterproof.
The Astro 320 handheld can track up to 10 dogs and provides and is compatible with BirdsEye Satellite Imagery.
Subscription Plan: Not required
Range: 9 miles
Battery Life: 20-40 hours
Weight: 6.6 ounces
View Dog’s Position. This feature allows you to view where your dog is, the path they took to get there, and what direction they are headed in. It’s also compatible with BirdsEye Maps.
Dog Information. View specific information about each dog being tracked such as their average speed, distance traveled, and whether they are stationary or moving.
Dog Tracking. High-level view of each dog and how far away they are and what direction they are headed in.
Track up to 10 dogs. Each dog will need the Garmin T5 collar, but you can track and monitor each dog through the Garmin Astro handheld device.
Expensive. The Garmin dog GPS is at the pricier end of the products mentioned here.
GPS dog collars provide peace of mind to dog parents everywhere by providing location tracking to find your dog no matter where they roam off to. Keep an eye on your fur baby with a GPS dog collar.