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Best dog trackers 2019 – Radio and GPS dog tracker best buys — 12 Comments

  1. Hi Ian.  Great site and a great post.  

    I have a tracker for my best friend too.  In my opinion it’s one of the best inventions ever.  My Buks (a black Amstaf) is trained to stay at my side at all times when we leave the yard.  But when we go out, especially hiking or cycling I am always worried that a rabbit or something might jump out a bush and he chases after.  

    This is a great accessory for someone like me with a best friend like mine.     

    • Ha Ha! Thanks, Marlene! I’ve yet to meet a ‘best friend’ who is impervious to the temptations of a small furry animal! 🙂

      I’m not so worried on regular walks where I know the lie of the land but if we’re in unfamiliar territory, particularly woods or in undulating terrain, he can be quietly sniffing away and ignoring me and be out of sight only a few yards away.

      Ian

  2. This site is just what I’ve been looking for.  We have an Australian Shepard who thinks it’s his job to “herd” all the deer in our area.  Whenever he sees one, he just BOLTS at full speed to try to herd it.  Gilbert takes off so fast we just let his leash go and hope for the best.  Then we find ourselves spending 20 minutes wondering through the woods trying to find him.  

    With a Dog Tracker, it would be so much easier.  The dog trackers you showed are a perfect physical size too. Gilbert’s only a few feet tall and I wouldn’t want anything too bulky.  I’m definitely going to look into getting a tracker for him.

    • Hi James – you’ll have to buy Gilbert  a deerstalker hat! 🙂 Sounds like you have fun when you take him out – or at least he does! I hope he’s microchipped.

      Yes, your situation could be made a lot easier with a dog tracker 🙂

      You might also like to take a look at How to walk a dog which has tips on how to engage with your dog so he doesn’t run away. It might take a bit of work but the rewards are wothwhile, not just because he will be more inclined to stay with you but it’s great fun doing the exercises, too 🙂

      Stay well, stay safe and have fun!

      Ian

  3. I find tracking a bit intrusive however, I can see why dog lovers would use one. My aunt has a dog who she had for years and she eventually ran off in the woods, had she had a tracker no doubt that the dog would have been found. 

    This situation has certainty changed my view on dog tracking. 

    • Hi Choannah – Yes, I’m not in favour of tracking people, either 🙂 Good job we’re n ot in the spy game 🙂

      But, as you say dog trackers can be very useful, even if you don’t need to use it very often. Don’t tell me your Aunt lost her dog?? 🙁 Was the dog micro chipped? That’s also something every dog owner should get done.

      I hope your Aunt did find her dog.

      Ian

  4. It is absolutely amazing how far technology has come. I remember being in the Army when much of this technology was yet to be released to the public and a security clearance was required, lol. Now, we can literally outfit our best friend with the technology in minutes, without jumping through hoops, and a very minimal cost. Times have certainly changed, lol. I’m looking forward to seeing the model that recharges from the dogs movements like some watches. I hadn’t thought about the need to get your dog chip regardless, makes perfect sense. Very informative article, thanks for running it down.

    • Hi Sherman – yes, technology can be used for many things and it’s great that it’s being used in a practical way to keep our furry friends safe. As you say, the GPS system was originally developed by and for the US military but became accessible to the public in the late 1990s, I think. The military keep the best bits for themselves, though, and their systems have a far higher precision than the public is allowed access to. Which is fair enough, I guess 🙂

      A self-winding dog tracker! There’s a business ooportunity! 🙂 I suspect the current state of battery technology isn’t quite up to that yet although, as hinted in the article, I do think we’ll see a rapid development when manufacturers are forced to make their cars electric. But we’ll see.

      Yes, all dogs should be micro chipped. It’s not the law, but it should be. Chips have reunited thousands upon thousands of pets with their owners. It makes absolute sense.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Ian

  5. First, off, Ian, I have to say that I absolutely love reading your articles. You have a great sense of humor! Second, I just have to say Wow! I’m an avid dog lover but I had never thought about high-tech dog trackers. They make perfect sense…but, oh boy, is there a lot to consider!
    I’ve just moved to a rural, rugged, and mountainous area where clear signals of any kind are pretty much non-existent

    My current little buddy (who I refer to as my suburban companion) is in his golden years and doesn’t traverse far at all, so he is not a big concern to me for tracking (and I usually keep him leashed just because our environment is so different from what he knew his whole life).

    I would, however, love to get some young, larger “mountain dogs” for both companionship and protection in the near future, and I’ve been concerned about how to keep tabs on them. Thanks to your helpful information on the best dog trackers, I now know there are great options available, and the detailed pros and cons you’ve provided will help me make the best choice in a tracker for our situation. I really appreciate your insights. Keep up the great work!  

    • Hi Cheri – thank you so much, you are very kind. I do try to inform and entertain at the same time 🙂

      Yes, there is a lot of information to consider whn buying a dog tracker. In your situation,if you have poor GPS and/or cellular coverage then that helps shorten your shortlist 🙂 All the trackers here are excellent and you won’t go wrong with any of them.

      Interesting that you mention getting a Mountain Dog. I have had a couple of Bernese Mountain Dogs who were wonderful. When they’re puppies their hair is like fur – they’re like teddy bears 🙂 They were originally used as general farm dogs and often hitched to carts which you still see at shows where there are Bernese. Not sure if that’s the sort of Mountain Dog you’re thinking of but worth considering. Do let us know what you finally get.
      Ian

    • Hi Ann – thanks for getting in touch.
      There are dozens of trackers out there and we took a lot of things into consideration when coming up with our shortlist. Great to see a UK company but not all our readers are based in the UK and many trackers are available in other parts of the world.
      Sorry we didn’t fit your Nano in but we’re happy for readers to check it out on your site. It looks really great.
      Ian
      Ian

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