How to Choose a GPS Dog Collar
Choosing a GPS collar for your dog is a pretty straightforward task. When choosing a collar, consider the costs, battery life, and range and accuracy of the collar’s GPS. Also, take into consideration your dog’s weight and the weight of the collar when choosing a collar. Also, be aware of the reasons for why you might need to purchase a GPS collar for your dog.
Thinking about the Specifications
Decide how much money you want to spend.When buying a GPS collar for you dog, you will need to consider both the cost of the collar itself, as well as the cost of the subscription fee. The cost of a collar can range from 0 to 0, and the subscription fee can range from to per month.
- Basic GPS collars usually range from 0 to 0 dollars.
- More advanced collars that have a longer GPS range, that can measure your dog’s vitals like body temperature and heart rate, that can monitor your dog’s activities, and that have weather alerts, statistics, and history functions can range from 0 to 0 dollars.
Check out the battery life.Choose a collar with a pro-grade battery. Pro-grade batteries are known to last longer than regular batteries. However, the more features a collar has, the more battery power it will need to function.
- For example, if the collar sends regular “check-in” signals to your phone, the battery life will be shorter.
- Choose a collar that has a battery life of at least 24 hours.
Determine the durability.Choose a collar that is waterproof and hit-resistant. You can’t keep your eye on your dog all the time. Therefore, you want a collar that will still work even if your dog suddenly decides to splash in a puddle, scratch its neck against a fence, roll in the dirt, or rough-house with other dogs.
Consider the range and accuracy of the GPS.Some collars’ GPS range depends on your cellphone network coverage. This is fine if you only take your dog to the dog park, for a walk, or let it play in the backyard. However, other collars, specifically collars used for hunting dogs, have longer ranges. For example, the Garmin Astro 320 T5 collar has a nine-mile range limit.
- If you have a hunting dog or you frequently take your dog hunting, consider a collar with a longer range.
- Also consider a collar with a longer range if you frequently bring your dog on hiking or camping trips.
Choose a collar that connects to your phone.Collars that connect to your smart phone are convenient because you can instantly pull up the location of your dog in your phone's map application. However, some collars only employ a text-massaging system where the collar sends you a text with the location of your dog.
- Collars that work in conjunction with your phone can also have the ability to turn a light on the collar to find your dog in the dark.
Choosing a Device
Select a comfortable collar for your dog.When choosing a device, you need to consider the weight of your dog and the weight of the collar. Many GPS collars are too heavy for smaller breeds. If you have a smaller dog, choose a lightweight collar. Make sure the collar will not cause any discomfort or limitations to your dog’s movements.
Decide if you want a stand-alone collar or an attachment.While some GPS collars are stand-alone devices, others attach to your dog’s original collar. GPS trackers that attach to collars can be at risk of detaching from your dog’s collar. On the other hand, stand-alone collars can be bulky, heavy, and uncomfortable. But, they do stay on your dog.
Look for well-known established brands.Buy a dog collar from an established brand. The reason for this is that, if the company you bought the collar from goes out of business, then the collar becomes useless. Therefore, buy a collar from a well-known brand, but still consider the costs, accuracy and range of the GPS, and the battery life.
Deciding Why a GPS Collar is Useful
Buy a GPS collar if your dog is outdoors often.You may want to buy a GPS collar if you engage in outdoor activities frequently. For example, if you bring your dog camping, hiking, or to the beach with you frequently, the likelihood that your dog will get lost or wander off increases significantly. Consider buying a GPS collar if this applies to you and your dog.
Take your living arrangements into consideration.If you live in a space or area where your dog is limited, like an apartment, this can cause your dog to want to escape, or wander away from your area. Or, if your dog is an inside dog, it could accidentally escape and become lost if someone leaves the door open. Consider getting a GPS collar for your dog if this applies to you.
Know the characteristics of your dog's breed.Breeds that are prone to escape or run away are Labrador retrievers, Huskies, Jack Russell terriers, German shepherds, spaniel breeds, Staffordshire bull terriers, border collies, boxers, pugs, poodles, and Chihuahuas. Consider getting a GPS collar for your dog if you have one of these breeds, and if your dog has tried to escape or run-off at least once.
- If your dog is one of these breeds, but is well-trained, then a GPS collar might not be necessary.
Video: Support: Troubleshooting GPS Reception Issues on a Dog Collar
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