Anyone use a GPS dog tracker?

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  1. reckless

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    Milo our new rescue dog is doing very well at picking up basic commands (amazing what you can do with a shedload of treats).

    But he has a strong chase instinct and bundles of energy and we know it will be a very long time before he can be trusted off lead (maybe not ever which is a very sad thought). If anything spooked him or he caught the scent of a cat or fox he'd be off like a shot.

    Obviously we take great care that he doesn't escape but we're considering a tracker for emergencies, especially as we'll be taking him to Europe. Does anyone use a tracker for their dog? If so, what brand etc and do you have to pay a monthly fee or can you monitor it free online? I'm a bit confused by what I've read.

    Any help appreciated.

    Karen
     
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    I never knew such things existed but what a great idea. Whatever will they think of next :)
     
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    Hi,

    Ooh, good question as we've been looking into a tracker. There seem to be quite a few on the market, but we were holding off because our mobile phone network provider (EE) have been talking about bringing one out very soon.
    Linking it with our mobiles would make more sense.
     
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    That's interesting Lisa as hubby is with EE. Thanks.
     
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    Family bought one for our dog at Christmas. Managed to read the instructions, switch it on and attach to his collar. Registered him online. This took about 20 mins by which time he had chewed it to pieces so another 5 mins de-registering. All over in less than half an hour.
     
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    We use Pod Tracker, great little robust unit. Used via an app, the pod is attached to the collar and is small enough not to be a discomfort to your pet. There are other units available but we liked the compactness and were impressed by the support offered BT the manufacturer.

    The tracker uses both GSM & GPS but does require a GSM signal to work as it will send a number of texts with your pets location to your phone. We have a working cocker and have used the Pod to successfully locate him on the occasion he decides to go off.

    The app has various other functions enabling you to track your dogs activities a bit like a Fitbit does for us humans as well as being able to set up a safety zone, which the app will notify you if your pet leaves this area.

    Conclusion, we wouldn't be without it!
     
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    That's this one I think (£139): https://www.podtrackers.com/?gclid=...BGV3J17xLcyZUX0f2GzI6dpiFATTXkrCUoaAskW8P8HAQ
    A cheaper alternative is this one, but the reviews are mixed:
     
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    I'm going to get one for Colin, can never find him on a site or aire, he's always off talking to someone about fixing something!!

    Yesterday I told him lunch would be ready in 15 minutes as he walked off, an hour later he came back to a cold lunch and me eaten and ready to go out, with my best scowlie face on! o_O:swear2::doh:
     
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    Dogs should be on a lead, especially on a campsite. Loose dogs cause many a traffic scare, scaring young children (and some adults) and p.. and s... unsupervised. I say, no GPS-need with a lead.:getmecoat:
     
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    Thanks for useful replies.

    @stuurman I fully agree with you........Did you read my original post????

    Karen
     
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    I did read the original post, Karen and I'm sorry for hijacking it. I got carried away, having in my time seen horrific dog related accidents, people who have this uncontrolable fear of dogs and the poo on sites and streets. Apologies again, Karen. Kind regards, Hans.
     
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    Has Milo got some Saluki in him (just going on the markings) if so I'd try anything that would be of help in case he does get carried away with himself........have you read Walking Ollie?:LOL:

    Best of luck - lovely pic:)
     
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    Karen, I don't think a lot of people read threads properly, they just see what they want to for a good put down.:)
     
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    :rolleyes:
    ...and did you read stuurman's explanation above before putting down your put down?
    :rolleyes:
     
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    Yes I did I did see that he apologised, thanks for the heads up on that
     
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    @stuurman Hans, we have the same view regarding dog owners who don't act responsibly, unfortunately they give us all a bad name :(

    @Debs no idea what his heritage is :D but he sure can run hence my enquiry. Hubby had an incident earlier today when they met 2 horses on a bridal path, Milo was very unhappy and tried desperately to get away.

    We are of course working to calm him in these situations but I think this confirms a tracker would be useful and give us some peace of mind.

    Karen
     
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    Hi Karen,
    Having a rescue dog also, we had the same fear with her slipping her lead etc and purchased a harness. It's a ruffwear one, designed for houdinis. Not sure if you use a harness, but I can highly recommend it. I feel very secure in the knowledge that Faith can't get away from me if she goes over threshold for any reason.
    :)
     
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