GPS Dog Tracking
Keeping Gusto Safe
GPS dog tracking systems were something Angela heard about when she took her pet chihuahua Buttons to the local dog park on a Saturday afternoon. Angela was never really too worried that anything would happen to Buttons because he was a very obedient dog and all his information was up to date. She even had a fenced in backyard so he could run around and play in the grass without having to be supervised. However, the next weekend she went to the dog park she heard a frightful story about how a little Yorkshire terrier named Gusto dug underneath a side-yard fence and was then stolen by a man in a red truck. The thought of something like that happening to her puppy was scary. Therefore, she decided to do a little research on GPS dog tracking systems.
Searching for a GPS Tracking System for a Dog
It did not take very long for Angela to begin finding some useful information on GPS tracking system equipment that was suitable for Buttons. In fact, she was surprised to see that their were a multiple options available on the market for dog tracking devices. The first thing she learned in her search was that any real-time tracking unit would require a monthly service fee. A GPS tracking company representative explained to her that essentially all pet monitoring devices are receivers that record data, but real-time tracking systems also have a module designed to transmit the recorded data over a wireless network. The module takes the recorded GPS information and sends it via cellular tower communication where the data can then be easily accessed from any location.
Dog GPS Tracking Shortcomings
Once she learned how dog GPS tracking systems worked she then learned that they had some shortcomings. Some of those shortcomings were:
The battery in the dog GPS tracking system or collar needed to be recharged on a nightly basis because battery life was so weak.
If the dog was lost in a field or some other area that had poor cellular coverage then the dog GPS tracking system would not be able to effectively transmit location. Inaccurate positions or no position at all would be transmitted if the coverage was weak.
Many of the companies manufacturing the dog GPS tracking collars were not industry leaders in the field of GPS technology.
After all of her research was complete Angela was still unsure of what the right thing to do was. Should she purchase a dog GPS tracking system and pay a monthly service fee that was more expensive than her gym membership dues, or should she roll the dice and hope nothing would happen to Buttons?
A Tough Decision Is Made
After careful thought about her financial situation and some of the shortcomings of dog GPS tracking systems, Angela decided that she would take additional measures to protect her puppy, but would not invest in a tracking system. She put chicken wire along the bottom of her fence so Buttons couldn’t escape through a crack, purchased a harness to place around the dog’s body, rather than a simple collar around the neck, and vowed never to leave her puppy unsupervised unless he was in his crate.