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GPS Tracking Pet Dogs
GPS Tracker For The Family Pet: Not So Far Fetched
Most people are probably aware by now that GPS tracking devices are pretty much used for everything these days. Fleet tracker and vehicle tracker solutions help parents keep tabs on their kids, companies bust slacking workers and police agencies conduct investigative work. However, what some people may not be aware of is that real-time GPS tracking devices also help protect dogs from becoming lost. GPS trackers designed specifically for dog monitoring applications are simply known as dog tracking devices, but is the technology designed to help keep the family pet safe and secure really worth the investment?
How dog GPS tracking devices work is pretty simple. Instead of the pet owner using a collar or identification chip, the dog owner uses a collar with real-time GPS tracking capabilities. The dog tracking device, which is built right into the dog’s collar, transmits the dog’s location, allowing the pet owner to know their pup’s location if they ever become lost. Having the ability to quickly locate a lost dog is vital for every dog owner, for many lost dogs can become hit by a car or be eaten by coyotes or other animals within the first 24 hours of becoming lost.
Basically, if the dog ever becomes lost the dog owner can go to any computer with Internet capabilities or smart phone, and access the real-time location of the puppy over a digital mapping program such as Microsoft Virtual Earth or Google Earth.
Although the concept of dog tracking is a good one it is still not a full-proof method to keeping the pooch safe and secure. For example, if the dog becomes lost in an area that does not have cellular coverage then the real-time GPS tracking collar will not transmit position, making it useless. This is because GPS trackers require the presence of a cellular network to transmit the GPS data from the collar of a dog to the pet owner's computer where the data can then be accessed. Therefore, if the dog runs away to a field or area where no cell service is offered (such is with the case with many wooded, forest or mountainous regions) the collar would for all intensive purposes be totally ineffective.
People interested in using real-time GPS tracking collars to protect their dog need to research the positives and negatives of the technology before blindly believing that satellite technology will result in their dog never becoming lost. As it is with any product, consumers need to do their homework before purchasing because sadly there is no full-proof way to protect our furry loved ones.
Would you invest in a live GPS tracker if the device had the potential to keep your family pet even a fraction more safe, or is the cost simply unjustifiable?