GPS tracking collars are a newer solution in the dog-tracking industry, and they .
Dog activity monitor from the famous company Whistle is designed the same way as Tractive and Tagg dog GPS trackers mentioned below in our list of best dog GPS collars. It's a smartphone-based pet tracking device that will send different data to your phone about your dog's daily behavior, long-term health trends and activity levels. Similarly to the GPS dog tracker from Tractive, Whistle's dog tech device is mostly about monitoring activity than tracking your pet.
With Whistle dog activity monitor out of the way, I hope you understand the difference between the two technologies, so let's take a look at the best dog GPS collars and trackers.
SportDOG TEK GPS Tracking Collar 12-Dog
SportDOG TEK GPS Tracking Collar 7-Dog
With the TEK Series, SportDOG Brand® introduces the first combination GPS Tracking/E-Collar Training collar to hit the sporting dog market. Train and track up to 12 dogs from up to 7 miles away.The Garmin Astro Dog GPS system shows you exactly where your dog is. The Astro has the same range limitations that tracking collars have because radio signals will only go so far. As long as you can pick up the signal, you know the exact distance between you and your dog and what he is doing (pointing or running).With the TEK 2.0 Series, SportDOG Brand® introduces the most accurate and reliable GPS Tracking/E-Collar Training collar to hit the sporting dog market. Train and track up to 21 dogs from up to 10 miles away.ONE DOG -- A one dog Garmin Astro GPS system is $599 and additional Dog GPS units are $199 each (free shipping applies). While the GPS is slightly more expensive than a 1-dog bird dog tracking collar (around $499 depending on model), these tracking collars are not easily expanded when you need to track more dogs. You have to send your tracking collar back to the factory for an upgrade. GPS collars have a larger range. Newer GPS collars employ A-GPS (the A is for "assisted," but you'll also see it called "advanced"). A-GPS improves the time it takes to actually locate your dog after turning on the unit. Plain GPS relies on satellite signals only, which typically takes about 30 seconds, but can take up to 12 minutes in areas in which open sky transmission is limited. A-GPS also relies on network resources. It takes as little as a second in good conditions and two or three minutes in bad conditions — a big difference when you're tracking your lost dog.A lot of owners will have tracking chips put in their dog at the vet. Unfortunately, these chips are NOT used to location a pet but rather to identify it. As a result, they can’t do anything in terms of helping you to find your dog if they go missing – they are more intended to prevent people from stealing animals. For anyone that goes to public places and especially parks / beaches with their dog, a tracking collar with real-time GPS abilities direct from your smartphone is an absolute must.