GPS Pet trackers
Many of us rely on GPS maps on our mobile phone to find where we need to go these days. So, it’s no surprise that this technology has become part of being a pet-owner. GPS tracking of pets has numerous benefits.
What is GPS tracking?
GPS stands for Global Positioning System and is essentially a tracking technology that allows you to see the whereabouts of your pet at all times. By attaching a tracker to your pet, you will be able to see their location on a digital map.
How does it work?
GPS technology is improving all the time and becoming part of what are known as ‘wearables’. In the case of pets, a tracking device can be attached to a collar. Usually, you then download an app that will then enable you to view a map of where your pet is. You can log-in to the app at any time. Another handy function is that if your pet wanders further than the boundaries you set (such as 5km radius from your home) you can be alerted on the app via a SMS.
Why is this useful?
If your pet becomes lost, you will be able to see their location right away. Many trackers are also fitted with a LED light that can be activated in these sorts of situations. This will help you to better locate your pet at night or if they are hiding in trees or shrubs. The tracker should work in real time, so you will be able to see where they are as you are looking at the app. Some functions also include ‘history’ so you check out where your pet has been.
Wearables for humans are becoming increasingly popular such as with watches and Fitbits. As technology improves, we are sure to see this come into the pet market more and more.
Remember that trackers do not replace microchipping
. A microchip will enable your pet to be identified if they are found. Microchipping is still advised even with a tracker and in some states microchipping is compulsory.