5 Best GPS Dog Collars & Trackers

My dog has gone missing just once in his life, but those 24 hours were truly terrifying. No dog owner wants to go through the fear and worry that comes with realizing you don’t know where your pet is. To make sure you’re always able to locate your dog, whether on a daily walk or a bigger outdoor excursion, we’ve compiled a list of top ranked pet trackers and GPS dog collars. 

Our choices were based on the following criteria: tracking range, functionality, battery life, and affordability. When you’re choosing a tracking device, it’s important to be conscious of your desired use of the product. If you plan on using this tracking device during long hunting trips, then you may opt for a different product than those who are wanting one for everyday walks around the neighborhood.

That said, here are some of our favorite products to help locate your pup:

1. Best Overall: Tractive Dog GPS LTE

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This tracking device comes widely praised, with a 4.5 star rating from over 10,000 reviewers on their website. It offers an unlimited tracking range and works in over 175 countries. This tracker functions the same way your smartphone would, by connecting to the best available mobile network. It has up to 7 days of battery life, and you can monitor your dog’s location and health activity via Tractive’s mobile app.

You can enter LIVE mode at any time to have your dog’s location updated every 2-3 seconds, and it has a feature to let you set up a virtual fence for safe zones and no-go zones. You can set up alerts to be notified each time your pup enters or leaves one of these. 

Pros: 

  • Reliable tracking network with unlimited range
  • Live tracking and tracking history
  • 100% waterproof
  • User-friendly app
  • Track sleep patterns and set fitness goals

Cons:

  • Requires a monthly subscription (starting at $5/month)
  • Battery needs to be recharged every week

2. Whistle GO Explore

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Whistle offers a couple different options when it comes to tracking your dog and monitoring his health. We think this model is the best. The tracker has a battery that lasts up to 15 days, a built-in light for walking at night, and attaches easily to your dog’s collar. Through the mobile app, you can customize safe zones for your dog and have his updated GPS location every 15 seconds. Whistle uses AT&T’s 4G LTE-M network, so these tracking functions are available anywhere with LTE coverage in the U.S. and Canada.

In addition to the tracking functions, you can also monitor your dog’s sleeping, eating, and exercise and set activity goals in the app. There’s also a function that allows you to connect for free with a veterinarian to ask questions via chat, call, video, or email.

Pros:

  • User-friendly app
  • Receive a 24 hour timeline of your dog’s health
  • Access to a free, virtual vet
  • Waterproof (up to 6 feet)

Cons:

  • Tracking isn’t as stable in areas with limited cell service
  • Requires a monthly subscription (starting at $8/month)

3. Garmin Alpha 200i Dog Tracking System

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For those looking for a tracking device that does not require cell service, Garmin has a number of options. These will always be quite a bit more expensive than trackers that rely on cell service, as they require you to buy the compatible handheld device to use the features of the GPS collar. However, they won’t require the same subscription fees that many of the cellular tracking devices do.

Commonly used by hunters, this device allows you to keep track of up to 20 dogs within a radius of 9 miles. It will enable you to train your dogs with the collar’s tone and vibration features. The tracking is fast, with a 2.5 second update rate, and accurate, using bird’s eye satellite imagery and preloaded, topoactive maps. Additionally, there is a two-way messaging feature that allows you to communicate with others and an SOS button if you need help.

Pros:

  • Reliable satellite tracking when you’re far from cellular data
  • No subscription fees
  • Two-way messaging feature
  • Updated, accurate location capabilities

Cons:

  • Expensive

4. PETFON Pet GPS Tracker

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This tracking device combines GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth to locate your pup, but does not come with the added subscription fee, making it a more affordable option. It connects easily to the mobile app and has a tracking range of up to 0.65 miles in densely populated areas and 3.5 miles in more open spaces. You have the ability to set safety fences and danger zones and be notified if your dog is entering or exiting one of these. There’s also an option to set up voice commands so that you can communicate with your pup from a distance.

With this tracker, you’ll get 8-16 hours of battery life, which isn’t as desirable when compared to some of the other cellular trackers, but it comes with a compact charging station that can be taken anywhere. It also has the ability to light up and is considered rainproof.

Pros:

  • No subscription fees
  • User-friendly app
  • Access to pet’s activity records

Cons:

  • Relatively small tracking range
  • Not waterproof

5. Cube GPS Tracker

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Perfect for if you’re wanting a tracking device with a more bare-bones quality, this GPS tracker is also often used for tracking vehicles or belongings and has a battery life of 10-60 days. Though it doesn’t provide you with data on your dog’s health and activity, it works very accurately as a tracker. The Cube uses a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi, cell tower triangulation, and Bluetooth to locate your pup, and it lets you set up geo-fence zones in the app with real-time alerts of when your pup goes in or out of that area.

There’s a lifetime warranty on this device, making it a safe purchase should you run into technical issues with it. You can share your dog’s location across multiple accounts for extra safety, as well as ring the tracker if you’re in close proximity but can’t see your dog. You do have to purchase the pet collar clip separately if you want to add it to your dog’s collar, and since it requires cellular data, you also need to pay a subscription fee.

Pros:

  • User-friendly app
  • Accurate tracking capabilities
  • No cancellation fees
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • Requires a monthly subscription (starting at $16.50/month)
  • No activity tracking

Zoë Butler
Author: Zoë Butler

Content Writer for DogFriendly.com.

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