Dear Daisy Dog
Friends and I backpack with our dogs. When we’re many miles from civilization, we let our dogs run free, without leashes. Occasionally the dogs get lost tracking an animal, so we have to double back to find them. Are you aware of any GPS collars for dogs?
Many companies make dog tracking systems that comprise a GPS collar for the dog and a receiver for the handler. GPS technology reveals your dog’s location while you hike or hunt -– and even keeps tabs on your dog around home.
Most GPS collars are designed for medium- and large-breed dogs. A transmitter on the collar sends a signal every few seconds to a handheld receiver.
The signal tells you where your dog is, the path he’s taken and which direction he’s headed.
Hunters appreciate the feature on some products that indicates whether the dog is sitting, pointing, running or treeing the quarry.
You and your backpacking friends can buy and share one system. The RoamEO dog tracking system simultaneously follows two dogs up to three miles away, while the Garmin Astro can monitor the locations of 10 dogs up to seven miles away.
At home, GPS tracking systems let you establish an electronic “fence.” If your dog strays beyond the boundary, you’ll receive an alert on the handset, your cell phone or your computer.
GPS dog tracking systems are available at hunting stores and on the Internet.