One of the most attractive features of any of these systems (except for the Astro, which mainly functions as a tracking device) is the alert you receive if your dog strays out of her allowable space. Nothing is better than having a well-trained dog with spot-on recall skills. But for some, knowing that those “eyes in the sky” are watching their wandering pup could provide that extra bit of comfort.
A. Garmin’s Astro Dog Tracking System
Tracks up to 10 dogs.
Every 5 sec. location updates.
Collar charge good for 17 hrs.
Handheld used for hiking, boating, etc.
Allows preprogrammed topo or road maps.
Less than 5 oz.
Warns when batteries are low.
Alerts when temperatures are dangerously hot or cold.
Boundaries easy to enter and reset.
Minimum radius 100 ft. (no maximum).
D. Pocketfinder PetFinder (Location Based Technologies)
Small, compact, Oreo-size.
Can be set to alert on the speed your pet is moving.
Locates to within 30 ft.
Safety or danger zones alerts when dog leaves one or enters the other.
RoamEO GPS Pet Location System
Handheld receiver has color 3.5-in. display.
Updates every 3 sec.
Displays distance and velocity dog travels.
Locates to within 10 ft. at select locations.
Collar charge good for 10 hrs.
C. Zoombak Advanced GPS Dog Locator
2.5 oz., water-resistant; 3 in. by 2 in.
24/7 live customer service.
Up to 10 safety zones with different dimensions.
Recharge at home or in your car.
Unlimited on-demand location requests.
Active for 5 days without recharging