How does a GPS dog tracking collar work?

Have you ever suffered that mini heart-attack when your dog ran out of your sight? We know we did, and just like you, this event made us wonder, how can we prevent it? Well, you’ve surely heard if GPS tracking collars, and their precise features? Maybe you’ve wondered, how do they actually work? Are they 100% safe for your dog? Well, if you did, now is the right time to get those facts straight, as we decided to find the answer to the burning question, and get you some insight on how accurate this tech actually is.

So, how does a GPS dog tracking collar actually work?

Well, in order to understand the exact mechanism, we must know the difference between health GPS trackers and location only GPS trackers, and then the ones utilizing radio frequency. Some combine both options, but for starters, let’s find out what each of these offers to your dog, and what is a difference between the ones we can attach to a preexisting collar and the ones which are the included within the collar? In the end, we’ll focus on how does it work?

Small health GPS collar trackers

This is the option which most of the owners chose as it includes heart rate monitoring as well as location monitoring. Most of the sets you’ll find online include the collar and the attachment, but the truth is that you can attach it to the collar of your choice as well. These collar trackers are usually synced with a smartphone app allowing you to even record the data for later use, and compare it to the ones you have recorded before. They mostly use Wi-Fi to connect, which means they must include a waterproof feature in case your dog is a natural explorer. (messinascatering) They are, however, pricier option if you’re tight on money. (phentermine)

Location only GPS collar trackers

This type of a collar tracker is something you’ll consider if you’re a hiker or if you own dogs for hunting. The mechanism in these is mostly based on the precise location and it works through a mini SIM card sewn into the collar, sending out location in case you ask for it.

There are also upgraded versions which include SOS option, sending out a message with a location to selected contact numbers. It definitely is a good combination of GPS technology and emergency gadgets, and it is easiest to understand. It’s also safest to use, due to the solid transmission technology and reasonable price for everyone’s pocket.

GPS collar trackers utilizing radio frequency

When it comes to these, they take GPS tracking to a professional level, and you won’t find them as often in home use, but rather in training. Apart from that, they’re used with hunting dogs due to radio frequency being the most accurate way of locating a dog. The truth behind why these collars are still as popular as they were 50 years ago lies in the fact that radio frequency can break through the walls, making it easy for owners to get the hang of their dog if they’re, for instance, trapped in a closed space.

So, what about design?

Well, going deeper into the mechanism and in which form you obtain location, GPS collar tracker is pretty simple, given that all of the models presented above use the same method, Google Maps. Just like you locate the nearby clinic when on vacation, GPS local tracker synced up with your phone lets you either type in the coordinates you’ve received through text or directly access the location through the mobile app. The point is that the accuracy of the location you acquire is within a few meters, making it easy. (

As for the outer design of the collar trackers, you’ll find that there are few of distinct features in which they differ, and these are mostly additional extras, intended for either training purposes or hiking. So, you’ll find collars with LED lighting for easy tracking, or you’ll find differences in size.

When it comes to the size of these collar trackers, you’ll find that they vary depending on the technology and the owner’s needs. Some breeds require their collars to keep a tracking device far from the reach, and some are a bit more lose, for instance, those used at home, or those used by old people.

Here are some of the best options available on the market.


So, if you’ve paid attention to the options listed above, you’d understand that the mechanism of GPS collar trackers is pretty easy to catch up on, and while simple variations in design don’t affect the quality as much, they do make for a nice addition. If you’re still wondering whether to get one of these or not, or if you have any additional questions about different types of GPS collar tracker, let us know in the comments, and we’ll try to answer the best we know.


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