Lost Pet Tech: Comparing Cat and Dog Tracking Collars

Tagg Pet Tracker collar
Credit: Tagg

Tagg Pet Tracker

The Tagg Pet Tracker also works using A-GPS and cell phone provider coverage, and has one virtual boundary. It includes an Activity Tracker, which provides graphs of your dog's activity levels throughout the day. The Tagg has a docking station that automatically saves on battery life when the dog is near it — no need to transmit your dog's location when he's sitting beside you! Of the collars that work through GPS and service plans, Tagg is the most economical choice for multi-pet households

Cost: $99.95 (includes three months of service); additional tags are $89.95 (also with three months of service).
Subscription fee: $95.40 per year; additional pets are $11.40 per year each.
Range:Verizon coverage area.
Transmitter:Transmitter weight is 1.1 ounces. It is water resistant. (The dog can take it for a "light swim.")
Battery life:3.5 to 30 days, depending on pet's location.
Pluses: Wide range. One virtual boundary. Activity monitor. Multi-pet discount. The docking station will serve up to 10 pets.
Minuses: Dog must be in a Verizon basic coverage area. Virtual boundary is three acres — larger than some people's yards.

SpotLite 2.0 tracking collar
Credit: SpotLite 2.0

SpotLite2.0

The SpotLite2.0 also works using A-GPS combined with cell phone provider coverage, and has virtual boundaries (Safe Spots), location history, and excessive speed alerts. In addition, it comes with enrollment in the AKC Reunite service, which provides phone support when your dog is missing. A special "Rescue" button on the transmitter allows any person who finds your dog to press it, and your dog's location will be immediately sent to you.

Cost: $119.99
Subscription fee: $179.88 per year, plus $15 activation fee.
Range: T-Mobile coverage area.
Transmitter:Under 3 ounces. Waterproof.
Battery life:One to four days.
Pluses: Wide range. Virtual boundaries. Rescue button. Enrollment in AKC Reunite.
Minuses: Dog must be in a T-Mobile basic coverage area. No multi-pet discounts.

Gibi tracking collar
Credit: Gibi

Gibi

The Gibi isn't on the market yet, but it's vying for a place on Wal-Mart shelves. The prototype is stylish and its functions include virtual boundaries, history and real-time tracking. No information is available on the transmitter specifications, price or provider network.

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