GPS For Your Dog? A Technology That Could Do With Some Improvement

I will be honest – when this came out a few years ago I got quite excited. So much so, I actually thought of distributing this stuff.

Judge for yourself – a dog going missing is every owner’s worst nightmare. Now imagine if you could track your pet’s location with a GPS unit on their collar. That’s what pettracker.com promises with its’ Tagg GPS unit.

My excitement quickly evaporated when I understood how the device works, though.

Here is the problem: the devise is fitted with a GPS chip, which can use the built-in transmitter to know where the dog is. But the dog doesn’t need to know where he is – I, the owner need to know where the dog is! So to overcome this the unit also needs a mobile phone card (yes, that’s right. One for your dog, too). So when your dog goes missing you send a message to your pet-tracker (if the dog is in range, that is), the pet-tracker sends you back the message with the dog’s coordinates, you put them into Google Maps and find out where your dog is. Then you jump in the car and get to the place where your dog … was 20 minutes ago. So now you have to do it all again.

Do you now see why the technology is not so great? I almost forgot, you also need to keep the unit’s battery charged, as well as keep the phone card in credit (they don’t last forever, you know).

Silly me. I though the tracker would come with software so I can open the screen and see my dog’s location as a dot on the map.

By the way, if there are any software developers interested in improving the technology, here is one Veterinarian willing to get on-board.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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