Thursday, March 13, 2014

Stalking My Dog With Tagg GPS Pet Tracker

I've seen lost dogs and cats more than I'd like to brag about in the past. The owners were at work and some passer-by finds them in the neighborhood and brings them to the nearby vet clinic. Sometimes, I recognized the pets so the owners were easy to track down. Most of the time, tracking down a pet's owner is not easy.

When I was asked to review a Tagg GPS Pet Tracker with my own dog, I was eager to get to work. Shiner has free roam of our yard, and she doesn't stray far but what if she did? She could go almost anywhere and how would I find her? I'd probably be relying on help from a nice stranger who picked her up and carried her off to the local shelter for me to find her later. It's a less than ideal scenario.

Find lost pets easily with Tagg
On the other side of the fence...

Actually, while photographing Shiner for this review she decided to test me by going out the small opening in our fence to the other side. She had this look on her face like "Come on Mom! Let's go explore!" I'm pretty sure she only did this because I was out there with her.

Finding a lost pet swiftly is critical. It's a big world out there and there are lots of things are pets can be injured by. Cars, mean humans, poisons, coyotes, other dogs, and the list goes on and on. If your pet gets lost, it's important to know about it as soon as possible and try to locate them.

Tagg GPS Pet Tracker
Shiner's Tagg GPS Pet Tracker device worn on her harness. 

The Tagg GPS Pet Tracker is a simple solution to keeping an eye on your pets at all times. It's a bit like stalking your dog, or cat. This little device is attached to your pet's collar or harness and tracks their GPS location. If they should ever stray outside of their "zone" you will receive an alert via email or text or both, depending on your Tagg settings. Then, you can locate your pet to see exactly where they are on a map. At any given time, I can logon to my Tagg phone app and click "locate". Tagg will tell me where Shiner is.

You can even set the Tagg up to track your pet's activity at home while you're away at work. This setting tells you how active they are during the day.

Setting up your Tagg online is simple, though it does take a little bit of time.  It took me about 30 minutes to get everything set up. Still worth it for the trouble it will save you later on. The Tagg GPS Pet Tracker does need to be charged on the home docking station every once in a while. The battery of Shiner's Tagg lasted about 20 days before I had to recharge it.

Charging on the home docking station.

Tagg is waterproof and very sturdy. Although, it shouldn't be left underwater for extended periods of time. But don't be worried about a little rain while you're dog or cat is wearing their Tagg. Tagg is suitable for pets that weigh 10 pounds or more.

If you're interested in trying out Tagg for your own dog or cat, I have a special discount for you! Save 20% on the Tagg Promo Bundle which includes everything you need to get started tracking your pet's location and activity plus 12 months of service. All you need to do is enter the discount code "MYPAWS20" at checkout.

Tagg Gps Pet Tracker for Dogs

I really like our Tagg GPS Pet Tracker. It's given me an ease of mind lately. Especially since I watched my dog leave our yard right in front of me. I still think she did it to test me, but I really don't know what she's thinking sometimes. Other than that one time, I haven't received any alerts that she's left her zone.

I received a Tagg GPS Pet Tracker free of charge in exchange for a fair and honest review of the product. All opinions expressed here are my own and truthful. No other compensation was received.

35 comments:

  1. We know lots of hunting dogs that have those and many of those are in the countryside. Great for tracking and peace of mind. Shiner is looking very fit. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. Sounds like a great thing to get to try. I can imagine with a dog we'd love that!

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  3. We think we will buy a pet tracker, it makes sense for me. Many thanks to you and Shiner for a great review. I will check if we can use the tagg gps tracker you tried.

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  4. Great review...I have heard of these and wondered how they work. I follow a lot of FB pages for lost dogs in my local area, and it is scary how many animals get lost. We do all we can with collars and tags and microchips, but really, this would provide much more peace of mind to know exactly where your dog is. I would almost like it just for the curiosity of how much they move around during the day when I'm at work!

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    1. You are right Jan. Microchips and tags are great, but they don't always work. Many times when we scanned lost pets with microchips, the information in the chip database was old and we couldn't contact the owners.

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  5. I thought about getting one for Kamana because he does like to wander when he has a chance. He never goes that far, but most people are so fearful of pit bulls so they may hurt him if they see him "loose". We do have a microchip, but again, it would require someone to approach him and bring him to a vet to get scanned.

    I told my dad about this device many times and how you get an alert when the dog leaves the premises. He goes, "do they send you a picture of a dog giving you the finger?" lol

    Thanks for the review. I'll look at them again!

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    1. I'm not even sure if Shiner would let a stranger pick her up actually now that I'm thinking about it... I think she would be hard to catch.

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  6. Sounds like a great idea Ann,xx Rachel

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  7. Pawsome review!!! And that is such a cool product!!!!! I am going to check out that package deal, you can never be to careful with huskies, being escape artists as they are!
    So this would be perfect for us, although we would need three! haha!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  8. What a great thing for your pet to wear if they have a tendency to roam. Bentley never leaves the house or fenced backyard but I know things can happen. I would be out of my mind with worry if he ever got lost. Just the thought makes me panic. Thanks for the positive review! Bark More, Growl Less Barking from the Bayou!

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  9. These would be great to help from losing you dog. We just wonder if its stolen the thief would just take if off. Love Dolly

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    1. I'm sure a dog or cat thief would be able to take it off. The Tracker itself is not easy to remove from the collar, but they can still remove the collar. It's unfortunate that we have to worry about stolen pets like we do =/

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  10. Great review, Ann! We just got one to try out and can't wait to give it a test run!

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    1. Oh that will be interesting to see on the kitties!

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  11. Wonderful review! My mom was wondering about this product and your review definitely answered her questions! Thank you Ann and Shiner! :)

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    1. Sure Spencer! Let me know if you have other questions :)

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  12. I really like the idea of tracking activity in the house. That could come in handy at our place. Great post, thanks for sharing

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  13. This sounds like a great product. I microchiped two of my dogs and still need to get the new puppy done in a few months. I am always worried that my dogs will get out of our fenced in yard and run off. In fact, my chi loves to chew on his tags from the vet and they aren't readable any more. Thank goodness if he got lost, hopefully, if he managed to get out that someone would take him to the vet to be scanned.

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    1. Yes, but with a microchip you also need to make sure your information is always correct and up to date! Otherwise, having the chip is practically worthless. I saw a lot of this problem when I worked at the vet clinic.

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  14. We had our dogs get out a few months ago and they were both gone for over a week. Worst week of my life! We have been looking at these and I like that this one has been reviewed by a trusted source. Thanks!

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    1. Yikes that is scary! My friend's two dogs escaped and they were sadly both hit by cars. It was such a sad thing :( Glad they are back unharmed!

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  15. We have considered GPS collars for when our dogs are out pheasant or grouse hunting. I think they are a great idea. :)

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    1. Someone else mentioned hunting dogs wearing these. I think it's an awesome idea for them too!

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  16. I think it Petracca would be a good idea when take my dogs for long hikes. And I would always feel confident I can find them if they wandered off.

    --Woofs (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

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  17. Mom is really curious about this. She saw it at BlogPaws last year but didn't get a chance to talk to them and is hoping they are there this year. It would give her some peace of mind.

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  18. Going to check that out. Lee is a flight risk and this would help with the training.

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    1. Yea this probably would come in handy for her.

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  19. shiner...ya look good in turquoise bloo we gotta say furst off....N we can imagine how thiz can help pup owners feel less stressed....de food serviss girl wood bee INSANE if her hada pup that getted looze....N nice it can trac what yur petz bee doin INSIDE as well, grate for cat owners or if yur late gettin home frum werk say.....heerz two a wild whitefish N walleye week oh end !

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    1. Thanks tabbies! She has had compliments on this harness before!

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  20. This is brilliant! If I were a dog owner, I'd be very interested. I'd even be interested as a cat owner if my kitty went outside or had a chance to get out. Great review!

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  21. That is brilliant for people who have huge back yards. xxxoxxx


    Mollie and Alfie

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  22. We have a couple of Tagg trackers, one for our Pyr mix (have you ever heard the "disapyr" joke..? lol) and one for our Icelandic Sheepdog who is a fence climber. I have only had to use the Icie's twice, and really only once because she was "lost." She hopped the back fence and went visiting in one of the neighbor's yards but we weren't sure which way she went so we were able to find her with the tracker. The other time she lost the tracker at the dog park, and someone picked it up and took it home (not sure why...) and I was able to track it to the exact house of the person who took it home! Luckily both dogs have gotten a lot more trustworthy lately (we got the trackers when we first got them as skittish rescues) but it is still a great peace of mind.

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    1. Interesting! Thanks for sharing this! I have, fortunately, not had to locate a lost Shiner with it as of yet. Good to know that it's worked so far for you.

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