LINK AKC Smart Dog Collar

Most Durable Dog GPS Tracker

Why people love it
  • Stylish, versatile, and VERY durable
  • Track your pet anywhere with the sophisticated tracking options and user-friendly app
  • Easy to mount, set up, and use
Cons

Bulkier than the Whistle, pricey, and features a shorter battery life.

Details

Tracking: This GPS tracking collar relies on AT&T's cellular network to help you find your pet, so it's best in a city/state with good AT&T coverage. The location of your pet will be displayed via TomTom's map—complete with an overlay of the safe zones you've preprogrammed—so you can see how far from home your pet is. The target icon will allow you to zoom in on the pet's location in real time, and you'll receive notifications within 30 seconds of your pet leaving safe zones. The app also comes with activity tracking features, location data, and even Activity Profiles to help you keep your dog healthy.

Safe zones must be programmed via the base stations, which can be purchased separately. Base stations are plugged into the wall to maintain their charge, and they provide you a convenient place to charge the trackers themselves. With just 2-3 days of battery life, it's recommended you charge the trackers nightly.

The safe zone range is determined by a Bluetooth connection, which means there is a risk of "false alerts" if your pet leaves Bluetooth range but doesn't leave home. Within 30 seconds of the pet leaving the safe zone, their GPS tracker is switched on and the alert is sent to your smartphone.

Features: The tracker comes with its own collar, a durable leather thing that is built with solid stitching and quality materials. The tracker clips onto the collar, but is easy to remove for charging. The collar itself is comfortable, but the tracker is much bulkier than the Whistle. Thankfully, the collar and tracker can be sized for puppies and smaller dogs.

The collar and the tracker are both waterproof (with an IP67 rating), and charging the tracker is beautifully easy thanks to the base stations. With four sizes to choose from, you'll find it's one of the most versatile tracker collars on the market.

Price: The collar and tracker will run you $180, but you still end up paying upwards of $7 to $10 per month for the GPS tracking service. The base stations are also pricey, and you may need a few of them to keep the dog within Bluetooth range all day long. However, the collar comes with a 3-year warranty and 24/7 access to the Pet Poison Hotline.

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