What to Look for in a Pet Tracker

Pets are so adored by humans that they are considered just another member of the family. If you have young children, you want always to know where they are. If you were to lose one of your children, you would be panicked, and finding your child would be your number one priority. The same goes for pets. You want to know your pets comings and goings, and if you were to lose your pet, you’d want to find it immediately to keep it safe and healthy. What is the best way to do that? A pet tracker is the best way to know where your pet is at all times.

What is a Pet Tracker?

Today’s trackers to keep track of the location of your pets are based on GPS technology to help you know where your pet is based on real time. Not only can you know exactly where your pet is located, but you can also see a history of everywhere your pet walked. Some trackers also provide the user with alerts when a pet leaves a particular space, such as leaving a geofence area. The use of towers and cellular data is required for these GPS trackers to work. Trackers typically start at $80 and go up from there. A great example is the Whistle 3 pet tracker. So doing your research beforehand is wise due to their hefty price tag.

Considerations for Trackers for Pets

1. What electronic device is it compatible with?

These are trackers that you use in conjunction with your electronics, such as your smartphone, tablet, and laptop. You have a tracker in mind, but is it compatible with your electronics. For example, does it work with both Android and iOS?

2. What is the tracking range?

Before you purchased one of these items, you’ll want to know what range it covers. How active is your pet? Does he or she tend to stay in one general area? Or, do you have a roamer, who is hard to keep track of? Depending on the habits of your pet, a high tracking range may be what you need.

3. What kind of pet is it for?

Do you own a dog? Do you own a cat? Trackers of this kind can be intended for both dogs and cats, or, they can be designed for either dogs or cats. It’s important that you choose a tracker that is the right size for your pet.

4. Is it waterproof?

What happens when if it rains? What happens if your pet plans to play in a large puddle? Will the tracker hold up under water conditions? Not every tracker for pets is waterproof. If water conditions are a consideration, make sure you purchase one that is.

5. Does it come with color options?

Is your pet a fashionable one? Do colors make a difference to you when you place objects on your pet, such as collars? If so, you’ll want to go with a tracker that comes in a wide variety of colors for you to choose.

6. Is it lightweight?

Would you want to walk around with a heavy object attached to you? Probably not, and neither does your pet. You love your pet, and you want to keep it comfortable. So choose a tracker that is lightweight, and that will not bother or irritate your pet.

7. Does it offer a geofence?

What is a geofence? It’s a virtual perimeter that you create. Therefore, if you wanted your pet to stay within one specific area, you could create a geofence to accomplish that goal. Some trackers for pets include geofence technology. They will sound an alarm when your pet leaves the geofence that you’ve created. If this feature is important to you, be sure to look for a tracker with this feature.

8. Does it have a light?

Tracking your pet in the dark may be relevant to you. Some of these trackers offer lights to help locate them.

9. Does it have a battery saver?

Just like all electronics, a pet tracker works by a battery. Does the tracker you’re interested in have a battery saver? For example, does it shut off when not in use?

10. Can you use it in other countries?

Suppose you were to take your pet with you to another country. Will the tracker for pets work there? If such a feature is important to you, make sure you look for trackers that can be used in more than one country.

11. Does it offer extras?

Some trackers for pets offer extras, such as health and fitness extras. You can track your pets resting heart rate, its quality of rets, its calories burned, its distance traveled, etc. If you’d like your tracker to work similar to a “Fitbit” for pets, look for a tracker with these features.

12. Does it have a monthly subscription plan?

Before you shell out the money for a tracker for your pet, read the fine print. Many trackers have monthly subscription plans in addition to the initial price tag. Make sure you can afford such plans before you purchase.

13. How is the customer service?

Hopefully, nothing will go wrong with your tracker, but what if something does go wrong. Are there 24-hour, friendly and competent customer service representatives available to help you?

Taking your time to purchase the right pet tracker will save you time and money in the long run. Consider what features are important to you and check out some pet tracker guides. The most extensive variety of these trackers, at the broadest array of prices, can be found online as opposed to brick and mortar locations, such as physical pet shops.

Tips For Puppy Potty Training

The first thing on your mind if you plan to get a new puppy is probably potty training. It is one aspect of puppy ownership that nobody every enjoys. Failing at potty training is one of the major reasons for dogs being surrendered to shelters. The puppy potty training tips below are geared towards ensuring that you are successful in your puppy potty training.

1. Use a Confined Space

Set up a confined space before you bring the puppy home. Dogs are den animals, which means that they usually don’t “go” where they eat or sleep. Ensure that the space is proportionate for the puppy. He/she should be capable of moving around comfortably, stretching out, etc. If he/she ends up having an accident there, it could be that you have allocated too much space.

2. Avoid Using Potty Pads

Allowing your puppy to use potty pads means allowing him/her to “go” in the house, which is not what you want. Potty training pads are simply an unnecessary hurdle in your potty-training journey that only serves to slow you down.

3. Crate Training

One of the easiest ways to potty train your puppy is using a crate. It helps keep the puppy in a confined space that he/she won’t want to “go” when you are unable to watch them. However, be mindful of the puppy’s bladder and avoid leaving him/her in there for too long to avoid any accidents.

4. Avoid Punishing Accidents

Punishing accidents does little to stop a dog from “going” in the house. Your reasoning is not the same as that of the dog. For most dogs, they seem to think that you just did not want to see it, which means that next time he will still go but will now hide behind the couch.

5. Reward

Rewarding your puppy after he/she goes outside has been shown to make a positive impact. So, reward your puppy whenever he/she “goes” outside. Rewards can be in the form of attention, treats, or just about whatever he/she loves doing.

6. Watch Out for Signals

Whining, circling, sniffing around, or simply getting distracted from whatever he/she was doing can all be signs that an accident is close to happening. Take out the puppy as soon as you see any of the signs. Don’t wait to do it or you will probably regret it.

7. Thoroughly Clean Accident Areas

If your puppy unfortunately has an accident indoors, the smell will linger and he/she will be more likely to do it again. So, ensure that you give the accident area a thorough clean using an enzymatic cleaner that completely gets rid of odours instead of simply masking them. Don’t forget that just because you are unable to smell it, it does not mean that the puppy cannot.

Final Thoughts

Bringing a puppy home is a truly memorable event. However, failing to make the right preparations with regards to potty training can make it a regrettable event. So, follow the puppy potty training tips discussed here and you can be sure that he/she will grow up into a very responsible dog.

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