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Old 08-11-2017, 05:48 AM
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Default GPS dog collars.. Tracking devices?????

So my new summer digs have deer (mostly), pronghorn, lions etc frequently visiting. We love it. Well so does Storm! Storm is my 80lb Great Pyrenees mix who apparently thinks she may be able to catch one. Which is a joke, I think the deer know all they need to do is hop a fence and they've lost the dog.. Anyway, went outside to drink my morning java at sunrise and a couple were down at the far end of the property, she saw them before me... Off she went at WOT.. No stopping her. I waited about a half hour and she came ambling back with a big old soup bone she likely scavenged from a neighbors back yard.

So, I'm looking at GPS's that I could attach to her collar so I can find her using the iPhone. She pulls this shit while momma is awake, it'll be full on panic around here. Seems to be a few that are not obnoxiously large things, would like something not much bigger than a tag. The biggest downside I see is battery life 2-10 days... I know what will happen there. NONE of them claim water resistant let alone waterproof. Also would prefer something I can run an app on that doesn't cost $120 a year.

Any help out there, or should I just wait until next summer and see what new technology develops?
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:01 AM
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You cannot track without a subscription to some type of service best I can tell.


A training collar may be a better option. My terriers are retarded and the collars get their attention.
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Default Harmon makes a good one

Garmin not Harmon lol

However I would not believe the advertised battery life, we get a couple of deer dogs a year

That wonder into our camp.

Dead battery's and the owner can't track them.

I would suggest training Storm not to chase wild animals.

One hit with a tri tronic shock collar and it won't happen again.
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We got a rescue lab in June. Expecting a "runner" as most Labs tend to be, my wife ordered a "whistle" gps tracker to be prepared even though we had no intention of just letting him roam.
Well, 2 months later and he's an awesome dog and not at all a runner but we are having a lot of fun with the whistle app. It's almost like a fitbit for dogs. I think she paid $60 for the device and she claims the service is $8/month but I'm taking her word on that....I haven't actually looked. Wouldn't surprise me at all if it's more because no expense would be too much for her and her animals.
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:08 AM
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The new Dogtra Pathfinder works off your phone. You can also get a Garmin Alpha or Astro which is what I use for the hunting dogs.
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On the recommendation of another THT member we bought POD NET. Very happy with it.

It comes with 2 year subscription if I recall. My wife can watch the travel very accurately on her phone.

Somehow one got torn off the collar and I was able to track it within a few feet the next day. Unfortunately it was in the thickest sticker patch on the planet so I did not recover it.
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Check out lion country supply. They will have what you are looking for.
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Gun Dog Supply is good also.
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Blitzen the wonder dog wears a PodTracker

He finally realized he cannot catch a deer, but he thinks he can catch a fox and will run a mile trying

Waterproof, easy to use. Battery has to be charged every 2-3 days (message on your phone will let you know when)

https://www.podtrackers.com/

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Originally Posted by Elusive View Post
Blitzen the wonder dog wears a PodTracker

He finally realized he cannot catch a deer, but he thinks he can catch a fox and will run a mile trying

Waterproof, easy to use. Battery has to be charged every 2-3 days (message on your phone will let you know when)

https://www.podtrackers.com/

Sorry for the misinformation. You are the one that turned me on to Podtracker.
Thanks.
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nothing to add on the tracker, but your dog may be able catch a deer. Deer are fast but tire quick. I had one of my dogs get one. Fish and game did not have a sense of humor about it.
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Looks like the POD3 is the one most suitable for storm (and me)
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I run a bird dog and use a Garmin Astro. More like $600 for a dedicated system with a 1 day battery life. When the dog is out a quarter mile and goes on point in heavy brush, good luck finding him, especially if you didn't see where he was before going on point. For me it is super useful.

With that said, it would work for you but not cost effective nor on smart phone. It works exactly as advertised, takes a beating, is waterproof, tracks multiple dogs, etc.

Training is cheaper and has other benefits. Your dog needs to obey your commands. Woah is one of them.

In your situation I'd invest in a lead and an e-collar before I invested in anything GPS.
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You need a cell phone account/number for this one but you can't beat the price.
Good for your dog, boat, car, daughter...

Mini Real-time Portable GF07 Tracking Device Satellite Positioning Against Theft for Vehicle,person And Other Moving Objects Tracking

(394 reviews)
$6USD



https://www.wish.com/search/gps%20tr...&source=search
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Check out jiobit, I have no experience but was about to for my dog. Good timing with this thread.
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I have Garmin Astro and Alpha for my hare hounds. Expensive but rugged, durable and no subscription costs. Training collar to prevent any runs on unwanted game is most important.
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A friend of mine has several squirrel dogs and he has "devices" on all of them and knows EXACTLY where each dog is at any moment. Check with squirrel or koon (wouldn't let me use ****) hunters in your area and I'm sure they can make solid suggestions..
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Whatever the cost, buy it.

Our dog of 13 years went missing last April. We searched, offered a $1000 reward, and never have found him. Haunts me daily...
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