How Much Does a GPS Chip for Your Dog Cost?
With a GPS chip designed for a dog, the tracking chip is fitted inside the collar and not implanted under the skin. It is important to know the difference between a GPS chip for a dog and the implantable microchip. A microchip simply contains information about your dog such as the name, address, phone number of the owner as well as any important medical information. This information can be retrieved by animal shelter workers. On the other hand, a GPS chip can actually locate your dog’s location as long as the collar is being worn.
How much is it?
- On average, a GPS chip for your dog can cost $100 to $500 for the start-up kit. Also be prepared to pay another $5 to $15 per month for the GPS monitoring service.
- For example, the Tagg-The Pet Tracker Kit retails for $100.
What is going to be included?
- A GPS dog tracking system has two functional parts: a transmitter that is fitted on the collar of the dog and a receiver which is a handheld device. Some transmitters are designed to work with your smartphone or your personal computer. The receiver gets real-time updates on the location of your dog which you can access easily by logging into the system. The receiver will run on a battery and usually lasts up to 30 days on one charge.
- Some devices will instantly alert you via text or an email if your dog is outside of its boundary. This boundary is set by you, which means that this feature can even let you know if the dog is out of the backyard.
- Most kits are designed for dogs that are over 10 pounds.
What are the extra costs?
- Some companies also have an option of a rescue fee in case your dog does get lost.
- Some companies may charge extra for each dog that is registered with the system.
Tips to know:
- Some GPS systems incorporate instant text messages alerts. You get a real-time location of your dog by sending a unique code on your handset. The chip can also be programmed to send you an instant message should the dog escape confinement. This is referred to as virtual fencing as you get to define the boundaries which the dog should be confined to. Try to get as many features as possible.
- A good GPS system should have an option of tracking different dogs on a single receiver. This will save you the headache of carrying numerous receivers for different dogs.
- Remember that this tracking device is different than a microchip. A microchip will not track your dog; it just stores information if a vet were to find it.
- As of 2013, there is no such thing as a GPS chip that can be implanted in a dog. All GPS chips have to be attached to the dog’s collar.
- A GPS tracking device is a great way to retrieve your dog in case it gets lost. However, if the dog is stolen, the GPS tracking unit will probably not do much good. All the thief has to do is remove the collar and the GPS will no longer track the dog’s whereabouts.
How can I save money?
- You should not compromise functionality for costs. You should always consider a system that allows you to easily locate you dog. By sacrificing and going cheap, you may find that when the time comes, your system will not work according to plan.
- Getting a GPS for your dog is like buying any other item. You should do a price comparison of the GPS system available for sale. You can do so online because you will be able to do a faster comparison within a short time rather than going from one store to another.
- Most companies offer a free three to six-month trial. If you are unsure of who you want to sign up with, consider trying out a few for free. Most companies provide a trial period to let you try their services before signing a contract.