The best pet trackers work anytime, anywhere.

If you’re like us, you get slight separation anxiety when you see your dog run off to who knows where. We don’t blame you. Fortunately, there are products on the market designed to keep your pets safe and give you a little more peace of mind: GPS collars.

What are the benefits of GPS pet trackers and collars?

The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost and stolen in the U.S. every year. Equipping pets with ID tags or microchips is one way to ensure your pets’ safe return in case they get lost while on vacation or stray away from home, but you can take your dog’s safety to another level — with wearable tech. Pet wearables, such as GPS collars, are making it possible for pet parents to track their dog’s location (and even monitor their activity) wherever they are.

How do GPS pet trackers work?

A GPS chip in the tracker acquires your pet’s position and sends the info to your smartphone primarily via cell coverage. Usually, an app is used to display your pet’s location on a map. Base stations are commonly used to establish the link between the tracker, which is attached to your dog’s collar, and your smartphone via WiFi or Bluetooth.

What to look for in a GPS pet collar

Some smart collars can do more than simply track your fur baby’s location. If you’re looking for additional features, pick a tracker that monitors activity and sleeping patterns, like a Fitbit for pets. Note, however, that a GPS tracker is not a substitute for a microchip implant. Use a GPS collar or tracker in conjunction with a microchip, which stores your pet’s info and is still the best way to ensure you’re reunited with them if they get lost. Most pet shelters and veterinary clinics have scanners for microchips.

Here’s a look at some of the best GPG dog collars and trackers you can buy

Whether you’re searching for something simple with long battery life, or something more complex with additional features, there’s something for every furry friend and pet parent duo out there.

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