Why More People Are Getting Dog Trackers in 2021

If your dog were to get out, where would it go? Would a quick trip to the shelter end in its return home?

Of all of the beloved dogs lost every year, only 17-30% are claimed from the shelter by their owners. We know that this is a devastating statistic, and can't imagine life without our sweet companions. With this in mind, what if told you that there was a way to ensure you know the whereabouts of your pet at all times?

What if you had detailed tracking information right at your fingertips?

With the right tools, the stress of dog ownership can be minimized. I mean-- we can't keep your couch cushions from being chewed on again, but we can at least rely on dog trackers that can keep you posted on your pet's location.

Read on to learn more.


Using a Dog Tracker

Unlike a microchip, a dog tracking device provides real-time updates into a dog's location by either Bluetooth technology or cellular GPS coordinates and location mapping. Trackers like the Found device may provide features like:

  • Activity tracking
  • Location history
  • Alerts and notifications
  • Virtual fencing
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • IPX7 water-resistant features
  • Bright Multicolored LED: For finding, and status indicator
  • iOS app compatibility
  • Customizable tracking modes
  • Voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Long lasting durability

Rather than needing a procedure to implant a microchip under your pet's skin, a dog locater is usually attached to a dog's collar. Owners choose to use dog trackers over microchips because:

  • Trackers make dogs easier to locate than microchips
  • Trackers make it safer for dogs to explore and go off-leash
  • They can be a great training tool to establish boundaries

The most useful products work in conjunction with an app so you can set up virtual fencing and receive immediate notifications if those boundaries are breached. These experiences are customizable and rechargeable, so you never have to worry about losing signal or not taking full advantage of the tool.


Should You Use a Bluetooth or Cellular Tracker?

There are a couple of different types of technologies on the market that provide similar location data on your pet. Bluetooth and cellular technology are used both separately and in tandem to locate stationery items of value as well as animals, kids, or older adults.

How Do Bluetooth Dog Trackers Work?

Bluetooth trackers connect to a phone and provide accessible information within range of that device. They must be within 150 meters of its Bluetooth pairing in order to provide worthwhile information. Bluetooth strength can be affected by:

  • Receiver sensitivity
  • Transmission power (will affect battery life)
  • Distance
  • Path loss (includes factors like distance, humidity, wood, concrete or metal barriers)

Bluetooth requires that two devices communicate with each other in order to establish a connection. They use low-power radio waves in order to communicate and connect.

In order to connect successfully, the two pairing devices need to establish "trust" with one another. Once they have done so, the two devices can share data through encryption.

Bluetooth trackers are most commonly used for objects that won't leave a tightened radius. They're not ideal to attach to pets-- especially the ones that have a tendency to run!

How Do Cellular Dog Trackers Work?

Cellular trackers use GPS (Global Positioning System) in order to tell you where your dog is on Earth's coordinates. As long as the tracker is developed to utilize cellular technology, it can provide your dog's location regardless of the weather or distance away from your cell phone. This is possible due to the triangulation that occurs between space satellites, ground stations, and signal receivers.

A GPS tracking device (like your pet's tracker) is considered a receiver because it can receive and process a GPS signal. This receiver will calculate the distance between at least four GPS satellites in the network to determine its exact location.

Pebblebee uses LTE-M & POLTE technology to provide premium precision GPS tracking. POLTE technology uses the architecture from existing LTE networks (standard wireless broadband). It is a highly accurate radar location method that can connect cellular devices anywhere in the world.

Combining both Bluetooth and cellular technology allows accurate tracking insights while connecting a tracker to your phone. Viewing location on an app rather than having to translate GPS coordinates provides a seamless user experience and visibility into your dog's activity. The Found LTE by Pebblebee pairs a Bluetooth range of 500 feet and a network range of most locations within the US and Canada.


Is Your Data Secure?

Does using a dog tracking device make you nervous? We get it-- data breaches are becoming more common. The best dog tracker keeps both your dog safe and your personal information safe.

Due to proprietary Bluetooth encryption technology, nobody can access your dog's location or your personal information except you and the ones you give access to the companion app. You can learn more about this by reading the Pebblebee Privacy Policy.


Keep Track of Your Best Friend

As a pet owner, it's your responsibility to ensure that your dog stays safe. Taking the step to connect all of your dogs to Bluetooth dog trackers can help take the guesswork out of their hiding spots or favorite places to wander. The technology is yours to use.

Browse Pebblebee Bluetooth devices and choose the one that's right for you. Whether you need to keep tabs on a pet, a wallet or other valuables, choosing peace of mind is never a bad idea.