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    tracker for dog who occasionally wanders?

    Does anyone use a Tagg - http://www.pettracker.com/ - or similar tracker for a dog? I've never worried about my mutt going out for a little hunt because she was always back grinning within an hour or two, but she got lost about a month ago and was out all night (in the rain, no less!) so it's obvious she's not as with it as she was. I'm thinking of getting her a tagg or some other tracker device so I have some way to find her beyond flailing around the woods in the middle of night and waiting for someone to see the number on her collar and call me.

    Figured I'd ask here because when I tell you it'll need to take a bit of a beating, you'll know I'm not kidding. Not in a rush because the poor girl is too worried to venture out alone these days, but the thought of losing her kills me.

    Oh, and PSA: the collars from Quillin's are the BEST. The lady who called me couldn't actually catch the dog, but could read the number on the plate - and that's a 10 year old collar at least.

    Thanks!

    #2
    I have been using Tagg on my dogs for a little over a year now. I use it in a similar fashion to what you're looking for in that I don't use it in order to get notifications when they're outside of the "zone". I already know when they're at the barn with me and take off, but I use it so that I know what direction they went. Depending on where they went I either go get them, or I give them a few minutes to come back. Mine usually aren't gone for more than 15-20 minutes.

    You do have to keep the battery charged, but with the updated version I only charge once a week or so. I usually charge them when I see that they're getting low, but before the system tells me the battery is low. That way I don't run into a situation with the battery shutting off when I'm in search mode!

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      #3
      Yes - we have two that we use on our goats, as they browse around 50 acres between milkings.

      Yes, updated version only needs charging every week or so (thank goodness, got tired of the every other day charging) and is fairly accurate location wise, and even better, I can set it to "track" them and then see what paths they followed that day. It has saved goat lives before, who became stuck and could not return, or occasionally kids fall asleep out there and need to be found.

      We've been quite pleased with the Tagg products.
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        #4
        thanks - much appreciated. I was a little worried, reading the descriptions, that it'd only give me a street address to track her - and, um, yeah, all well and good, but she's in the woods or fields - but sounds like it still works under those circumstances.

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          #5
          Yes, it still works on a farm. I had the same concerns. It tries to tell you an address, but a little paw print shows up on a google-earth-type-map marking their location and that's how I go find my dogs if I need to do so. The map also shows a little blue dot, which is your phone, so it's easy to see if you're getting close.

          It came in handy last evening at the barn when my dogs were with me for probably 4 hours. I would notice they had wandered, checked Tagg, kept an eye on their location, and they came back not long after.

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            #6
            Makes me wonder - Do they use this technology for people? Seems like it would be useful for the early Alzheimer patients or people otherwise at risk of wandering. Put this on like a hospital bracelet and they could be found!

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              #7
              This is an old picture from before we got two, but it shows you what you'll be looking at to see where she is.

              http://i.imgur.com/UsFjBSD.jpg
              K-N-S Farm
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                #8
                Thank you! That's JUST what I need.

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                  #9
                  Could this be attached to a horse's halter for use on camping trips or endurance rides in case the horse gets loose overnight?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by littlebaypony View Post
                    Could this be attached to a horse's halter for use on camping trips or endurance rides in case the horse gets loose overnight?
                    I don't see why not. It could attach to a halter the way it attaches to a dog collar. However, it has an upfront purchase price in addition to a monthly fee. I forget what it is because I pay a year at a time, but it's less than $10 a month. I guess it would depend how often you want to use it to determine whether it would be worth that cost.

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                      #11
                      Yes it can be and I have, but LadyBug is correct, this is a monthly service.
                      K-N-S Farm
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                        #12
                        bumping this up in case someone finds herself in a similar situation.

                        I ended up getting a Whistle tracker last spring and it worked more or less for a month or two, then died. Total waste of money.

                        Just got a Garmin Astro and it's amazing. Tells me exactly which way to go to find my dog, and how far away she is. It's a little addictive, with the tracks shown on the map, but I'm sure I'll get over that.

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