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Dog GPS Tracking Devices

Updated on April 8, 2008


Having lost on dog within the past few years, having a dog GPS tracking system is something that I've been considering a lot lately. Because my dogs are my children, I want to make sure that they are as safe as I can possibly allow.

The dog GPS systems are a little bulky but have improved over the years. They allow you, the pet parent, to monitor your dog and if he's missing track him down with the global detection systems.

Currently, most dog GPS devices are bulky, so they may not be the best option for all dog sizes, but some versions do come in varied sizes. Below you will find the top dog tracking devices on Amazon.

Garmin Astro GPS Dog Tracking System

The Garmin Astro GPS Dog Tracking System is great for hunters and sportsmen who spend more time looking for their dog rather than the game. The device allows you to pinpoint your dog's position to show you exactly where he is.

You receive a tracking device for your dog's collar or neoprene harness and a handheld transmitter.

The color screen Astro handheld has all the same functions as Garmin's top-line handheld outdoor devices. You can use the barometric altimeter, area calculator, and check out celestial information. The microSD card slot is even available for you to check out maps, whether a detailed city street map or a rural area. You'll get over 6 million points of interest and exact turn-by-turn directions.

The Garmin Astro is built for rugged wear and tear, with an IPX7 waterproof exterior that you can immerse in water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes. It even has a 3-axis compass that works no matter what angle you're holding the device.

Garmin Astro GPS Dog Tracker

Garmin Astro 220 GPS

The tracking system includes a bright, color screen, handheld, GPS device (Astro 220) and a wireless transmitter (DC 20).

The GPS system is simple and easy to use. Turn both units on, attach the DC 20 to your dog's colar or the neoprene harness, and you're ready to track his movements.

The DC 20 device transmits your dog's position to your handheld system every five seconds to keep an updated current location. You can even see your dog's status- running, sitting, pointing, or treeing quarry. The Garmin Astro even sounds an alarm the instant the dog goes on point.

The Garmin Astro's high-sensitivity GPS receiver can track your dog's position even in the densest cover. It even lets you track up to 10 dogs at once in up to a five mile radius in open territory.

The Garmin Astro 220. The Astro also lets you save other important waypoints, such as Truck and Lodge, and choose special icons to represent food plots, tree stands and other hunting-related items.

RoamEO GPS Pet Location System

The RoamEO Pet Location System can track your dog with a 1 mile radius. This device is great for large yards and acres of run areas. Although, the collar isn't the best long-distance tracking device, it can alert you when your dog exists a specified "fence" that you've created.

The Receiver Collar is lightweight, durable, and waterproof.

You'll, also, receive a tracking unit that will display your dog's exact location on a 3.5 inch colr LCD screen. You get real-time updates

It's an easy device to use. Just turn it on and snap the collar around your dogs neck. Let him loose and watch his movements on the handheld device. You don't have to program anything.

You can purchase up to three collars for each tracking device, as just one RoamEO GPS system will track up to three dogs at once.

You can create a customized GPS Fence for each dog by walking the perimeter of your desired "fence" and committing the coordinates to the tracker's memory. When you dog leaves the specified perimeter, an alarm will alert you. You can create and change as many "fences" as you want, so when you take your dog to the park, you can create a new perimeter and store it for that location.

The RoamEO Pet includes rechargeable batteries for both the collar and tracking unit, as well as AC adapters to charge them.

The transmitter unit measures about 4.25 by 5.5 by 1.25 inches and weighs only 8.7 ounces.

RoamEO - Safety Product of the Year

Global Pet Finder GPS Pet Tracker

You can track your dog's whereabouts at all times with the Global Pet Finder GPS tracking system. The entire package includes a GPS tracking device and a transmitter. The transmitter is lightweight, weighing about five ounces, and just slips onto your dog's collar or harness.

The transmitter runs on batteries, so you'll need to make sure to keep good batteries in the device at all times. But, don't worry, the device will alert your when the batteries begin to run low. You'll also receive notifications of extreme weather.

You can log into the Global Pet Finder website to build a virtual fence that will allow your dog to play inside that specified perimeter. The website uploads the perimeter to the device, which can hold up to 5 different fences at once.

If you dog wanders outside the fenced area, you'll be alerted immediately and will be sent updates of your dogs whereabouts. You can have the updates sent to your cell phone, PDA, or computer (via email or SMS).

While your dog is outside his perimeters, you can walk with your dog in "walk mode." If you get separated from your pet, you can dial F-O-U-N-D from your cell phone to initialize tracking and the Global Pet Finder will transmit your dog's position back to you.

There is a $34.99 one time activation fee, as well as a monthly plan that includes three locates (out of fence violation lasting more than 5 minutes) a month. The Global Pet Finder Website can provide you with more information about service plans.

Zoombak Advanced GPS Dog Locator


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      7 years ago

      Is there any update on the development of a micro chip that has a GPS. I know lots of pet owners that would gladly support this type of device, myself included. Our pet is micro chipped but was taken from our yard 13 days ago. He have done everything we can think of to locate him. If only that micro chip was trackable with a GPS I would have him back in my lap. We miss him sooooo much :(

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      amanda luv 

      7 years ago

      i found a lot of these helpful, i am still gonna do my research, im hoping to find an implanted microchip tht is gps locateable... i have 2 labs & i pitbull & i fear someone removing my pitbulls collar & harming her... & if shes chipped, id take my chances on cancer because in my heart i know it would be from me doing my best to protect her from something worse... byw, we rescued her from as 8 way intersection, some one discarded her & shes so special to us.

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      7 years ago

      I hope some day that all people who own dogs could be allowed to have a tracking device. I lost my one and only friend Max he is a silky terrier and he is somewhere in Melbourne Florida. If i could have had a tracking device both me and him wouldn't be suffering right now. I wish i could be able to activate max`s chip. But just keep working on this technology it can save a dogs life one day.

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      8 years ago

      Do you know if there are currently any microchips that have hand-held GPS units, like funride suggested? That would be ideal. My beagle has the "wander lust", as my husband says. She already wears a containment collar, and i don't want to put anything else on her collar, or add a harness. But I want to be able to grab a unit and track her down, as soon as I realize she has blown through the fence. She is quick and clever!

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      9 years ago from Georgia

      Keep in mind, when people steal a dog, they can easily remove the GPS. What's always important is microchip, that is unseen and can be tracked at vets, shelters, and even the guy down the street if the dog has on the tag with the number and ID of the chip.

      I am sorry that your dog was stolen. Hopefully you will find him. Put up posters, maybe offer a reward, and you could potentially get him back

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      9 years ago

      My puppy was just stolen 2 days ago and now I wish I knew about these devices sooner. :(

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      10 years ago

      my dogs been missing since 12-16-08 shes a sweet little westie that never ran off we think shes been stolen she has a micro chip but wasn't wearing her collar if their was a trackable micro chip we would have her home long ago please keep working to bring this type of technology to light for future pet owners so they wont suffer or their dogs wont suffer being lost

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      10 years ago

      We make the similar Pet GPS Trackor.TK102 is a tracking device,which can keep track of your dog. It is unique and simple, allowing owners to know where to look for their dogs using the latest GSM mobile technology. 160,000 dogs go missing each year and when a pet goes missing it can be as heart rending as losing a member of the family. TK102 can help prevent this from happening. It is light in weight and cannot be felt by the dog.Using GSM mobile technology once you've attached TK102, you can track the dog instantly via mobilephone or online. The moment it is applied you will receive information of the dog's whereabouts and for those with WAP enabled mobile phones, you can receive a link to a map showing the pets exact location.If you are interested in it,pls feel free to call me by 15989342437 or email me by Our websites: Http://

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      10 years ago from Georgia

      funride, the microchip just holds your information (phone number and address), a 2nd person's information in case they can't get ahold of you, and your vet. It's only trackable if someone scans the dog, finds the chip, and calls it in to get your information. I wish it were more like a GPS plus its current status.

      Zev it is very heartbreaking. I cried for over 6 months when my APBT was stollen. I could not get over the loss, until I broke down and brought another pup home.

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      10 years ago from Way Out West

      Great Idea! It's heart-breaking when you lose a pet. Nice review.

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      Ok, now I get the difference. I thought that microships were already traceable with some sort of gps equipment. Sorry for my ignorance on this subject.

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Georgia

      Karen, I've never heard anything bad about the microchips in regards to causing cancer at the site. They've actually been around for years; I just did a quick search and the Home Again Chip has been around since 1996, which is over 10 years- an average dog's lifespan.

      The problem with the GPS tracking devices is if your dog is gone for extreme prolonged periods, the battery can die. Also, if the dog is stolen, the person can take off the collar because it's very visible. The collar cat get stuck on something and choke the dog.

      Although, there are more advantages than disadvatanges to the GPS collars, I would never 100% rely on one, especially without a microchip, which can be scanned by any veterinarian, shelter representative, and city pound. You also get the yellow plastic tag with a phone number to call and the number of the chip, in case someone on the street picks up the dog.

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      Karen Ellis 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon


      Thanks for the info. This is a great article with loads of information.

      I am leary of the chips as mentioned in the comment above as I have heard that they can cause cancer at the site (who knows). They haven't been around long enough to tell. I prefer the tracking device you suggested.


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      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      Great hub. I guess most people also fears having their dog stolen and in those cases this devices probably won´t take you to your dog :/ . I heard that some pet owners also uses an under skin small chip which allows to find the animal even when he has been stolen. Do you think this is also a good solution?

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      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Whitney,

      I was only joking, I can see the benefits of this, particularly with younger dogs who like to go off exploring on their own from time to time. Waiting for them to turn can be a worrying time.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      As usual a very great hub Whitney. Lucky for me my dogs aren't runners.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Steph.

      Dadzooks, whistling may work, but what if the dog is too far to hear your whistle or is stolen?

      Rachel, I agree something added into the microchip would be great! It wouldn't be noticeable if someone stole the dog, as the GPS collar would quickly be removed. And, with a microchip, the people who steal the dog probably won't take it to the vet or will be sly about it so that the vet doesn't scan the dog, and they certainly won't call the dog in from the microchip tag. The GPS collars are great, but they are bulky, so small dog's can't really wear them. Having GPS incorporated in the microchip would be just another benefit.

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      Rachel Ord 

      10 years ago from Palm Coast

      That's pretty cool!--Luckily I have a dog that doesn't wander, but I could have used this with the previous one I had. I wish they could somehow incorporate this feature into the micro-chip so the dog doesn't have to wear the tracking part...they probably will be able to one day.

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      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yeah great review, but for the price I think Ill stick to whistling ;-)

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      These are great devices - super review!


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