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GPS for a dog?

by tigerlilly » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:08 pm

Do they make little GPS beacon thingies to put on a dog collar? that way if you lose your dog, you just look for the blinking beacon on some ipod app?

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Re: GPS for a dog?

by lcarreau » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:17 pm

tigerlilly wrote:Do they make little GPS beacon thingies to put on a dog collar? that way if you lose your dog, you just look for the blinking beacon on some ipod app?



Short answer - YES!

If it works for cats, it probably works for dogs ...


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by peakhugger » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:29 pm

Longer Answer: YES, if you've got the cash and a large enough dog.

One example here:
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=8576&ra=true

edit: Range is 7 miles (line of sight)

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by tigerlilly » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:42 pm

Is that the smallest they come? Seems pretty big. There is nothing smaller?

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by simonov » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:04 pm

tigerlilly wrote:Is that the smallest they come? Seems pretty big. There is nothing smaller?


Maybe you just need a bigger dog.

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by Buz Groshong » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:30 pm

tigerlilly wrote:Is that the smallest they come? Seems pretty big. There is nothing smaller?


The picture shows two things: The gps unit you carry that shows where the dog is and the dog collar with transmitter and antenna. The dog collar unit doesn't look that big, but it probably wouldn't do for a small dog.

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by WouterB » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:37 pm

redneck wrote:
tigerlilly wrote:Is that the smallest they come? Seems pretty big. There is nothing smaller?


Maybe you just need a bigger dog.


Someday you should be presented an award for being so consequent with the use of that olive colour.

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If you LOSE your dog?

by robertjoy » Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:32 pm

If your city-dog is so "irresponsible" that he will run off and get "lost", you need a smarter dog (or he needs a smarter owner, not a $600 GPS tracking device. Dogs are not children.
These tracking devices are for HUNTING DOGS that are trained to track and tree a racoon or perhaps a mountain lion or bear. The dog moves so much faster than the hunter, that the "modern" hunter uses a tracking device to simplify the task of finding the dog (and raccoon). The dog is not lost at all.
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by lcarreau » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:28 pm

Yeah, that's WHERE I remember seeing those collars - I was being chased by Hounds !!!

Look, you're willing to spend $600 on a high-tech dog collar ???

Aaaaa ... WHY don't you just build a higher fence?

Just saying.

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by mconnell » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:35 pm

If there's cell phone coverage where you take your dog, get them a cell phone and track that on the net. It'd be a hell of a lot cheaper than a $600 tracking device.

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Re: If you LOSE your dog?

by lcarreau » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:36 pm

robertjoy wrote:If your city-dog is so "irresponsible" that he will run off and get "lost"...


These tracking devices are for HUNTING DOGS ...



"Going to the city, got you on my mind,
Country sure is pretty, I leave it all behind.
This is my decision, I'm comin' home to stay this time ...
(Cause I'm a)

Fool for the city ..."


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by ksolem » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:55 pm

The dog moves so much faster than the hunter, that the "modern" hunter uses a tracking device to simplify the task of finding the dog (and raccoon). The dog is not lost at all.


The "modern hunters" I saw using this device were not trying to keep up with their dogs. They were sitting in the bar at a mountain lodge waiting for the dogs to tree a bear. Apparently the device sends out a signal when the dogs start barking like mad.

:roll:

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by tigerlilly » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:04 am

I don't know. People lose dogs all the time around here. I lost one on a hike today in the woods, but found the beastie.

Someone should make an iphone app for lost dogs... with a teensie tiny gps unit you can attach to the collar. When you lose your dog on a hike, pull out your iphone and voila. Rover is in the parking lot at the head of the trail waiting for you. :-D

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by Brad Marshall » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:37 am

tigerlilly wrote:When you lose your dog on a hike, pull out your iphone and voila. Rover is in the parking lot at the head of the trail waiting for you. :-D


Perhaps Rover needs a collar on his owners so he knows where they are and how long he'll have to wait for them to get back to the trailhead. :lol:

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by Arthur Digbee » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:43 am

We use a leash.

Actually, it's an equine lunge line because (1) the dog is on the large side, and (2) lunge lines are cheaper.

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