Mummy has been thinking about using a GPS tracker on George. He’s well known for his escapades.
He has two patterns of running.
When we get to the park, the two of us will run side by side – as far as the eye can see and then as I always do, I come running back to Mummy and George follows.
And then Georgie decides to take his own route and runs off by himself. Then Mummy starts to worry.
He can be so impressive with recall. He would run with me or he would walk with Mummy and then all of a sudden a switch is flipped and he decides he’s doing his own thing. No treats will get him back. He keeps running and running – and used to run into the undergrowth but hasn’t done so lately. Or he sits and watches out for squirrels and he will be totally deaf to any beckoning. But when he sees Mummy coming to get him, he would run off a little way. And he would run off again when Mummy is about twenty steps away. The only way to catch him is if a stranger goes to say hello and his very well developed social skills would betray him. The person who manages to capture his attention and fools him is usually someone whom Mummy had solicited to help. But you can imagine how dangerous this could be. It would be so easy for someone to take him.
We had lost him once in Hyde Park. He had one of his moments and he just kept darting back and forth till we lost sight of him. Someone found him sitting and staring at squirrels all by himself. They got hold of him and called Mummy.
With our imminent trip to the Yorkshire Dales next week for my birthday – it’s probably a good idea to put a GPS tracker on him. Mummy’s idea of letting us run freely over undulating greens of the beautiful countryside – free as a bird, might need some sense of security! So she’s making sure George will be wearing his fuchsia pink Equafleece, his jingle bell and a GPS tracker.
Of course, that is if there’s GPS in the wilderness!!!! Guess we’ll find out.
May’s comment: After Monty’s bolting away and so many stories of dogs just running in a moment of being spooked, I think it’s time for a GPS tracker.
I tried it again when George went with a dog walker and it did take awhile to connect to GPS. I think if he was lost I would be panicking while waiting to connect to GPS. It took three tries. When we made connection, I could tell he was on his way home.
This is an outdated model so now that I know the size is right for George, we will try the more updated one as soon as we have it. Will report back.
But I don’t have one for Darcy and who’s to say she won’t get lost. So looking into another make which Jane is also trying out – a Nano tracker from Retrieva.
If anyone has a good experience with one, let us know.
A couple of things to consider when choosing a GPS tracker:
- is it comfortable to wear? Size was a factor – very difficult to find one for small dogs.
- can the strap be adjusted for the size of dog? We had tried one two years ago and it was massively large for even for Darcy. Also broke my nails trying to take it off her. It was definitely theft-proof.
- is it waterproof or just showerproof? They may run into puddles, pools of water or be in the rain, so that’s important.
- how long does the battery lasts? How is it recharged? Would be better if there are spare batteries so while one os charging the other can be used.
As for the App, that for me is essential that it provides real-time tracking. I.e. if my dog is running that it is able to follow it. Some of them send perimeter alerts if your dog, like George, runs way. And ease of use, of course for someone like me who is easily put off by anything difficult to figure out.