For many dog owners, losing their pet can be a terrifying thing to consider. The truly scary part is that most pet owners find themselves forced to acknowledge that when a dog goes missing, the odds of them getting their pet back spiral downward rapidly with each day their dog is missing.
Still, modern technology does improve the odds. A good dog tag is incredibly easy to find and customize, and cheap enough that a single set of tags giving all the information one could need can be cut in less than an hour. Chips injected into a dog’s shoulders provide a standardized method of identifying owners by scanning the chip, looking for its number in a database and matching it with the dog’s owner registered with humane societies across the nation.
One new innovation in finding lost dogs is the GPS tracking dollar. These collars are intended to use GPS satellites to follow signals made by the collar worn by the dog. By combining these collars with a GPS receiver, a dog’s owner can track down the dollar and follow the signal of the collar straight to the collar itself. Assuming the dog still has their collar, this will eventually lead the owners to their pet.
But many dog owners will question whether or not GPS collars are safe. The simple fact is that GPS collars are totally safe for the dog in question. These collars give off no unhealthy signals that might harm a dog and have no health side effects on the dog. The main danger of these collars is that it can cause owners to become complacent.
No GPS collar, no matter how advanced, is a substitute for common sense methods of tracking pets. Chips and dog tags should be used as readily as GPS collars. Additionally, keeping the dog on a leash and in a safe, fenced in yard, is still incredibly important to a dog’s safety, no matter how advanced their collar.
So overall, GPS collars are certainly safe. They won’t hurt your dog, and they won’t accidentally short out and cause injury. They won’t let people “hack your dog” or any other things you might have seen on television. When used as one tool in an entire toolkit, GPS collars are fantastic for helping you find your dog.
Just make sure you’re not relying only on the GPS collar. Otherwise, you may find yourself quite upset.