Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Guest post: Dog Tracker Plus

Tom Clark enjoys writing on a variety of topics surrounding technology that makes pet owners’ lives easier.

Dog Tracker Plus

Losing your dog when you’re out on a walk can be a very stressful experience. In most cases you have no option but to persistently call out and search the surrounding area high and low, asking passer-by’s if they’ve seen your much loved pet. Not knowing where they are can send anyone into a panic, but thanks to Dog Tracker Plus, moments like this will be a thing of the past.

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Using the latest GPS technology, Retrieva have invented a durable, comfortable and rechargeable intelligent collar to track your dog’s whereabouts during those hair-raising moments. The collar sends tracking information to your mobile device through the Dog Tracker Plus App and helps you find your dog in no time by pin pointing their location on a map and showing the distance, direction and speed they are moving at. You can even switch to the camera mode to see where your dog is from your point of view, which helps in situations when they are in close proximity but hidden from sight.

By setting up Geofences and alerts on the app you can happily sit back and relax while your dog roams free during such occasions as a picnic at the park. As soon as your dog ventures out of this boundary you’ve set up, you’ll get an alert to your mobile device and can quickly call your four legged friend back.

Good news is the live tracking is always on, so there is never the worry of your dog unexpectedly escaping without the collar activated. So long as the collar has been charged and you have signal, you’ll always be able to find your pooch.

This high-tech collar doesn’t just help with dogs who love going walkabout, but it also helps monitor your pet’s fitness and health. If Fido is getting a little porky you can easily set goals in the app to keep your dog’s weight under control by measuring the distance, speed and level of exercise they’ve achieved daily, and by ensuring they beat these daily targets on their walks.

Available exclusively at Pets Corner, the Dog Tracker Plus collar is a waterproof design with anti-cut webbing that will stay put no matter how energetic or adventurous your dog may be. It really is a must have for owners of active dogs who love to go on adventures on their own, as it ensures no matter how far they stray, you’ll always be able to find them.

Disclaimer: Tom Clark wrote this review. I was not paid to publish his review. I have not tried Pet Tracker Plus on the Boxer dogs.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the tracker collar. Please comment below and start a debate. Don't forget to pop over to Surrey Life blogs where this month we're asking 'Where's your willy?'


  1. Thanks Tom. I'm sure many dog owners would find this useful.

    I think the rental option for when we take our furry friends on holiday, would be most useful for us.

    I'd like to know what others think.

  2. I think it could be very useful under some circumstances. I like the idea of being able to rent one for holidays.

  3. That could be an option for Cute Doggy, I did not know about it. xx

  4. I wonder if it is still a bit pricey? I love the technology though.

  5. I am so glad that I did not purchase outright one of your collars and instead opted for a one month rental.

    Firstly the collar itself. I charged the battery fully for three and a half hours, so half an hour more than suggested. Once having the ‘App’ downloaded onto my phone, it showed the battery as ‘low’! Then I had a problem getting the GPS to sync with the collar so I called your help line, and was told that I needed to bend the copper contacts out by at least 2mm so they made a proper connection with the other side of the collar. Now I am not a qualified mechanical engineer, but quite frankly do not need to be to know that this a. is highly undesirable as the copper will weaken and eventually break if this is a constant requirement, and b. IF I were to have purchased a relatively expensive collar I would have expected something to have been better engineered than this.

    Eventually having synced the collar with GPS we eventually that afternoon went for a walk. Now it is not the collars fault but of course makes it impossible to use with only a poor mobile signal. Having said this on the occasions I did get a signal the direction of my dog was so inaccurate as to be laughable. Okay I concede that in more open country I'm sure better results could be obtained. Still, at the end of the walk I was able to get a traced map of the route taken.

    WOW this was even more laughable as the last quarter of the walk was completed with my dog on the lead and entirely in the open where one would expect to get a decent GPS signal. Only to find on the traced map , it bore no relation to the route we had taken. No, this collar is not cheap, but I wear a sports watch which also has GPS combined. It was covered by a long sleeved shirt, a long sleeved jumper, and a thick two layered coat. This has always given me an almost exact trace of my movements, even if I am stood around and maybe take one or two steps, whilst waiting for my dog. So either your collar is defective, Or the GPS satellite you have aligned to is of poor quality, or I have just been….unlucky? I suspect all of the above. Which brings into question 1. Why was the unit not fully checked out for functionality prior to shipping? As I imagine especially with a rental unit, which would eventually lead to a sale! If it was checked out then I would suggest your product is nowhere near as good as you advertise it to be. I have used it for one day and find it terribly lacking and will not be keeping it for the month as I certainly cannot put any faith in its reliability going forward.

    So £40 to find out how bad it really is!

    Great idea, shame it doesn't work as well as advertised.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, which others will find useful. I'm sure you realise that I do not make, market or sell these collars. I am always happy to have guests post on dog-friendly items, but please see my disclaimer.

    2. great review thanks, i was thinking if buying one. I wont bother now, shame as it seemed great on paper but is obviously just a cheap unreliable product with a huge markup

    3. I too am having problems with the Dog Tracker Plus GPS collar, which I am renting. The first collar that was sent to me didn't charge up at all, so had to be returned. The replacement appears to be working, but it is the software ie the App that seems to be defective. Some days it all works well, but on others, even with a perfectly good mobile signal and in open country, the App doesn't connect, then tells me that the "Request has timed out". After this, when I tap "Where's My Dog", the App simply closes and repeatedly does so when I try to use it. I have deleted the App and re-downloaded it as advised by the makers, Retrieva, several times in fact. This seems to sort out the problem for one usage, but then the problems start all over again. Trying to get through to the "techie" guy at Retrieva has proved a problem, albeit it's a busy time of year and I'm told they're snowed under. I wish I'd gone for the 30-day trial option instead of signing up to a 24-month rental deal. I shall persevere, but I'm not holding my breath.


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