Accurately tracks location; Intuitive interface; Notifications; Shows how active your dog is over time
Monthly plan costs add up
The GPS-enabled Tagg Pet Tracker can send your dog's location to your smartphone, and let you know how active your pet is during the day.
"Lassie, come home!" If you're a dog owner, nothing makes you more anxious than when your faithful companion disappears into the woods after a squirrel. The Tagg Pet Tracker looks to alleviate your concerns by relaying your dog's location via GPS to your smartphone or notebook.
The device also shows how active your dog is during the day, so you can make sure he's getting enough exercise. So, is it worth $99, plus a $7.95 monthly fee, or is Tagg barking up the wrong tree?
The tracker, which has a built-in GPS chip, comes in gray or white, measures 3.2 x 1.5 x 0.8 inches and weighs 1.2 ounces. The center is made of a hard plastic, with two rubber tabs extending on either side. The tracker attached securely to our dog's collar via a little clip; pressing on two tabs on either side of the tracker removes it from the collar. The tracker is water-resistant, so it should be fine if your dog likes chasing balls in the surf.
The base station is a white square that plugs into a wall outlet via its USB port. The base station serves two purposes: It recharges the tracker, and it helps conserve battery life. Inside both the tracker and the base station is a cellular connection that covers almost all of the continental United States. When the Tracker is within 150 to 200 feet of the base station, the tracker will feed location data to the station, which will then upload it to the cloud via its cellular connection. Outside that range, the tracker will use its own cellular connection, which uses more power.
A bundle that includes both the Tagg Tracker and base station costs $89. The package comes with three free months of service, and then it costs $7.95 per month. Each additional tracker costs $89 and includes three free months of service, after which it costs $0.95 per month. A single docking station can work with up to 10 trackers.
A special promo bundle -- which includes a tracker, base station and 12 months of service -- costs $179.
In the Map tab, we set the Tagg Zone (from 75 to 1,000 square feet), which is an area where Henry could roam. When he wandered out of that zone, we received an alert via email or smartphone, because we had the iOS app installed (also available on Android).
The Activity Tracker uses the tracker's GPS to see how active your dog is during the day. According to Tagg, pets should get between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise per day. The Activity Tracker shows how long your dog is resting, lightly active, moderately active and highly active over the course of the day, and awards points for each category. Owners can also set a points goal for each day.
The Activity Tracker breaks down the data into three charts: a daily snapshot, arranged in a circle; a timeline showing when during the day your dog was active, and a bar chart showing for how many hours your dog was active. All three charts are very easy to read, and we like that you can also view activity on a 30- and 90-day timeline.
Tagg says the tracker's battery can last up to 30 days; we got a little over a week out of it before it needed a recharge. We like, though, that both the app and the site prominently display how much battery life remains.
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