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DOG TRACKER.
I would like a GPS tracker for my dog as he's not really approachable by strangers so whilst I will as a friend recommended put our tel no on his collar large with a marker a tracker would be ideal. He loves to run after me on the bike if I go down the little quiet lanes in the orchards.....just once so far, but ignored other dogs yakking at him so good start....... but tends to get distracted....he doesn't know all those new areas yet so if he gets lost that may be it.
I see Lazada sells them.....anywhere from 200baht to several thousand.
I looked up a cheap one which said GPS but it seems to have a range of 75m so something wrong there.
I looked at this more expensive one for example
.......which may be fine but it speaks of a polymer battery with
Battery life: 70 (h)
.....obviously not enough is there a disconnect here?
.....and are the batteries regular changeable ones?
Waterproof is obviously important as he will wear all the time. It says
Waterproof function: IP65
Is that a standard maybe?
 
Kinda urgent
Would be most grateful for anyone with personal experience with trackers. Maybe worth paying a bit more at a pet shop......do they sell them? (Chiangmai)

 

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Wow not so many folks use them eh?


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I think most people on the forum probably keep their dogs either locked behind a fence or on a leash - especially if the dog is 'not approachable by strangers'. 

As a result, yes, not many folk use them. 

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I bought one with a SIM card in the past (Beagle)

 

It was quite expansive (but I forgot the price) I had always problems with it. SIM card suddenly no money on it, battery drained, always something.

 

I bought it before we had the fence around our garden. We had two brothers who always stayed away for 5-6 days. It was amazing to see what they did. They walked around 60km a day!! Used our house as center point, without coming home. When they where at around 60 meters from our house they turned around and walked away again. The maximum distance from our house was around 2km. During their trips they had on average a two hour rest, mostly at night, mostly at the same place. The other 22 hours they where moving constant, on a quite low speed. Hardly never running.

 

By the way, all trackers have a log function. To use the log function you must have the tracker physical in your hands (must be connected to a computer)  There are trackers and loggers.

 

Loggers you can not request the location from the dog, but they have a very long battery life time and are waterproof. Trackers are more suitable to locate your dog (or bicycle) but four years back I did not found them really reliable. Maybe now they are better.

 

Arjen.

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2 hours ago, wildewillie89 said:

I think most people on the forum probably keep their dogs either locked behind a fence or on a leash - especially if the dog is 'not approachable by strangers'. 

As a result, yes, not many folk use them. 

I take your point and would normally agree.

However This is a good hearted dog I took in.

He has behavioural problems almost certainly caused by harsh treatment but would never go for someone just walking around not approaching him close and aggressively......or a dog outside......or a chicken or a cat.

I have spent 60k baht to save this dog's life by boarding him and trying very hard to find an owner with a walled garden.....an owner who he would love before long. I considered putting him down but didn't have the heart.

In the end I have had to take him in myself.

We have now built 90% of a wall where we are putting a small house and made the open bit fenced.. 

Putting a sliding gate up is now a priority.....which we would normally do last if at all.

All because of the dog and trying to do the right thing.

In the meantime my judgement is these bike rides on very quiet narrow country lanes would be enjoyable and safe and get him good and tired which is always good for behaviour and training.

But I need a tracker just in case.

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3 hours ago, Arjen said:

I bought one with a SIM card in the past (Beagle)

 

It was quite expansive (but I forgot the price) I had always problems with it. SIM card suddenly no money on it, battery drained, always something.

 

I bought it before we had the fence around our garden. We had two brothers who always stayed away for 5-6 days. It was amazing to see what they did. They walked around 60km a day!! Used our house as center point, without coming home. When they where at around 60 meters from our house they turned around and walked away again. The maximum distance from our house was around 2km. During their trips they had on average a two hour rest, mostly at night, mostly at the same place. The other 22 hours they where moving constant, on a quite low speed. Hardly never running.

 

By the way, all trackers have a log function. To use the log function you must have the tracker physical in your hands (must be connected to a computer)  There are trackers and loggers.

 

Loggers you can not request the location from the dog, but they have a very long battery life time and are waterproof. Trackers are more suitable to locate your dog (or bicycle) but four years back I did not found them really reliable. Maybe now they are better.

 

Arjen.

An interesting story!

 

Good to know problems are possible  about SIM etc, but I think the fact there are so many on the market means some must do the job well......a matter of gathering information maybe a positive post will come and give details.

From what u say it looks like if the SIM is just receiving it uses very little battery but if tracking and sending .....which we need..... uses a fair bit.

Do you remember the battery life for tracking?

 

Rechargeable or not?

 

Did it keep the rain out?

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Battery is rechargeable,

 

Usually it works as a logger. Only when you want to know where the dog is you will use the SIM card. You can set with nearly all trackers a kind of "fence" when the dog passes this fence the tracker will contact you by the SIM. Although I was feeling I hardly used the SIM, the money disapeared quite fast, and then the thing is useless. At your telephone you will receive a warining when you near the end of your balance. I guess the tracker receives this info also, but there is not a way it sends that message to you. It will send a message when the battery is nearly drained, when it will be powered of, or when it does not have GPS reception.

When I remember well the battery lifetime was around three or four days. While was stated a week.  

 

Good luck! 

 

Arjen.

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Sorry I failed to acknowledge Arjen...

One question....
Can you change it to a tracker remotely or u have to turn the tracker on by hand.

Thanks


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Default setting is tracking. (So use the SIM card) I do not remember anymore if you can switch this even off. But when there is no money on the SIM it will only log. And when the battery is drained it will (understandable) do nothing.

 

Pff... I do not know why a previous post from transam is quoted. The text I can remove, but not the field with the quote. Sorry for this Mr. transam. (Writing on my telephone now....)

Arjen.

On 6/12/2018 at 9:36 AM, transam said:
5 hours ago, cheeryble said:

Sorry I failed to acknowledge Arjen...

One question....
Can you change it to a tracker remotely or u have to turn the tracker on by hand.

Thanks


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Default setting is tracking. (So use the SIM card) I do not remember anymore if you can switch this even off. But when there is no money on the SIM it will only log. And when the battery is drained it will (understandable) do nothing.
 
Pff... I do not know why a previous post from transam is quoted. The text I can remove, but not the field with the quote. Sorry for this Mr. transam. (Writing on my telephone now....)
Arjen.
 


I’m going to bump this as not only myself but others are very interested in a tracker but although Arjen gave a good explanation as yet we still don’t have a recommended one.

I’m also wondering if the tracker can be left on "tickover" and have long battery life but the GPS/SIM be switched on remotely

Right this minute I’m apprehensive about cycling out with the dog in case he wanders off.


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