By their very nature dogs are quite territorial, but they are also very social animals, which means they are unlikely to stay in one place for long. In fact, five dogs go missing in the UK everyday.* If your dog does stray it can be a massive worry. So, what can you do to ensure your four-footed friend is a happy pet and isn’t going to roam too far away?
A common concern for dog owners is that your pet gets distracted and runs off when you are out and about in the park.
One of the best ways to put your mind at rest is to invest in a GPS pet tracker. These transmit your dog’s location via satellite direct to your smart phone. Regularly updated, they can give peace of mind. The major advantage of having a GPS based tracker is that you can keep track of the dog’s movement in a specified area.
It is also possible for you to create a safe zone. The device will alert you as soon as your dog strays out of the zone, so you have enough time to take the appropriate action to bring the dog back home.
Vodafone has an easy to use GPS tracker for pets called V-Pet. The ingenious little device works via a Kippy Vita App on your smartphone or tablet. The App also allows you to check your pet’s activity throughout the day when you have GPS and mobile network coverage.
The device costs £55 along with a monthly connection fee of just £4. For more information visit V by Vodafone shop.
Other things you can do to make sure your dog is safe:
- Make sure your dog is wearing a waterproof collar with all your contact details.
- Consider micro-chipping your pet. Your dog’s microchip is given a number, which will show up whenever your dog is scanned and is linked to your contact details. For more information visit Gov.uk – Get you dog microchipped.
- Photograph your dog and keep notes of any distinguishing features, so you can describe them easily if they go missing.