GPS and Dogs

Anyone out there use Tagg, the pet tracker?  We aren’t in the market, but a friend is doing some research, as she has a digger.  No, if you’re not a terrier person, you probably don’t understand.  It’s not as simple as fortifying a fenced yard, not leaving the dog unattended, etc.  Most terriers were bred to “go to ground” and if you haven’t seen one in action… just take my word for it.  I’ve had labs and hounds that dig, but it’s just not the same.

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1-08 – The thankfully not-so dynamic duo

For instance, if Sissy and Mugsy had been alive together in their primes, we would have had to Tagg Sissy, plain and simple.  See, Gretchen Greer is a rare JRT, totally trust-worthy off-leash.  Even when her anxiety kicks in, she bolts UP her human’s body to the highest point, not out and away.  Still, because she’s so tiny, we never let her off-leash except in controlled environments.  Sis is another story.  Sadly, her father died an early death because his nose was to the ground and he was hit by a car.  Sissy is far too much like her father, and would follow a scent to her own death.  Add in serious food allergies and the glaucoma, and girlfriend gets no “second chances” to prove she’s a grown-up and can focus on the humans off-leash.

Anyway, if you’re a Tagg customer or use another doggy GPS tracker – and the contemporary ones, accessible via the web and/or smartphone, not to be confused with the ones hunters and field trial dog owners have used for eons – please weigh in so my blogless pal and I can research this matter to bits, as we both like to do…

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3 Responses to “GPS and Dogs”

  1. Katherine Says:

    I have not heard of Tagg before. Both Macy and Max are micro-chipped but if I had known about Tagg I would have considered that. I still might consider adding Tagg for Macy because she is a wanderer. If she gets off leash she will chase squirrel, cat, dog or chicken–whatever!! We once chased her on foot for five blocks until DH got smart and went back for the car. It’s not that she is trying to run away, she is just doing what a JRT usually does–hunt! Thanks for the info.

  2. HoundDogMom Says:

    We have not heard of that before but we could see how they could be very helpful. If the hounds get out they don’t go far, plus if one doesn’t get out and left behind they will bark and go crazy. Like they are telling on who just escaped. We have double locks on the gates because our bloodhound could open anything. I just think ours have it made so well at home they have no desire to leave. BOL Sniffs, The HoundDogs

  3. Jed & Abby in MerryLand, USA Says:

    Also had never heard of Tagg. Do know a thing or two about diggers, however, thanks to Abby. She is a digging queen. Always thought it was the beagle in her, until a niece-in-law with two boxers came into the family and we learned boxers also love to dig. Think we’ve mentioned our 6′ chain link fence is lined with concrete blocks held in place with steel re-bar. Except under the gate, which has buried steel bars holding down cement slabs. Both gates are, of course, padlocked. The dogs are, of course, microchipped. Also have a buried electric fence outside the chain link fence and used the collars which buzz and then give a mild shock for a couple of years, until Jed developed a raw spot from the collar rubbing on his neck.

    Still seems like yard fortification beats tagging, being as tagging won’t keep a dog from being hit by a car or snatched up by some serial killer if the dog gets out of the yard. Keeping the dog in has to be safer than being able to track an escapee.

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