Is a GPS Dog Tracking System Right For You and your Pet?
Now the following might sound silly, but it is worth your consideration. You take your dog on the usual strolls day after day and he takes great pleasure in the process of sniffing and nudging every wonderful smell that she comes upon, such as that irresistible mailbox post in front of the Wilson’s house. It is well know that this activity is highly enjoyable to canines and many trainers encourage a walk as a reward for good behavior and taking it away (to some degree) when Fido’s behavior is not up to snuff.
What I am getting to is all those other tantalizing smells - off the beaten path, down those mysterious, forbidden driveways and yards that the blasted collar and leash preclude her from investigating. If and when the dog gets loose and is totally AWOL, it is a safe bet that she is going to head off into unchartered territory toward the nastiest, smelliest stuff out there. This means that your dog will likely be in a neighbor’s yard or some fenced off territory with no perceivable human access other than climbing a perilous fence (I’m thinking of the junkyard scene in the movie Stand By Me when the dog Jaws is suddenly chasing a terrified boy in the attempt to viciously bite his family jewels.)
If it’s a neighbor yard, near or far, that your GPS-equipped dog is roaming through, you must ask yourself if you’ll be willing to cross into private property or alert that household about the extraction mission you’re about to attempt. For the folks who would be unwilling to do that, having a GPS collar on your dog would not be worth the investment.
Furthermore, if that little bugger is brazen enough to disregard all the food and care you have given them and take to the open road; well then, perhaps that mongrel is on his own in making it back home. Some dogs just have to taste freedom every now and again, whether it is predatory instincts, some unknown trigger that spooked him, or just a simple case of hormones. In addition, we should consider that dogs wandered safely far and near unharmed and unshackled for centuries before the trend of taking their freedom away became almost universal.