When first starting the adventure of adopting a Greyhound, you likely did a bunch of research. One thing that screams from many sources is “DO NOT LET YOUR GREYHOUND OFF THE LEASH!”
This, of course, makes sense. Being a sight hound they will likely want to chase things and unless you have super human speed, you may have a difficult time catching them. Many Greyhounds demonstrate selective hearing loss under normal circumstances and as such they won’t care too much when you call his or her name when focused in on a squirrel.
What to do if the unthinkable happens?
Besides panic, GPS may help save the day. Surely someone has miniaturized GPS technology and applied to finding lost dogs. And thus, someone has. Searches of the internet for a GPS tracking device revealed a few possibilities. After many results that applied to tracking hunting dogs I found Whistle.com, ordered the device and now have the pet tracker attached to my dog’s collar.
The tracker was easy to setup. Beyond tracking where-a-bouts, it also keep tabs on daily activity. All of this data is available on the Whistle website or the phone app. Not surprisingly, it became apparent just how “lazy” Greyhounds can be.
Laziness aside, the single largest benefit is the ability to track if he or she runs away. That, thankfully, is a feature I have not had to use.
The way it works is when your dog gets a predetermined distance from the “Home Zone” (which you can adjust) the phone app will alert you. You then have the option to immediately start tracking. The phone app will display the location of your dog giving you a real advantage toward finding him or her.
I have played around with this feature a bit, while still on a leash, and it so far has proven to be accurate.
Whistle recently came out with a new version. The upgrade includes a longer battery life, smaller “Home Zone” radius and (coming soon) ambient temperature monitor.
If you enjoy the wide 2 inch martingale collars you may not be able to easily attach it. A secondary collar may be required.
To learn more about the Whistle GPS tracker visit www.whistle.com.
Team Greyhound has a single device that will be used for testing. We will be using the GPS tracker on a select Greyhound in our foster program so that we may learn the scope of handling this technology on a large scale. The results will determine consideration for all foster dogs.