Dog trackers are technology that allow you to see where your dog is via an in-phone app which connects to a tracking device on your dog’s collar. With a tracker fitted you shouldn’t have any concerns about losing your dog. However, there are many different types available and it can be difficult choosing the best one for your needs.
We asked six of our DogFriendly Members to trial a few of the trackers on the market and share their experiences with us. We found that the experiences were very different depending on the tracker, the dog, the area and the location of use. We haven’t reached any great conclusions on which tracker is best, if any. But certainly it’s interesting reading.
If you have a tracker we’d love to hear your feedback at our new dedicated tracker page. Here you can just score your tracker out of 5. www.dogfriendlybooks.com/ratetracker.
Our thanks to David Brant and Dazy, Karen Smith and Theo, Rachel West and Libby, Anthony Hagger and Finn, Tony Stockman and Ralph, Sue and Douglas Fowler and Zara for being involved in the trial.
1.THE MISHIKO TRACKER WITH DAZY
Breed: Beagle – Tri colour
Age: 3 years
Mobile Network: Virgin
Reviewer: David G Brant
Dazy is a friendly dog who loves any type of walk, but especially those where her doggy friends are present. She dislikes any water over 1” (after trying to jump a dyke as a puppy and only got half way).
“Overall this tracker didn’t achieve expectations. On a local walk it’s tracking detail was ok, but once out in more rural areas it tracking and mapping of a walk become extremely poor and unusable. While to note mobile signal strength was relatively strong. On occasion it would show Dazy some 3 miles away when she was 50 yards from me. And failed to track whole of walks often showing a straight line between top and start.
There were a number of overall issues relating to battery charging which couldn’t be done on collar and any slight movement while charge would prevent it charging and start syncing to the phone. The support for the Mishiko was only available via an App and took up to 5 days for a response. Geo-fence (creating an alarm perimeter) faired no better and once created it remained static and could not be changed. Causing numerous alarms to go off once a new walk was progressing.
Sorry Mishiko not impressed. 1 star“
READ MORE FOR SIX DIFFERENT TRACKER REVIEWS
By definition, an island should be a land form surrounded by water. The Isle of Purbeck in South East Dorset is not entirely cut off from the rest of Dorset but it does have a number of characteristics which set it apart from the rest of the county.
The location of ‘The Lookout’ is incomparable. A very steep and winding road takes you from Corfe Castle to the village of Kingston. The cottage is three quarters of a mile further on towards Worth Matravers, on the escarpment with outstanding views in every direction. A well maintained path could take you in one direction back down the valley to Corfe Castle or follow the path adjacent to the cottage to Chapman’s Pool to pick up the Coast Path.
The cottage is a perfect dog-friendly escape for two people. The best features of the cottage are its lounge area with comfy soft furnishings and a fire for cold months and the enclosed garden with garden furniture for outdoor dining in the summer and a well-placed stone bench for admiring the setting sun over the hills in early autumn.
We stayed at Weybourne Hall Park in Norfolk in a pet friendly bungalow,it was a wonderful experience,the pub shop and beach all within walking distance.I would highly recommend.
We (two adults and two dogs) stayed at Annie's Cottage organised by Sykes Cottages just outside Bodmin, Cornwall. The great thing was the enclosed garden and tiled flooring in the downstairs of the property, there was also a safe enclosed paddock area for the dogs to roam freely. We could only visit dog-friendly places during our holiday and these included Healey's Cyder Farm, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, The Courtroom Experience, Bodmin Jail, Jamaica Inn, The Witchcraft Museum in Boscastle and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. All of these attractions were very dog-friendly and it was lovely to see my dog's curiosity with the different animals she saw at these places and how well behaved she and all the other dogs were.
We (2 people, 3 dalmatians and 1 IRWS) recently rented a holiday cottage through 'East Ruston Cottages', based in Norfolk. The accommodation was lovely, the enclosed garden was dog-safe, and there were plenty of dog-friendly pubs and cafes nearby. The beaches were fantastic for the dogs to run off lead and we all had a great holiday.
The cottage (Badger's Retreat) was clean, warm, comfortable and homely; there were fresh flowers and home-made cake, along with eggs and milk, to welcome us, and treats for the dogs. Throws were provided for the furniture (although we'd brought our own) and as well as TV and free WiFi there was a good selection of books, games and DVDs for wet-day entertainment. Very highly recommended!
We had a truly spectacular holiday touring Scotland with our lovely dog, Barney, in September. We stayed in a fabulous dog friendly holiday cottage, Caol Ithe at Fionnphort on the west side of Mull, for a week and explored the whole island. A scenic ferry crossing from Oban, which allowed dogs inside and out and provides dog water bowls. The highlight was our amazing boat tour with Staffa Trips to Staffa Island, also very dog friendly, we saw a pod of dolphins and had an hour to explore this beautiful unspoilt island with hexagonal pillars and the famous Fingals Cave. The ferry to Iona was also dog friendly and the walks and beaches are stunning. We found pubs that allowed dogs and everyone was friendly. Mull is a walkers and scenery lovers paradise with waterfalls, lochs, sandy beaches, mountains, castles and wildlife, and wall to wall scenery, a perfect dog friendly holiday.
Finding dog friendly accommodation that accepts more than two dogs can be a challenge. As a three-dog family (two whippets Misty and Sparky and a blind lurcher, Scout) we do struggle but in July 2018 we spent a glorious week in a 17th Century stone cottage in North Wales. Y Bwthyn is nestled amongst the hills of Cwm Bach Valley near Harlech and forms part of a working farm. For that reason, dgogs must be on a lead and under control at all times. The cottage was everything we could have hoped for and more. As you enter the property there is a useful ultility room, ideal for storing muddy boots and all manner of dog paraphernalia . A stable-type door leads into a spacious kitchen where we were welcomed by the sight of a huge Victoria sponge cake and a dozen fresh farm eggs. Bottled water was also left for us in case we did not want to drink from the tap as the water for the cottage was filtered from a spring and could sometimes be a little discoloured, something that didnt bother us at all. Stairs led off from a comfortable lounge area, with a log burner to two well proportioned bedrooms and a large bathroom.
Hi everyone, I am Biggles! I am a proud and noble Border Terrier and my hoomum and dad took me to Whatley Manor near Malmesbury as is befitting my status. Coincidentally, it was Her birthday too! The garden was massive! He said they were called Grounds and they even had a river running through and I was allowed in all them gardens sans lead! As long as They picked up my poo ( well they are my staff after all). We had a big bedroom and it even had a little courtyard I could pootle about in to do my important sniffing and peemails. I had a nice new bed to sleep in, some bowls and a mat and my very own bottle of special water - nothing is too good for me. I was given new treats and food and even a toy which I could take home with me! They had torches and poo bags too for walkies. But the bestest bit was when They went to dinner - the nice ladies on reception said I could sit with them in reception and help them answer the phone and stuff, so I wouldn't be lonely. Everybody said hello to me and they called me Mr. Biggles. They even took me for a walk as They were taking so long to have their dinner. When I finished my walk, the nice ladies took me to the bar where They were having coffee and drinkies and I was given a biscuit - to be honest I was given biscuits all night (don't tell Them). I loved this place so much I have insisted on going again at Christmas time. Coincidentally, it's His birthday on the 21st December. I might try the Spa next time - it looked very posh...
Last Saturday we went to Bakewell with Dobby. We have always loved the place but it's been at least a decade since we had a dog with us.
Anyway we found a lovely cafe. Great food for us, the afternoon tea was amazing, and Dobby was made welcome, even being some doggy treats on his own special dog shaped plate.
We highly recommend Toscas tea gallery and so does Dobby
Excellent meals both bar and restaurant. Really beautiful location. Friendly staff. Famous for their selection of home-made beers and lagers. (Micro-brewery on site.) Small village setting. Plenty of space for safe walking of dogs. Live music. Comfortable rooms, especially No 8. All dogs welcome, including some bedrooms. Perfect place to chill out. Early booking very essential. Perfect for getting away, surrounded by mountain scenery.