The biggest challenge we face with our sled dog adoptions is making sure that the lucky four-legger doesn’t escape within the first few weeks from his/her new home. While all dogs are certainly able to “runaway” sled dogs specifically pose an extremely high flight risk. If a sled dog manages to escape they can travel FAR quickly, potentially putting themselves in dangerous situations!
Despite our safety lectures, thorough briefings and sending all of our adoptees home with a “houndini-proof” harness (Ruffwear Webmaster Harness) nearly 90% of our adoptees manage to escape from their new two-legged family. Since we (and our adopters) prefer to spend our nights in with our dogs (vs. out looking for them) we decided to look into additional tools to offer our adoptive families.
That being said, we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with TAGG and are really excited about their Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor. Unlike a microchip (which we also send our newly adopted dogs home with) that requires the dog to be picked up and scanned, the TAGG Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor clips onto Fido’s collar and updates you in real time as to where your dog is via your smart phone or email. Do you repel technology? Not to worry, this device is super easy to use and maintain. It is lightweight and attaches to most collar sizes. It is also water resistant so it can be used on short swims and more importantly …. in the snow! It comes equipped with a Li-Ion battery that can last up to 30 days on one charge (this varies and should be monitored closely) so you don’t have to worry about charging it daily like a cell phone. Another neat feature is it allows you to monitor your dogs activity … kind of like a doggy pedometer and unlike previous GPS pet trackers this device won’t break the bank. This cool (and potentially life saving) gadget cost just under $100 and requires a $8.00 monthly service fee after the first three months.
We feel so strongly about this as a tool for maintaining dog safety that all of our adoptive families moving forward will be sent home with this device for the first three months of adoption free of charge! We recently sent our first dog home with a TAGG Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor and have not yet been able to test the system to it’s fullest extent because he hasn’t run away or become loose … I guess we will have to track our two-legged staff instead!