Technology is making its way into the pet industry. There are dog nanny cams, activity trackers, and even smart doghouses. I love to try out all these new gadgets, and Lucy is happy to help since they usually involve an adventure! The latest gadget we’re trying out is the Pawscout Pet Tag. Billed as “The Smarter Pet Tag” it features a community pet finder feature, digital profile with medical record and a virtual leash.
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Smart Dog ID Tag Can Help Lost Dogs Get Found
Having a pet go missing isn’t something I would wish on anyone. Lucy has never run away, but I remember one time when my old girl Lola disappeared from the yard. She was nowhere to be found and I immediately panicked that she could have gotten hurt and that was why she didn’t come back when I called. Actually, a well-intentioned neighbor had taken her into their home and fed her. If you know labs then you know that Lola was more than happy to go along with that plan! And that’s why she couldn’t hear me or find her way back.
If the Pawscout tag had existed back then, it could have come in handy to help locate Lola. When your pet is wearing it and you have the app downloaded, you’ll get an alert whenever they come within 300 feet of another person with the app. Since I live in a very dog friendly area, there’s a chance that someone around here will have the app and it could have helped me locate her.
Smart Dog ID Tag Features a Virtual Leash
One of the coolest features about the Pawscout tag is the virtual leash. I have dreamt of a bluetooth device that would do something like this, so I’m pretty excited to try it out! When you’re at an off leash area, open up the app and you can activate the virtual leash. Once it’s on, the app will give you an alert if your dog wanders too far off. It worked well when I set up the virtual leash at home, but since my yard is so small I wanted to test it out in a wide open area. Lucy got the zoomies thanks to the fresh snow and it was the perfect chance for me to test it out!
Smart Dog ID Tag Tracks Your Walks
Although the Pawscout tag isn’t an activity tracker, it can still track where you go on your walks. You need to open up the app and turn the tracker on in order for it to work. Once it’s activated you’ll be able to see a map of where you went on your walk. I thought that was pretty cool.
In case you’re wondering where we walked… Lucy and I tested out the Pawscout tag around the Carnegie Mellon Campus. I thought it would be appropriate to use a smart dog tag at one of the smartest universities in the country!
Join the Pawscout Community
Are you interested in trying out the Pawscout Pet Tag? Head over to their website where you can order the tag and a custom engraved nameplate. I chose a watercolor background for our tag to coordinate with the watercolor look of Lucy’s collar.
Did you know that only around 2% of lost cats and 15-20% of lost dogs ever make it home safely, but the ASPCA and American Veterinary Medical Association report that regularly wearing ID tags can dramatically improve those odds. Just another reason to make sure your pet is wearing a tag with their name and your contact info!