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Trax Review – The Best GPS Tracker for Dogs

13 Jan Posted by in Product Review | 9 comments

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

About a month ago my new friends over at Trax sent me one of their GPS Trackers to test out. Now if you’ve been reading my blog for quite some time, then you might know that I’ve had my eye on GPS Trackers for quite some time.

Paired with the free Trax app (available for apple and android users) using the Trax Tracker can help you keep a watchful eye on your pets and other loved ones.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

My mom never quite pulled the trigger on getting me one because she hadn’t found just the right one – that is until Trax popped onto the market. Trax has a whole slew of features that make it stand out above the others that are available.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

Trax comes with all the items you see here, which includes a handy case to attach to clothing and one to attach to your dog’s collar depending on how you plan to use it.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

The usb cord charger plugs into a slot on the tracker and can be charged by plugging into any usb port you might have (computer, car charger that has a usb converter, etc).

Trax is water resistant, shockproof, stain resistant, and functions in weather -10 °C to +40 °C – but you can help protect it further from the elements by placing a piece of tape over the usb port to help keep out water.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

Since I am a dog, I opted to slip mine into the dog collar silicone case, which then easily slides onto any dog collar. One of the things I like about Trax (above a lot of other trackers out there) is the size (approximately 2.2in x 1.5in x 0.4in), it’s one of the smallest on the market – which makes it perfect for even small dogs like me to wear.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

Once turned on the Trax Tracker takes a few seconds to locate satellites in your area – especially the first time you start it up. The company does note that it’s quicker to locate them in a more rural setting then in a city setting (because of the tall buildings). For me it took no time at all to connect since I tested it out on the farm for the first time.

You can also share your Trax Tracker between multiple smart phones, so both mom and dad can be tracking me at all times.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

One of the features my mom loved about Trax is the ability to set up Geofences. A Geofence is essentially a virtual safe zone for your dog. With Trax you can set up as many geofences as you like (while many of their competitors only offer the option for 1), and they can be any size and even any shape (doesn’t have to be a square or a circle even). With geofences enabled you can receive a text alert on your smart phone whenever your pet enters or exits those areas. You can even set up a schedule for when you want the geofences to be active (for example during the hours you are at work monday through friday).

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

Trax location updates depend on how fast the tracker is moving and they can be as frequent as every 3 second.

Trax is also working on adding proximity geofences where you can surround yourself with a dynamic digital fence that moves when you do. This would be great for when you walk your dog off leash as you’ll get a notification when he strays too far.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

While tracking your dog you can open up the Trax app at anytime to get an idea of where your pet is. In fact one day while I was testing out Trax on the farm my mom heard me faintly barking in the distance. She popped open the Trax app and quickly located me near one of the horses’ pastures. She used the app to track me and found me lying on the ground with my legs caught inside of one of my jackets (the perils of short legs!). We had quite a good laugh after mom set me free, but I can tell you I was super thankful for Trax after that!

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

While I’ve always had free reign of the 20 acre farm, Trax has been great for my freedom – because now my mom doesn’t have to worry about where I am or what I’m getting into, because my location is always right at her fingertips.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

Now while I always liked to keep my whereabouts on the farm a bit elusive – things are a little different now because with the Trax history view my mom can view my travels at any certain time throughout the day. My groundhog hunting trails are no longer a secret, drat.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

Another neat feature in the Trax app is augmented reality view (AR), with this feature enabled you can use your smartphone’s built-in camera to locate and show the distance to your tracker. It will appear in the image on your phone once it’s pointed in the right direction of your tracker.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

My mom also found a special use for the Trax Tracker when I’m out running errands with her. Trax has the ability to set up speed alerts. So if your dog were to start traveling over the speed limit you set, you would be notified via text alert on your phone. Mom tested out this feature while I was sitting outside in the parking lot during a quick errand – but not to worry, no one tried to kidnap me – and if they ever did my mom would HUNT THEM DOWN.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

But it is nice to know I’m a little safer with speed alerts set up on my Trax Tracker. Although my mom did want to note it would be helpful if the text alerts displayed in miles instead of km.

Trax Review - A GPS Tracker for Dogs // Ammo the Dachshund

When you purchase Trax, two years of data and service are included, therefore during these first two years there will be no monthly fee! After these two years, you will have the option to continue your usage on a monthly basis for a fee of $5.00 or 3.95 EUR per month. Compared to the other comprable GPS Trackers I investigated, Trax is able to offer the most affordable monthly rates out of any of them.

Battery life is also important when you are looking into GPS Trackers for your dog, and Trax comes with a rechargeable battery lasting 1 day depending on how active your child/dog is. Trax is constantly enhancing those figures in every firmware update. My battery has been lasting up to about 2 weeks when I use it 3 -5 times a week for about 3-4 hours at a time.

Now while I can’t say I’ve personally tried any of the other trackers on the market, I can say that I’m not sure how I’ll ever go back to not having one. I feel like I’ve entered the future! I highly recommend checking out the Trax GPS Tracker for your dog, you can fetch one for $249 from Trax. Ammo the Dachshund

Disclaimer: I received a Trax GPS Tracker in exchange for a review, but all opinions are entirely my own!

P.S. Don’t forget today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a Sleepypod Clickit Sport Harness & Yummy bowl! 

  1. Jane D01-13-15

    Ammo, I am glad that Mom can keep better track of you now when out on the farm. I didn’t like reading about you getting your short legs hung up though. But glad you could laugh about it later and more glad that you were found quickly!

    • Ammo01-14-15

      It definitely helps my mom feel a little better about letting me off on my adventures at the farm. And don’t worry, my little incident with my coat malfunction was much more comical than it was “scary”. I was in no real danger 🙂

  2. Isa01-14-15

    wowza! where did you get that handsome green sweater which ZIPS instead of having velcro? arg…velcro…arg!

    • Ammo01-14-15

      This one is from my friends at Ruffwear. It’s super super warm and cozy, but I did have to have my mom make a few modifications and sew some pleats into the front (on account of my short legs that kept getting caught inside the jacket)

      • Isa01-14-15

        thanks so much, Ammo! gonna try and talk my mommy into getting me one! want to look as good as you!

  3. Sigge The Cat06-22-16

    Hi Ammo, I’m Sigge (a Siberian cat that lives in Sweden) and my mom just got me this Trax Play (new version) of gps-tracker for me, I was on the loose last summer so she is kind of worried that I will get lost again. Looks great, not to heavy for me to run around with chasing birds and mouses in my hoods. I’m ok with it! But my mum says she is quite disapointed about the battery life. Since my mums mother in law will watch me when my mum goes on holiday they will be not so handy need to charge the gps all the time, only after 1 day (or less actually, only 7-8 hours). You know, I might sneak out on my own when it’s on charge and get lost again. Not good! Do you have any solution about that, what do your mum think about the battery life of Trax? /best regards from Sigge

    • Ammo06-22-16

      I actually don’t wear my tracker 24/7, but usually in 3/4 hour increments a couple times a week when I’m on the farm. My tracker usually lasts about a week and a half on one charge with this. I’ve also found helpful that I actually have 2 trackers. So when one is charging I have another one ready to go. You might want to contact Trax support to see if they have suggestions on ways to extend the battery life maybe? Best of luck

  4. Debbie betzel02-18-18

    Can these be used and brought in Australia

    • Ammo03-10-18

      You’d have to check with the company that makes them as I’m not sure.

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