SMALL DOGS ON THE RUNMarly is an escape artist who sees the open front door of their house as the perfect invitation to go exploring. Even though Marly wears a small dog collar with an ID tag, when she sprints out the door, catching her is challenging. Her owner, Geena, worries that the next time Marly runs off, she will not be able to reach her dog before something bad happens or Marly simply goes missing.
CALLING ALL SMALL DOGS
Trackers for larger dogs have been available for a few years, but small dogs and cats remain underserved. The chips are finally small enough to enable development of smart collar technology for smaller animals. Companies developing tracking for small dogs include Scollar, Fi, Findster, Tractive, and Whistle.
WHAT IS A SMART COLLAR?
A smart collar, like a human wearable, helps a pet owner take care of their dog or cat. A smart collar tracks a lost pet and records where they have gone over the course of time. This helps locate the dog when they run off in the future. A smart collar monitors a pet's vital signs, sending alerts to the pet parent's smart phone when alarming changes in activities or temperatures occur.