Getting Fit with Tagg, Week Four

Tiki (and Irie) wore their Tagg units on our daytrip to the lake last week.

Last week in our Getting Fit with Tagg series, we asked what questions YOU had about Tagg…and we got some great questions!

How do you set the home area on the tracker?

It was fast and easy for me to set up our home area. You go to the Tagg website and enter your physical address (or the address where your dog will be). It will then locate you and give you a pre-set area. Since we live in the country, I decided to make our home zone a little larger; it was as easy as “pulling” the circle so that it included all our property. You can move around the circle that defines your zone, using your mouse to get it positioned over the right spot.

Can the unit work on other devices besides the iPhone?

Along with the iPhone app (which is what we use), there’s also an Android app. You can also receive text message via SMS, email, or with your phone’s mobile browser. You can also use your desk computer or laptop.

How much does the unit weigh? I have Boston Terriers, is this too big for them to carry around?

How heavy is the unit?

The unit that fits on your dog’s collar is weighs 1.16 ounces. It measures 1.49” x 3.18” x .77”. Here’s a photo of the unit that clips to your dog’s collar:

When Sissy is with me, do I need to take the tracker off her or can she wear it on walks and trips to my moms?

What do I do when I take my dog on a walk or to the dog park so that I don’t get alerts that she’s out of her territory?

You can leave the tracker on your dog’s collar; I never take ours off of Irie and Tiki. The center button that you see in the photo above can be pressed twice to put the tracker into “trip mode.” That will prevent an alert from being sent for 15 minutes; if you’re out longer, you can repeat. I don’t use the trip mode (because I always forget about it!) but I know to look for alerts when I leave the home zone.

My dogs already have their regular collars with tags, plus their invisible fence collars. Would this be too bulky to add? Also, I don’t have a smartphone. Can the information (whether gps tracking or all this cool fitness options you’ve been posting about) be accessed on a regular computer?

The tracker fits on their regular collar so you don’t need to add another collar. (I’ve never used an invisible fence collar so I’m not sure how much extra space that would take up.) You can access the GPS and the fitness info on your regular computer!

If you’d like the chance to win a Tagg unit for your dog, visit ur Tagg giveaway! Don’t forget: every week we add a new way to enter so, even if you’ve entered previously, we’ve got a new way for you to earn entries this week!


Disclosure: We received Tagg units for review and Tagg is providing a unit to the giveaway winner; all opinions are entirely our own.

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  • Danielle Murgia

    I would feel more comfortable taking her on trips because if she got away from me, I would be able to track her and get her back quickly.

  • Yes, I would feel more comfortable. I will always have some anxiety, as there is a higher chance something can happen! But I would feel less anxiety if I could track the dogs. One big bonus is that you cannot trust shelters – if a dog looks at them the wrong way, they could end up killing him or her without honoring the hold period – this tracker would help alleviate that work, and the worry they will simply get lost at some point (accidental leash drop or door dash, etc).

  • Quit asking questions and just get the collars! They saved both of my Plott Hounds when they got away chasing deer. If I had not had the collars that tracked them out to the middle of nowhere, I would have lost both the dogs. Worth every penny and then some.

  • Andria

    I definitely would feel more comfortable, I would have the peace of mind of knowing that if we were separated for any reason, I would be able to track their where abouts immediately right from my phone.

  • LyricInTime2803

    I would feel more comfortable, though we don’t travel often. But I would feel more comfortable letting them off leash on hikes. My dogs have good recalls, but even in “safe”, secluded areas, I’m always too nervous to let them off leash. This would ease my anxieties.

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    I would feel more comfortable traveling with this on my dogs. I think it would help.

  • I would feel more comfortable traveling with my dogs if they were Tagg’d. We camp and go to WV.

  • I would DEFINITELY feel more comfortable traveling with the Tagg on my beagle. After all, he’s a BEAGLE! He tends to get too far ahead while walking through the parks and I freak out when he’s out of sight. My beagle that I had as a kid escaped many times and we would always be in tears trying to find her because we lived near a busy main road and were always worried about what would happen if we couldn’t find her in a day! This would definitely give me peace of mind.

  • Yes I would feel a LOT better traveling with my dog if she had on a Tagg.

  • cathy henatyszen

    this is such an awesome product… had a few dogs stray before, not fun at all… my friend recently had his dog snatched, and it ended up in the pound… a system like this might have helped him lots

  • Sylvia Ortiz

    If I had the Tagg Tracker while traveling with my dog, I would feel somewhat at ease knowing that I would be able to track to help find him but the Tagg wouldn’t keep him from running away in the first place – which really scare me as I wouldn’t want him to get hit by a car or endanger himself.

  • Danielle E

    I would feel somewhat better. Wilson has been trained not to jump out of the car without an okay even if the door is open. But I do worry sometimes when we are at other people’s houses that someone will let him out by accident.