I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review the Whistle GPS Pet Tracker because I own Vizslas and am active in the dog community. The Whistle is an on-collar, waterproof, GPS tracking device that syncs with your smart phone to update you on your pet’s location and their activity level.
I had been looking for a more-affordable GPS pet tracker for some time. Truth be told, I had my eye on a Garmin Alpha for use in American Kennel Club Field Trial and Hunt Tests. However, Garmin trackers cost up to $700 each and this price tag has not been in my budget. Also, to be fair, the Whistle is not a replacement for a Garmin GPS sport dog tracker, however, it IS an affordable alternative for monitoring the activity, health, and safety of your pet.
$99.95 now $49.99, Whistle comes with a tracker device, a collar attachment, a base station and a power adapter. Whistle uses cellular and GPS technology to track your dog’s location anywhere in the U.S. You will be required to select a service plan at activation. Service plans are affordable and range from $6.95-$9.95 per month:
- $9.95/month – billed monthly
- $7.95/month – billed annually
- $6.95/month- billed biennially
Right out of the box, I was concerned about the durability of the product. The Whistle comes with a rubber attachment which I thought to be too flimsy and delicate to stay on a collar during a trail run with my Vizslas. Whistle proved me wrong. Not only did the rubber attachments keep the waterproof trackers on my pet’s collars, I found them to be durable and able to withstand the constant wear and tear, never once falling off or detaching from the collars.
Whistle is a live GPS tracker that provides location alerts for your pets via your phone. It was easy to set up the device with the phone app. I was able to set on-demand alerts when my pet left their “home zone.” I tested this feature with both of my dogs, unfortunately, the location alert notifications were not accurate with both dogs. I received notifications for 1 pet, but not the other. Worse there was a delay in the alert notifications – which could prove catastrophic if the pet was actually lost.
Whistle allows the ability to set alerts for your pet’s activity level. You can set up medical alerts, share results, and create a community with other Whistle pets plus you are able to again track these features through your smart phone. During my testing of Whistle, I don’t believe the activity tracking to be all that accurate, especially when I compared activities to data from my Fitbit One and Garmin 910XT. These software kinks still need to be worked out by Whistle.
In my 6-week test period, I had to contact Whistle customer service for a replacement tracker. My tracker was not charging properly, losing a charge as soon as it came off the base unit. Whistle customer service was excellent – providing tech support, problem solving and following up with me on my replacement Whistle. This level of support went a long way in my support for a product that still has kinks in it’ activity tracking and alert notifications.
The bottom line, Whistle is a glorified Fitbit-like device for your pet, but this is what I love about it. I think Whistle has potential. I think it’s a great GPS tracker for the average pet owner to monitor the location of their pet and their activity level (when it’s working correctly). I believe in the product enough to continue to use Whistle for my dogs for everyday use. Yes, when in the field I would use a Garmin, but until then the Whistle will suit my needs just fine.
This post was sponsored by Whistle, however all opinions are my own.