Keeping George the Coonhound Safe and Healthy with Whistle
Note: This review is for Whistle 2 GPS collar and the Whistle Activity Monitor. Whistle has since released the Whistle 3.
In 2012, I fell in love George after seeing his sad shelter photo. Since adopting him, keeping him safe has been my top priority. In December 2015, we found Whistle products that keep us updated on George's location and activity. His Whistle GPS tracker also lets us track his medications. After months of singing the praises of Whistle, I decided to become an ambassador for the products since we meet so many dog owners who seem highly interested and unknowing of its existence.
Why We Love Whistle
Georgie is the perfect dog for me, however, he is not trained to be off-leash in an open area. I learned early on that when I let him off-leash near the creek at Shirlington Dog Park that he would run away the moment he had the opportunity. Thankfully, I was able to catch him but since then, it is imperative that I keep him on leash at all times. That's why I'm so glad I found Whistle.
Whistle has two products. First, we bought an activity monitor, which tracks your dog's daily activity. Since I love my Fitbit, I loved the activity monitor. It's also only $79.95, which is cheaper than a Fitbit! The great thing about this option is you only pay once.
What I liked is that I can see when the dog walker comes during the day. He sleeps when no one is home so when I see that he is active, I know the dog walker has been there.
The activity monitor aspect of the Whistle can be tricky to follow. In the screenshot, it shows he was active for 12 minutes but if you look at the actual times, it says he was active from 3:17 PM to 3:40 PM, which is 23 minutes. This is important to know if you are using it to see their activity with the dogwalker.
The second thing I like about this is purely about its novelty. With the activity monitor, it will show who walked the dog. If you are walking the dog with another owner, it will even show both of you together as "playing" or "walking" the dog.
We ultimately ended up purchasing a Whistle GPS monitor, which tracks George's location and his activity. This one is also $79.95 and has a monthly fee but we did the two-year prepaid plan and it came to about $7/month. We thought this was well worth it.
For this device, the activity monitoring is not in real-time and uses the wifi signal at your home to update. So when I leave for work during the day, I won't see an update until he leaves the established Whistle "zone" that I created. Once the dogwalker comes, I receive an alert that he has left the zone and I can track his whereabouts.
Capabilities of Both Devices
The devices have free apps for iPhone and Android. You can add your friends' pets and cheer them on too!
You can track their medications, which is helpful for forgetful people (like myself) or co-owners with different schedules (like myself). Each day, we are reminded to give George his daily medication and whoever does it can indicate they did so on the app. This saves the constant back and forth of us trying to figure out if we gave him his daily meds. It's also useful for the monthly meds like heartworm preventative and for reminders to clean his floppy ears.
We also track his food intake, which is great when your dog is working on a weight-loss program. It helps us know who has fed Georgie, when and how much.
When we are out of town, our dogsitter will post photos so we see updates of how he's faring without us, which always puts our minds at ease.
They are also both waterproof. My dog doesn't swim but if yours does, it will track swimming as an activity as well.
If you end up buying a product based my referral, please email me and let me know. We'd love to be "friends" on the app!
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For $7/month, you can get 2 years of service on the GPS tracker Whistle 2. That's well worth it my opinion. The activity tracker requires no service plan.