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Whistle GPS Pet Tracker
- Find lost pets quickly - Whistle GPS notifies you if your pet ever roams from their Whistle zone, a customizable safe area you designate for your home or office, and allows you to track their location directly from your smartphone.
- Nationwide coverage - Whistle uses cellular and GPS technology to track your dog's location anywhere you get cell service in the U.S.
- On-demand alerts - receive notifications via app and text alerts when your pet gets out
- Keep them healthy - Track your dog's activity and rest for key insights about their behavior and health.
- Durable + Waterproof - designed to go anywhere with your pet.
- Whistle GPS is recommended for pets 15 lbs and above
- Whistle GPS Pet Tracker attaches to any collar or harness up to 1'' wide.
- Whistle GPS Pet Tracker requires a service plan for cellular connection, as low as $6.95/mo to be selected at activation
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Never Lose Your Pet Again
Whistle GPS is the most popular selling GPS Pet tracker. Not to be confused with the common microchip, Whistle uses advanced GPS location tracking and the nation’s largest wireless network to help you find your pet wherever they go. Whistle allows you to define a Whistle Zone, a designated safe zone around your home or office and receive on-demand texts or push notifications when your pet leaves that zone.
Live GPS Tracking
Currently, 1 in 3 pets will become lost in their lifetime. Whistle uses advanced GPS technology to pinpoint your pet’s location using the most reliable cellular network in the U.S.
Track Multiple Pets
No matter the size of your pack, Whistle is here for you. Monitor the location of multiple pets with only one base station per home.
Monitor Health Trends
Make sure they’re getting the right amount of activity for their breed and age, and share valuable summaries with your vet.
Receive notifications through the Whistle app or via SMS text message when your pet leaves your Whistle zone and when they return.
Whistle GPS Pet Tracker notifies you if your pet ever roams from their Whistle zone, a customizable safe area you designate for your home or office, and allows you to pinpoint and track their location directly from your smartphone.
Track and find your pet anywhere
Pinpoint your pet’s location and begin a tracking session to find them using the map in the Whistle app. Switch to satellite view or use the standard map settings to easily locate your pet and bring them home safely.
Play an active role in their health
Set a custom daily goal for your pet in minutes and begin tracking your pet’s progress. Track your pet’s long-term trends to see if there are any behavior changes that may require a closer look at their routine.
Keep your pet healthy and safe
The Whistle GPS Pet Tracker comes with a long lasting Li-Ion battery which has a battery life that lasts up to 10 days. The tracker communicates with a docking station using shortwave radio frequency and will stay in power-saving mode when the device is nearby. This allows the Whistle GPS Tracker to optimize battery life when the pet is near the Whistle Zone, a customizable safe area you designate for your home or office. Created to keep up on any adventure, Whistle GPS Pet Tracker is durable, waterproof (IP67) and ready to go wherever your pet goes.
What’s in the box?
- 1 Whistle GPS Tracker
- 1 Charging base station
- 1 Collar attachment
- 1 Power adapter and cable
- 1 Quick start guide
- *Whistle GPS Pet Tracker requires a service plan
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The WORST part, however, is that the main utility for which I bought and continue to pay for no longer works at all. It no longer gives ma a location of my dog that is anywhere close to where he is. I test it when I am walking him and its off by as much as a half mile. To me, this is even worse than having no tracker at all, because in a lost dog situation, it would send me away from where he actually might be. I have contacted customer support (35 minute wait) and they send me instructions to reboot the device and base station, which didn't work. I am done with this product now. I assume that another company will soon come in and fill the void left by TAGG. Thanks for wasting my money and time WHISTLE.
Katie here from Whistle. I'm really sorry to hear about your frustrations with your Tagg device, which now operates on the Whistle app and platform. When we first launched Whistle GPS Pet Tracker in the beginning of October, there were bugs we quickly learned about within the app (not the trackers themselves). Because we also migrated all Tagg customers onto our platform at this time, this most likely impacted your experience overall. We're sorry about that.
I would love to learn if your still experiencing issues with your tracker. We rolled out updated iOS and Android apps last week, which has helped improve the experience and fix issues customers were experiencing in the first few weeks after the rollout. We are also working on rolling out notification preferences this month, which should allow you to prioritize the notifications that are most important to you.
We would still like the chance to keep your pet safe and provide you with a much better experience, so please let us know if you're still having issues. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how your experience is today and to let us know if there is anything we can do to make it better. Thank you!
I'm really sorry to hear about your recent frustrations with Whistle. From what it sounds like, you are still using a Tagg device which shouldn't be impacting your experience from before. When we first launched Whistle GPS Pet Tracker about a month ago, there were a few bugs in the app (not the trackers themselves) that we learned about from our customers, which may have impacted your experience and I do apologize for that.
As you probably know, we released an updated iOS and Android app last week which has helped improve issues around alerts. With that said, I would like to know if your still experiencing issues or if it has improved since you first reviewed. Please email me at email@example.com to let us know how your experience is today and if there is anything else we can do to make it better. Thanks Ryan.
Update: Months have gone by, and this thing has still been nothing but trouble. It has behaved worse and worse, and despite having been replaced under warranty by a new unit, it still misbehaves. Here is just a brief list of misbehavior:
- Don't get any notifications about being removed or placed on the base or collar
- Get notifications that my pet is back near the tracker while we are away from home!! This is terrible
- Do not get battery level notifications
- App says the unit is off when it is not
- Get random notifications that the collar has turned off, even when it is charging on the base
- Get random notifications that the collar has turned off when the battery is not low
There are more, but this should give you an idea.
My name is Mary and I am reaching out to you from our Customer Experience Center. We'd love to discuss any concerns you may have in regards to your device. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information so we can address your concerns as your pet's safety is very important to us and we would like to be sure our device and services work properly for you.
My name is Kevin and I run the customer experience team with Whistle. It sounds like there is an issue with your setup. It sounds like your Whistle Zone could be too big for your home area, which is the reason why you're getting the message that your dog is within the zone. Can you please reach out to my dedicated Amazon team at email@example.com to ensure we get you set up correctly?
When Whistle bought our TAGG, I was optimistic that there would be improvements on to the activity reporting since that had been the Whistle specialty versus GPS tracking for TAGG. Maybe, some more innovative ways to review and compare the granular data such as tracking the different activity levels in the TAGG point score over time.
Today, less than a week after the big software “improvement” rollout, I have a GPS tracking system and a completely worthless activity monitor that Whistle keeps claiming is the greatest and best. Let me explain how worthless the activity monitor really is. I have two purebred registered Siberian Huskies age 5 and 3.5. As purebreds they have the same gait and head movement patterns. Since the new Whistle software rollout, I tethered them together with a 13” mushing neckline spacer and meticulously tracked the reported Whistle activity variances. Given the breed characteristics and tethering, both dogs should record statistically identical activity. Over 5 different days with 8 separate walks ranging from 2.5 miles to 3 miles, I timed and measured the walks with my personal fitness tracker and compared the results reported by Whistle for each dog. We walked 26.2 miles over 386 actual minutes under an average pace of 4.07 miles per hour (a very fast walk, just under a jogging pace).
Whistle reported an average variance between my two dogs (the younger dog, Kiefer as a percent of the activity minutes for the older dog, Penny) of 88.76%. The range was 66.18% to 123.5% with the closest walk being 91.04% variance. Remember same breed, walking no more than 13” apart, BIG difference in Whistle recording.
Of the 386 actual minutes on these 8 walks, Whistle managed to only report 249 minutes (64.51%) of for Penny and 221 minutes (57.25%) for Kiefer. Please remember these are true power walks at an average pace of over 4 mile per hour. These are well-trained Siberian Huskies that proudly consider walking as their “job.” They heel, never putting a paw beyond my stride and with their noses never behind my waist. There is no leash wander. No stopping to smell or rest. We just maintain a constant quick pace. This is the perfect walking style to test the activity monitor performance and reveal how truly inconsistent and inadequate it really is.
We have a full acre hillside lot. The entire lot is contained by an invisible fence. Whenever I call the Huskies (probably 5 or six times a day) they come running full speed (at least 50 yards from the front yard to 100+ yards from the back wooded hillside). None of these sprints show up on the Whistle activity goal minutes. During the day our Huskies are outside in the acre yard at least 8 hours per day. They explore, chase squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and deer. They dig holes. They wrestle. They frequently run back and forth from the back woods to watch garbage trucks, lawn care crews and other dogs walking by on the sidewalk. Only a few of these frequent activity bursts show up in the activity goals calculation.
My dogs have been engaged in vigorous walking for over 77 minutes per day. Their average recorded Whisper activity during these walks is only 47 minutes. Whisper claims that “similar” dogs average 62 minutes. I am curious to know what is “similar”? Under the Whisper formula I would have to walk my dogs at my current 4 mile per hour pace for 102 minutes per day to be just “average.” There is no possible way that any average dog in the Whistle system is being run almost 7 miles per day.
It appears from my analysis of the data that the calculated activity must meet the following criteria: (1) Movement at more than 4 miles per hour: and (2) Lasting for at least 4 continuous minutes. This is ridiculous! The activity monitoring is a joke. TAGG had the GPS / activity monitor combination nailed. Whistle completely blew it! My Huskies and I are very sad to see a good product go down to the easy venture capital money dished out to Whistle.
It has been a week since I wrote this activity tracking part of this review. Not only has the activity tracking failed to improve, the GPS notification performance now equals the activity inconsistency. Also, I cannot get anyone from Whisper to talk to me despite multiple requests to cancel service and refund tracker purchase price; they now make you wait 45 minutes on hold and then hang up on you. Over the past few days I recorded the notification time differential between my two Huskies. Every zone departure is together walking within 13 inches of one another or riding in back of Jeep. Under Tagg system, both notifications reliably came in within 4 minutes of leaving the home zone and pinged my phone within seconds of one another. This is critical because the whole point of GPS tracking is to receive a quick notification so I can immediately retrieve my errant pet. The only thing reliable today under Whisper is that Kiefer's notification comes a long, long time after Penny's (if it comes at all).
Monday 10/12: 38 minute lag between Penny notification and Kiefer notification, but return notifications within 1 minute of one another.
Tuesday 10/13: 39 minute lag between Penny notification and Kiefer notification, but return notifications within 4 minutes of one another.
Wednesday 10/14: No Kiefer left zone notification, but goal achievement notification arrived while gone (so tracker was on and "operational") but return notifications within 1 minute of one another.
Thursday 10/15: 26 minute lag between Penny notification and Kiefer notification, but return notifications in the same minute together.
Saturday 10/17: 15 minute lag between Penny notification and Kiefer notification, but return notifications within 3 minutes of one another.
But let's not get too excited that things are improving. A few hours later on
Saturday 10/17: 51 minute lag between Penny notification and Kiefer notification, but return notifications within 2 minutes of one another.
Since the return notifications come close together, the collar devices are clearly transmitting the data. The problem is that Whistle's back end programming and/or server capacity is a mess. Basic incompetence to transform a fully functional system into a total mess.