Pet collars with ambient temperature technology

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(Before I begin, this post is purely for reference. I do not have any interest in any of the companies or products beyond the use I mention in this posting. If anything, I’d like to bring an awareness to pet safety.)

I’m starting this post out of personal motivation. We had a pet loss recently. I won’t go into what happened because I’d just prefer not to talk about it. Instead, I’ll just get to the point. I’m sure everyone here has heard about dogs being left in the car. Most of the time, that happens when the owner decides to go out to do some chores and their mind is only half on their pet.

The thing is, when you think about it, it can easily happen at home as well. You go to get something out of your car that you forgot, you go out to your garage for something, or you let your dog out and the temperature is triple digit. You don’t even realize that they followed you because you’re half concentrating on something else.

It doesn’t even have to be hot. Hypothermia can be just as deadly for animals with thin coats. This is why I took the time to find some collars that have ambient temperature sensors on them:

KYON: $250
http://www.kyontracker.com/
PetPace: $199.95 (limited offer of $159.99; I think this is more medical oriented though)
http://petpace.com/
Scollar: $199 (on sale for $149)
https://www.scollar.com/

I had two primary criteria for these: obviously the ambient temperature monitor and immediate availability on the internet. Yes, there are a few others out there (if you’ve done research yourself). But, they were either bought out and discontinued or they’re just no longer available to buy on the internet.

Some examples of this are:
Tagg (bought by Whistle who discontinued the model which would have had the ambient temperature monitor)
Dog Caller by Rethink (it appears to have been available on the market for a period of time, but not anymore)

If you can think of other collars that have ambient temperature monitors on them, feel free to post them here.
 

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I've found another collar to add to the list:
LINK AKC: $199
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MFG7ELX

By the way, a small note about the KYON. I said that I was only interested in collars immediately available. Apparently, the KYON is only available for pre-order with a release date aimed at the end of August 2017. Obviously, this means that it is not immediately available. However, considering the fact that there is a set release date, I would still consider it a potential.
 

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Interesting. I didn't know such collars existed other than GPS ones.

However, I believe every reponsible pet parent should be aware of the dangers that can affect their animal and the signs to look for before things get out of hand.

My dog (my avatar photo) is a small, long-haired, thick double-coated mix of Pomeranian and Sheltie so in the hot and humid summer he only goes for a walks in the morning or evening when it's cooler and then the rest of the day he's out for a quick piddle in the backyard and then right back in to the air-conditioned house again.

I also never take him in the car with me unless he has to go to the vet and then I "prepare" the car ahead of time by running it with the A/C full blast so it's cool for him when he gets in. I park in the shade and start it with the remote so the A/C comes on again before leaving the vet's as well. I never understood why many people insist on bringing their dogs with them to get groceries and run other errands when they're much better off left in the comfort and less stressful surroundings of their homes.

And a tip to not forget that you have your dog with you in the back seat would be the same as that for children, put something that you will need to take with you (a phone, briefcase, purse, etc.) in the back seat as well so when you go to get it then it's impossible to not notice that your pet is there.
 

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However, I believe every responsible pet parent should be aware of the dangers that can affect their animal and the signs to look for before things get out of hand.
Believe me, I was very conscious about where she was when she followed me around the house. Every time I took her somewhere, I would leave her in the car only long enough to open and close our gate. Otherwise, I would call the store ahead of time to make sure it was okay that I brought my dog in.

(On that note, we would take her with us only to get used to other people. We think something happened to her as a stray and she would just bark at random people. We had her for 4 months when my sister decided to wear a black sweater and black sweat pants one day and she started barking at her like she was a stranger.)

The problem was my dad. I and my sister live with him to help him take care of his house because he gets very absent minded. We think he went to get something from his car before going for a walk that day and he didn't realize she followed him. We know he wears these Bluetooth headphones he takes on his walk. So, that's probably why he didn't hear her following him. That's why I'm interested in this kind of collar.
 

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I truly am sorry for your loss and wasn't accusing you of not being a responsible pet owner. I know you're probably beating yourself up over it but accidents do happen. What I meant by the comment you quoted is that people should know that temperatures in a car on warm days soar within minutes and they should not leave their dogs there intentionally. If they don't then they've been living under a rock somewhere. If you're not aware the animal is in a dangerous situation then there's nothing you can do to help them. I'm so sad when I hear of such incidents and not too long ago it happened to a couple of police dogs that the officers forgot they had left there.

On a side note, I don't think using headphones when out walking is a good idea either and many accidents have happened because the person didn't hear what was going on around them but many still do it.
 

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And a tip to not forget that you have your dog with you in the back seat would be the same as that for children, put something that you will need to take with you (a phone, briefcase, purse, etc.) in the back seat as well so when you go to get it then it's impossible to not notice that your pet is there.
I'd like to add that some new vehicles have pressure sensors in the rear seats with a warning on the dash that something is there.
My 2017 Chevy Colorado has this feature.

When looking for a new vehicle, this is a practical safety consideration.
 

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On a side note, I don't think using headphones when out walking is a good idea either and many accidents have happened because the person didn't hear what was going on around them but many still do it.
I prefer using earbuds myself. That way, I can have one earbud off to hear what's going on around me.
 

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I'd like to add that some new vehicles have pressure sensors in the rear seats with a warning on the dash that something is there.
I wonder if there's a kit or device or something that you can add to a vehicle to remind you that you have something in the back seat.
 

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I just found out some information about the Scollar. It's not available until March 2018. However, I have collected some interesting stats:
It will alert for lost connectivity.
It will alert if the battery is low.
It will alert for extreme heat.
(Still testing for alert time)
No subscription required.
Connects via Blueooth 5, WiFI, or cell service.
 

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Here's some stats for the LINK AKC:
It uses Bluetooth and cell service
A service plan is required whether or not you want cell coverage
It will alert you when your dog leaves a given area
It will alert you of a low battery
It doesn't alert you if the collar loses connection
It will alert you of high temperatures
The alert is almost instantaneous depending on the signal strength
 

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As much as I like technology, sometimes it can be a poor replacement for vigilance.

An example in this situation:
If there is no one monitoring the receiver, the transmitter becomes worthless.
And all it takes for disaster is one time under certain circumstances.


I am a dog owner and I do understand.
Tech can be a good backup. But it can fail.
So we try to do the best we can.
 

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Someone brought something to my attention about the LINK AKC. All of the collars available have the same rating on Amazon: 3.5 out of 5 stars. I could easily do 4 out of 5 stars. But, when it's my pet's life, it needs to work right the first time.
 

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I don't think you can expect any such device to be infallible and work 100% of the time as there are just too many factors involved. Plus, some of those reviews you have to take with a grain of salt.
 
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