If you have a dog or cat who escapes the house no matter what you do, or maybe you let your dog or cat roam, and have wished that you had a way to track them and to know exactly where they are, then the Whistle 3 GPS pet tracking device is for you! And instead of being a cat or dog tracking collar, the Whistle 3 GPS pet tracker attaches to your own dog or cat collar!
Like its predecessor, the Whistle GPS Pet Tracker (v1), the Whistle 3 attaches to nearly any dog or cat collar (or, really, a goat collar, a horse halter, or any other animal you want to track), meaning you can keep your favorite collar on your pet. However, the Whistle 3 is much smaller and lighter than its predecessor.
Then, when your pup or kit goes a’straying, you can track them and determine their location via the app.
Of course, there’s a catch. The device uses a cellular network, for which, of course, there is a fee. So in order to actually register your device with Whistle, you need to subscribe ($9.95/month or $95.40 per year). As Whistle explains, “Whistle uses America’s largest cellular network for on-demand location tracking anywhere in the U.S. if they get away. Each device requires a subscription plan to work, and you will be prompted to select a plan when activating your Whistle 3.”
So, how well does it work? While the Whistle 3 is relatively new, we can infer its effectiveness from reviews of the first version (it’s fair to presume that the newer model is no less effective).
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As with any product, there are both positive and negative reviews, however in this case the overwhelming majority of the negative reviews are from people who were trying to use a different device (TAGG) on the Whistle network, with the Whistle app, as Whistle apparently had acquired TAGG and had attempted to allow such usage.
On the other hand, people who purchased the Whistle device itself for the most part review the device very positively.
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For example, says one such review, “I have been looking for a while for a tracker for my dog since she loves to run in the woods and sometimes goes out of sight for a few minutes. This is exactly what I needed for peace of mind and now she can run her heart out! It is super simple to set up, is extremely accurate and our pup doesn’t even notice it’s on – so light and unobtrusive. It’s pretty much perfect.”
And says another, “I LOVE this tracking collar!!! There is a subscription fee of about $10 a month to use the gps tracking service, which I didn’t know until after I bought it, but for us, it is definitely worth it. We have a fenced yard, but our dog escapes all the time… Now we get a text message sent to our phone whenever our dog is outside of his whistle zone, and it tells us exactly where he is…”
Now, again, these are reviews for the original device.
So what about the Whistle 3?
There are presently only eleven reviews of the Whistle 3, seven positive and four negative. Only one of those negative reviews has to do with the actual operation of the device itself (one has to do with the reviewer’s displeasure with their tech support folks, another has to do with the delayed receiving of text messages). In each of these 4 instances, the manufacturer responded at length, and in the case of delayed text messages, it seems the issue is cellular coverage. So, take note, this device may only work effectively if you are in an area with good cell coverage.
If you want to check out either model (the original Whistle is still for sale, at a substantially lower price than the newer Whistle 3), you can find them on Amazon at the below links.
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