And I think I’m succeeding at it for the most part. I have a pretty decent understanding of what my precious boy, Mannie, does all day–sleeps, drinks water, barks–but do I know all the inner workings? No. Do I know if he has a crush on the neighbor dog? I don’t. Do I think he’s doing doggy drugs? Probably not. Is he suspected of being the neighborhood canine drug lord? Doubtful.
But some things I would like to know for his health and well-being… like whether or not he’s getting enough exercise. When I adopted Mannie, the nurses made it extremely clear that he would need a lot of exercise and attention/mental stimulation. 1) because it’s in his breed. Border Collies are the most intelligent breed of dog and are a breed class of workers. Meaning, they friggin’ work and work and wooooooork even for fun, like it’s going out of style. Mannie is tirelessly herding people and animals, barking at living and inanimate objects and is incredibly keen and observational of his surroundings. If he doesn’t get enough exercise, homeboy gets a little fussy.
And 2) because of his missing leg, it’s imperative I make sure he gets ample exercise so he can maintain a healthy weight to help his strong arm! I swear, that dog could slaughter every contestant in a three-legged race
So when Tagg The Pet Tracker contacted me about doing a review, I was intrigued. To be a fly on the wall… is a common saying, and with their innovative Tagg system, you’re basically that fly, except you’re clean and don’t have 457458 creepy eyeballs. Unless you do, in which case, wow… you have terrible karma.
Tagg–The Pet Tracker is a pet tracking system that uses advanced GPS and wireless tracking technology that allows you to see where your pet is at any time. With the Tagg system, you can create your own unique Tagg zone, aka–the area where Fido spends most of his time. If he should pursue his dream of chasing the UPS truck and he escapes, you will receive a text and email alert. At that point, you can track your
package–er, pet–on the Tagg map through your phone or computer.
Anywhooo, so I was intrigued to see what my three-legged potential drug-lord canine/UPS-following/barking brat did when I was away at work. After charging the tracker on the specialized docking station, I simply clipped the tracker onto Mannie’s collar using the collar clip & straps. The tracker itself is lightweight and looks kind of like an arm cuff with shortened ‘legs’ of the cuff so it doesn’t dig into your dog. It adjusts easily to any size collar, so big and small dogs alike will have the tracker fitted comfortably on their collar or harness.
Later at work, I could track his progress by simply engaging the Tagg iPhone app or by going on the Tagg website. By 9am, it was giving me detailed summaries of Mannie’s activity — which enviably, included lots and lots of sleeping, but not much exercise. I understand– by 9am, I am lucky if I am speaking coherently. You best not expect me to be running laps and yelling at neighborhood dogs.
That night, I got off of work late, so I asked my sibling to please take Mannie for a walk. I’d forgotten that you can press the button on the Tagg tracker indicating you will be briefly leaving the Tagg zone (like for walks or errands), so when my sister took Mannie, I instantly received an email and text informing me that Mannie has left the Tagg zone. This is a really awesome function because it’s real-time, so you know exactly when your pet escapes and where she’s going so you can track her down before she gets too far from home.
When I got home, I was delighted to see this incredibly detailed snapshot of Mannie’s day, broken down into different graphs illustrating his activity. See for yourself!
Tagg Points are an at-a-glance snapshot of your pets’ activity in a 24-hour period. Movement is detected by the Tagg tracker and points are assigned based on the intensity and duration of the activity, ranging from resting to highly active. Tagg Points are accumulated and charted each day, providing you with data that will help you make more informed decisions about your pets’ exercise routines.
This graph breaks down how many hours he’s been active in a clear graph. As it shows, Mannie has been active (be it lightly, moderately or highly) for 2 hours and 9 minutes that day. This is so helpful for me because it’s easy to read and informs me of exactly his activity. Since dogs are supposed to get 30-60 minutes of exercise each day, this serves as a reminder that Mannie needs a little more movement, or if he’s reached his quota on his own by chasing the yard workers next door.
Overall, I am incredibly pleased with Tagg’s tracking system. It allows me to make sure my dog is doing well and isn’t being arrested without doing so in a freaky, aircraft-y Mom kinda way. Plus, unlike microchips–which are excellent to have to identify your pet–Tagg helps prevent your pet from being lost in the first place by taking preventative measures against his escape–and helps you track down your pet in the event he should break free.
Luckily, Mannie isn’t too keen on exploring solo. While he loves barking, running, and herding, secretly he’s a total couch potato and loves being indoors. This was probably due to the influence of our other, MUCH lazier dog, but either way, escapism typically isn’t as much of an issue for me as the activity is. I love that Tagg tracks both the duration and the intensity of the activity so I have more insight to Mannie’s overall health. And in addition to those amazing perks, Tagg has a long-lasting battery, is incredibly lightweight, comfortably attaches to any dog collar of any size (Yorkies and Great Danes alike!) and is water-resistant — so Fido can take a dip with his Tagg on, no problemo.
Want to Tagg your pup? Tagg is offering a super-sweet discount right now to The Domestic Rebel readers by offering 10% off Tagg Trackers!! The tracker is normally $99 with 3 months of free service, but save 10% now with the code TAGG10.…just don’t expect your canine friend to turn into a model
Mannie’s Two Cents: I don’t know what Mom put on my neck, but I know that I can’t feel it because it doesn’t even feel like it’s there. It’s not like when she ties those stupid holiday bandannas on my neck and I feel like a total tool. I really hate those bandannas. Anyway, sometimes when Mom gets home from work I’ll practically beg her to take me for a walk to the park and she looks at me like she doesn’t get it. Um, Mom? You sing Disney sing-a-long songs and have blue hair. I’m pretty sure you can understand what I want, right? Well sometimes, I don’t run around enough during the day. Some days, UPS doesn’t drop off packages to the neighbors. And lately, the cats haven’t been hanging around, so I have nothing to do and am desperate for a walk! I like that you know I need a walk on those days where I practically jump in your lap with my leash in my mouth. And conversely, I like that you come home and know that some days were busier than others. Like on Thursdays, when the yard guys are next door. It’s a tough job screaming at those yard guys for hours–but someone has to do it.
Have a fantastical day!! For more information on Tagg, be sure to visit their website!
xo, Hayley and Mannie