If your pup likes to go on a few extra walkies of their own, then devising your own AirTag dog collar is the latest way to keep your pet within reach.
Pet owners are raving about the $29 Apple tech gadget as being one of the best pet trackers in recent times, despite the product not being specifically designed for dogs.
The Apple AirTag was launched at the end of April 2021 as a way to keep track of any lost items in and out the home, such as your keys or wallet. It's a small circular device which you can place on any item you may be liable to lose and the Apple network will find it for you, anonymously sending its location to an app via a bluetooth signal.
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The AirTag can be applied to an official accessory such as a keyring, luggage tag or holder but savvy pet owners have been attaching them to their dog's collar instead.
Although Apple have officially stated that the product is not designed for kids and pets, Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing VP, Kaiann Drance, has said that if a pet owner chooses to strap one to their pet: "They just have to make sure that their moving pet gets into range of a device in the Find My Network so its location can be tracked."
To use the AirTag as a pet tracker, pet owners can give their AirTag a custom name for their dog and set an emoji. You can either buy an unofficial holder for your pet and apply to the collar or create your own. Some pet owners have even gotten creative and sewn the AirTag into a DIY fabric dog collar.
Once applied to your dog, it's important to note, however, that the AirTag will only work in the vicinity of other Apple devices that are on the Find My network, an immediate drawback in comparison to a dedicated dog tracker specifically designed for pets.
Ashleigh is Digital Editor on PetsRadar. With over 8 years of experience in print and digital media, she has acted as an editorial lead on a variety of projects, with animal themes a keen interest. As an avid animal lover, you can often find Ashleigh checking out the newest trends in animal care or looking at cute cat videos on TikTok.
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