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Are GPS Trackers Safe for Dogs?

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Written by Mark Braeden

There are various dog GPS tracking devices available in the market for all dog owners out there to choose from that greatly helps in tracking the location of your dogs and instantly show their position in the maps through their apps. These GPS devices can also detect when your dogs escape from your house and the boundaries you set as their safe zones and this is another reason why these types of devices are widely used by many… but is safe?

Do GPS Trackers Emit Radiation And Do They Harm Dogs?

Let us answer the most important question here. Do GPS trackers emit radiation? All gadgets that use GPS emit radiation, specifically called radiofrequency or RF radiation. Such devices include tablets, mobile phones, and other wearable devices but even devices that do not have GPS also emits radiation such as TVs, radios, and microwaves. Let us see the definition of Radiofrequency Radiation below.

What Is Radiofrequency Or RF Radiation?

Radiofrequency Radiation is a type of non-ionizing radiation at the lower level of the electromagnetic spectrum. Non-ionizing means that this type of radiation does not have the right amount of energy to remove electrons from atoms but studies show that there is yet to be found enough evidence to prove that RF radiation can cause cancer or damages to the DNA.

There are also some scientific studies about radiofrequency causing cancer risk however their results are not really consistent. Even with the inconsistencies of the results, there are still many dog owners who are apprehensive of having GPS trackers for their dogs because they do not want to put their pups at risk for developing cancer or having their DNA damaged or other long-term health problems.

What this all means is that GPS trackers are completely safe for dogs to use because these types of devices are on the lower end of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Make sure to check our list of the best GPS dog tracking collars in 2022.


  • Mark Braeden

    Mark is a Boston University graduate and former electrical engineer. In 2017, he decided to combine his tech knowledge with his love for dogs. He spent a year familiarizing himself with the latest GPS tracking collars, invisible fences, and other hot pet gadgets before he wrote his first product review. After selling Technobark, Mark remained a writer and consultant but spends more time on his other passion now: raising and training his growing family of dogs.

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