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Tractive GPS Dog Tracker VS Halo Collar 3: Which Should You Choose?

With so many smart dog collars on the market as of 2023, you have more choices than ever before. I’ve spent countless hours reviewing and researching all of the top models so you don’t have to! Today, we’re comparing two of the most popular dog tracking devices, Tractive VS Halo, to see which one offers the most bang for your buck.

We’ll do a side-by-side look at everything from design and durability to health monitoring and, of course, tracking features. That way, you can see at a glance which one best fits both your dog’s needs and your budget. You may also want to check out the individual (and in-depth) reviews for each option. Find them here:

Before we dive in, I just want to share this bit of good news.  As of 3/12/24, the Halo Collar 3 now costs $599! That’s $100 off the previous price! Even better news: our exclusive discount link gives you another $25 off, bringing it down to $574!

 

Tractive Vs. Halo: Main Features

  Let’s start with a side-by-side look at the main features of each collar. If you’re in a rush, this will give you the quickest overview. 

 
 
Min/Max Fence Size:
30 square feet minimum, no max size
Min/Max Fence Size:
50 meters minimum for circular, 100 x 100 meters for rectangular, no minimum for custom. No maximum size.
GPS Coverage:
AI-driven PrecisionGPS™, GNSS
GPS Coverage:
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
Flexible Fence Shapes:
Yes
Flexible Fence Shapes:
Yes
Multiple Fences in One App:
Yes
Multiple Fences in One App:
Yes
Overlapping Fences :
No
Overlapping Fences :
Yes, but not recommended
Portable (Take Anywhere):
Yes
Portable (Take Anywhere):
Yes
Subscription Optional:
No
Subscription Optional:
No
Static Correction Levels:
15
Static Correction Levels:
N/A (doesn't use static)
Min/Max Fence Size:
30 square feet minimum, no max size
GPS Coverage:
AI-driven PrecisionGPS™, GNSS
Flexible Fence Shapes:
Yes
Multiple Fences in One App:
Yes
Overlapping Fences :
No
Portable (Take Anywhere):
Yes
Subscription Optional:
No
Static Correction Levels:
15
Min/Max Fence Size:
50 meters minimum for circular, 100 x 100 meters for rectangular, no minimum for custom. No maximum size.
GPS Coverage:
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
Flexible Fence Shapes:
Yes
Multiple Fences in One App:
Yes
Overlapping Fences :
Yes, but not recommended
Portable (Take Anywhere):
Yes
Subscription Optional:
No
Static Correction Levels:
N/A (doesn't use static)

As you can see, both collars act as tracking devices and activity monitors.  Both also work as invisible fence systems in terms of setting up boundaries, but Tractive won’t actually prevent your dog from leaving those boundaries the way the Halo Collar does. 

If you’re worried that Fido isn’t getting enough activity, you can monitor his activity levels, and unlock achievements or badges depending on your setup. You can even watch out for your furry friend’s diet and see how many calories he burns throughout the day.

Halo’s Smart Fences are fully automated by GPS. You don’t have to worry about losing WiFi or mobile data signals when setting up and tracing your fence boundaries.

If Fido approaches the boundaries that you set in the app, the collar lets him know through a series of warning sounds, vibrations, and static correction. However, you can turn off the shock features if you’re not comfortable with them.

The  “winner” here depends entirely on your needs. If you only need a GPS tracker and maybe an activity tracker, then Tractive takes first place. If you need something a bit more robust that doubles as a high-quality virtual fence, Halo wins.

Design

 
 
Description:

The Halo Collar 3 comes in 4 colors, including Granite (grey), Orchid (pictured above), Ivory (white), and Sunburst (yellow). With two strap sizes designed to fit necks ranging from 11" up to 30.5", it's a great fit (pun intended) for medium to large-breed pups. Although it's a bit on the bulky side compared to traditional collars, it's actually fairly sleek for a GPS dog tracker/invisible fence combo.

Description:

The Tractive Dog GPS Tracker is one of the most versatile in terms of design, as it's not technically a collar but rather a collar attachment. It comes in two sizes- Standard and XL and fits 1.1" collars for the Standard, and up to 1.6" collars for the XL. Tractive works on dogs as small as 8 lbs.

Description:

The Halo Collar 3 comes in 4 colors, including Granite (grey), Orchid (pictured above), Ivory (white), and Sunburst (yellow). With two strap sizes designed to fit necks ranging from 11" up to 30.5", it's a great fit (pun intended) for medium to large-breed pups. Although it's a bit on the bulky side compared to traditional collars, it's actually fairly sleek for a GPS dog tracker/invisible fence combo.

Description:

The Tractive Dog GPS Tracker is one of the most versatile in terms of design, as it's not technically a collar but rather a collar attachment. It comes in two sizes- Standard and XL and fits 1.1" collars for the Standard, and up to 1.6" collars for the XL. Tractive works on dogs as small as 8 lbs.

Design-wise, Tractive is the most versatile since you can use it on any collar. The standard Tractive tracker comes in three colors (black & blue, white & blue, and two-tone brown). The XL version only comes in one color (a sort of grassy green). You can upgrade it to the Adventure Edition for $30 more, though. If you go that route, you’ll get a silver tracker surrounded by bite-proof casing. 

The Halo Collar is sleek and modern, but it’s not designed for small breeds.  That said, I’ve heard rumors that they may be working on one for smaller dogs. At this point, though, that’s all they are…rumors.  As soon as that changes, though, I’ll update you. 😀

Durability

 
 

The Halo Collar 3 is incredibly sturdy, featuring a rubberized collar and strap that are protected by a tough fabric case that provides scratch, tear, and bite protection. It's totally waterproof and can handle just about any sort of adventures.

The Tractive GPS pet tracker boasts their almost indestructible 100% waterproof device, perfect for pets who love outdoor and water adventures. It can withstand 3-feet deep water immersion for 30 minutes.


The Halo Collar 3 is incredibly sturdy, featuring a rubberized collar and strap that are protected by a tough fabric case that provides scratch, tear, and bite protection. It's totally waterproof and can handle just about any sort of adventures.

The Tractive GPS pet tracker boasts their almost indestructible 100% waterproof device, perfect for pets who love outdoor and water adventures. It can withstand 3-feet deep water immersion for 30 minutes.


 Both Halo and Tractive have a great reputation for durability, so this one is an even draw. 

Warranty

 
 

The Halo collar only comes with a one-year Limited Warranty, with nearly the same basic stipulations as Tractive. It won't cover damage done by your dog, for example. Halo also has sole discretion when it comes to repairing vs replacing the collar.



The Tractive Collar comes with a 2-year warranty that covers manufacturer defects. Unfortunately, it doesn't cover the batteries, accessories, theft, or accidental damage. It's also important to note that you have to allow Tractive to try to resolve the issue remotely before you can claim the warranty.

The Halo collar only comes with a one-year Limited Warranty, with nearly the same basic stipulations as Tractive. It won't cover damage done by your dog, for example. Halo also has sole discretion when it comes to repairing vs replacing the collar.



The Tractive Collar comes with a 2-year warranty that covers manufacturer defects. Unfortunately, it doesn't cover the batteries, accessories, theft, or accidental damage. It's also important to note that you have to allow Tractive to try to resolve the issue remotely before you can claim the warranty.

When you’re dropping a good chunk of change on something, you want to make sure that it at least has a good warranty in case of damage, right?  While both warranties have limitations that leave something to be desired, they’re actually pretty standard for the industry. 

While Tractive has a longer warranty period overall, Halo gives you the option of receiving an advance shipment of your replacement unit, which means you don’t have to go without while you wait for your warranty to be approved. If Halo declines your claim you’ll need to send back the replacement within 30 days (which I think is pretty fair).

GPS Tracking Features

2024 Best GPS Dog Fence
 

Thanks to its PrecisionGPS™ and all-carrier coverage, when used as a tracking collar, the Halo Collar 3 can go anywhere that your dog goes, including over mountains and in the forest. As long as the collar can access a GPS signal, you're good to go! In addition, Halo Fence posts can be placed anywhere, and are not limited by geography or other obstacles.


The Tractive GPS tracker features a fully interactive map that gives you the option to switch from a regular map to a hybrid one, to a satellite imaging view and an augmented reality map. It shows your pet's current location as well as their previous location, thanks to its location history feature.  

2024 Best GPS Dog Fence

Thanks to its PrecisionGPS™ and all-carrier coverage, when used as a tracking collar, the Halo Collar 3 can go anywhere that your dog goes, including over mountains and in the forest. As long as the collar can access a GPS signal, you're good to go! In addition, Halo Fence posts can be placed anywhere, and are not limited by geography or other obstacles.


The Tractive GPS tracker features a fully interactive map that gives you the option to switch from a regular map to a hybrid one, to a satellite imaging view and an augmented reality map. It shows your pet's current location as well as their previous location, thanks to its location history feature.  

Given that this is one of the main reasons you’d even consider buying a Tractive or Halo collar, it’s definitely an important thing to look at!

WINNER: Halo. While I love the augmented reality map feature of the Tractive collar, but Halo does just as impressive a job of helping you find your lost dog.

Activity and Fitness Tracker

 
 

Halo's built-in dog activity tracker shows you what your dog is up to any time of day. Daily activity charts show you how much time each day your dog has spent being active, resting, roaming around in "safe" areas within the boundaries, and so much more.




Tractive GPS tracker’s activity monitoring feature lets you see how much time your pet spends sleeping and moving or playing around. You can set activity goals so you can make sure your pup or kitty can get the right amount of exercise and rest. This feature also lets you unlock achievements such as earning badges or breaking personal best records and lets you share and compare results and rankings among friends and other users. This feature also allows you to keep an eye on their diet and calories burned.


Halo's built-in dog activity tracker shows you what your dog is up to any time of day. Daily activity charts show you how much time each day your dog has spent being active, resting, roaming around in "safe" areas within the boundaries, and so much more.




Tractive GPS tracker’s activity monitoring feature lets you see how much time your pet spends sleeping and moving or playing around. You can set activity goals so you can make sure your pup or kitty can get the right amount of exercise and rest. This feature also lets you unlock achievements such as earning badges or breaking personal best records and lets you share and compare results and rankings among friends and other users. This feature also allows you to keep an eye on their diet and calories burned.


WINNER: I have to give this one to Halo since it acts very much like a FitBit for dogs. That said, Tractive‘s fitness and activity tracking capabilities are pretty awesome for such an affordable device.

Pricing and Subscription

 
 
Halo Collar 3 requires a subscription, end of story. There's no getting around it. However, they do have quite a few options, including:
- Basic Plan: $5.99/month, $5.09 when paid annually
-Silver Plan: $9.99/month, $8.49 when paid annually
-Gold Plan: $29.99/month, $25.49 when paid annually.
Additional collars range from an extra $3.39-4.99 a month.
For the Tractive GPS tracker, you are required to have a subscription plan but you can choose between basic and premium, starting at $8.99/month and $83.90/year, respectively. Findster Duo + on the other hand does not require monthly fees but offers Findster Care which you have the choice to opt in, and only costs $3.99 a month for a membership fee and gives you unlimited access to vet professionals who are available 24/7.
Halo Collar 3 requires a subscription, end of story. There's no getting around it. However, they do have quite a few options, including:
- Basic Plan: $5.99/month, $5.09 when paid annually
-Silver Plan: $9.99/month, $8.49 when paid annually
-Gold Plan: $29.99/month, $25.49 when paid annually.
Additional collars range from an extra $3.39-4.99 a month.
For the Tractive GPS tracker, you are required to have a subscription plan but you can choose between basic and premium, starting at $8.99/month and $83.90/year, respectively. Findster Duo + on the other hand does not require monthly fees but offers Findster Care which you have the choice to opt in, and only costs $3.99 a month for a membership fee and gives you unlimited access to vet professionals who are available 24/7.

If you’re on a tight budget, Tractive is definitely the best option here. That said, while Halo costs more, it has a ton of extra features that make it worthwhile.

The Verdict

The winner depends entirely on your needs and your budget.  The Halo Collar 3 gives you much more bang for your buck than Tractive, but you also pay a much bigger “buck” to get that “bang.” Still, if you want ONE collar that acts as a GPS tracker, invisible fence, activity monitor, and training collar, the Halo Collar is the clear winner.

 

Author

  • 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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