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Updated On 12/14/2023
SpotOn is not just a dog collar; it’s your pet’s advanced GPS and training companion. This innovative collar combines cutting-edge technology with user-friendly features. With SpotOn, you can track your dog’s location in real-time, ensuring their safety whether they’re exploring the neighborhood or going on an adventure. The collar also functions as a training tool, allowing you to set up virtual boundaries and receive instant alerts if your furry friend strays too far.
What sets SpotOn apart is its ease of use; the user-friendly interface makes it accessible for pet owners of all tech levels. Say goodbye to the stress of losing sight of your dog and welcome the peace of mind that SpotOn provides, keeping your canine companion safe and secure.
What is SpotOn
Many of you probably already have physical fencing around your yard to help keep you and your dogs safe. However, there are many cases where it’s just not possible. Maybe your HOA doesn’t allow fences, or perhaps you just can’t afford to fence in a huge yard (which can cost anywhere from $1500 to an insane $38k+!).
This is where the SpotOn GPS Fence comes in handy. The system is completely virtual, so you can cover your entire yard without any “blind spots.” Plus, in the unlikely event that Fido does get past it, the collar tracks his location so you can quickly and easily find him again. Oh, and you don’t need to worry about installing special programs, base units, wires, or anything else. You’ll just need your smartphone to access everything that the system has to offer. Even if you found a physical fencing solution that cost less than $1295, it definitely wouldn’t be able to do all of that!
Basically, it’s one of the best dog GPS fences on the market and definitely lives up to its tagline: the world’s most innovative dog fence.
Who Is The SpotOn Collar For?
The SpotOn fence is perfect for anyone who owns a pup that spends time outdoors! In other words, pretty much every dog on the planet. That said, there are a few things to consider to decide if it’s right for you. We’ll talk about these in a bit more detail later, but here’s a quick rundown:
First, consider the size of your yard. SpotOn works best on properties that are at least 1/2 acre or larger. Will it work on smaller yards? In my experience, yes, absolutely. I have a friend that basically has a postage-stamp yard and he uses SpotOn to keep his Shiba Inus contained.
Second, consider the size of your dog. SpotOn Collars are designed for dogs with necks ranging from 10-26″.
Last, but definitely not least, keep in mind that you’ll need to train your dog to use the SpotOn invisible fence system. So make sure you’re prepared to set aside some time to do that.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of The SpotOn Collar?
Extremely accurate GPS tracking
This collar is quite expensive compared to its counterparts e.g Halo Collar.
Easy to set up
You need cell coverage for the tracking features.
Extremely customizable fences that can be edited – walk the boundary or draw it on your phone
Not made for very small or very large dogs.
Simple and easily adaptable concept
Not designed for tiny yards
Comfortable for your dogs to wear
Long-lasting battery life
Customizable fence perimeters work without cellular coverage
Ability to create multiple fences on the same property
Features of SpotOn Virtual Smart Fence (Updated with NEW features in April 2023)
Let’s take a closer look at some of the stand-out features, shall we?
Virtual Fence System
Let’s start with the most important feature, given that it’s the reason most people buy a SpotOn collar in the first place.
The first thing I looked at when testing the collar is how easy it is to use it as it’s actually intended…as an invisible fence. I consider myself very tech-savvy, but that doesn’t mean I want to spend hours upon hours reading a manual and trying to figure out how to set something up. Who has time for that?
Fortunately, the virtual fence feature of the SpotOn GPS Fence is very easy to set up and customize. It not only lets you create 20 unique overlapping fences using up to 1,500 automatic GPS fence posts but also allows you to set up virtual fences of any shape and size ranging from ½ acre to thousands of acres. Let’s look at the process in a bit more detail.
How to set up the SpotOn GPS fence
To create the GPS fence, you have two options. You can either walk along the surrounding area where you want your fence to be or just draw it in the app. Check out the video below to see how that works.
One thing to keep in mind, you’ll be able to set up more accurate fences if you walk your property to set them up. But I really love the fact that it’s not a requirement. To me, that makes the SpotOn Collar far more accessibility-friendly than many of its competitors.
The whole process is easy to do and you can see your fence come together in real-time right in the app. That way, you can tweak it as you go.
You can also pause your fence creation to get around water or thick brush and SpotOn will automatically snap a straight line through the obstacle once you resume. After taking a lap around the perimeter, the virtual fence will automatically be programmed into the SpotOn Collar.