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How do AirTags locate your dog?


You might have heard of the latest trend in dog safety, which involves using an Apple AirTag to track your dog’s location. We’ve come up with a whole list of reasons you might want to use an AirTag to track your dog’s location, as well as a step-by-step guide to attaching it securely, but some of you might still be wondering how the AirTag works to tell you the location of your pup.


We’re so glad you asked! We’ve broken down exactly how the tracking function works with AirTags, so you can rest easy knowing you’ve made the best choice for your four-legged friend. We know tech can be more than a little confusing, so we’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will do our best to help you.


  1. The AirTag attaches to the dog’s collar/harness/lead

When you buy an Apple AirTag, you don’t have the option to add a dog-friendly case. That’s why we’ve created the Petcha AirTag Collar Case, which protects the Tag and allows you to attach it to the D-ring on all of our collars, harnesses and leads. Make sure the Tag is securely attached, as the AirTag can’t track your pup’s location if it’s left behind in the mud somewhere!


  1. How they show your dog’s location

AirTags do not use GPS technology to show you your dog’s location, which means they don’t need their batteries changed very often, and you don’t need to pay a monthly 4G charge to have the location pinged to you.


Instead, AirTags use the Find My network. This means you need to have an Apple account to use them, and they work best if you have an Apple device too, like an iPhone or iPad. You use the Find My app or website to see the AirTag’s current location.


  1. The future is blue(tooth)

So, if it’s not using GPS or 4G, how does the Find My app know where the AirTag is? Easy. The AirTag emits a bluetooth signal, which is noticed by any nearby device on the Find My network (e.g. any iPhone). That device then pings the information to your account, so you can see where the tag is based on where the other devices are.


  1. How does it protect your data?

Having random devices pinging information on your dog’s whereabouts might seem scary, but you don’t need to worry about your personal information, or your pup’s location, being seen by anyone else. All of the information is completely encrypted, so the owners of the other devices won’t even know that the ping happened, let alone the information that was being sent.


It is worth noting that the way AirTags work means they are perfect for more urban areas, but might not work as well if you’re lucky enough to live in a very rural area. This is because, if there are no devices on the Find My network nearby, the AirTag won’t be able to transfer its location to your phone and the device will show as “offline”.


We hope this has made the way AirTags work a little clearer, but please do get in touch with any questions you might have, whether they’re about the AirTags themselves or our range of compatible, luxury accessories.


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