Thank you to Pawscout for sponsoring this giveaway and post. All thoughts are my own.
It used to be that we would put our phone number on our pets ID tag and hope that if our pet went missing, someone would call the number. While that does work, and many pets are safely returned home, Pawscout understands pet parent's need for additional safety and security when it comes to protecting our furry family members.
I have always tried to keep my dachshund, Rocket in good shape. My go-to exercise routine is hiking. There is just something about the fresh air and beautiful scenery that I love so much. When we hit the trail, I usually remove his leash. More often than not, a leash can be hindering and unsafe on certain hikes, especially ones where we have to climb over rocks. He has never been one to “take off” but there have definitely been times where instinct kicks in and he chases after a scurrying small animal.
Pawscout is a Bluetooth enabled tag loaded with features to help keep your pet safe and you informed. The tag pairs with the Pawscout app that you download on your phone to easily track your pet, notify other Pawscout users if your pet becomes lost and create a digital profile with important medical records.
There are two ways to attach the tag to your pet's collar and both are included with the product. You can choose between a circular hanging mount and a flush mount. Rocket is very uncomfortable with anything that hangs from his collar so we opted for the flush mount. I also tried the tag out on his harness and it worked great but it really depends on what kind of harness you have.
I had some difficulty pairing the device with my phone at first. You have to make sure that you stand clear of other Bluetooth devices such as a smartwatch. I contacted customer support and they responded right away and walked me through the pairing process. I was then able to quickly and successfully connect the device.
Once the device is connected to the app, you can set up a personal profile for your pet which includes name, breed, age, color, birthday, weight, medical needs, and a photo. It's important to fill this out because if your missing pet is found by another Pawscout user, they will be able to access this information. Maybe your dog has certain food allergies or your cat needs daily medication?
One of my favorite features is that you can record your walking route. When you begin a walk with your dog, simply tap “start walk”. As you walk, you can see the elapsed time and distance. When you finish, your walk gets saved into the “walk diary” which shows your detailed route marked in green. I took Rocket off the beaten path and onto some hiking trails and the app worked perfectly.
So what happens if your pet becomes lost or goes out of range? You can use your Pawscout app to locate your pet within a 300-foot range. Once out of range, your “Virtual Leash” will send an alert to your phone saying that your pet is out of range. It will also record the last known location of your pet. From the app, you can mark your pet as “lost”. If your pet comes within 300 feet of a Pawscout user, you will be notified of its location.
This app is all about community. One doesn't need to have a tag or even a pet to use the app but can contribute to the community by downloading the Pawscout app on their phone. For example, one may choose “Be a Hero” mode which will notify them when they come within range of a lost pet. In addition, Pawscout recommends having family members, caregivers, friends, and neighbors download the app enabling you to create your own micro-community to help keep your pet safe. The more people that use it, the better it gets. It's kind of like an Amber Alert but for pets.
Another great feature of the app is that it shows you pet-friendly places in your area. This includes dog parks, Veterinarians, groomers, pet-friendly businesses and pet hazards. You can add to the community by dropping a “pin” on the map and including your own suggestion. I will definitely use this if I come across a pet hazard to warn others while I'm out on a walk or hike.
- Bluetooth enabled
- No monthly use fee
- Long-lasting battery
- Waterproof enclosure
- Optional engravable nameplate for added safety and style
In my opinion, Pawscout is a “must-have” for pet owners. When it comes to safety, I don't want to take a chance. Pawscout gives me peace of mind so I can continue to give Rocket the freedom he loves.
The Pawscout pet tag is well designed and the user-friendly app is filled with fun and valuable features. I have already recommended it to some of my family members. If you are a dog or cat lover, this product is priceless.
*This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our 5 winners!
This company is so generous, they have given us 5 tags to give-away to our readers! Entering is easy!
- Follow @pawscout and @rocket_the_dachshund on Instagram
- Read this blog post and leave a comment below telling us why you would love to win. Be sure to leave your Instagram handle in the comment.
- USA and Canadian entrants only
- Be sure to visit Pawscout.com to learn even more about their product
*All 5 Winners will be announced on this blog and on @rocket_the_dachshund Instagram page Friday, October 6th 2017. Last day to enter is Thursday, October 5th 11:59pm EST.
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