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Dog lost in mountains: a GPS Tracker can be a lifesaver

Hiking with your dog can be fun, but also challenging at the same time. The following Tractive GPS pet tracker review tells you how you can leave your worries behind during a mountain hike with your dog!

21 August 2018

Tractive Customer


Ever tried hiking with your dog? Being up on a mountain and out in the woods gives your dog the chance to do a lot of running, hunting and exploring. But what if all this freedom becomes a threat? Can your dog get lost in the mountains? How can you enjoy a worry-free hike with your best four-legged friends? Francesca and Happy have found the answer in Tractive GPS. Through a Tractive GPS pet tracker review, they share their story with the world and let dog parents know how Tractive GPS tracker can be a lifesaver.

First things first…through our Tractive reviews, we got one of the cutest story ever. Francesca Beltrame is a young Italian woman who lives in the North of Italy amidst the Alps. As every mountain lover, she fancies going hiking, and she enjoys it when her dogs come along. However, she found herself having to look for solutions to keep one of her dog safe outdoors.

This is Francesca’s story, in her own words 

Before Happy’s arrival, Mac was the only dog in our family. A typical golden retriever, Mac loves playing and roaming around in nature. He is obedient to the family and polite to strangers. Mac really is a blessing of a domesticated dog! When we are outside, he never misbehaves.

“My Golden Retriever never escaped. But when we adopted out second dog, all I knew about Golden Retrievers up until then suddenly changed”, says Francesca.

Just shy of one year old, Mac made it clear that he suffered from being the only pet in the house. And then arrived Happy.

Because I am…Happy

Happy dogs wearing Tractive GPS trackers - from out Tractive Reviews

Happy is a hurricane! Funny and loving, he has proved himself as a disobedient wanderer from the very beginning. And then the nightmare started. More than once, it happened while we were outdoors that Happy would go lost for half a day. When a dog disappears in the woods, or up on a mountain, you just have to hope he will show up again soon.

Of, course it’s natural for a dog to explore the territory, but we were not used to calling back our dog home and having to wait many hours until he finally showed up again. I needed to be safer. That’s when I started to gather some information about all possible ways to keep Happy on track. After some time spent researching for the best GPS device for pets, I chose the one developed by Tractive.

No dogs should be kept on a leash too often.

That’s why, to achieve both his happiness and our peace of mind, we are happy to use Tractive GPS whenever we get out of the flat with Happy.

You can never know where he is going to find places to satisfy his immense curiosity!

From our Tractive GPS pet tracker reviews: How I found my lost dog 

When I am walking my dogs next to where I live, I like to let them go off without a leash. When this happens, Happy goes immediately up to the woods which are parallel to the main street. I keep walking there while he explores the surroundings. Tractive GPS helps me to check that Happy does not take dangerous paths or get lost for a long time. I simply look at my phone and check his movements in the interactive map.

That scary time when the Tractive GPS saved us

Happy is a good dog and at the end of the day, he always comes back. Well, except the time I brought him for our first time to the Siusi Alps. These mountains are known for the intricate paths and the beautiful flora. I was there with Mac, Happy and my family when Happy got lost.

Francesca's Tractive Reviews and her dog wearing a Tractive GPS

Whether this happened because he went after a deer, or not, this is still not clear to me. What was clear is that he was gone. Then I remembered that Happy had the GPS Tracker clipped on. I immediately switched on the LIVE-mode and started breathing more easily the closer I got to his position. I could follow his path, live, directly on my phone and the position was so accurate that…finally there Happy was, sipping water from the source on a mountain’s edge.

Get your peace of mind  

Having a good device clipped onto your dog’s collar does not mean forgetting about where your dog is heading to. On the contrary, here are some main benefits of doing so:

  • It’s a precaution to the possibility he or she can get lost forever.
  • Keeping the dog on a leash and on close watch is always good practice, but not always possible. Dogs need some freedom as well.
  • A GPS Tracker is the best help you can get in case of an emergency. It’s not safe to rely on the leash or on your reflexes only.
  • Walks and adventures with your favourite four-legged friend will be safer and you’ll have piece of mind.

From our Tractive Reviews - a golden retriever with Tractive GPS

Because your dog is precious to you, you should investigate your preferred way to avoid such sad episodes. No dogs deserve to get lost and left alone! For me and for my family, going out with Happy, who’s Tractive GPS is well clipped to his collar, is the warranty of a…happy ending.

Francesca uses Tractive GPS since 2015. With her Tractive GPS pet tracker review, she wishes to help all loving dog parents out there to be aware that every dog parent can ensure for the safety of their pets.

Do you want to make use of Tractive GPS yourself? Try out the benefits of a GPS Tracker for your fluffy friend and don’t forget to share your story with the entire dog-loving community!

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Dog lost in mountains: a GPS Tracker can be a lifesaver

  1. Kevin Malone

    How were you able to do this without a cellular connection in the mountains? Without that connection the phone cannot download the map. Also without a data connection you would not be able to send the command to enable live tracking on the device. This i s a heart warming story, but i’m having a hard time believing it. I spend a lot of time in the mountains here in Canada, and the device will not work in these areas. Please elaborate.

    • Andrea Germani

      I found myself in the same situation some time ago, before I got my pet Sophie – a now 2-year old female Beagle – a Tractive device. She was lost for more than 24 hours, up in the woods and mountains (I also live close to the Alps). My family and I were desperate and couldn’t find her. She eventually made her way back home, having walked several kilometres before finding – I think – a familiar track. Now that’s all gone and, happy ending aside, that is also when I decided to purchase a GPS tracker. No purchase was ever wiser than this one. I love the device and it took off a lot of the anxiety related to Sophie disappearing in in the woods. It works perfectly and am very happy with it.

      BUT… I am with Kevin Malone above in saying that if there’s no mobile connection, the device is useless. As far as I understand, the GPS continues doing its job even with no mobile reception, but the only way to use the live-track feature is to get to an area where you have data connection on your phone. As soon as you reach such an area, through the “history” feature you should get the entire path your beloved four legs has followed so far, until the battery of the tracker runs out at least, that is.

      That said, Tractive has improved my life a lot so I couldn’t be happier to warmly recommend it!


      • Chelsea

        Hi Andrea,

        Thank you for your nice message. The Tractive Customer Service team has emailed you regarding a possible upgrade opportunity that may improve your Tractive experience.

        Best regards,

    • Chelsea

      Dear Kevin,

      Thank you for commenting, we are happy to learn more about your user experience. As a Canadian Tractive customer, you may be eligible for an upgrade to our newest tracker, which was designed to overcome coverage issues in the USA and Canada. The Tractive Customer Service team will contact you shortly via email to let you know more about this offer.

      Best regards,

    • Emma Dickinson

      Yes… logically i agree with this query…

  2. raai

    Thanks for this great post. i really appreciate your blog.
    The best place for learning.

    • Laura

      Hi Raai,
      Thanks a lot for your comment, I am glad you appreciate reading the Tractive Blog.

  3. Esther McDoggle

    I could not agree more that having a GPS tracker is a huge comfort. We have two Irish terriers, one who is never out of my sight for more than 5 minutes, and Madam, who can disappear for hours if she decides to go rabbit hunting. Knowing where she is (often a lot nearer than you would have thought!) means I can keep an eye on her on the phone, knowing that she is not in any danger.

    • Laura

      Hi Esther,

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
      All the best from Tractive,

  4. Emma Dickinson

    I think also…. is to have your dog trained to the highest RE-CALL levels/abilities, when attempting these types/kinds of terrain and elements…?! It can be arduous enough for adult humans caught unawares & minus insight & topical knowledge…! Happens all the time… But absolutely no need to rush / hurry to put any ill-researched events before the un-educated/tested beings that desire the untrodden paths… If your pet explores so far from you that it cannot be be seen heard or called back, then it’s not advisable to take the risk of their inability to control their scent tracking/discovery domination… common sense and strong training will always prevail…?

    Welcome Feedback ( Sound-Treats)! lol

  5. Becky

    I live in the rocky mountains where the cellular service can be very spotty or non existent. I would like more info on your upgraded traker that will work where there isn’t a cell signal.

    • Chelsea

      Dear Becky,

      All Tractive trackers require a cellular signal – which allows them to send GPS data about your pet’s location to the Tractive GPS app on your phone in real time. Without this connection, LIVE Tracking is not possible. However Tractive has partnered with many service providers all over the world, and you can check your Tractive coverage here:

      Kind regards,

  6. Samantha

    Ive had the tracker for my cat Finley now for nearly a year and its done wonders! It does glitch out now and again and signal bounces but if you click the LIVE then it will fix itself. Its very useful in the summer, knowing where your cat is during the heat as its comforting and easy to go get him if need be!

    • Sanda

      Dear Samantha,

      Thank you for your feedback! We’re happy to hear that Tractive GPS is giving your cat safety and yourself peace of mind.

      Best, Sanda