It’s now been a few years of using the Findster Duo pet tracker, and it’s time to share a couple of tips for making the most of it. They are: permanently attach the Findster to a collar; and start the app early in your walk.
There have been no huge changes since I first posted about Findster:
- It’s still two units: one attaches to your dog and sends location information to a second unit that you carry with you; and
- I still use Findster primarily as a back up in case the dog vanishes after some woodland creature.
Lesson 1: Permanent attachment
What has changed is the way Findster connects to the collar. The first lesson I want to share is about this. I suggest you permanently connect the Findster to a collar.
The original Findster attached with velcro, which worked fine as long as you took the time to get it tight and secure. I didn’t, and we lost that one somewhere down a rabbit warren.
The replacement came with a base plate that the Findster can slot into. You’d attach this base plate to the collar using a loop of material. It fastened with a pin (or stud) mechanism, as shown in their support video.
That seemed to be pretty solid, but we lost that one in some undergrowth. We searched for a good 15 minutes where FIndster directed us, but we couldn’t spot it. The third unit had changed to a kind of screw mechanism for attaching the base plate. That became loose very quickly, and I never trusted it.
What we’ve done is to buy a thin collar that would slide onto the base plate. It’s pretty tight and took some work with a needle to push it through, but now we have a dedicated Findster collar. When we go out, we clip that collar on. I’m much more confident that this is not going to fall off.
Lesson 2: Start the app early
The Findster app comes with all sorts of features that I don’t use: leaderboard, reminders, sharing, paw counts, fences, subscription-based optional care package. All I use is the map and radar. I only care about where my dog is it she goes out of sight.
If I’m in the middle of no-where, with limited mobile signal strength, it seems to take a while for the app to start. I’m not sure what it’s doing, but it takes long enough for me to kill it and restart it. This is a frustrating way to start a dog walk.
Instead, start the application early when you have a good connection, or you have time to let it do whatever-it-is-doing.
After almost 2.5 years, we’re still enjoying having Findster as part of our walks. The battery is good, the improved waterproofing (to nearly 1 metre) is great to have.
We’ve found a good way to secure the unit to the dog, and learned that it’s best to start the app when you’re in an area of good reception.
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