Pawscout Review

UPDATED Apr. 2024
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Pawscout smart pet tag is a Bluetooth pet tracker created by Pawscout, Inc., a US-based company launched in 2015. It is a community-powered pet tracking solution that allows you to locate your pet with the help of its growing family of users. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and boasts a greater communication range than most Bluetooth pet trackers.

If you are looking for a pet tracker that can help you keep your pet safe without putting a dent in your budget, read this objective Pawscout review and discover whether it is as reliable as it is affordable.

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How Pawscout Works

Pawscout consists of a small pet tag that can be attached to virtually any collar. It comes with a dedicated smartphone app that is available free of charge. The tag communicates with your smartphone and other nearby smartphones with the Pawscout app by emitting a low-energy Bluetooth radio signal.

If your pet is within range, you can see a green circle around your position on the interactive map in the Pawscout app. If you want to make sure you get notified when your pet roams outside your range, you can set up a safe zone around your position that moves as you move and get a notification when your pet is not nearby.

When your pet roams outside your range, you cannot actively track him or her using the app. You can head toward your pet’s last known location and attempt to reestablish a Bluetooth connection with the device. If your pet has already wandered away too far, you have to rely on the community of Pawscout users in your area.

You can report your pet as lost and all nearby Pawscout users will be notified that your pet is missing. When your pet passes by a Pawscout user, you get a notification and the Pawscout user in question is urged to get in touch with you and help you reunite with your pal.

How easily you can reunite with your pet depends on the size of your local Pawscout community. You can help expand the community by encouraging other people in your area to install the Pawscout app. Since the app is free and does not require the possession of a Pawscout tag, anyone who wants to help can become a part of the Pawscout community at no expense whatsoever.

Pawscout Design

Pawscout tracker comes in the form of a small, light, round tag with a nameplate. The nameplate is normally black, but you can opt for any of about 2 dozen beautifully designed custom nameplates available in the Pawscout online store. The tag is roughly the size of a silver dollar. To be exact, it measures 1.6 inches in height by 2.0 inches in width by 0.4 inches in depth. It weighs about the same as a quarter, which is approximately 0.2 ounces.

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The Pawscout tag can be attached to your pet’s existing collar using the standard circular hanging mount provided with the device. However, if your pet likes to play with dangling objects or is simply highly active, you can use the alternative flush mounts provided in the package. Flush mounts can keep the tag securely attached to any collar that is up to 1.25 inches wide.

Since the tag only weighs about 0.2 ounces, it comes as a bit of a surprise that the recommended pet size is 10+ pounds. However, the manufacturer does state that the tag can be worn by smaller dogs and cats if attached with the help of flush mounts.

Pawscout Technical Specifications

While examining the technical aspects of the tag for the purpose of this Pawscout review, we got the feeling that its manufacturer did not aim to wow its customers with the device’s tech specs. The tag does not feature a night light, it does not provide sound training assistance, and not a word is to be found on whether the device is resistant to impact.

In all fairness, the device is highly affordable and thus it is reasonable to expect that it does not come equipped with all the extras that more expensive pet tracking solutions feature. That being said, here is an overview of the basic technical characteristics of Pawscout.


The Pawscout tag is resistant to water. It can withstand submersion in water of up to 3 feet for up to 30 minutes. This means that it can remain functional if it is exposed to rain or light splashes and it may not get damaged even if your pet takes a short swim.


Pawscout uses a CR2032 battery that can last for 6 to 12 months. The battery is replaceable and it is rather inexpensive.

Communication Range

The device works over a range of about 300 feet in all directions, which limits its communication range to a 600-foot radius. In comparison to other Bluetooth pet trackers, its range is rather impressive.


While Pawscout users are generally satisfied with the device, they do commonly complain about the device’s inconsistent accuracy. Normally, the device is accurate within 50 to 100 feet, but this is not always the case. Plus, considering that its range is only 300 feet, 50-100 feet does not sound too great, as it leaves room for false alarms and late notifications.

App Compatibility

The Pawscout app is compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones.

Pawscout App

The Pawscout smartphone app differs from many other pet tracker apps in that it is not only designed for users of Pawscout tags. Everyone who wants to become a member of the Pawscout community can download and install the app free of charge and help locate lost pets.

The app allows you to create digital profiles for multiple pets, track your pet’s location with the use of the interactive map, view Pawtracker coverage map, discover pet-friendly locations and businesses in your area, track walks, share your pet’s location with friends and family, set up a virtual leash safe zone, receive notifications, and report pets as lost or found. Many of these features are available even if you do not possess a Pawtracker tag. However, it goes without saying that you cannot actively track your pet’s location via the app without the tag.

Pawscout Features

As suggested in the previous section of this Pawscout review, in terms of features, Pawscout does rather well for a Bluetooth pet tracker. It does not only keep track of your pet’s location but also provides handy extra tools that can enhance your Pawscout experience. Let us take a closer look at the most prominent features this tracker provides.

Location Tracking

Pawscout allows you to actively keep track of your pet’s location when he or she is within range. It provides an interactive map that enables you to view both your pet’s location and your location, with a green circle around your location if your pet is within your range.

Community Pet Tracking

When your pet roams outside the range and you report your pet as lost, you get a notification when your pet is close to another Pawscout user. The Pawscout app encourages the user to contact you and help your pet return home safely.

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Virtual Leash

In terms of geofencing, Pawscout provides the Virtual Leash feature that allows you to set up a safe zone around your location, with the safe zone’s boundaries corresponding to the device’s maximum communication range (300 feet in all directions). The Virtual Leash is centered in your position and moves as you move. A notification is sent when your pet leaves the safe zone.

The Virtual Leash feature is particularly useful if you are taking your pet for a walk or generally spending time in the outdoors, where your pet can run and play.

Tracking Walks

Pawscout allows you to track your pet’s daily walks. At all times, you can view basic stats including data such as distance walked and time spent walking.

Digital Profile & Medical Records

With the Pawscout app, you can create a detailed digital profile for your pet. The profile can include your pet’s name and photos and your contact information, as well as important notes on your pet’s behavior, habits, and medical records, such as vaccination information.

Points Of Interest

Pawscout provides a handy map that allows you to view and share places relevant to pet guardians. These can include vets, shelters, groomers, parks, pet-friendly stores and restaurants, and other points of interest in your area.

Coverage Map

Since Pawscout heavily relies on its community of users, it provides a coverage map that allows you to discover how many Pawscout users are located in your area. Users appear on the map as blue blotches, allowing you to assess the density of your local Pawscout community.

We warmly advise you to give this feature a try before purchasing Pawscout tags, so you can be sure there are enough Pawscout users nearby to help you locate your pet if he or she goes missing.


Pawscout lets you invite your friends and family to help keep your pet safe. Simply by going to the home screen of the Pawscout app and selecting the Share icon next to your pet’s photo, you can generate a share code and send it to your friends via SMS or email. They only need to install the app in order to make use of the code, become members of the Pawscout community, and help you keep track of your pet’s whereabouts.

PawScout App Network

Pawscout Coverage

Since Pawscout only uses Bluetooth and does not rely on any external services, it is reasonable to assume that you could use it anywhere on the globe. The truth is that Pawscout can only be bought in the US and Canada, which means that Pawscout communities in other countries may be small or non-existent. If there are no Pawscout users in your area, the device is not of particular use. Thus, we can only advise you to purchase Pawscout if you live in one of these 2 countries.

How Much Does Pawscout Cost?

Previously in this Pawscout review, we mentioned several times that the device is inexpensive and now it is time to discover how affordable it really is. Pawscout tag costs just $19.95. If you want a custom nameplate, you can get one for $9.95. If you want to order both a tag and custom nameplate, you will pay $25, saving $5 on this one-time purchase. We also want to add that you can buy a set of two batteries for $4.99.

PawScout Price

While custom nameplates come with free shipping, a flat shipping fee applies to orders including Pawscout tags. If you are ordering from Canada, the fee amounts to $9.95 per order. For US orders, there is a $2.95 shipping fee. Pawscout comes with no monthly fees, so you only pay for the device and shipping. If you are not satisfied with the tracker, you can return it within 30 days in order to receive a replacement or a refund.

Pawscout Pros & Cons

Knowing the biggest strenghts and weaknesses of Pawscout can help you decide if it is the right pet tracker for your furry friend. Here is a quick overview of its pros and cons.

  • Small, lightweight, and waterproof tag
  • Relatively great communication range
  • Virtual Leash
  • Digital profile with medical records
  • Coverage map
  • Pet-related points of interest
  • Great battery life
  • Stylish custom nameplates
  • Highly affordable
  • No monthly fees


  • Unimpressive accuracy
  • No night light
  • Not resistant to impact
  • Usefulness depends on the number of Pawscout users in your area
  • Not available outside US and Canada

Bottom Line

Pawscout is a Bluetooth pet tracker that offers excellent battery life and a great communication range considering it relies on Bluetooth technology. It further provides a nice set of useful features you may not find in other pet trackers, such as pet-related points or interest. Although it has some troublesome flaws, like inconsistent accuracy, it is certainly one of the best Bluetooth pet trackers currently on the market. If you live in an area with a strong Pawscout community, this is a tracker you should definitely take into consideration.

And if you’re looking for an all-around Pet Tracker, we recommend you check out our Fi Tracker Review.

User Reviews (5)

Pawscout customer rating based on 5 user reviews.

The Pawscout reviews listed below reflect the opinions and experiences of real users and are in no way influenced by the company reviewed here. Before publishing each review, our team checks whether it was submitted by an actual user in an effort to prevent false or spammy reviews.

  1. Michael Geist | May 1, 2021

    No PC application, as if PC’s don’t have powerful bluetooth adapters that could greatly assist triangulation around a house?! No integration with Alexa or Google Home / Assistant . Says dog is 50 feet away when he’s right next to me?! I will own some blame in that I thought something made for pets would have more useful functionality than generic RF tags, but I WAS HORRIBLY WRONG! I wish I had gotten a waterproof RF tag from a different vendor. Buyers remorse.

  2. Lois | April 28, 2021

    I was so I excited when I bought this expensive piece of junk, I’d been better off getting a brass name plate and rivet it to the collar. I guess if I kept my dog in the house, or if I had a small yard fenced in it would be track ok, but then I wouldn’t need a tracker. Not recommended for country living dogs on the go.

  3. Spot | January 22, 2021

    Waste of money. I have a cat. The tag is really big for a cat but I managed to get him to wear it. He was sitting next to me and it said he was 33 feet away from me. And, because he is a cat, he wanders so he is out of range the second I let him outside. I just got this and have used it for 1 hour and it is THE WORST waste of time and money.

  4. Regina Jo Lane | December 24, 2020

    Omg…I bought three..and after it took forever to set up the first one,, I never even bothered with the other 2… the one I set up probably never worked to begin with…thank God my yard is fenced…do not let it give you a false sense of security with your dogs safety

  5. Regina Jo Lane | December 24, 2020

    Omg…I bought three..and after it took forever to set up the first one,, I never even bothered with the other 2… the one I set up probably never worked to begin with…thank God my yard is fenced…do not let it give you a false sense of security with your dogs safety

  6. Debbie Hicks | November 30, 2020

    Absolutely useless
    I have sent 3 emails with no response. The last one put me over the edge..
    I was questioning why the dogs can be beside me out on the acreage with my horses..
    Seriously the email response was asking if I was using them on my horses…
    Ummmm. No they are corralled. Dont wear collars nor tend to get lost…ummm there kind of big and secured.. I would rate lower if possible.. I have purchased 4 of them… they are absolutely useless.. my dog sitting by my leg is 12 ft or more other dog by my barn. Maybe 50 feet..looking at me is out of range.. im standing here talking to her and her..
    Absolutely USELESS

    • Regina Jo Lane | December 24, 2020

      Totally agree

  7. Nadia Zaleta | August 2, 2020

    Wish I would have read reviews prior to purchasing. You really do get just what you pay for. The app is cool or whatever but I’m just disappointed that the range is only 300 feet. I am really looking for a tracker that works with longer distances since my cat does stay outside for most of the day. I can only see that he’s gone out of range. No telling where he’s at unless he comes nearby. I can see how long ago he’s been out of range but that’s not really helpful for finding where he is exactly. If your pet is just wandering the yard, the tracker could be useful but then again, if that’s the case you wouldn’t even really need a tracker so I’d say this really isn’t worth the money. Just save up for a better tracker if you really want something good.

  8. Jean-Pierre Nadeau | July 10, 2020

    Save your money, say a prayer instead. That’s about the extent of the usefulness of this device. You get what you pay for. We ordered a true GPS unit for our cat, can’t wait for the device to arrive. Pawscout is not very useful, it requires a network of pet owners. Don’t like the idea of relying on that. I’d rather be directed to the area my cat is without the help of anyone.

    • My cat when he is outside always shows he is on the same please anytime I try to see where he is shows me the same place it’s impossible that he always is on the same place on my Pawscout | July 28, 2020

      Everything time
      I look for my car shows me the same place the same place it’s impossibly that always in the same place

  9. Jean-Pierre Nadeau | June 28, 2020

    As far as I’m concerned, save your money and say a prayer. That’s how reliable it is. The community thing presupposes that lots of owner in your area will have this system for their own pets but as it is not a wide-distribution item, it does not work. At least not for me. The precision is awful, the range severely limited. It gives you a false sense of security. I’m not blaming the manufacturer. The price of this device is but the cost of about two months subscription to a real GPS unit. You get what you pay for…. As for us, we’ve ordered a real GPS unit for our cat. Can’t wait for it to arrive.

  10. Venny | May 2, 2020

    Save your money. It does not work, but does use a LOT of data – for what? Dog right beside me (guardian) but says it’s with owner. Later says dog left area 2 hours ago but didn’t let me know. Yes, notifications set correctly.

    Sent email to support. They only send stock email answers suggesting that the problem is me because I don’t understand how it works! Did not answer why using data.

    This appears to me to be more of a social media wannabe than a true pet tracker. All I wanted was a warning if the dog went out of range, whether that’s 50ft or 300ft. Didn’t get that. If I could give NO stars, I would.

  11. Walter Price | November 22, 2018

    You can build an entire community with this little device and have your entire neighborhood keep an eye out every time your pet wanders off. Now it’s just the matter of convincing my neighbors to buy this tracker.

  12. Carolyn Stewart | September 8, 2018

    My cell phone was not compatible with this tracker.

  13. Eric Lopez | August 12, 2018

    I like how you can attach it to pretty much any collar so I don’t have to buy any extra equipment. I don’t like that you have to download the tracking app since I’m much more used to the commander device.

  14. Roberta Smith | May 29, 2018

    The accuracy thing is true, it happened to me a couple of times, I didn’t get a notification even though my beagle was way outside the range. But I want to say that this does not happen all the time and I like that anyone can use the app for free, it really helps raise awareness about lost pets and helps owners reconnect with their pooches and kitties. Plus, the tag is really useful when we go for a walk, with the virtual leash, I don’t even use the real leash anymore.

  15. Tim McKinney | December 20, 2017

    I wish I had read this review before I bought the tag. It seemed cheap and good enough and I guess it is, but there are virtually no users in my area, apart from a couple of neighbors I asked to install the app. Now I know I should’ve checked the coverage map before, but it never occurred to me that I would have to deal with this, I live in a large town. It’s not a complete waste of money, but it’s not like I no longer worry what would happen if my dog gets lost.

    • Suzanne Yang | April 16, 2020

      Me too, Tim!

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