Tractive GPS Pet Tracker Review

UPDATED Feb. 2021
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Tractive GPS pet tracker is the brainchild of Tractive, an Austria-based company that specializes in pet wearables and pet-related apps. It is a part of a larger family of products including Tractive Motion, an activity-only tracker that monitors pets’ daily activity, and Tractive GPS XL, a slightly modified version of Tractive GPS designed for larger animals, such as cows, horses, sheep, and even large dogs. In this Tractive GPS review, we will focus on Tractive GPS tracker for cats and dogs and introduce you to its key features, highlighting its accuracy, reliability, usability, and affordability.

Tractive GPS homepage

How Tractive GPS Works

Tractive GPS is a GPS pet tracker that comes in the form of a tracker unit that communicates location information to the Tractive GPS app, which you can access on any device. The tracker allows you to define a safe zone within which your pet can freely move and it sends an instant notification when your pet steps outside the defined range. Once you receive the notification, you can start tracking your pet via the Tractive GPS app in the live tracking mode – you receive your pet’s location information in real time, with data refreshed almost immediately. If the live tracking mode is not on, the location update frequency depends on your pet’s level of activity and information is not updated in real time. When tracking your pet, you follow a map provided in the app. You can view both your pet’s current position and his or her previous locations. Due to Tractive GPS’ high accuracy and update speed, you should be able to locate your pet in no time.

The tracker uses cellular GPS and works both in the US and abroad. In the US, it operates on 4 cellular networks, including AT&T Mobility, Viaero Wireless, CinBell, and T-Mobile. The tracker is equipped with its own SIM card and it does not matter which mobile service provider you have for your mobile device.

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Tractive GPS Design

Tractive GPS comes in 3 equally attractive versions. All versions of Tractive GPS come in the form of a rounded cuboid measuring 2 inches in height by 1.6 inches in width by 0.6 inches in depth. A single device weighs just 1.23 oz. or 35 grams. The device fits most collars and is attached with collar clips provided in the Tractive GPS package. The 3 versions of Tractive GPS only differ in terms of color and pattern. You can opt for the white version with a blue Tractive logo, the Hunters Edition with a black-on-olive camouflage pattern, and the pink version with a white logo embellished with crystals from Swarovski. The device is small, lightweight, and unobtrusive, so your pet should have no trouble getting used to it. However, it is important to note that the recommended pet size for Tractive GPS is 9.9 pounds and above. If your pet weighs more than 44 pounds, you should opt for Tractive GPS XL, which possesses the same key features as Tractive GPS but is somewhat larger (3.1 x 1.9 x 1.1 inches), heavier (5 oz.), and has a longer battery life (up to 6 weeks).

Tractive GPS Technical Specifications

In this section of our Tractive GPS review, we will explore the most important technical features of the device, including its durability, battery life, and GPS accuracy and range.


Tractive GPS is highly durable and resistant to impact. The manufacturer claims that it is virtually indestructible – upon inspecting its clever design and testing it ourselves, we can say that this seems like a valid claim.


The device is rated IPX7, which means that it is not only resistant to water, but that it can withstand immersion of up to 3 feet (1 meter) for up to 30 minutes.


Tractive GPS comes with a rechargeable battery. The average battery life is 2 to 5 days with normal use but decreases significantly when live tracking is on. Still, you can expect it to last for about 8 hours in the live tracking mode.

Communication Range

Tractive GPS can work over any distance. It has a built-in GPS antenna and uses GPS satellites to calculate its GPS position. Its communication range is only limited by the possibility to establish communication with GPS satellites.

GPS Precision

According to the US SPS Performance Standard, the average accuracy of tracking devices like Tractive GPS is 25 feet (7.8 meters), with a confidence level of 95%. However, accuracy may vary depending on how many GPS satellites the device can detect. It needs to establish the distances to no less than 4 satellites; the more satellites it detects, the greater the accuracy.

LED Light

The device comes equipped with a LED light, making it easier for you to track your pet after dusk. The light can also communicate important information about the network and GPS status of the tracker. If you press the power button for one second, the light blinks 2 times, telling you whether the network and GPS are available (both lights green), whether the network is unavailable but GPS is available (the first light red, the second green), whether the network is available but GPS is not (the first light green, the second red), and whether both the network and GPS are unavailable (both lights red). If one of the lights is red, turn your device off and on and go outside and try to establish a connection with both GPS and the network in order to enjoy a normal tracking experience.

Buzzer Function

Tractive GPS contains a built-in speaker that can be remotely activated using the Tractive GPS app. Upon activation, the device emits buzzer-like sound, which is supposed to allow you to find the device more easily if it is lost. However, due to legal restrictions, the buzzer function has been disabled for US users.

App Compatibility

Unlike many other pet trackers, Tractive GPS provides both a smartphone app and a web app. The smartphone app works on Android and iOS phones and requires Android 4.1 and up and iOS 9.3 or later. The web app works on any device with access to the Internet and you can access it by logging in at

Tractive GPS App

Tractive GPS smartphone app and web app are your main tools for tracking your pet. Within the apps, you can view your pet’s constantly updated location information, interactive tracking map, location history, and the device’s battery status. You can further define and modify virtual fences, remotely activate the buzzer if available in your country, view your tracker’s status, and share your pet’s location with your friends. Tractive GPS apps allow you to track an unlimited number of pets, with tracking information for all pets available at a tap.

Tractive GPS App

Tractive GPS Features

Perhaps the greatest downside of Tractive GPS is that it does not allow for activity monitoring. It only allows you to keep track of your pet’s location. Thus, in this section, we will explore its most prominent location tracking features.

Real-Time Tracking

Also known as the live tracking mode, real-time tracking with Tractive GPS allows you to discover your pet’s current location, with location information updated every 2 to 3 seconds. With information refreshed so quickly and instant alerts when your pet leaves the safe zone, you can be sure that your pet can never wander off too far.

Interactive Map

Tractive GPS tracking map is fully interactive and displays the locations of all your pets wearing the Tractive GPS tracker. It allows you to switch between multiple views, including a regular map, a hybrid map, and satellite image views. You can further make use of the handy compass that guides you in the direction your pet is headed.

Tractive GPS Features


Only available to Premium subscribers, the speed feature allows you to see how fast your pet is moving. The speed information is only displayed and updated in the live tracking mode, allowing you to learn about your pet’s behavior while you are tracking.


Just like the speed feature, the altitude feature is only available to Premium subscribers. It allows you to discover the current altitude of the device relative to the sea level.

Augmented Reality

To make it easier to track your pet, Tractive GPS also allows you to track in the augmented reality view. You can switch to the augmented reality mode by clicking or tapping the globe icon marked 3D and get the real-world overlay of the distance between you and your pet.

Location History

Location History feature allows you to see position history of your pet. You can set the start and end dates yourself and precisely define the timeframe using the handy slider. Location history is displayed in the form of a linear path on the map.

Virtual Fence

Virtual Fence is also known as the safe zone. This is the area where you know your pet can freely roam and you can easily customize it in accordance with the situation. You can place the safe zone anywhere on the globe and custom-define its size, with the minimum radius being 50 meters or 164 feet.

Battery Status

When live tracking, it is important to know how much time you have before the device’s battery dies. With the battery status feature, you can always view the current battery level of the tracker, so you can know if you need to hurry up if the battery is low.


Highly useful when you need some extra help locating your dog, the Tracker Sharing feature allows you to share your pet’s location with your friends. Your friends only need to have a Tractive GPS account. If desired, you can limit the sharing period to just 24 hours.

Tractive GPS Coverage

Tractive GPS works in over 150 countries around the world, including the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, and many others. However, although it has an impressive coverage, it is important to note that in order to be able to track your pet, you need Internet access on your device and the tracker needs to establish a connection with the network and GPS, so the device may not work in the most remote areas.

How Much Does Tractive GPS Cost?

The price of Tractive GPS tracking device depends on the version you choose. The standard white and the crystal-embellished pink trackers cost $79.99 per tracker.

The Hunters Edition and Tractive GPS XL cost $99.99 per device. In the package, you receive a GPS tracker, a charge, collar clips, and a user manual. Tractive GPS and Tractive GPS XL come with a 12-month warranty and qualify for Tractive CARE, which guarantees that your device will be replaced if lost, damaged or stolen during the service period.

As far as the service plans go, you can choose between the Basic and the Premium packages.

Tractive GPS price

The Basic package does not come with worldwide coverage (you can only use it in your home country), does not allow sharing, and does not include Premium features like Altitude and Speed, Premium customer support, unlimited location history, and location history exporting. It costs €4.99 (around $5.76) per month with the monthly subscription, €4.16 (around $4.80) per month with the yearly subscription, and €3.75 (around $4.33) per month with the 2-year subscription.

If you opt for the Premium subscription, you get all the benefits Tractive GPS offers, but you cannot opt for the monthly subscription. You pay €4.99 (around $5.76) per month with the yearly subscription and €4.16 (around $4.80) per month with the 2-year subscription. If you wish, you can also purchase accessories such as a fashionable dog collar, LED collar, reflective collar, signal vest, extra clips, USB chargers, and more. You can even get the Tractive MOTION pet activity tracker for just $36.99. Tractive MOTION is small and lightweight (just 0.25 oz.) and boasts battery life of over 1 week, so you can easily use it alongside Tractive GPS. Tractive MOTION comes with no monthly fees, you only pay for the device. All deliveries over $29.99 come with free shipping.

Tractive GPS Pros & Cons

Knowing the biggest strenghts and weaknesses of Tractive GPS 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.

  • Works in over 150 world countries
  • Unlimited communication range
  • Live tracking mode
  • Fully customizable safe zones Interactive map in multiple views
  • Abundance of useful tracking features
  • Waterproof and shockproof
  • Attractive design 12-month guarantee
  • Free replacement during the service period


  • Does not track activity
  • Safe zone has a minimum range of 164 feet
  • Not suitable for pets that weigh less than 9.9 pounds

Bottom Line

Tractive GPS is a fast, reliable, and precise GPS pet tracker with worldwide coverage that offers a wealth of useful tracking features and provides instant notifications when your pet steps outside the safe zone. Its live tracking mode allows you to receive location updates every 2 to 3 seconds, switch between different map views, and even view your pet’s current speed and altitude. It allows you to customize safe zones and share your pet’s location with your friends for easier tracking. Its main flaw is that it does not track your pet’s activity, but the company does offer an independent activity tracker that is small, lightweight, and affordable, so you can easily use both devices at once and enjoy their combined benefits.

User Reviews (10)

Tractive GPS customer rating based on 10 user reviews.

The Tractive GPS 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. Joanne Bolnick | January 21, 2021

    In general we like the unit. However, we need to reset/sync it because it often shows my dog let the virtual fence. I get a message and the dog is sitting right next to me.

    The other issue is the fitness aspect. Two dogs in my area had FIFTY more hours active than mine and it’s only the 20th of the month. My dog is very active and meets his 220 minimum almost daily. I tend not to believe the stats on the other dogs.

    I haven’t needed to GPS to find my dog yet so I can’t speak to the location aspect.

  2. Sharon Bierer | November 3, 2020

    Started off as a massive improvement on Findster who were awful but the so called “new” batteries in all 3 trackers run out every time we walk the dogs. DO NOT BELIEVE THEY NEED RECHARGING EVERY 2-5 DAYS. Either they sold us old trackers with worn out batteries or their advertising is not truthful. Customer service refusing to do anything but sell us more equipment.

  3. Chris H | July 23, 2020

    I purchased a Tractive device two years ago, because it allegedly could work in multiple countries. During my first visit to Europe, the GPS did not work at all via the European standards. Consequently, the tracker resorted to using “triangulation” between towers to locate my pet. Which resulted in wild approximation: it showed my pet as being about 300 yards away, when he was in my hotel room… I contacted Tractive, and received in return an email basically saying: “Are you sure this is urgent matter? If so, please click on “yes” below.” Which I did. Four days later, I had not received any reply yet. So to summarize: if you do not mind using an inaccurate device, and do not mind not getting any customer support at the time you need it most, do buy this product…

  4. Dee Q | July 18, 2020

    DO NOT buy unless you can be sure that the cellular in your area will work with the tracker. There was no way for me to check my area before I purchased it. Tried to contact them for a week by email before got any reply. Turns out the tracker does not connect to cellular in my area. They charged me to send it back, cost $15 with insurance since if there was any issues in transit I would get billed for the trackers. Better $15 then $200. Waiting for refund on trackers. Their excuse thy get a lot of emails so take them time to reply. How about hire more people to reply so you have better customer service? Emails can be handled on a remote basis. Even in this world we live in now you can have customer representatives still be on the job. Got a different companies tracker. Has a phone number that can contact with issues that got resolved in less than 10 minutes.

  5. Stephanie | July 6, 2020

    I was using this tracker for my two cats – they were both working very well and then suddenly the one tracker stopped working. As recommended by the company, I had taken out the “Tractive Care” for this very reason. When I contacted the company they simply said this was a “limitation of the software” and would not replace it! They did not even attempt to investigate why the product had stopped working. This company requires you to take a year subscription – don’t waste your money if the device will only work for a few months!
    I am highly disappointed and would not recommend this product to anyone!

  6. Dana Querido | July 3, 2020

    Don’t buy. Customer service is HORRIBLE. Have been trying to get in touch for 6 days now. Got automated reply then one saying we are asking the tech people and will get back to you. I would like to cancel but they never reply. Most of the time tracker does not connect and battery maybe last a day even on power saver mode. My pets are sticking close to home so not using tracking actively 95% of the day. Wish they would just contact me back.Will be cancelling.

  7. Kristjan Jacobsen | March 29, 2020

    It does not work for me, cant seem to find anything that says that it does not work in my country, it has never had a connection at all 🙁

  8. Wendy Stokle | March 24, 2020

    The tracker is brilliant. We picked out an English Setter at the animal shelter, my first experience with a hunting dog. He wants to follow birds and hunt all the time and gets completely disctracted, running off large distances in no time. Taking him out in the forest became very stressful because with him I walk alone while he runs all over the place and I couldn’t see him. I have had the tracker for over two years now and it has been fantastic. I know where he is so I’m less stressed and if he is too far which still happens, I go pick him up in the car on the other side of the forest. My pup always keeps me on my toes as he galavants all over the place but the tracker has made things much much better. The only thing is I have to make sure the tracker is charged all the time as in live mode the battery goes down fast.

  9. Jørgen Seunke | March 17, 2020

    Don’t but Tractive trackers !!!!! It’s wasted money !!!!!

    Our 2 cats lost 3 Tractive trackers in only a few months. That can happen, because the lock shouldn’t be so tight that a cat can choke when trapped, but the GPS should be accurate enough to recover the tracker at the suggested place.
    In our case we were send in all directions, except the right one and even with the sound and light on we weren’t able to recover one of the three lost Tractive trackers …………
    We quit our Tractive subscription immediately and we advise you to keep your money in your pocket.

  10. August Redfern | December 9, 2019

    I recommend Tracative GPS to everyone because it covers a number of countries all over the world so you don’t have to worry you will lose your pet no matter where you go, it doesn’t rely on one phone network alone, it has tons of perks and awesome features, it has a one year guarantee and you can track your pet in real time. All these things play key role at least they do for me and I think that every tracking device should provide the same.

  11. Jayce Daniels | December 1, 2019

    I think it is fairly priced considering all the features and benefits you get with tracative. I opted for premium service since there’s not much difference in the price but you get more benefits that really come in handy once you need them. It is true that you can’t buy monthly subscription with premium package, only 2 year plan, but I think that it pays out and makes no sense to renew it every month if you plan on using it anyways.

  12. Karam Cotton | November 20, 2019

    I like that Tracitive is not restricted to just one cell network so there’s no problem with the coverage. I installed the app on both my cell and computer so I can access it whenever it is the most convenient. The app is great and stores location, location history, you can see battery status and activate the safe zone. You can use it for more than one dog and have everything in one place. If your dog leaves the safe zone you planed for him you get instant notification and that is when live tracking really comes in handy because you can immediately see where your dog has gone and find him before anything happens.

  13. Misbah Mayo | November 17, 2019

    What convinced me to by this tracker is that it has live tracking mode instead of waiting for the data to get transferred. It can mean the difference between a life or death situation if your dog gets loose and runs away somewhere where the traffic is crazy or if it’s too hot or too cold outside. The tracking is easy because the app shows you the map you can easily follow and you can see your dog’s movements. Just make sure you keep live tracking on when you go for a walk or in the area you don’t know. You never know what can happen so better come prepared.

  14. bill noland | October 16, 2019

    tractive gps tracker is awesome, if you can keep it on your dog. if you have an active dog forget it. if your dog stays in house or lays around it will be fine, but you probably don’t need it .I have 3 year old golden that loses her receiver at least once every other day. gps is so good however i have always been able to find the transmitter. Tractive has really tried to help by sending newly designed clips but does not help.untill they come up with collar integrated transmitter save your money.

  15. Janet Davison | May 15, 2019

    First tracker was replaced as it had no idea where it was. This tracker works well in our local park but not in the heavily wooded areas we sometimes visit. I pretty much know where my dog is in the park but not if he’s off chasing deer in the woods, so I have to say that it fails when I need it most. Frustrating to be able to see where my phone is very accurately but no idea where the tracker is – sometimes it’s right next to me and shows as 100m away. Entertaining but I won’t be renewing my subscription.

  16. Vincent Diaz | December 17, 2018

    Great little device if you’re travelling with your dog a lot since I yet have to find a country where I won’t be able to use it. It’s also pretty rugged so I don’t have to worry about accidental splashed, hits, and bites.

  17. Harry Ziegler | June 10, 2018

    Like with all trackers I’ve tried, the battery is the main problem. It drains quickly and if I don’t charge it right before live tracking, it goes low in minutes. On the plus side, it does last longer than I expected when low and location is updated instantly, so it is quite reliable overall. And yeah, the accuracy is astonishing, so kudos for that.

  18. Jenna McBride | May 21, 2018

    Simple tracker that really does the job. The map is awesome, the tracker works everywhere, and I like that I can place the safe zone anywhere I want. 5 out of 5

  19. Gloria Burton | April 18, 2018

    Bought the GPS and activity trackers together, both work perfectly and they are really small, so Pebbles does even notice them anymore. Live locating actually works, which was a bit of a surprise to me. I can honestly say I’m satisfied.

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