- REAL-TIME LOCATION TRACKING: Set up alerts and quickly locate your pet, whether they have escaped or are 3,000 miles away. Receive notifications if your pet's location leaves a designated safe area. Using AT&T nationwide network and Google maps.
- HEALTH, NUTRITION, & ACTIVITY TRACKING: Monitor activity levels, calories, distance, and activity, along with behaviors like licking, scratching, and sleeping to keep an eye on potential health problems. Get recommendations on food portions based on activity levels, breed, age, and weight. Email a 30-day report to your vet.
- 20-DAY BATTERY, BUILT-IN NIGHT LIGHT: Use the app to choose between 3 safety night light settings, slow flash, fast flash, or always on. The long-lasting battery goes up to 20-days on a single charge for your greatest adventures.
- CHAT WITH A VET. Your Whistle subscription gives you access to on-demand veterinary help through chat, phone, or email right from the Whistle app.
Had whistle 3 for years before upgrading - it had a terrible battery life and had to be charged every 3 and. This one, though...lasts over a month! Works great for our roaming Pyrenees that escapes every month or two. There’s only one thing I can think of to change is that when the dog comes within wifi range, it stops GPS tracking and says he’s “home”. We have 30 acres and wifi shoots 100 yards out from the house. When it marks him as home, and he takes off again, it’s 10 mins before GPS kicks in again. It’s be great to have the option to manually switch to GPS tracking or power save mode. Other than that, it’s wonderful and I’d still pay 4x what I did for this thing. (Previously tried Fi collar and returned it after 3 days)
I love the reminders and health/behavior tracking of this device. Works as advertised but there are a couple of hangups that leave me wondering if I should have tried the Fi collar instead.1) There is no way to disable WiFi on the collar. Because the range of my WiFi extends out past my driveway and over all my property lines, my dog doesn't set off any alerts for a while when she escapes the fence because the tracker thinks she's still home, despite her being located outside of the geofencing.2) The light really only works sometimes. Attempting to turn the light on (or even off, for that matter) 90% of the time results in a few minutes of the app seeming to try toggling the light for a few minutes, then either returning an error and pretending like nothing happened. This can be especially frustrating if you're actively tracking in the dark. Or if the light is on and you want to conserve battery, good luck turning it off.3) I read another review where they claimed the battery only lasts 30 minutes when off WiFi,but it's really closer to about 24 hours. I know because sometimes my dog would leave in the evenings and not come back so I'd have to go out and get her early the next day before the battery ran out completely. Still, I would prefer a longer battery life.
I can't say enough great things about this product (sans a couple of small nuisances - see below). The whistle gives me and my kids such peace of mind. My 7-year-old dog was great never had any issues, then I recently moved. My 70lb dog started digging under the fence and escaped twice. He's chipped, but the GPS gives such comfort. As noted, you'll have to pay a small monthly/annual fee, but I think the price is reasonable and worth it considering what you get.Pros:- Smaller than I expected. I have a 70lb dog and it fits extremely well. It is obviously noticeable it on his collar but I expected it to be larger. He doesn't seem to know its there and its not bulky looking. This should fit any medium-sized dog and most smaller dogs. It may or may not be ideal for really small dogs, not sure though. I'm a big dog person.- The app is great and easy to use- Seems to be really accurate- Great battery life, I charge it when it hits 20-30% which is about once per week- This is not only an escape locator but a FitBit of sorts. It shows daily and weekly exercise goals which can be adjusted. It also indicates sleeping, drinking, scratching, and licking habits. Pretty cool. For me I don't really use these features, but some may really like them. (See cons below)- The locator is VERY easily removed from the collar with the push of a button AND a simulanious twist.Cons (very minor, almost nuisances)- A trade-off for battery life is that you won't be alerted "instantly" when your dog unknowingly makes a run for it. It checks in with home base via wifi every few minutes with a ping. You will only be notified there has been an escape when it trys to check-in every few minutes. This is understandable and expected to achieve over a week of battery life in such a small package.- We had a power outage. WiFi was offline and the nearest cellular tower went offline. I think the device not only uses GPS, but also uses cell tower triangulation for location (this is an assumption). While the power was out I got a false reading that my dog was outside of his home zone. It appeared like he was roaming in the neighborhood. Being 45 minutes away I had a neighbor go looking for him only to find him safe in the house. Because the Wifi was out it showed him as not at home. Because he was inside I don't think the GPS was picking up. Because the nearby cell tower was down the location accuracy went down. He was showing near home, not at home. This is likely a rater rare occurrence, but I was a little freaked out for a short bit until I was able to get my neighbor to check.- I don't care for the reminders about fitness goals. They are way to frequent. They can be turned off in the "Human" settings under notifications. They were relatively easy to find once I got annoyed enough.- My dog has a leather collar. There are two attachments in the box, a plastic "clip-style" and a velcro strap. The clip-style came close to fitting, but not matter how hard I tried it would not latch. I had to use the velcro strap. It works great, I just worry it may wear a little more quickly and may need to be replaced someday.Overall, I HIGHLY recommend the Whistle. I don't worry at all knowing I can quickly and easily find my dog if he trys to make another run for it. I don't have to wait for the pound to call, I can proactively find him quickly and easily.
I feel after having this for a few months I can officially write a review.First, I got this amazing product for my cat. I moved in with my boyfriend into a house at the beginning of the year and he has two medium sized dogs who use the dog door to go potty. I also brought with me my two indoor only cats, who were about 6 years upon move in. We knew our biggest challenge was my indoor cats and the dog door. I knew I had to give in and let them be outdoor during the day when we were not home and bring them in at night where they could be locked in our room for bedtime with us, which would keep them safe from predators and allow the dogs to still use the dog door to go potty through the night. Everything was going great until my cats got out a little early one morning, at 5am but before the sun was fully up. And, it was the last time we’ve seen my girl cat. Devastated by the loss of my cat who was practically my child I sought after something that would allow me to find my other in case of him getting out or anything of sorts. I wanted to know where he was going and when. Insert the whistle....I was skeptical at first, in fact, I almost sent it back after the first week. I realized my cat stays mostly within range of our WiFi, so even if we can’t see him the whistle can’t find him if he’s close enough for WiFi connection. So I thought it wouldn’t work for us. But, luckily he generally comes to my whistle and voice if he’s that close. We decided to really stick it out and give it a try.He has accidentally got out a handful of times at night and usually out of range of WiFi. And, the whistle has done its job every night including tonight. If it wasn’t for the whistle my cat probably wouldn’t be home safe with tin 10 minutes of realizing he’s gone every single night he’s got out. The whistle alerts me when he goes out of range shows me right where he is ( our house is back against a trail that is dirt and people walk in but it takes you into trees) and it shows where I am so I know when I’m getting close. The minute I get a text he’s out of his allowed area I am able to turn on the fast flash ( I almost didn’t get this feature, if you’re getting it for a cat you NEED this feature) and I can spot the flash from super far away. And, we’ve done this so many times that when we get close to him he’s usually starting to run back home because he sees the flash. We believe he knows that means come home or we’re coming for him.Because, he’s in WiFi range for a majority of the day the battery last a week if not more before needing to be charge. ALWAYS fully charge it especially if you’re gone for a week. I made this mistake when we went on a week vacation to another state. We locked him in our room the entire trip so he couldn’t go outside at all as we wouldn’t be home and I didn’t want the cat sitter to have the responsibility of ensuring he was inside before sunset every evening. The last few days we were out of state I got alerts he was super far from home and the cat sitter who lives down the street had to come over and make sure he was here, and he was. The battery was just so low it started glitching. So that was a user error not a whistle error and it’s just a PSA for anyone who purchases it.I am so obsessed with this product and I cannot speak more highly of it!
It's basically perfect. It's a little big for my cat, as it's designed for dogs, but the software ecosystem and everything is basically bang-on. ZERO complaints. The only thing I'd like the little unit to do (and this is cos cats are sneaky and quiet, and this wasn't designed for cats), but I'd like it to actually make a noise if needed.Apart from that, the daily view, the weekly and history view are fascinating !! My cat has routines, and visits everyone in the neighborhood.. now I understand his weight gain. Also, I now know where his girlfriend lives.ADDITION : I’ve have the unit for a few months now, and the battery life isn’t as good as before - noticeablyI’m finding that I need to put the refresh to 10mins, and even then I’m only getting a week between charges .. sooo that’s the update.Apparently this can happen is your cell service (for the unit) isn’t getting a strong signal and it draws more power