FAQ | Can an AirTag Be Used on a Dog Collar Safely? Is It Even a Good Idea?

Find My Network for Apple AirTag Credit: Đức Trịnh / Diego Verdezoto
Text Size
- +

Toggle Dark Mode

Do you have a dog and want to track them? You may want to grab an AirTag and slap it on your pup’s collar. It’ll keep track of your dog when they play in the yard and also on walks when they cannot resist the temptation to chase a squirrel.

Why You Should Use an AirTag
to Track Your Dog

✅ Affordability

Dog trackers are no joke. They can be costly, especially if they are equipped with GPS or cellular communications. Those that are cellular also may require a monthly subscription with the service or a wireless carrier. The AirTags are a much more affordable one-and-done solution.

Once you purchase an AirTag, you can use it for tracking without any additional monthly fees. Compare the $29 AirTag with the Garmin Astro which costs $699 or the Fi Collar which is $129 and requires a monthly cellular plan.

✅ Easy Attachment

There are a wide variety of accessories that you can use with an AirTag. Belkin, Speck, and others make AirTag holders that connect via a keychain or a loop. There are even dog collars that have a dedicated sleeve for the AirTag. Just make sure the AirTag is attached securely. A romp through some rough brush could easily rip off an AirTag that was not firmly attached.

✅ Effective

In high-traffic areas, an AirTag can be an effective tool to find lost devices. We’ve read about people finding stolen motorcycles or even tracking garbage with an AirTag. Personally, I’ve located keys that flew out of my pocket on a ride at a local fair. Without the AirTag, I never would have found my keys in the crowded fairgrounds. The AirTag would also work equally well to find a lost dog in an urban or suburban environment.

Get AirTags Here

Why You Shouldn’t Use an AirTag
to Track Your Dog

🚫 Not Reliable in Rural Locations

Apple doesn’t recommend you use an AirTag on your dog, but don’t let that official advice completely deter you. It’s not that the AirTag won’t work on a dog, it will work, but its ability to track your dog is limited.

As Apple’s Kaiann Drance, VP of worldwide iPhone product marketing, points out, “If people do that (put an AirTag on a pet), they just have to make sure that their moving pet gets into range of a device in the ‌Find My‌ network so its location can be tracked.”

In real-world speak, the AirTag does not have GPS. It only logs a location when it encounters an iOS device in the wild. If you are hiking on a remote mountain trail and your dog runs off, you likely will not be able to find him using your AirTag.

Walking in a city is a different story. A city street is likely filled with iPhones, each one logging your dog’s position. You would be able to see their location and watch as they roam from block to block.

🚫 Size

Another limitation to the AirTag is its size. The AirTag is not the smallest tracker in the world. Though it can be worn easily by a medium-sized dog, it may be a bit bulky for a small dog like a chihuahua or a dachshund. The dog doesn’t wear just the tracker – it also must wear a collar big enough to accommodate an AirTag or an accessory pouch attached to the collar.

🚫 Biting or Clawing

Many people let the tracker dangle like a dog tag, but that may not be ideal. An AirTag hanging around your dog’s neck may be very tempting. It may catch your dog’s eye, prompting them to claw at it or even bite it if it’s in reach. Once a dog gets hold of an AirTag, you should kiss that AirTag goodbye.

Social Sharing